Controversy in Science Museums: Re-imagining Exhibition Spaces and Practice

1st Edition

Erminia Pedretti, Ana Maria Navas-Iannini

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April 16, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 13 Color & 40 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138579989 - CAT# K376114

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Summary

Controversy in Science Museums focuses on exhibitions that approach sensitive or controversial topics. With a keen sense of past and current practices, Pedretti and Navas Iannini examine and reimagine how museums and science centres can create exhibitions that embrace criticality and visitor agency.

Drawing on international case studies and voices from visitors and museum professionals, as well as theoretical insights about scientific literacy and science communication, the authors explore the textured notion of controversy and the challenges and opportunities practitioners may encounter as they plan for, and develop, controversial science exhibitions. They assert that science museums can no longer serve as mere repositories for objects or sites for transmitting facts, but that they should instead become spaces for conversations that are inclusive, critical, and socially-responsible.

Controversy in Science Museums provides an invaluable resource for museum professionals who are interested in creating and hosting controversial exhibitions, and for scholars and students working in the fields of museum studies, science communication, and social studies of science. Anyone wishing to engage in an examination and critique of the changing roles of science museums will find this book relevant, timely and thought-provoking.

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