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Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
44th Annual Conference

Sonoma State University invites you to participate in the 44th Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Annual Conference in Rohnert Park, CA, on November 10-12, 2022

The theme of the conference is Wicked Problems and Interdisciplinarity: Sustainability, Resilience, and Designing the Future. The term “wicked problem” describes an issue that cannot easily be solved. Interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, integrative thinking, and design thinking provide tools, however, for addressing the wicked problems we face in higher education and in our changing world. The conference theme invites an international array of scholars, students, and community experts to address complex issues with creative problem-solving around the following themes:

  1. Spaces and Places: Saving the Planet and its Inhabitants
  2. Being in the Room Where It Happens: Inter/Diversities, Equity, and Inclusion
  3. The Future of Universities and the Role of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Knowledge-Making
  4. The Tipping Point: How Do We Really Change the World and How Will We Know?
  5. Steering the Ship through the Storm:  University and Interdisciplinary Leadership in Times of Crisis

The 44th Annual AIS Conference invites proposals in a variety of collaborative formats and welcomes senior scholars, early-career academics, student support staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals in local, regional, and international communities to contribute to these discussions.

Sonoma State University is a member of the 23-campus California State University system. We are home to the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, a 50-year old interdisciplinary, integrated degree program with three concentrations and its own faculty. We are a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, and we honor the traditions of local indigenous tribes as we build partnerships to provide access to high-quality undergraduate and graduate degrees to the North Bay region. Our campus in Rohnert Park, conveniently close to airports in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, and Oakland, will serve as the site for the conference. We are located in a beautiful region, with famous wineries all around, where you can hike our regional and state parks and visit the ocean.

Conference proposals are due April 1, 2022. Explore the Call for Proposals on our website and join us in finding out how the future is interdisciplinary. You can also reach us by email!

Dr. Karen Moranski (Co-Chair, Provost)
Dr. Jenn Lillig (Co-Chair, Interim Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies)