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, 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 therefore operates with a flexible rather than a 'one-size-fits-all' approach, she said.

'Whatever the case, CAS 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.

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Carl Fredrik Schou Straumsheim