Science as an extra dividend: Frontiers of science

Burns, Maureen and Leach, Joan (2011) Science as an extra dividend: Frontiers of science. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14 5: 531-546. doi:10.1177/1367877910382190

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Author Burns, Maureen
Leach, Joan
Title Science as an extra dividend: Frontiers of science
Formatted title
Science as an extra dividend: Frontiers of science
Journal name International Journal of Cultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-8779
Publication date 2011-04-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1367877910382190
Volume 14
Issue 5
Start page 531
End page 546
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Frontiers of Science, an Australian science newspaper comic strip that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald every weekday from September 1961 until 1979, retains the record of being the longest-running newspaper science comic strip in the world. It was syndicated internationally to over 200 newspapers, and was translated into 14 languages. Its educational aspirations, its ‘omnipotent’ (read white, English-speaking) perspective, and its existence at the edge of comics and on the border between science fact and science fiction offer an invaluable record of the ways that science was imagined and popularized (in Australia and in several other countries) in the second half of the 20th century. In this piece we argue that Frontiers of Science bears witness to the intimate relations between the popularization of science and the broader political and social contexts of science, and that Frontiers of Science demonstrates the specificity of Australia and its place in the world during the 1960s and 1970s.
Keyword Australian comics
Australian newspaper comic strips
Australian science
comic books
Newspaper comic strips
Science communication
Science popularization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online First. Published online before print April 28, 2011

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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