It is often emphasized that curiosity in natural sciences leads to great discoveries and, ultimately, useful applications. But what is the role of curiosity in human and social sciences? How do researchers in these fields manage the need to stay open to the unexpected while grounding their work in systematic methods? Are today's academics still allowed to be led by mere curiosity, or must they conform to the demands of applicability and strategic career calculation?
Kollegium Talks is a discussion series hosted by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and University of Helsinki Think Corner. The events are free and open to the public and take place at the Think Corner Stage (Yliopistonkatu 4). In the spring 2019 Kollegium Talks events, scholars of the Helsinki Collegium shared their experience on negotiating between curiosity and discipline in research. Recordings of the talks are available on YouTube (see below).