HAT-group WINTER EVENTS: Multidisciplinary symposium and student workshop in Turku

The HAT-group is organizing two events in Turku this winter to foster cross-disciplinary discussions on how to perceive, analyse and understand complex patterns of change.  We are living an unprecedented era of instability. Languages change, music and fashion tastes continuously evolve, economies rise and decline, financial and societal crises come and go. Our climate, ecosystems, societies and cultures are in a constant state of change. Yet, these processes are not always easy to perceive. To understand system change, we use metaphors such as social networks, evolutionary trees or epidemic waves. But can we mix and match these metaphors across fields of research?

  1. What is Change – symposium
    Monday 4th of December 10.00-17.30

Download the Symposium program in pdf

Symposium brings together artists and scientists from fields of biology, paleontology, economics, linguistics, sociology, musicology and computer science to share perspectives and discuss patterns of change in complex systems. The symposium is meant as a forum for discussions across very different thought cultures and is thus open for everybody regardless of background.

Symposium Location: Raatihuone, Turku. PLEASE REGISTER HERE FOR THE SYMPOSIUM. 

If you have any questions, please contact Aura Raulo at aura.raulo @ utu.fi

  1. What is Change? – Student workshop on complex systems research in arts and sciences

This weekend-long workshop calls students or early-career practitioners of arts and quantitative sciences together to explore methods of artistic and scientific research collaborations to understand patterns of change in society and wider nature. Workshop is organised at Turku University (Location TBA), Saturday-Sunday 2.-3.12.2023. Quantitative scientists and artists of all fields are welcome. Depending on your institution, there is a possibility to get 2 study credits from this workshop. The workshop will be in English. 

Workshop includes talks as well as artistic and scientific research practicals, but the main focus is in group discussions. We will trial different ways of perceiving, understanding and relating with complex patterns of change in individuals, cultures and ecosystems, and explore different metaphors for change, such as waves (e.g., epidemic waves), trees (e.g., evolutionary trees) or networks (e.g., social networks). We will also explore means of fruitful collaboration between arts and sciences through methods of “equal research”, where a scientist and an artist set out to research a common topic of interest in parallel and in continuous dialogue. All workshop participants are also warmly welcome to the What is Change – symposium that is held right after the workshop, on Monday 4th of December, in Raatihuone, Turku


Any questions, contact Aura Raulo at  aura.raulo @ utu.fi