The institute of Humanitarian and Social Sciences (I.A.K.E.), after the successful accomplishment of four International Scientific Conferences, is glad to announce to its members, its collaborators, its friends, the scientific and educational community, and everyone that might be interested, that it is organizing the 5th International Scientific Conference with central topic:
“The interdisciplinarity as a cognitive, educational and social challenge”
The Conference will take place in Heraklion, Crete, from the 5th to 7th of April 2019.
The main aim of the Conference is to explore interdisciplinarity as a nowadays challenge, proposition, and practice in the field of scientific research, education, politics and society, at an individual and a collective level.
Key characteristics of the scientific progress nowadays are the enormous broadening of the human knowledge, the fragmentation of the scientific knowledge, and consequently the emphasis on the specialized training. Considerations regarding this phenomenon and its consequences have already been expressed from science’s establishment and they progress alongside; sometimes by emphasizing the demand for decentralization and specialization, and other times by underlining the demand for cooperation and composition considering every autonomization as alienation. Since the ancient times, Plato, in his work “Politeia”, had written about the interconnection of separate knowledge areas. During the Renaissance, Homo Universalis has been proposed as the ideal model; the person who is interested in all arts and sciences. Since the beginning of the 20th century, in the educational area, J. Dewey underlined that the students are not living in multiple separate worlds, but in one united world, where everything is interconnected. Nowadays, at the crossroad between theoretical and practical approaches, one experiences the tug of war between the general and the partial, the theory and the practice, the general education and the specialized training, the local and the universal. In this context, the concern regarding more cooperative, spherical and holistic approaches arises, and shows up the demand for launching interdisciplinarity as the antidote for overcoming conflicts and contradictions.