Engaging theories: the hybrid objects of science and media studies

Burns, Maureen and Leach, Joan (2012). Engaging theories: the hybrid objects of science and media studies. In: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (CSAA 2012), Sydney, Australia, (). 4-6 December 2012.

Author Burns, Maureen
Leach, Joan
Title of paper Engaging theories: the hybrid objects of science and media studies
Conference name Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference (CSAA 2012)
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 4-6 December 2012
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Using talkback transcripts, an award winning climate science denier blog, and a science comic from the 1960s and 1970s, we explore some of the ways that combining science studies and cultural studies can produce more nuanced discussions about the popularisation and mobilisation of science in popular media.

This paper addresses the theme of ‘the crossing of science studies and cultural studies’, and interconnects with other themes of the conference such as ‘the relation between culture and economy’, and ‘cultural histories of objects and forms’. When science engagement literature deals with media at all, there is a concentration on print news media almost to the exclusion of other media, formats and genres. This gap in the literature has also been noted by Schäfer, for example.

A closer examination of science communication in genres other than news media offers greater possibilities for thinking about the relations between political agendas and science engagement that are possibly transferable to the science communication literature itself.
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Institutional Status UQ

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