The Serendipity Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, from 16:30 to 18:00 – we are parallel session VI.27 in the online program, here.
Serendipity in research is associated with the now classic experience of looking for a book on a library shelf, and finding another, even more valuable, book. However, our world is increasingly technical – traditional approaches to humanities research must integrate with the tools of scientific methodology and information technology. Nonetheless, there is a continuing need for insight and creativity, even in a world of controlled experiments and algorithms, and people continue to make unexpected and unpredictable discoveries. How does serendipity, a concept born in the humanities, clarify and contextualize the current push toward ‘innovation’? How do humanities researchers today experience serendipity? What is the nature of the ‘unsought finding’? How can we ensure future opportunities for serendipity? What technologies enable valuable, yet unpredictable, discoveries? This Symposium presses upon the boundaries between disciplines to illustrate how research in all fields will—and should—continue to be a human experience above all.
Sérendipité: Entre sciences et humanités, un concept au cœur de la créativité / Serendipity: Between science and humanities, a concept at the heart of creativity
Inquiry, chance events, and abduction
Innovation as serendipity: Distinguishing between novelty and progress
The risks of serendipitous browsing: The exploitation of ignorance in social media
Serendipitous search practices of media researchers: Developing techniques to elicit ‘the unforeseen’