Science & Education Thematic Journal Issue
History of Science in Museums
Submission Date: 31 March 2012
Science museums and science centres are primary avenues to communicate science to the public and are the major non-formal settings for science education. Yet, the potential role of the history (and philosophy) of science in this cultural context is not well explored. This special issue will publish current research in the area and illuminate a variety of issues on the uses of history of science in museum environments.
Three orientations have been identified that support a holistic approach to the role of history of science in museum environments:
 The history of science as an exhibited narrative in all its associated forms introducing science to the lay audience in museums and centres.
 The history of science as a methodological tool for science teaching; that is as a topic featuring in the content of museum educational programmes.
 The history of science exhibition as a visual exercise especially implemented to promote new forms of science communication and scholarship in humanities and social sciences; that is as a means of exploring art-science interrelationships.
Scholars contributing to the issue include:
Prof. Fabio Bevilacqua (University of Pavia)
Prof. Peter Heering (Universität Flensburg)
Prof. Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond (Université de Nice)
Prof. Michel Van Praët (Directeur du projet de rénovation du musée de l’Homme, Paris)
Prof. Jorge Wagensberg (Science Director of "la Caixa" Foundation, Barcelona)
Researchers working on areas related to the interdisciplinary fields of science education, social studies in science, history and philosophy of science and museology are cordially invited to contribute to the thematic issue. Conceptual and theoretical manuscripts are particularly welcome as well as case studies from professional museum educators.
Submission Date: 31 March 2012
Manuscripts, with abstract, should be submitted for review direct to: www.editorialmanager.com/sced/
Notification of intention to submit and subject matter is appreciated as it assists coordination and planning of the issue.
Such notification, questions and inquiries should be directed to the guest editors:
Lecturer pedagogics and museum education
Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Associate professor science education and science museum education
University of Patras, Greece
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.