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Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore, 2010 – 2015 Architect: Ben van Berkel / UNStudio
4 July - 5 July 2019
NIAS, Sint Jorishof
Korte Spinhuissteeg
Conference room

Spaces of (Inter-) Disciplinarity in the Humanities and Sciences


Fabian Krämer, current EURIAS fellow at NIAS and Associate fellow at the Vossius Center, as well as Sebastian Matzner, Kings College, London, convene a workshop on "Spaces of (Inter-)Disciplinarity in the Humanities and Sciences". This workshop is organized in cooperation with the Junge Akademie, Germany.

Please note that day 1 of the workshop (4th of July) is open to public. Please register!

Aim of workshop

The currently ubiquitous call for interdisciplinary research challenges us to rethink how a research institute must look like with regard to architecture, space and infrastructure, to enable and facilitate this type of research. This workshop approaches this question from both a historical and analytical angle. In the first session, we will inquire into the history of academic architecture: since when do we expect universities to be clearly defined architectural spaces? What efforts to enable collaboration across disciplines in the humanities and sciences can we discern in the history of science? In the second session, we will analyze the requirements for interdisciplinary research, and how contemporary architects have tried to facilitate it. Finally, in the third session, we will turn to the epitome of a research institute intended specifically for interdisciplinary research: the Institute for Advanced Study. We will seek to bring the findings of the first two sections to bear on the question of how an ideal Institute for Advanced Study would look like. The results of our workshop will serve as the starting point for an intervention by members of Junge Akademie into the current discussion about Institutes for Advanced Study in Germany within the German Council of Sciences and the Humanities (‘Wissenschaftsrat’).


Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore, 2010 – 2015 Architect: Ben van Berkel / UNStudio
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore, 2010 – 2015 Architect: Ben van Berkel / UNStudio


Day I – 4th July

13:00 – 13:45 Arrival and Lunch (Finger Food)

13:45 – 14:15 Welcome and Introduction


Session I Spaces of (Multi-)Disciplinarity in the Humanities and Sciences

14:15 – 15:00 Fabian Krämer (NIAS / LMU Munich): How the University Became a Two-Cultured Space

15:00 – 15:45 Niki Vermeulen (University of Edinburgh / Center for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University): The Architecture of Collaboration


15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break


Session II Modelling Spaces of Interdisciplinarity

16:15 – 17:00 Christian Stein (Humboldt University, Berlin): Modelling Interdisciplinarity: Objects – Space – Agency

17:00 – 17:45 Sjang ten Hagen (University of Amsterdam): Multidisciplinarity in the Sciences in Recent Dutch Academic Research Architecture


Day II – 5th July


Session III Towards the IAS of Our Dreams
10:00 – 11:15 Sebastian Matzner (King’s College, London), Jan Willem Duyvendak (Director, NIAS): Space to Think – or: How Do You Organise Cutting-Edge Research? Reflections on Challenges, Innovations, and Best Practice for Modern IAS Insights into current discussions in the German Council of Sciences and the Humanities’ (‘Wissenschaftsrat’) working group “Perspectives on the Development of Institutes of Advanced Studies in Germany” (Matzner) and into the recent re-constitution of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (Duyvendak); followed by open discussion.


11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break


11:45-12:30 Final Discussion


12:30-13:30 Lunch Break


13:30-16:00 AG-Treffen