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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) and James Dolan (jad67).

Lent Term 2021: Science Communication in Practice

Week 1 (25 January)

Dudo, A., Besley, J. C. Making Science Communication More Strategic. Webinar.

Week 2 (1 February)

Jensen Eric A., Gerber Alexander. 2020. 'Evidence-Based Science Communication'. Frontiers in Communication 4: 78.

Week 3 (8 February)

Rubega, M. A., Burgio, K. R., MacDonald, A. A. M., Oeldorf-Hirsch, A., Capers, R. S., Wyss, R. 'Assessment by Audiences Shows Little Effect of Science Communication Training'. 2020. Science Communication.

Week 4 (15 February)

Cave, S., Dihal, K., Drage, E., Mackereth, K. Presentation on 'In His Image: Gendered Representations of AI Scientists and Engineers in Film and Television 1920–2020'.

Week 5 (22 February)

Firestein, Stuart. 2021. 'Sharing the Resources of Ignorance' [Revised second edition; to be circulated.]. In Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. ed. Matthias Gross and Linsey McGoey. Abingdon: Routledge. [With Stuart Firestein in attendance.]

Week 6 (1 March)

Bell, Alice R. 2011. 'Science as "Horrible": Irreverent Deference in Science Communication'. Science as Culture 20 (4): 491–512. [With Melanie Keene in attendance.]

Week 7 (8 March)

Vint, Sherryl. 'The Culture of Science'. In The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, ed. Rob Latham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 305–316.

Week 8 (15 March)

Riesch, Hauke. 2015. 'Why Did the Proton Cross the Road? Humour and Science Communication'. Public Understanding of Science 24 (7): 768–75. [With Hauke Riesch in attendance.]