CFP: Journal of Science and Popular Culture

Science permeates culture at multiple levels, from the technology in our daily lives to our dreams of other worlds in fiction. Working with a distinguished international board, the Journal of Science and Popular Culture aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle, and interpret the interrelationship of science and society. Contributions from academics, scientists, communicators, industry professionals, and practitioners with an interest in the interface of science and culture are now invited for this ongoing publication. Any scholarly approaches or disciplines may be used and focus extends across all geographic as well as contemporary and historical contexts. The Journal of Science and Popular Culture strongly reinforces interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, opening up new possibilities for inquiry across and between the humanities and sciences. Each issue will feature 6 to 8 original peer-reviewed research articles, accompanied by other relevant material such as science communication/popularization, interviews, reflective essays, editorials, book and new media reviews, notes, and creative works. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):


  • Representations of science/scientists in television, film, art, print, and other media
  • The cultural influence of science/influences of culture on science and scientists
  • Use of popular culture texts (novels, films, television series, etc.) to argue for or against scientific theories such as evolution and climate change
  • Internet culture and science
  • Science-related cultural artefacts
  • Scientists as celebrities/celebrity advocates of science
  • Science communication, popularisation and education
  • Non-Western cultures and Science
  • Intersections of science and the humanities
  • Use of science in advertising and marketing
  • Science fiction/science and fiction
  • The artistic dimensions of science/science as art
  • Critical examinations of scientifically framed popular beliefs and pseudoscience
  • Public and popular dimensions of scientific debates
  • Moments of conflict between scientific discoveries/knowledge/work and culture
  • Science fandom

Full article manuscripts of 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of notes, references and other material) or shorter proposals can be submitted directly to editors, Steven Gil and Bill Lott. Accepted submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed and must meet Intellect Style Guidelines. Suggestions for ancillary material are also welcome. If you have something you would like us to review or a review that you would like to write, please send your inquiry to the editors.

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