|A Jonathan Hsy eye view of the interview segment|
(Read Karl mansplaining to you BABEL 2014 as well as what mansplaining is. Then read this.)
First, thanks to everyone who attended for the response Lindy and I received to our joint plenary at BABEL Boston, "The Deep and the Personal: The Earth, Time and Thought." We were a little nervous about the talk because -- despite having plotted its rough shape (two disciplinary specific presentations followed by an interview), despite knowing that we share some obsessions about stone, time and catastrophe, and despite having shared our slides beforehand to be startled by how much they possessed in common -- we did not prepare anything else for the talk that night. The interview segment was wholly off the cuff.
We are thinking of co-authoring a small book derived from the plenary. The problem is, the interview wasn't recorded and was the swiftest 30 minutes either of us has experienced. We know that the exchanges eliciting the most interest involved the framing of Big Questions and the rumination over beauty and science. We'd of course like to think about those more (and I believe they intersect in a rather profound way). It isn't our intention simply to recreate the plenary -- for that reason I'm kind of happy it wasn't recorded, because it was a performance of and for the conference moment -- but, if you have any to offer, we would love to gather some feedback on what questions explored that evening intrigued, as well as what additional queries a humanist and a scientist should be provoking each other with. Even if you were unable to attend, we would be very happy to hear from you, since the book would be intended for as wide an audience as possible. Because wasn't the conference conclusion that we need to collaborate as widely as possibly?