Medical Museion has launched a new seminar series: The MUSE seminars. The idea of the seminars is to explore questions in science communication and museum practices especially where they relate to modern biomedicine. We define science communication very broadly and speakers will come from a range of backgrounds including history of science, science communication, medical humanities, museum studies, philosophy of science and STS (science and technology studies).

The seminar series is conceived as part of our ongoing science communication/public engagement research project that aims at developing new research-based and experimental methods in science communication, as well as furthering theoretical engagements in this area.

We’re looking forward to our next two speakers: David Pantalony from Ottawa University and Canada Science and Technology Museum who will address the problem using collections of recent science with Beyond the Familiar: Teaching and Researching with Recent Science and Technology Collections in April, and Hannah Landecker from UCLA who will explore the multiple aspects of metabolism in her paper From the Body as Factory to Eating Information:  A Short History of Metabolism in late May.

The image for this blog post portrays Apollo and the Muses (John Singer Sargent, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, www.mfa.com). In the light of our focus on the material world the seminars should perhaps rather have featured Dionysus and the Bacchae, but those associations might be misleading too.

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