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Are there any reading/discussion groups at the RCC?

The “Works-in-Progress” meeting has become a fixture, as an unofficial fellows' colloquium that takes place once a week on Wednesdays. Using pre-circulated manuscripts, the participants (fellows, visiting scholars, and interested doctoral students) have the opportunity to discuss their ongoing scholarship with their peers. Works-in-Progress is an internal discussion group and there are no formal presentations; participation is organized by the members themselves.

Above and beyond that, fellows and visiting scholars have the opportunity to set up their own reading groups and informal workshops. Past initiatives include workshops on cultures of risk (with Ulrich Beck as a special guest) and discussion groups on eco-utopias (with film screenings in the center’s conference room), eco-feminism, multi-species, and natural disasters, to name just a few.