Afternoon Inqueery

AI: Microculture

I’ve been part of several conversations recently about ‘culture’ as it pertains to a given small-scale environment.  My department, for instance, is in the process of hiring a new chairperson, and ‘department culture’ is always something that gets brought up.  And then there’s my various internet neighborhoods and their sometimes highly-specialized norms, and a conversation with a friend about conventions and how those spaces are so unique relative to even other nerd gatherings.

What does culture mean to you on a small(ish) group scale?  How quickly do you get a sense of it in a new space?  On a formal organization level, is culture just another buzzword to you, or are you in a place that takes it seriously/makes it a useful concept?

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Dae is a chemical engineering graduate student who aspires to become a mad scientist, but is prepared to settle for being a professor. Her extracurricular academic interests are an ever-shifting list, but currently include temperament psychology, philosophy, transhumanism, and pre-modern literature. She identifies as a bisexual cis-woman, as well as a feminist, humanist, atheist, and roleplaying game enthusiast.

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