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Science & Popular Culture

10.10.2019 14:09 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

April 15-18, 2020

Philadelphia, USA

Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Science & Popular Culture Area of the PCA/ACA welcomes papers, panels, and round tables for the upcoming conference.

With the integral place of science in Western and global society as well as theproliferation of science and technology across all media, it is more important than ever to examine what popular culture tells us about science. Studying science in popular culture is essential to understanding how scientific ideas are utilized, explored, critiqued and sometimes exploited outside of their formal contexts and how popular audiences understand science. Popular fascination with science has even created a cultural niche of its own, giving rise to new engagements with scientific knowledge, practice, and technologies. Together with the /Journal of Science & Popular Culture/, this conference area seeks to inspire and promote new investigations into the interrelationship of science and society.

Proposals should be 100-250 words in length. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Representations of science/scientists in television, film, art, print, and other media
  • The cultural influence of science/ influences of culture on science and scientists
  • Use of popular culture texts (novels, films, television series, etc.) to argue for or against scientific theories such as evolution and climate change
  • Internet culture and science
  • Science-related cultural artefacts
  • Scientists as celebrities / celebrity advocates of science
  • Science communication, popularization and education
  • Non-Western cultures and Science
  • Intersections of science and the humanities
  • Use of science in advertising and marketing
  • Science fiction / science and fiction
  • The artistic dimensions of science / science as art
  • Critical examinations of scientifically framed popular beliefs and pseudoscience
  • Science denial and science in a ‘Post-Truth’ world
  • Public and popular dimensions of scientific debate
  • Moments of conflict between scientific discoveries/knowledge/work andculture

Submission are open 1 August – 1 November 2019

To submit a paper:



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