Science communication and cultural diversity

This research theme builds on the definition that science communication is “the process by which the culture and knowledge of science are absorbed into the culture of the wider community". Research under this theme explores the diverse cultures within the wider community, which not only absorb but more importantly contribute to the perceived values, beliefs and attitudes of science.    

Projects investigate such topics as:

The deconstruction of ideologies that underpin communication of scientific and technological advancements, e.g.:

  • Does contemporary science communication promote and foster a western hegemony of science?

  • Are the scientific achievements of culturally and linguistically diverse audiences undercommunicated by contemporary science communication?

  • How do contemporary practices of science communication address the information needs of audience groups from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds?

  • What role does Eurocentrism play in alienating or consolidating non-western audiences and science?  

The cultural interplay that happens when Western scientific knowledge is communicated among audiences identifying with non-Western backgrounds, e.g.:

  • What influences do the culture of origin, gender and identity of the audience play during discourses of scientific engagement?

  • How do diverse audiences negotiate cultural and linguistic borders to engage with popular scientific culture?

  • Do issues of entitlement and elitism marginalize migrant groups from science studies and careers?

  • How does Western scientific training equip non-Western scientists to communicate with (their own) non-Western audiences? 

Contact theme convenor Dr Sean Perera for more information or click on the tabs below to find people, projects and events associated with this theme.

Publications

Orthia L.A. (2013) Savages, science, stagism and the naturalized ascendancy of the Not-We in Doctor Who. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 269-287.

Perera, S. (2011). She'll be right, mate - Is the Aussie attitude incompatible with science?. (Science & Technology). The Conversation. The Conversation Media Group. 7 July 2011.

Perera, S. (2011). Terrorism: When the battle within becomes the battle without. (Montage). Sunday Observer. Colombo : Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited. 26 June 2011: p.47

Perera, S. (2011). Science teachers from non-Western backgrounds challenged by Western science: A whole other ball game. International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2 (2): pp.11-22.

Highlights

Opening Doors

Opening Doors is a pioneering project which offers young immigrants from disadvantaged and refugee backgrounds much needed access to science and...

News

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