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Higher Education, Interdisciplinarity, and some related things like Expertise and Future of Work

Welcome to my new blog. You can read more about me in the About tab, top left. I'm looking forward to getting back to 'writing and thinking out loud' about Higher Education, Interdisciplinarity and other things that interest me. You can talk to me either here or on my linked Twitter feed.


Memoir of Ernst Gombrich – guest post by Richard Gombrich

The life and character – but not the achievements – of my father, Ernst Gombrich. My father, Ernst Gombrich, was born in Vienna on 30 March 1909. His father, Karl Gombrich, was a lawyer; his mother, Leonie, née Hock, was a famous piano teacher. In socio-economic terms, it was a typical middle-class family of moderate means. My father had two elder sisters, no brother. My father was born into the Austro-Hungarian empire, and remembered how as a boy he saw the funeral processio

Interdisciplinary education in an established environment – emerging thoughts

I feel at risk once again of getting sucked into the discipline of interdisciplinarity, prompted this time by some excellent articles on such things published by colleagues of mine. But I resist. I want to stay as an outsider, to try to see things continually afresh. Of course the danger is that one ends up re-doing what has been done before or missing a trick or a short-cut that could save time or help students out. But we have to trust that I and my team can bring at least

A personal heritage…in links

This blog gives my intellectual and academic heritage. Paternal Grandfather: E H Gombrich and also here, at the Gombrich archive. Maternal Grandfather: Carl J Friedrich Father: Richard Gombrich Maternal Uncle 1: Otto Friedrich Maternal Uncle 2: Paul Friedrich Maternal Uncle 3 (by marriage): Carl-Wilhelm de Boor #biography #Friedrich #wikipedia #gombrich #heritage

EH Gombrich and interdisciplinarity

I’ve been thinking about my grandfather EH Gombrich recently, and what he would have made of this talk of interdisciplinarity and what we are doing on the Arts and Sciences BASc. I don’t think he would have liked the word much; perhaps he might even have gone along with the idea that the degree is ‘dumbing down’ in some way. But if that were the case it would be ironic because in some ways he was one of the great (and early) interdisciplinarians of the 20th century. In fact,


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