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Challenging stereotypes of ‘Science’ and ‘Belief’: STEM as cultural identity in a pluralist world?

Thursday 13 October 2016, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr. Fern Elsdon-Baker (Director and Principal Investigator, “Science and Religion: "Exploring the Spectrum”. Newman University Birmingham).

Poster for this event: Science and Belief (PDF , 906kb)

We have become accustomed to representations of ‘science’ as episodically being in a state of conflict with faith based worldviews. However, surprisingly very little research has been done to actually examine what public perceptions are about the relationship between these purportedly clashing world views. Moreover, very little research has been conducted into public perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) across cultures, or within diaspora or diverse communities. Therefore, there is a significant lack of understanding of how different cultures, faith groups or communities might perceive or engage with STEM.

This lecture will explore the perceptions or prejudices that may affect individuals or institutions when approaching research, policy decision making, STEM communication or delivery of services. These may manifest as implicit biases we hold towards certain groups, faiths or communities when thinking about science and medicine in relation to religious or more specifically non-Christian faith perspectives. Dr Elsdon-Baker will draw on research currently being conducted to reflect on a few of the issues arising in relation to science and religion across diverse contexts and science within Muslim societies.

A full list of CGHH's autumn 2016 events is now available: Autumn Term Events 2016 (PDF  , 290kb)

Directions for the Berrick Saul Building are available via http://www.york.ac.uk/hrc/about/maps/ 

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free and open to all

Email: CGHH@york.ac.uk