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Fiction Meets Science Preparatory Workshop II

The World of Science under the Literary Microscope

FMS Preparatory Workshop II

October 12 - 13, 2012

Organizers:

Susan M. Gaines & Norbert Schaffeld
University of Bremen

Fiction meets Science

The World of Science under the Literary Microscope

FMS Preparatory Workshop II

October 12 - 13, 2012

Organizers:

Susan M. Gaines & Norbert Schaffeld
University of Bremen

Background

This workshop is part of an effort to build the long-term, multi-institutional research and fellowship program "Fiction Meets Science: The World of Science under the Literary Microscope" (FMS). On June 30, 2012 the FMS team submitted a preliminary grant proposal to the Volkswagen Foundation's "Key Issues for Research and Society" initative (Schlüsselthemen für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft). Workshop participants should all have read a copy of this short proposal. If successful, the Key Issues grant will fund FMS for an initial 3-6 years. A decision on the preliminary proposal will be announced this Fall—whether before, during, or after this workshop is unknown. We are forging ahead with development of our ideas for the program in preparation for submitting a full-length proposal—if our preliminary VW proposal is successful, this would be due in February 2013.

Workshop Objectives

  • Experiment with the format for the FMS author readings and talk series.
  • Begin outreach for the FMS scientists network and for the public reading groups
  • Establish a context for FMS in literature and science studies
  • Build background expertise for FMS literary scholars and sociologists
  • Get feedback on FMS projects from guest scholars
  • Establish links between FMS projects and develop common languages for interchange of ideas and sharing results across projects and disciplines
  •  

The Venues

On Friday, we'll meet at the University of Bremen's Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM; www.MARUM.de/en ). Several key members of MARUM are on the FMS team, and we hope to be recruiting more for our network of scientists and reading groups. Interested scientists will be invited to drop in on the afternoon talks or browse our book table.

On Saturday, we'll meet at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg/Institute for Advanced Study (HWK; www.h-w-k.de/en ). The HWK invites scholars and scientists from around the world to spend 3-9 uninterrupted months working on individual or group research projects in the marine sciences, neuro- and cognitive sciences, social sciences, or energy research. Fellows live at the Institute, making use of laboratories and collaborating with colleagues at the surrounding research insitutions. The HWK is conceived as the focal point of the FMS fellowship program, which supports the creation of new science novels by providing fellowships for selected writers and integrating them into the region's scientific community.

Background

This workshop is part of an effort to build the long-term, multi-institutional research and fellowship program "Fiction Meets Science: The World of Science under the Literary Microscope" (FMS). On June 30, 2012 the FMS team submitted a preliminary grant proposal to the Volkswagen Foundation's "Key Issues for Research and Society" initative (Schlüsselthemen für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft). Workshop participants should all have read a copy of this short proposal. If successful, the Key Issues grant will fund FMS for an initial 3-6 years. A decision on the preliminary proposal will be announced this Fall—whether before, during, or after this workshop is unknown. We are forging ahead with development of our ideas for the program in preparation for submitting a full-length proposal—if our preliminary VW proposal is successful, this would be due in February 2013.

Workshop Objectives

  • Experiment with the format for the FMS author readings and talk series.
  • Begin outreach for the FMS scientists network and for the public reading groups
  • Establish a context for FMS in literature and science studies
  • Build background expertise for FMS literary scholars and sociologists
  • Get feedback on FMS projects from guest scholars
  • Establish links between FMS projects and develop common languages for interchange of ideas and sharing results across projects and disciplines
  •  

The Venues

On Friday, we'll meet at the University of Bremen's Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM; www.MARUM.de/en ). Several key members of MARUM are on the FMS team, and we hope to be recruiting more for our network of scientists and reading groups. Interested scientists will be invited to drop in on the afternoon talks or browse our book table.

On Saturday, we'll meet at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg/Institute for Advanced Study (HWK; www.h-w-k.de/en ). The HWK invites scholars and scientists from around the world to spend 3-9 uninterrupted months working on individual or group research projects in the marine sciences, neuro- and cognitive sciences, social sciences, or energy research. Fellows live at the Institute, making use of laboratories and collaborating with colleagues at the surrounding research insitutions. The HWK is conceived as the focal point of the FMS fellowship program, which supports the creation of new science novels by providing fellowships for selected writers and integrating them into the region's scientific community.