What makes the CESTEMER community unique are all of the outstanding participants who boldly cross disciplinary lines in their work, while creating and sharing all of the fun that can be along the way. Here we highlight many of these individuals with the CESTEMER Speaker Spotlights Series, where we’ve asked presenters from CESTEMER 17 and CESTEMER 19 to answer a few questions about what excites them about our community and the intersection with their passions.
What drew you to become part of the CESTEMER community?
I’ve always had seemingly opposite interests throughout my life – dance/movement and science. I was lucky enough after graduating from college to get a job that encompassed both of these fields, but it seemed like no one else in the world believed in the value of integrating disciplines. After reading about CESTEMER, it was clear that I had finally found a space where creative and rigorous interdisciplinary work was not only valued, but celebrated and elevated.
If you can narrow down the experience of CESTEMER 2017 to one big takeaway, what would it be? What was most gratifying?
My biggest takeaway from CESTEMER 2017 was that if I have the vision to accomplish something in previously unexplored territory, there’s no reason not to pursue it and work for it. The CESTEMER community is a vibrant one of individuals and organizations that have boldly pushed the edges of how interdisciplinary work can thrive in today’s world, and it was highly gratifying to come away with an understanding that my interdisciplinary visions can take root out there, too.
What is a piece of advice you would give to someone attending CESTEMER for the first time?
Talk to as many people as possible and give yourself permission to let loose and be silly when the conference calls for that.
What are you most excited about experiencing with CESTEMER 2019?
Being part of the Organizing Committee has given me a beautiful perspective of the conference growing in real time. Because of this, I’m most excited to see what the newest members of the community have to say about their work and ideas, which sound truly incredible.
What are some ways people can get connected to you and your work? (i.e. website, social media, etc.)
LinkedIn is probably the easiest: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-shockley-472481108/