Tuesday, 19 September 2017, marked the official opening of the 2017/18 academic year at the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS Oslo), the centre's 25th anniversary.
Speaking to an audience of current and former research group members, diplomats, and members of Norwegian academe, Professor Vigdis Broch-Due, scientific director of CAS Oslo, said interdisciplinary collaboration can help alleviate the ‘tunnel vision’ caused by increasing specialization across higher education and research.
'In order to tackle the complexity of the world we live in, we need to build bridges over disciplinary islands and work together across the humanities and the natural and social sciences,' Broch-Due said.
While 'interdisciplinary' has recently become a buzzword in academe, Broch-Due said true cooperation across disciplinary boundaries can be difficult to achieve. CAS Oslo therefore operates with a flexible rather than a 'one-size-fits-all' approach, she said.
'Whatever the case, CAS Oslo seeks to release the productive potential in interdisciplinary engagements, because novel ideas are often born at the interface between scholarly traditions and thinking,' Broch-Due said.
The 2017/18 academic year once again brings three groups of outstanding scholars to CAS Oslo. Read more about their projects here.
Keep track of all of CAS Oslo's anniversary events here.
Carl Fredrik Schou Straumsheim