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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Playing God: exploring the intersections between science, religion and entertainment media

University of Manchester campus
Saturday 31 May – Sunday 1 June 2014

This workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore the important but under-researched area of entertainment media and its relationship to both science and religion.

Research on public attitudes toward science has revealed that individuals' personal values and belief systems are crucial factors in determining how they respond to new developments in science, technology and medicine. Few cultural institutions have more influence on personal values and belief systems than religion, and few cultural products have as much impact on public perceptions of science as entertainment media texts.

We aim to provide insights into these major cultural spheres by examining how science and the science/religion interface have been utilized, negotiated, and transformed in entertainment texts and how religious groups have influenced, responded to, or appropriated these texts.

If you are interested in attending or if you would like further details, please contact the organisers: Dr David Kirby, Dr Amy Chambers or Dr Ray Macauley.

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