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Fiction meets Science
Wed, 24 May 2017, 5:00 PM – Sat, 27 May 2017, 3:00 PM EDT
The Power of Stories in the 21st Century
May 24 – 27, 2017, Toronto
In the latter decades of the twentieth century, discourses on science and technology began to spread beyond the professional communities of scientific experts involved in knowledge production. In the cultural realm, we saw the rise of the “popular science” genre, of science series and documentaries on TV, and, around the turn of the millennium, an increase in the amount, depth, and quality of attention paid to science in literary and mainstream fiction. How do these stories about science contribute to understandings of scientific processes and issues of societal concern such as climate change, genetic engineering, nuclear physics, evolution, concepts of cognition, pharmaceutics, and nuclear power?
The Narrating Science conference brings together scholars, writers, and scientists to examine how storytelling about science across a spectrum of genres and media----fiction and non-fiction, print and film--is engaging scientific concepts and facts, practice and practitioners, institutions and societal impacts.