#serendipityreads – a Twitter Journal Club

Location: @ser_soc twitter feed, #serendipityreads

New Time: 19:30 BST/GMT on Tuesdays (~monthly; see below for scheduled papers)

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

Featured image = ‘The book attic’ by Allan Sharp (find it here on Flickr)

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

May 28, 2021

Serendipity as chaos or discovery – exploring the role of personality and sense of coherence – by Jannica Heinström and Eero Sormunen.

Discussion with Samantha Copeland & Wendy Ross

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.


Is there a paper about serendipity that you would like to discuss in the journal club? Contact us at the Society email (see our contact page, here) to let us know.

Need a copy of the paper but don’t have access? Email the Society at our email address and we can send you one, with the author’s permission. Our contact page is here!