To Go Or Not To Go?
This is one of those things that I feel like I should go to, but have mixed feelings about:
Ways of Knowing: Arts and Science’s Shared Imagination – an arts/sciences interdisciplinary conference being run at Hertfordshire next week.
On the face of it, that sounds right up my street, and it’s also in memory of someone I knew who died earlier this year 😦 And also it’s free to register, and local, both of which are pro’s.
However, a couple of things have rubbed me up the wrong way. One is that no-one here in Astronomy knew about this until about a month after the calls for proposals ended, despite the fact that we’re, umm, literally just on the opposite side of the street from the Art Department. Looking at the list of talks, I can’t see many that seem that specifically on the science side either.
And we have had a couple of previous inter-disciplinary experiments here. What they most successfully achieved was highlighting the culture differences between the science and arts groups, sadly. And it occurs to me that this could just happen again, particularly if all the talks are from one side of the aisle.
Also, there’s the issue that on Monday, a new telescope proposal landed in my lap. It’s due at midday next Thursday, and it’s already a trainwreck. I’ll probably be a trainwreck as well by next Friday, given past experience. So there’s that to consider as well.