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Humanist Archives: April 24, 2023, 6:06 a.m. Humanist 36.544 - events cfp: science & literature (Aegina, Greece)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 544.
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        Date: 2023-04-23 07:14:12+00:00
        From: George Vlahakis <gvlahakis@YAHOO.COM>
        Subject: CfA: 7th International Workshop on Science and Literature: Communicatiοn of Science and Literature in the multiverse

Communicatiοn of Science and Literature in the multiverse
Aegina, Aegina Island, Greece July 3-5, 2023

Call for papers

The Municipality of Aegina, The Greek Physicists Society, The
International Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST, The
Science, Technology and Medicine Laboratory of the School of Humanities,
Hellenic Open University, The Institute of Historical Research, National
Hellenic Research Foundation, The Chair of  Science, Technology and
Gender Studies, Friedrich-Alexander University, and  the Department of
Sociology of the University of Athens organize a three-day workshop to
study the Communication of Science and Literature  in the multiverse.
The CoSciLit workshop has already an established tradition and papers
presented in it have been published in thematic volumes, e-books,
international journals etc.

This year’s workshop aims to discuss various views on the role and
presence of science and literature communication in a highly diversified
world. Science Diplomacy is also a main subject of the workshop as it is
connected with our questions for the past, the present and the future of
the world in various ways.

The mainstream idea about science and technology is that they are
products of rational thinking and objective study. Communication
practices conforming to this idea aim at spreading the word of science
across boarders as if it were neutral and cross-cultural. Recent crises,
though, showed that different cultural contexts bear different
worldviews not only concerning cultural and social matters, but also
concerning the way they perceive, develop and apply scientific and
technological knowledge. What are the implications of this realization
for the communication of science and science diplomacy? How can
literature help us overcome our biases and develop a favourable
disposition towards cultural diversity, even in issues such as science
and technology. How can literature help us discover cultural microcosms
within our own world and explore their scientific potential? How can
communication contribute to the decolonization of science by building
bridges between different worlds? What is the meaning and the role of
Science Diplomacy in this complex milieu? Such are some indicative
topics and questions that will be discussed during the workshop. The
meeting aims to offer an open forum for all scholars interested in this
growing research field, thus bringing into the dialogue multiple
perspectives and different disciplines in order to promote creativity,
originality, imagination and, of course, communication.

The series of workshops is devoted to Giannis Pountos, the former
director of the Aegina High School, who passed away recently. Giannis
Pountos was not only an exceptional teacher of Physics and a brilliant
science communicator, but also a great person whose life, based on
humanitarian principles, will lead us all as an eternally shining beacon.

Call for Papers:

We invite paper proposals including a title, an abstract of 300 words
(max.), name, and affiliation of the author(s), as well as contact
information. The presentation time will be 20 minutes with 10 additional
minutes for discussion. The conference language is English.  There will
be a modest fee of 70 Euros for covering organizational expenses.

Please send your proposals to by May 15, 2023.
Acknowledge of acceptance  by May 31, 2023.


The venue of the workshop will be the “Historical and Folk Art Museum”
in the city of Aegina, a neoclassical building donated by the family of
one of the most influential Greek educators P. Ireiotis during the past
century. Aegina has been capital of Greece and a city of important
cultural, scientific, and industrial heritage. Aegina Island is very
close to Piraeus by boat (just one hour!) and  an ideal place for a high
quality, inexpensive summer visit.

Participants are kindly asked to make their own arrangements concerning
their arrival and accommodation, but the workshop organizers will be
happy to provide any necessary assistance.

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