In what ways might the question of intersection be one of the central questions of science and its publics? Science in Public 2018 is a conference centred on the multiple ways that scholars have sought to intervene in, understand, talk about, and co-produce with, the natural sciences – whether from the perspective of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Public Understanding of Science, Science Communication, Medical Sociology, the History of Science, Social and Cultural Theory, Science Journalism or some other intellectual inheritance.
Intersecting Science is an explicit invitation to all scholars, practitioners, public engagement and communications specialists, and anyone else with an interest in Science in Public, to contribute. But it is equally an invitation for contributors to make intersection a problem in itself. Together, we ask: what is it that holds these different points of intersection together, beyond institutional convenience or historical legacy? What might be learned from making different trajectories, practice and politics of intersection explicit? What might be productively drawn forth from making intersecting science a problem as well as an ambition?
The conferences situates itself in Cardiff School of Social Science's long tradition of science and technology studies, science communication, and studies of public engagement, including its history of training practitioners and professionals in science communication and engagement. It seeks seeks proposals for single papers, full panels, roundtables, and other forms of scholarly communication that engage with the theme Intersecting Science under its most generous interpretation.