Heterotopia in Multi-disciplinary Scientific Generative Processes
Visiting Speaker
Past Event
Juniper Lovato
Director of Outreach for Complex Systems, University of Vermont
Sep 27, 2019
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10:30 am
177 Huntington Ave
11th floor

In this talk, we will discuss unconventional generative processes and social reinforcement methods that my team has used to facilitate creative scientific output (via workshops and working groups, research fellowships, schools, training programs, and individual discipline). Over the last decade I have designed training programs with the aim of encouraging researchers to overcome scientific plateaus by entering heterotopic spaces (a concept that comes from the philosopher Michel Foucault). I believe these experiences to be transformative to researchers and often provides a rich environment where novel research can emerge. In this talk, I will detail methods of empowering trans-disciplinary research environments that push researchers to think about creating science in new ways. The goal of this talk is to challenge researchers and organizers to think beyond the customary generative processes structure and hopefully get inspired to be creative in the way we create science.

About the speaker
Juniper Lovato is the Director of Educational Outreach for Complex Systems at the Vermont Complex Systems Center and the Program Director for MassMutual Center of Excellence in Complex Systems and Data Science at the University of Vermont. At the Vermont Complex Systems Center, Juniper works across generations and geographical limits to make resources and knowledge on cutting-edge complexity science more accessible to those with a hunger and curiosity for learning and exploration. Juniper came to Burlington in 2018. She previously served as the Director of Education for the Santa Fe Institute, an independent complexity science research center. She is also a co-founder of MAKE Santa Fe, a not-for-profit community makerspace in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Juniper received her Master’s in the Western Classics from St. John’s College in 2013 where she completed a thesis on the nature of pleasure in work in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.