CFP: The Science Exhibition (Book)

***Could be a good opportunity for all you scientists?***



We invite papers for a forthcoming book which will explore three related themes in relation to science exhibitions in museums:

* the processes involved in developing new science exhibitions in and for museums;
* the issues involved in transforming scientific ideas or events into exhibitions;
* the challenges faced by museums in communicating science to a wide audience.

We are particularly interested in new, innovative and successful initiatives in this field.

Much has been written about the difficulties of disseminating science to the public through a variety of new and traditional media. It is, indeed, a complex subject to tackle in the exhibition space, yet a challenging and multidimensional one.

How best to understand the process of working from scientific data to the ideas-based exhibition? What exactly is lost during the transformation of factual information into an exhibition environment? And more importantly, how can the exhibition work most effectively as a tool for narrating science, its past and present?

We welcome a range of submissions including, but not limited to, the following issues/themes:
* both theoretical perspectives and case studies relating to science exhibitions
* exhibition design for science: problems and opportunities
* successful design techniques and approaches in relation to science displays
* science communication in the museum: interpretation issues
* learning activities and science collections
* developing learning resources for science exhibitions
* object stories and science learning
* exhibitions interpreting the history of science

Deadline for abstracts and bio: 30 September 2009
Selection for inclusion: 30 October 2009

Please submit an abstract (up to 400 words) and a biographical note (up to
250 words) by email to both:

Dr Anastasia Filippoupoliti
Museologist and Historian of Science
Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Graeme Farnell
Publisher, MuseumsEtc Ltd, UK

H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies


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