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Call for papers: 

pca-cfp-2017

Science & Popular Culture CFP

The Science & Popular Culture Area of the PCA/ACA welcomes papers, panels, and round tables for the upcoming conference in Washington D.C. April 17-20, 2019.

With the integral place of science in Western and global society as well as the current
proliferation of science and technology on television and in films, it is more important than ever to examine what popular culture texts are telling us about science. Such analyses serve to illuminate where science features in these texts, as well as how science is viewed, digested, and discussed by the public. Studying science in popular culture is essential to understanding how scientific ideas are utilized, explored, critiqued and sometimes exploited outside of their formal contexts. The common fascination with science has also created a popular culture niche of its own, giving rise to new engagements with scientific knowledge, practices, and technologies.

Proposals should be 100-250 words in length and can address any aspect of the complex interrelation of science and popular culture. 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
  • Public and popular dimensions of scientific debates
  • Moments of conflict between scientific discoveries/knowledge/work and culture
  • Science fandom

 

Submission are open 1 July – 1 October 2018

To submit a paper visit:

http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/proposing-a-presentation-at-the-conference/

For inquiries contact:

drstevengil@gmail.com

 

Area chairs

steven-gil-7582

bill-lott-8249