The Otago Early Modern Thought Research Theme, in conjunction with ANZAMEMS, has successfully completed our first postgraduate workshop on “Interdisciplinarity in Medieval and Early Modern Research.” The workshop attracted eighteen postgraduates and early career researchers from across five disciplines (English, History, Music, Philosophy, and Religion) from twelve Australasian universities, all who came to work through practical issues faced in interdisciplinary research and to engage with scholars presently engaged in interdisciplinarity. The two-day workshop had papers and sessions from the following facilitators:
Peter Marshall (Warwick) “Confessions of an accidental interdisciplinist”
Peter Harrison (Queensland) “Disciplinary boundaries in intellectual history: science, religion & philosophy”
Andrew Bradstock (Otago) “Religious language in early modern texts”
Stephen Clucas (Birbeck) “Whose disciplines are we between? The case of John Dee’s Mathematicall Praeface (1570)”
Peter Anstey (Otago) “Theoretical reflections on interdisciplinary research”
Takashi Shogimen (Otago) “Metaphor and the reconstruction of context in intellectual history”
The workshop proved successful not only in gathering such diverse early and more-established researchers together, but also in exhibiting that the future of early modern and medieval research looks promising indeed.