Todd Sanders and Elizabeth Hall bring our debates about interdisciplinarity to climate change, a major global issue for which the need for interdisciplinary perspectives is taken for granted. How, they ask, “do we imagine and practice 'interdisciplinarity’ to save the planet?” The authors describe and critique a range of contrasting modalities for doing interdisciplinary work on climate change and the assumptions under which they operate. Sanders and Hall also reflect on the complexities of studying interdisciplinarity when its practitioners and observers are part of the same milieu—both being “natives” in the world of research.
Todd Sanders is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto, where he has taught since 2004. Before moving to Canada, he taught at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Sanders has longstanding interests in the production of social and scientific knowledges, and is currently collaborating with Elizabeth F. Hall on two projects. The first explores the academic knowledge practices underpinning global climate change science; the second considers the production of scientific and policy knowledges of fracking in England. Recent books include Anthropology in Theory: Issues in Epistemology (with H. L. Moore, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2014) and Beyond Bodies: Rainmaking and Sense Making in Tanzania (University of Toronto Press, 2008).