Year Themes Academic Forum
As a rule, universities strive for excellence and perfection. But is perfection such a good thing to strive for? After all, life is far from perfect. If perfection is the objective, it will almost inevitably lead to disappointment. Constantly striving for perfection may also put too much pressure on students. Moreover, there can be no progress without mistakes.
Academic Forum wants to shed new light on the pursuit of perfection with this theme. This year, we will dedicate a relativizing series of programs to this theme, celebrating imperfection.
Isn't it true that there is beauty in imperfection? According to the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, beauty resides particularly in imperfect things. In essence, nothing is perfect and nothing is ever completely finished. It involves accepting the natural cycle of life: knowing that everything is impermanent and that this is OK.
Accepting imperfection and openly discussing mistakes can reduce stress. From this perspective, this series, which thus deals with something like the 'art of living', may even positively contribute to the mental health of the participants.
The first event in this series is How to survive in Academia, a program on imperfection in science/scientists, in collaboration with the Tilburg PhD Platform (TiPP).