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Papers, panels, and round tables are now invited for the Science & Popular Culture area of the PCA Conference Indianapolis, Indiana. March 28-31 2018.

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. Presented papers will also be eligible for inclusion in the Journal of Science and Popular Culture (Intellect, beginning publication October 2017).


Submissions must be 100-250 words in length and can address any aspect of the complex interrelation
of science and popular culture, including (but not limited to):

• Representations of science/scientists in television, film, art, print (newspapers, magazines,
novels, comics, etc.), and other media
• Use of science in popular culture
• The cultural influence of science
• Influences of popular culture on science and scientists
• Internet culture and science
• Science-related cultural artifacts
• Scientists as celebrities, and celebrity advocates of science
• Popular science and public understandings of science
• Science communication and education
• Non-Western cultures and science
• Translations of science into the public domain
• Science of the everyday
• Molecular gastronomy and other food science
• Science as art/the artistic dimensions of science
• Science and science fiction
• The public and popular dimensions of scientific debates
• Science and music
• History and philosophy of science
• Reconciling primary science with public perceptions
• Moments of conflict between science and culture

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