Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Michael McCormick, Harvard University
Emily Merchant, University of California, Davis
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the JIH, this roundtable panel will both reflect on the past experience of interdisciplinary modes of historical work, as well as on its ongoing promise for the future. Both long-term and newer contributors to the journal -- as authors, reviewers, and editorial board members – will initiate the discussion with brief comments about their experience as practitioners of interdisciplinary scholarship, with a particular view to illuminating the role of the journal in it. We are also interested in thinking about future directions for the journal to explore, to imagining collectively fruitful new lines of communication across disciplinary boundaries. We seek a robust audience discussion about the kinds of questions that remain to be asked, and hopefully answered, in the boundary spaces between disciplines, especially as new areas of scientific inquiry continue to be opened by technical innovation and discovery.