The Transdisciplinary Location of History
Mapping the location of the discipline of history at the intersection of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, this paper 1) recalls the historical process of differentiation and valorization that gave rise to the study of history as a distinct departmentalized discipline within the research university and 2) argues that a critical survey of that academic field's transdisciplinary location discloses currently neglected aspects of the historic relationship between the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Taking the academic discipline of history as an exemplary site for the examination of disciplinary antagonisms, this paper finally offers critical readings of The New Cultural History (1989), Telling the Truth about History (1994), and The Education of Historians for the Twenty-first Century (2005), three texts which pose the question of history's disciplinary identity in ways that both reveal and occlude history's transdisciplinary location and importantly its history as an allegory for disciplinary antagonisms within the research university.
Keywords: Disciplinarity, History, Theory
Prof. Thelma Foote
Visiting Professor, Amerikaner Studier, Syddansk Universitet