P37
The aesthetics and fictions of science

Convenors:
Raminder Kaur (University of Sussex)
Saif Eqbal (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Discussant:
Dr Hilal Ahmed
Location:
Convention Centre Auditorium I
Start time:
5 April, 2012 at 15:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

We invite panellists to explore the dynamics between science and its percolation through representations in popular culture such as science fiction/fantasy, superhero comics, media and other outlets intended for the broader public.

Long abstract:

The panel seeks to explore the dynamics between science and its percolation through representations in popular culture such as science fiction/fantasy, superhero comics, media and other outlets intended for the broader public. We consider to what extent there is a fundamental epistemological gap or, conversely, areas of affinity across the domains of specialised and lay knowledge. What kinds of circuits of power and knowledge are implied in this exchange? How are aesthetics to be conceptualised, either in terms of scientific domains and practices and/or their filtration through various sites in popular culture? How does gender, culture, race, nationality and age affect the universalist assumptions of science? How are imaginaries to do with the nation and/or state introduced and how may modernity/ies be understood when considering the interface between science and culture? How is science rationalised or mystified through its representations in popular culture? How is the idea of divinity incorporated to represent and/or justify science or magic? How might even currents in popular culture influence practices and inventions to do with science and technology? We invite panellists to consider some of these and other questions related to the topic.