Looking Back on the Third WeberWorldCafé: Science Reporter
As the pictures of the table cloths already show, the documentation of our WeberWorldCafé is rather unusual. Instead of papers by our table hosts published together as it is often done after a conference, three Science Reporter joined us for the WorldCafé “Museum, Power and Identity”.
As all of them point out, their experiences have been unique. As Damián Morán Dauchez points out “the experience is much more individual as at other kinds of congresses and conferences.” Only the article by Kristina Engels focuses on her experience at the table, the other articles focus more on the style of the event which all of them described similar to speed dating.
By bringing together new groups of participants in each round new connections were made. “[V]ia the constant changes and in the aftermath I had many notes of names and topics I wanted to check later or find out more about,” Sarah Fründt notes.
But the constant changes were also a struggle. Once the discussions were going people had to leave the table again and move on. Discussions were also often derailed by questions asking for clarifications or very theoretical aspects. Since the group of participants were very diverse it was hard to bridge the different levels of knowledge and interests.
However, it seems like all our Science Reporters enjoyed the afternoon and made new connections, both mentally and socially.
You can find the entire articles here:
“Review: The Weber World Café” by Sarah Fründt
“Wozu denn das Weber World Café 3” by Damián Morán Dauchez (in German)
“Scientific Serendipity and the Museum Without Objects” by Kristina Engels
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