[ASC-list] Science and Popular Culture Call for Papers

Steven Gil drstevengil at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 00:10:16 UTC 2015

*CFP: Science & Popular Culture Area*

Papers, panels, and round tables are now invited for the Science & Popular
Culture area of the PCA/ACA Conference in Seattle, Washington to be held *March
21-25, 2016*.

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 be eligible for
inclusion in the *Journal of Science and Popular Culture* (Intellect,
beginning publication 2017).

Submissions should 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, education and teaching
   - 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
   - Conflicts between scientific discoveries/knowledge/work and cultural

Submissions can be made through the PCA/ACA site until *1 October
2015. *Inquiries
can be sent to area chairs, Steven Gil and Bill Lott via spcpca at gmail.com
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