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Values and Literature

New solutions require new skills / Great technology require multidisciplinary thinking

Friday 25 May at 10.15-11.45

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. We allow ourselves to modify Albert Einstein's famous remark: We cannot solve our problems using the same skills we used when we created them. Natural science has prevailed in the way we think of technology and digitalisation. But technology - not least welfare technology - is about creation solutions for humans. In order to make great technology, we need to understand human behaviour just as much as we need to understand codes and algorithms. We must create a stronger linkage between the humanities and the natural sciences. We need to connect “big data” with “thick data”. The physical with the abstract. When doing just that, we are able to create welfare solutions that go beyond the thinking we used to create the problems we have today. Who knows, perhaps the health care assistant of today is the AI consultant of tomorrow?

Workshop participants:

Nicolai Laugesen, Innovation & Portfolio Director, Falck A/S

Claus Bjørn Billehøj, CEO, The Social Capital Fund

Brian Landbo, Chefrådgiver, Seismonaut A/S

Facilitatorer: Brian Landbo, Chefrådgiver Seismonaut and Andreas Linnet Jensen, Seniorrådgiver, Seismonaut A/S

The workshop is organized by Seismonaut A/S


What can Literature do in the Welfare State?

Friday 25 May at 13.00-14.30

Research into the relations between the welfare state and literature and the arts have flourished in the last decade. This has led to investigations into the historical visions of cultural policy in the welfare state, the attempts made by fiction to intervene in the debate on the welfare state, but also into visions of the welfare state in contemporary fiction and its significance as a context for overlooked genres as the nursing home novel and literature on aging. The participants in the panel will give an update on this line of research and address the question: What can literature do in the welfare state? 

Workshop participants:

Lasse Horne Kjældgaard, professor, Roskilde University

Peter Simonsen, professor, SDU

The workshop is organized by professor Lasse Horne Kjældgaard, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, e-mail: lhok@ruc.dk , tel: +45 4674-2160