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We launch each discussion with an introduction to the paper and general introductions of authors and chair. Then we post discussion points based on the paper every fifteen minutes for one hour or discussion – but the joy of twitter is it can continue after that! So follow along with the @ser_soc twitter feed or via #serendipityreads
Upcoming #serendipityreads events
November 30, 2021
Wa/ondering with data – or, Responsibly measuring socio-technical serendipity in the urban environment – by Sabrina Sauer & Samantha Copeland
Discussion with the authors and Wendy Ross
Q: Smart cities use large-scale ubiquitous computing to optimize urban processes. Smart cities run the risk leaving little space for serendipitous encounters. What would smart city serendipitous experiences consist of? How does datafiction allow for urban-data serendipity?
Q: Why would recognizing and granting agency serendipity as it is experienced by city dwellers in smart cities make these cities more responsible?
Q: Sensory ethnography focuses on how people experience their environments. It is less about perception and more about affect; how a particular environment makes one feel, how meaning is perceived through the different senses. How does sensory ethnography help map and measure serendipitous experiences?
Q: The article takes a process-approach to studying serendipity, in line with studies that see improvisation as part of innovation processes. What is the difference between serendipity and improvisation?
Q: How can you use Open Data to create serendipitous situations for city dwellers?
PREVIOUS #SERENDIPITYREADS EVENTS
June 25, 2021
Serendipity in doctoral education: the importance of chance and the prepared mind in the PhD (2021) Journal of Further and Higher Education DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2021.1905157
With Author Alistair McCulloch
April 30, 2021
Engineering serendipity: When does knowledge sharing lead to knowledge production?
With author Jacqueline Lane, moderator Wendy Ross
January 29, 2021
Pharmacovigilance as Scientific Discovery: An Argument for Trans-Disciplinarity
With authors Elena Rocca and Samantha Copeland, and guest host Rani Lill Anjum from the CauseHealth project
December 4, 2020
Cognitive events in a problem-solving task: a qualitative method for investigating interactivity in the 17 Animals problem.
With authors Sune Vork Steffensen & Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau, moderator Wendy Ross
November 6, 2020
Crowdsourcing and open innovation in drug discovery: recent contributions and future directions.
With author David Thompson
September 25, 2020
Abduction in the Everyday Practice of Science: The Logic of Unintended Experiments.
With author Frederick Grinnell.
July 31, 2020
Catch that Word: Interactivity, Serendipity and Verbal Fluency in a Word Production Task
With author Wendy Ross
June 26, 2020
Planned Luck: How Incubators can facilitate serendipity for nascent entrepreneurs through fostering network embeddedness.
With author Christian Busch.
May 22, 2020
Information encountering re-encountered: A conceptual re-examination of serendipity in the context of information acquisition.
With authors Sanda Erdelez & Stephann Makri, chaired by Samantha Copeland.
April 24, 2020
“Fleming leapt on the unusual like a weasel on a vole”: Challenging the paradigms of discovery in science.
With author Samantha Copeland, chaired by Wendy Ross.
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