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Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2016


This call for papers seeks the contributions of inter-, pluri-, poly-disciplinary researchers – ‘undisciplinary’, a term from Edgar Morin (2005). Indeed, we seek the input of the undisciplined: the reflections borne from their respective practices.


A new generation of researchers are without majors. This generation finds itself in great academic difficulty. This call for papers seeks the contributions of inter-, pluri-, poly-disciplinary researchers – ‘undisciplinary’, a term from Edgar Morin (2005). Indeed, we seek the input of the undisciplined: the reflections borne from their respective practices. Following a critical approach that has compartmentalized the contemporary sciences, we propose to give voice to research approaches that would meddle with this familiar disciplinary segregation.


If science is bound by the disciplines, its findings have ‘always’, according to Marcel Mauss, to adhere to ‘vile categories, as it is often in those domains amongst which little is shared that lie urgent problems’ (Mauss, 1934). Indeed, many ambitious researchers find themselves located awkwardly within their disciplinary context, burdened, said Mauss, with ‘opprobrium and disgrace’: there is here a political dimension.

And if the indiscipline – the unwillingness to obey or to submit to the rules that apply to the community to which we belong – engenders inevitably a ‘discipline of the self’? In the work ‘Corps en Résistance’ (cf. Ariana Sforzini: Michel Foucault: une pensée du corps, Paris PUF 2014), Michel Foucault offers an angle of consideration – a way to think about articulating such a paradox. We await therefore the kind of work that would frame the undisciplined disciplined as a critical force – one with the capacity for transformation, of subjectivization, or even as a space for freedom.

We invite you to reflect on the following ideas:

  • The priority accorded to fieldwork is what unites us. What sets us apart is the manner in which we are determined to reduce complexity. We are primarily field researchers: our disciplines are our anchors – we treat them as islands from which to cast off. In order that we remain rigorous in our interdisciplinary aims, there will be the necessity to address the discipline of the other. In other words, according to what we want to study, we may find it necessary to employ the advantages of another discipline. I come back to the idea of a ‘base of operations’ (Foucault), a concept that can mould itself in relation to the object to be grasped: a tool composite, interdisciplinary, whilst also being necessary to the subject wherein the want has emerged. Art and research can flourish in combination. Their pairing can lead to a deconstruction of ideas that have become disciplinary – segregated – by convention. Consider: an acrobat who stalks the wire between science and art, or an anthropologist who, with James Clifford, considers all interpretation as a work of fiction (1988, “fiction, not falsehood”).
  • Reflexivity – a confrontation of the subjectivity of the researcher with the alterity they reflect – is at the centre of our research: a way to get out of ourselves. One who performs research within a particular field, while at the same time working to ‘decolonise’ the disciplines, brings to the scientific community an interdisciplinary collaboration.

Conditions of submission

Propositions for articles should be addressed to indisciplines@misha.fr

before September 30th, 2016.

Articles (in French or English) must be anonymous. The author must include in a separate file:

  • Contact details: postal address, email address, phone number.
  • Title or profession and their institutional situation (university, research centre.).
  • A résumé consisting of a dozen lines maximum in French and in English (with your title translated).

The body of the work should consist of at maximum 40,000 characters and spaces, including notes and biographies. It should be interspersed with short subheadings, with at maximum two levels of subheadings. The notes, by continuous numbering, and the bibliographic references should appear after the main text. References in the text and the notes corresponding should appear by the sole mention in parentheses of the name of the author, the year of publication, and, where the case applies, the numbers of pages cited. Some examples follow:

  • …as indicated by J. Dupont (2003a),…
  • …this question has been the subject of several studies (Dupont 2003a, Durand 2004, 2007)…

The bibliography should be presented in the following style:

  • for a book: Dupont J. (2003a), title of book in italics, place of publication, editor.
  • for a book chapter: Durand M. (2004), title of chapter with no quotes, in Dupont, J., title of book in italics, place of publication, editor, p. 52-92.
  • for an article: Durand M. (2007), title of article with no quotes, title of journal in italics, place of publication and editor if the journal is not national, volume, number, p.52-92.

If the author wishes to include in-text imagery, they should direct originals or high-resolution copies (300dpi) to the editor, accompanied by the publisher’s permission. Otherwise, all decisions pertaining to imagery and iconography will be left to the journal editor.

Scientific Coordination

  • Eva Carpigo (University of Strasbourg/Dyname UMR CNRS 7367)
  • Paolo Delfino (University of Strasbourg/GREAM/Dyname UMR CNRS 7367)
  • Austin Moore (beau gosse)
  • Abril Padilla (University of Strasbourg/GREAM/Dyname UMR CNRS 7367)
  • Sona Pashaeva (femme sans qualité)
  • Rachel Perrel (University of Strasbourg/Dyname UMR CNRS 7367)
  • Patrick Ténoudji (University of Strasbourg/Dyname UMR CNRS 7367)


  • Revue des Sciences sociales, MISHA - 5 allée du Gal Rouvillois
    Strasbourg, France (67)


  • Friday, September 30, 2016


  • interdisciplinarité, épistémologie


  • Patrick Tenoudji
    courriel : tenoudji [at] aol [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Patrick Tenoudji
    courriel : tenoudji [at] aol [dot] com


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