Research Collaborations

CU-Boulder faculty members and academic departments commonly reach across discipline lines to engage in collaborative scholarship and creative work. Such partnerships can be found in all academic disciplines on campus, with many originating in the arts and humanities. Examples include:

  • Theatre and dance faculty collaborate on hybrid performance pieces with the College of Music, geology, and environmental science. They work on documentary films made with colleagues in biology, paleontology, computer science, mathematics and music. Also, they have worked with the Center for Energy Justice and the Law School on a theatre for social change program.
  • Interdisciplinary projects for art and art history include multiple interactions with ATLAS, including development of the undergraduate certificate program and PhD program in Technology, Arts, and Media. Art and art history faculty also have collaborated on a new series of research and teaching initiatives with the English department investigating the interrelationship between digital art, electronic literature and experimental modes of publication, exhibition, and performance.
  • The French and Italian department is working to expand its dual degree programs with other departments. Currently, the department offers a dual master's degree in French and history as well as a certificate in French and Italian in conjunction with the School of Engineering. Discussions are under way to develop a dual master's in French and Linguistics and dual undergraduate degrees in French or Italian and art history.
  • The humanities department has an explicit mission of interdisciplinary approaches, with a major that incorporates interdisciplinary courses, a particular discipline, and a second field. Projects have included work on literature and film, the novel and the visual arts, literature and philosophy, and politics and aesthetics.
  • English Language Notes, an award-winning journal sponsored by the English department, offers an interdisciplinary forum for debate and exchange among scholars around the world – involving such fields as theology, fine arts, history, geography, philosophy, and science.
  • In religious studies, faculty engage in collaborations with many other departments and centers, ranging from philosophy to gender studies. For example, one faculty member has organized a conference to address textual representations of sexuality across Asia, involving such areas as India, China and Japan and disciplines such as anthropology, religious studies, area studies, and history.
  • Philosophy faculty members interact with scholars in various fields, such as education, environmental studies, law and medicine. For example, one faculty member works closely with the School of Education on scholarship about children's literature. Another is engaged in the ethics of geo-engineering, climate change, and sustainable energy. Another works with the CU medical school in Denver on issues relating to biomedical ethics.

Interdisciplinary studies are further encouraged by strategic hiring initiatives, such as those in the College of Arts and Sciences in which new faculty positions are sometimes proposed in "clusters." Cluster hires are tied more to academic initiatives, sometimes crossing disciplinary lines, rather than strictly by department.

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