The Scientific Research Committee at the Faculty of Languages and Translation held a seminar on interdisciplinary research on 2-6-2019. The seminar entitled 'Mining for Gold in Interdisciplinary Research: A Whole Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts' commenced at 11:00 am and was presented by Dr. Barbara Rumbinas, associate professor of English Language and American Literature, History and Culture. Dr. Rumbinas started her presentation with a comparison between interdisciplinary research and the ability to blend different colors to create an awesome piece of art. Next, there was an informative overview on 'interdisciplinary research'. The focus of interdisciplinary research extends beyond a single disciplinary perspective, explained Dr. Rumbinas. She clarified that interdisciplinary research seeks areas of commonality and integration across disciplines, synthesizing information outside core disciplines that can expand our understanding of the core. From her investigation, it was clear that the goal of the interdisciplinary research process is pragmatic. It produces a cognitive understanding; a new vision or a new product.
The seminar was attended by staff members of the Faculty of Languages and Translation as well as prominent undergraduate students. The audience was interested in the topic and in the wonderful way through which Dr. Rumbinas started and ended her presentation.
Dr. Barbra Rumbinas welcomed all questions and comments from all participants and encouraged everyone to send her any further queries in the field. The seminar provided the participants with enormous knowledge on various aspects of interdisciplinary research. It was really 'mining for gold in interdisciplinary research'. The presentation was a great success.
Source: Ms. Amal Abdelsattar Metwally, Scientific Research Committee Coordinator