Book Conversation “Controversy in Science Museums: Re-Imagining Exhibition Spaces and Practice,” Tuesday, 19 January 2021

January 11, 2021   |   Uncategorised

OISE’s Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) Centre presents a Book Conversation “Controversy in Science Museums: Re-Imagining Exhibition Spaces and Practice”

Recent events and social movements have brought to the fore the significant ways in which science museums can reinvent and expand their roles and purposes. Many are beginning to recognize that science museums can no longer serve as mere repositories for objects or sites for transmitting facts – they must also become spaces for conversations and actions that are inclusive, critical, and socially responsible. 

It is within this context, Professor Erminia Pedretti (OISE, University of Toronto) and Assistant Professor Ana Maria Navas Iannini (Faculty of Education, Los Andes University) will introduce their recent book entitled Controversy in Science Museums: Re-imagining exhibition spaces and practice. Our intent is to prompt thought-provoking discussions about current roles and purposes of science museums, particularly when controversy is at play. This will be followed by a panel of international scholars who will discuss these challenging topics and intersections with their research. Audience members are invited to contribute to the conversation throughout the event. 

Our invited Panel members are:

  • Martha Marandino (Professor, University of São Paulo)
  • Ingrid Eikeland (Project Leader, Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
  • Noah Weeth Feinstein (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Moderator: Kristen Schaffer (PhD Candidate, OISE, University of Toronto)

This event will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm (EST) on Tuesday January 19th 2021 via Zoom and will be recorded. We hope you can join us for a lively discussion. While admission is free, note that pre-registration to this event is required. Please RSVP before or on January 17th 2021 to receive Zoom login information.