The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies organizes two round tables on the role of curi­os­ity in hu­man and so­cial sci­en­ces.

It is often emphasized that curiosity in natural sciences leads to great discoveries and, ultimately, useful applications. But what is the role of curiosity in human and social sciences? How do researchers in these fields manage the need to stay open to the unexpected while grounding their work in systematic methods? Are today’s academics still allowed to be led by mere curiosity, or must they conform to the demands of applicability and strategic career calculation?

To discuss this topic and share their unique experience, three fellows have been invited: Jane Cowan, Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz, and your servant.

See you next Monday, 11 March 2019 at 4pm, Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki 00100, Finland.

And for those of you who can’t join us, the round table will be broadcast live.

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