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 06 Oct
14:00-16:00 | Jens Chr. Skous vej 3, 8000 Aarhus N. Building 1453, room 513
Slow Seminar no. 10: Donna Haraway & Scott Gilbert
At this Slow Seminar we will be discussing books by Donna Haraway and Scott Gilbert
Thu 04 Sep
14:00-17:00 | building 1451, room 515, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C
Slow seminar no. 9: Thom van Dooren and Bruno Latour
At this first Slow Seminar of the new semester we will be discussing the social life of birds and the political theology of nature.
Mon 28 Apr
17:15-19:15 | building 1451, room 515. Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C.
Slow Seminar no. 8: Plutopia by Kate Brown
A discussion of Plutonium disasters and its consequences for the living
Tue 08 Apr
17:15-19:15 | building 1451, room 515. Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3, 8000 Aarhus C.
Slow seminar no. 7: Discussion of Deborah Gordon: "Ant Encounters: Interaction Systems and Colony Behavior".
Invitation to the next slow seminar on ant encounters
Mon 10 Mar
15:30-17:30 | building 1451, room 515
Slow Seminar NO. 6: Discussion of William Cronon: Nature's Metropolis.
We are pleased to invite you to our next Slow Seminar, March 10, 15.30-17.30.
Mon 10 Feb
16:30-18:30 | Nils Bubandt’s house in Beder
Slow Seminar NO. 5: "Discussion of Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan: 'What is Life?'"
We are pleased to invite you to our fifth "Slow Seminar" on Monday, February 10 from 16.30-18.30.
Mon 09 Dec
14:00-16:30 | Moesgård: The old library in the main building.
Slow Seminar NO. 4: "Feral: Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding" by George Monbiot
Tue 26 Nov
14:00-16:30 | room 2.3, building 1421, Studenterhus fonden, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C
Slow Seminar NO. 3: John Thomson - "Relentless Evolution"
The seminar will discuss John Thompson's book Relentless Evolution (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Mon 28 Oct
14:00-16:00 | Moesgård
Slow Seminar NO. 2
Mon 30 Sep
14:00-16:00 | AU Campus
Slow Seminar NO. 1

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