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Ursula Plesneri avalikud loengud: Teadus, ühiskond ja meedia vahendav roll

Eesti Rahvusringhäälingu ja Tartu Ülikooli ajakirjanduse ja kommunikatsiooni instituudi kutsel peab Ursula Plesner (PhD in science communication, Roskilde University, Denmark) TeaMe programmi raames Tartus 26. ja 27. mail kaks avalikku loengut, mida on kuulama oodatud kõik huvilised.

26. mail kell 16-18 toimub loeng “Teaduse roll ühiskonnas” ja 27. mail kell 10-12 toimub loeng “Teadlased ja ajakirjanikud – problemaatiline suhe?” Barclay hotelli konverentsisaalis toimuvad loengud on inglise keeles ja kõigile huvilistele avatud. Eelregistreerimine pole vajalik.

Tegemist on sissejuhatavate loengutega teadusmeediasse ning osalema on oodatud magistrandid, doktorandid, teaduse populariseerimisest huvitatud teadlased ning õppejõud ja teadusteemade kajastamisest huvitatud ajakirjanikud.

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Loengute lühitutvustused:

“The Role of Science in Society” 26. mail kell 16-18, Barclay hotelli konverentsisaalis, Ülikooli 8, Tartu.

In the first talk, I will ‘open up’ the concept of science. I will argue that science is mixed up with society, not an institution separate from society. Likewise, scientists do not make up a species which is radically different from other actors, but make use of the same argumentative resources and engage in quite mundane activities. Science and scientists may sometimes be difficult to understand, but their influence on and interactions with other elements of society are so important that we have to try to understand what they do, and how their activities are interwoven with society. In this respect, the mass media play a crucial role in reporting on, questioning, and discussing the fact-making of science, and the conditions of this knowledge production.

“Scientists and journalists – a troubled relationship? ” 27. mail kell 10-12, Baclay hotelli konverentsisaalis, Ülikooli 8, Tartu.

In the second talk, I will focus on the interactions between scientists and journalists. They are often said to have very conflicting agendas – when scientists communicate, what comes out of it is abstract, slow, and complex, and what journalists want are concrete stories, in a high tempo, which are simple to understand. Some journalists complain that researchers do not understand the logic of the media, and some researchers complain that media logic dominates all other logics. However, if we do not accept that scientists and journalists are totally different species, which possibilities for interaction open up? We may begin to focus on the establishment of long-lasting source relationships, on the inversion of roles (as when researchers popularize their work, and journalists find researchers too colorful), and on all the instances where ‘media logic’ does not dominate their relationship.

BIO: Ursula Plesner, assistant professor, PhD, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School

2001: MA in sociology, New School for Social Research, New York
2001: MA in communication, Roskilde University, Denmark
2007: Visiting Scholar, University of San Diego California, Science Studies Program
2009: PhD in science communication, Roskilde University, Denmark

In my PhD, I have analyzed how journalists, editors and researchers work together to produce media texts dealing with science in some way or another. The thesis drew on science and technology studies, journalism studies, media studies and science communication studies – in particular on the scholars who have been theorizing the relationship or interfaces between science and society via the media.

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