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Wonderments of Cosmos £6,000 Research Prize Competition

Tuesday, 25th March 3pm – 6pm (approximately) and Friday, 28th March,
9am – 5pm

Wonderments of Cosmos Seminar Series
This seminar series, convened by Martin Holbraad, UCL Anthropology, brought together scholars from across UCL to present the different ways in which their work engages with the wonderments of cosmos, and explored how these approaches may speak to each other.

Research Prizes

The seminar series concluded with a £6,000 research prize workshop. Cross disciplinary teams formulated research proposals that could be developed into a significant grant application. Two proposals were successful:

Cosmic Transmissions: Understanding the Impact of the New Scientific Cosmos on Contemporary Society (£4,500)
This interdisciplinary research project asks how scientific conceptualisations of the cosmos travel to and inspire new cosmologies in domains beyond science. This project will critically examine various domains where the spread of the scientific cosmos has gained particular currency, whether in the shape of tools and expertise (e.g. physicists in financial institutions), images and ideas (e.g. Hubble Heritage, contemporary arts practice, science-fiction), or philosophies of self and society (e.g. Deleuzian theory, non-religious communities). At the same time, research will be directed towards the ‘source’ of this knowledge: astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology. Here the focus will be on the processes of generating and transmitting new cosmologies - the ‘doing’ and disseminating of physics.  Project plan

Wonderment at the Cosmos (£1,500)
How are knowledge of the cosmos and wonderment at the cosmos related? Does our increasing knowledge of the cosmos mean that we wonder more or less? How do we wonder at the cosmos? Is there one type of wonder or many types of wonder? How does our knowledge shape that wonder and how does wonder help to shape our knowledge?  Further details will be posted shortly.   

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