Slow Seminars

The format of Slow Seminars

The monthly Slow Seminars that center around a central topic or author have been a vital component of AURA since the beginning of the project. The “Slow Seminars” bring together PhD students, post.docs and senior researchers from AU and University of California, Santa Cruz in cross-Atlantic videoconference calls. 

Aimed to inspire novel insights for all, the Slow Seminars also have a strong educational component, allowing PhDs to take part in engaged and engaging scientific discussions at the highest level and thereby experiencing first-hand how scientific ideas form through trial and error. The suggested readings are introduced by one of the core members of AURA on a rotational basis and subsequently discussed with a view to mining their insights for use in refining the research questions of AURA.  PhD students are also frequently asked to head the discussion. The discussions take up to three hours and are often followed by a social event in Aarhus. 

The slow and international format of these seminars has proven very successful in attracting Master students and other interested parties to the project both in California and in Denmark. In Aarhus the seminars are attended by students from AU as well as other Danish universities and from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Future Seminars

Past Slow Seminars

Mon 07 Mar
17:00-20:00 | Building 1540, room K33 (basement). Ny munkegade 114, 8000 Aarhus C
Slow seminar no 20 with Meredith Root-Bernstein
Interdisciplinarity: Towards problem generation and problem solving?
Mon 11 Jan
17:00-20:00 | Jens Christian Schous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1467, room 616.
SLOW Seminar no. 19
Invasive Species
Mon 24 Aug
10:15-11:40 | AU Biosciences at New Munkegade 114, building 1540, room 324.
Seminar with AU Biosciences and AURA
Exciting seminars with Professor Ingrid Parker and Greg Gilbert, University of California, Santa Cruz
Mon 08 Jun
17:00-20:00 | Jens Christian Schous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1451, room 515
Slow Seminar no. 18 with Nathalia Brichet and Heather Swanson
At this seminar we will explore what scientic knowledge is for AURA - how much diversity, contingency and contradiction can we manage?
Mon 04 May
17:00-20:00 | Jens Christian Schous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1451, room 515.
Slow Seminar no. 17 with Nils Bubandt
‘Anthropocene Beginnings’ or Chronotopes of the Anthropocene
Tue 07 Apr
17:00-20:00 | Jens Christian Schous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1451, room 515.
Slow seminar no. 16 with Andrew Mathews
Niche-construction among humans and nonhumans.
Fri 06 Mar
15:00-18:00 | Jens Christians Skous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1451, 515
Slow Seminar no. 15: Climax, Succession, Alternate Stable States: theories and practices of change in ecology
AURA post.doc Filippo Bertoni is the organizer of this AURA Slow Seminar on ecology.
Thu 05 Feb
15:00-18:00 | Jens Christian Skous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C. Bygning 1451, 515
Slow Seminar no. 14: Elizabeth Kolbert
At this seminar we will be discussing Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.
Tue 09 Dec
14:00-17:00 | Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C, Building 1451, room 515
Slow Seminar no. 12: Piers Vitebsky
At this Slow seminar we will be discussing the book by Piers Vitebsky: The Reindeer People: Living With Animals and Spirits in Siberia.
Thu 06 Nov
14:00-17:00 | Building 1451, room 515
Slow Seminar no. 11: Oliver Rackham
At this Slow Seminar we will be discussing the book "Woodlands".

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