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Research theme 2018-19: Turbulence

Fellows Dr Lucy Bollington and Dr Véra Ehrenstein are researching this theme.

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This theme is open to the widest possible interpretation and is assumed to address the concerns of many disciplines and departments while providing a frame for thinking across or even bypassing entrenched or established modes of thinking. It could include the following concerns:

  • Chaotic/unpredictable change: unsteady movement, elemental disturbance, liveliness of matter and mood, weather and wind
  • Turmoil, instability, upheaval, tumult, unruliness, uncontrolled passions, confusion, unsettlement
  • Turbulent times/journeys/environments: materials, flows, natural forces, economies
  • Wild and erratic motion, force, intensity, feeling, velocity
  • Unpredictability/instability/precarity: of markets, emotions, atoms and areas
  • Disruption of forms/genres: radical destabilisation of conventions, precedents, procedures and norms
  • Turbulence and aesthetics: melodrama, horror, noise, scale, the sublime
  • Turbulence and subjectivity, psychological unpredictability

Image: Natural disaster, by Leonardo da Vinci  (1452–1519). Black chalk, pen and ink on paper, between 1517 and 1518.

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