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Open Cultural Studies: Popular Mediations of Science - Critical Perspectives on Science and its Contexts

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EDITED BY

Dr Maureen Burns & Dr Adam Dodd (The University of Queensland) 

DESCRIPTION

This issue provides a collection of critical cultural perspectives on popularising science. Many cultural studies scholars use science studies, science and technology studies and feminist science studies in our work. This issue offers critical cultural studies, communication and media studies perspectives specifically on the dissemination of science. Instead of exploring the ways that science is communicated to the general public, this issue will explore how mediation is intrinsic to the core practices of science, and the ways in which popular genres feed back into scientific institutions and disciplines.  

Using popular media artefacts and methods from critical cultural studies and associated disciplines, articles will explore issues around scientific disciplines, institutions and publics.  

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Critiques of classical humanism in the sciences;
  • The construction and maintenance of scientific publics;
  • How the visual mediates scientific practice;
  • Aestheticisation within science and of scientific objects of inquiry;
  • Science as performative;
  • Science experts and celebrities;
  • Popular and unpopular science and scientists;
  • Science PR and advocacy;
  • Depopularising ‘abnormal’ science.
 
 

HOW TO SUBMIT

Titles of proposed articles to date: 

Burns, Maureen: “G.O Fizzicle and the Mohole: Comics and the International Geophysical Year”
Dodd, Adam: “Nothing to See Here! How Scientists Attempt to Depopularise UFOs”
Freestone, Jamie: “The hidden (variable) sublime: how popular quantum physics books don't explain quantum physics”

Complete papers followed by a short bio should be submitted to Dr Maureen Burns at m.burns2@uq.edu.au and a.dodd@uq.edu.au  by 31 May 2017.