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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


The Science Communication Reading Group will examine the intersection between issues in HPS and science communication, looking at themes including the history and sociology of science communication, the recent emergence of the 'science' of science communication, and various moral and ethical issues brought about by the complex relationship between science, scientists and society. Each term we will adopt a particular focus on this broad topic.

Meetings are held on Mondays, 4–5pm on Zoom. Organised by Grace Field (gef30), James Dolan (jad67) and Kanta Dihal (ksd38).

Easter Term 2021: Science Communication and Citizen Science

Week 1 (3 May)

Introduction and Chapter 1 (Chapter 2 optional). Irwin, Alan. Citizen Science: A Study of People, Expertise, and Sustainable Development. London: Routledge, 1995.

Week 2 (10 May)

Ottinger, Gwen. 'Buckets of Resistance: Standards and the Effectiveness of Citizen Science.' Science, Technology, & Human Values 35, no. 2 (2010): 244–270.

Week 3 (17 May)

Kasperowski, D., Brouneus, F. 'The Swedish mass experiments — a way of encouraging scientific citizenship?' Journal of Science Communication 15 (01) (2016).

Lewenstein, B. 'Can we understand citizen science?' Journal of Science Communication 15 (01) (2016) [Editorial].

Weitkamp, E. 'From planning to motivations: citizen science comes to life.' Journal of Science Communication 15 (03) (2016) [Editorial].

Week 4 (24 May)

Lintott, Chris. 'The Crowd and the Cosmos: Adventures in the Zooniverse.'

Week 5 (31 May)

No meeting.

Week 6 (7 June)

Verpoort, Philipp. 'How science communication could benefit from deliberative democracy — the case for direct involvement of random citizens in assessing and communicating science (with a case study from Cambridge)'. Presentation by author.

Week 7 (14 June)

Haklay, M., Fraisl, D., Greshake Tzovaras, B., Hecker, S., Gold, M., Hager, G., … Vohland, K. (2020, December 31). 'Contours of citizen science: a vignette study.'

Week 8 (21 June)

Jasanoff, S. (2003). 'Technologies of Humility: Citizen Participation in Governing Science.' Minerva 41(3), 223–244.

Week 9 (28 June)

Davies, S. R. and Horst, M. (2016). 'Scientific Citizenship: The Role of Science Communication in Democracy.' In Science Communication: Culture, Identity and Citizenship. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.