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Two Cultures at the Wissenschaftskolleg

Gadagkar, R (2001) Two Cultures at the Wissenschaftskolleg. In: Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin Yearbook, 2001 . pp. 68-75.

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My life at the Wissenschaftskolleg was so rich and varied and so full of new and wonderful experiences that it is impossible to reminisce about all of them in this short essay. Like most other Fellows I am sure, I greatly appreciated the rare opportunity to get away from my routine duties and responsibilities back home and to be able to read and write unhurriedly. And like other Fellows, I found the staff very efficient, helpful, and warm and the facilities and services exemplary. I must say that by hiring talented and committed individuals and giving them the opportunity to interact with so many different Fellows, year after year, the Kolleg has produced a human resource that is probably unparalleled. The many and varied discussions we had during the Tuesday colloquia, the Thursday dinners, and the weekday lunches will remain vivid in my memory for a long time to come. The unusually large numbers of Indian scholars at the Kolleg this year added its own unique flavour. For part of the time, I had the inspiring company of my group members, Amitabh Joshi, Leticia Avilés, and Somdatta Sinha. Berlin, I soon discovered, harbors an unending supply of rich and exotic (at least for me) cultural feasts. My life at the Kolleg was thus both productive and enjoyable as I pursued three planned projects and an unexpected hobby. Here I will only briefly mention the projects that are being, or will be, published. I will describe the hobby in some detail as I suspect it might interest readers more than the projects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin Yearbook
Publisher: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Keywords: Social scientist, Wissenschaftskolleg, Natural scientists, Read-Speak Dichotomy
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2021 11:03
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 11:03
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68165

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