Curiosity Across the Disciplines

Mandatory: No

Date & Time: Friday, Dec 9 2016 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Host: Center for Curiosity, GAPSA, the Office of the Provost, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management

The Curiosity Symposium @Penn is a first of its kind event that brings together scholars from 15 disciplines from 10 different universities to consider how their disciplines might study "curiosity" and, secondly, how curiosity as a concept should be understood differently in our current digital age. How might we study curiosity given the digital tools now at our disposal? How does online media production and consumption structure what we should be curious about and how we should be curious? In other words, what is the current politics of curiosity?

The symposium is part of a broader agenda to make the University of Pennsylvania the pre-eminent university for curiosity studies. While important work has been done to illuminate curiosity in a variety of disciplines, we need to build a much stronger conversation across those fields. In staking claim to the field of curiosity studies, we foreground both its positive and negative potentialities. What contexts or assumptions lead to a curiosity that facilitates social change and how are these manifestations of curiosity curtailed in our current media climate?

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