Centre for Global Health Histories Lectures
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.