Which questions for what research ? The Humanities at the crossroads of disciplines
16 Jun 2017 Metz (France)

Early Career Researchers International conference

Which questions for what research ?

The Humanities at the crossroads of disciplines

From the last twenty years onwards, many trans-, inter- or pluridisciplinary fields of research have started to blossom within French university institutions. While the Anglophone world has begun to decompartmentalize disciplines, creating new fields of research named “studies”, back in the 70’s owing to new nomadic research objects, young researchers now feel the need to define fresh research methodologies to bring innovative understandings of complex subject matters. Following the 2016 edition on the theme of interdisciplinarity, this third one-day international conference aims at bringing together young researchers from all over the world to reflect on their research practices. The starting point of any kind of research is to question its goals, and how they can be achieved. Therefore, we need to ask ourselves which questions are at work in research. What are the purposes of research ? Which questions correspond to which types of research? What is our take on fundamental research? What is the part given to societal, involved or interventionist research ? Continue


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Guest Speaker

Anne-Françoise Schmid

A-F Schmid

Anne-Francoise Schmid is senior lecturer at the National Institute for Applied Sciences of Lyon. She is a member of the STOICA group, and responsible for the axis “philosophy of sciences and knowledges mappings”. Anne-Francoise focuses on the interactions between philosophy, sciences, and engineering, and also on the epistemology of theories and models. She taught methodology at the University of Rheims in 1986 and 1987, and mathematical logic at Geneva University between 1987 and 1989. She lectured philosophy of sciences at Paris X Nanterre University from 1986 to 1989, and was invited professor of the federal “école polytechnique” of Lausanne between 1980 and 1988. Besides, she was a representative at the “National Centre for Scientific Research” from September 1999 to August 2001, and was invited Professor at the Royal Academy of Sciences of Belgium in 2009, 2011 and 2012. She currently holds the position of invited professor at Mines Paris Tech and leads the Research Team Academos. She is part of various scientific boards, directs the “Transphilosophiques” collection, and is the co-editor of the academic journal Natures, Sciences et Sociétés.

She recently published “L'Interdisciplinarité vue et pratiquée par les chercheurs en sciences de la vie” (Natures, Sciences, Sociétés,12, 2004) and Modélisation et interdisciplinarité : six disciplines en quête d'épistémologie (paru aux Editions Quae en 2014).

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