Harvey Graff challenges the perception that interdisciplinary scholarship is inhibited by disciplines; rather, he argues that they are inextricably connected and mutually dependent. Drawing from the insights of his recent book Undisciplining Knowledge, Graff makes the case that the practice of interdisciplinary research is productively diverse, and should be distinguished from an overarching scholarly ideology of interdisciplinarity.
Harvey J. Graff is the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and History at The Ohio State University. He is the author of The Literacy Myth: Literacy and Social Structure in the Nineteenth Century City, The Legacies of Literacy: Continuities and Contradictions in Western Society and Culture, Conflicting Paths: Growing Up in America, and The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of an American City. He has led the development of interdisciplinary programs in a range of institutions, most recently founding and building LiteracyStudies@OSU, a university-wide interdisciplinary initiative.