New BOOK – RACe and Sociocultural Inclusion in Science Communication: Innovation, Decolonisation and Transformation


“This powerful and purposefully uncomfortable book pinpoints how inequalities shape current science communication practices, theories, and narratives, and convincingly calls for radical change.” Barbara Streicher, Austrian ScienceCenter-Network

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Book Manuscript Reviewer:

‘I don’t think that I am overstating the importance of this book too much when I say that it really does place a line in the sand of science communication before and how we think about science communication afterwards. Since reading the book and reflecting on what I have learned I genuinely feel this book should be essential reading for all science communicators and science communication stakeholders, including museum workers and staff…This book needed to be written but more importantly, it really needs to be read’

Book Description:

Conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion in science communication are in danger of generating much concern without effecting change and systematic transformations.

This radical volume addresses these circular discourses and reveals the gaps in the field. Putting the spotlight on the marginalised voices of so-called ‘racialised minorities’, and those from Global South regions, it interrogates the global footprint of the science communication enterprise.

Moving beyond tokenistic and extractive approaches, this book creates a space for academics and practitioners to challenge issues around race and sociocultural inclusion, providing mutual learning, paradigm-shifting perspectives, and innovative ways forward for the science communication advancement agenda.

Chapter 12 is available Open Access under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

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Book Authors:

The global scenarios encapsulated by the chapter authors are very wide ranging. The book has 30 contributing authors (18 Female and 12 Male) from the following Countries: Mexico, the US, the six Dutch-speaking Caribbean Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St Maarten and St Eustatius – the ABCSSS Islands), the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, South Africa, India, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Elizabeth Rasekoala is the Editor of the Book.

Book Thematic Parts & Chapters:

Introduction – Elizabeth Rasekoala

Part I: The Practice(s) of Science Communication: Challenges and Opportunities for Race, Gender, Language and Epistemic Diversity, Representation and Inclusion

1. Inclusion Is More Than an Invitation: Shifting Science Communication in a Science Museum – C. James Liu, Priya Mohabir, Dorothy Bennett

2. Communicating Science On, to, and With Racial Minorities During Pandemics – John Noel Viana

3. Breaking the Silos, Science Communication for Everyone – Amparo Leyman Pino

4. Building Capacity for Science Communication in South Africa: Afrocentric
Perspectives From Mathematical Scientists – Mpfareleni Rejoyce Gavhi-Molefe and Rudzani Nemutudi

Part II: Science Communication in the Global South: Leveraging Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Emancipation and Epistemic Renaissance for Innovative Transformation

5. Challenges of Epistemic Justice and Diversity in Science Communication in Mexico: Imperatives for Radical Re-Positioning Towards Transformative Contexts of Social Problem Solving, Cultural Inclusion and Trans-Disciplinarity – Susana Herrera-Lima and Alba Sofía Gutiérrez-Ramírez

6. Past, Present and Future: Perspectives on the Development of an Indigenous Science Communication Agenda in Nigeria – Temilade Sesan and Ayodele Ibiyemi

7. Harnessing Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Socially Inclusive Science Communication: Working Towards a “Science for Us, With Us” Approach to Science Communication in the Global South – Konosoang Sobane, Wilfred Lunga and Lebogang Setlhabane

8. Indigenous Science Discourse in the Mainstream: The Case of ‘Mātauranga and Science’ in New Zealand Science Review – Ocean Ripeka Mercier and Anne-Marie Jackson

Part III: The Decolonisation Agenda in Science Communication: Deconstructing Eurocentric Hegemony, Ideology and Pseudo-Historical Memory

9. Decolonising Initiatives in Action: From Theory to Practice at the Museum of Us – Brandie Macdonald and Micah Parzen

10. Falling From Normalcy? Decolonisation of Museums, Science Centres & Science Communication – Mohamed Belhorma

11. African Challenges and Opportunities for Decolonised Research-Led Innovation and Communication for Societal Transformation – Akanimo Odon

12. Decolonising Science Communication in the Caribbean: Challenges and Transformations in Community-Based Engagement With Research on the ABCSSS Islands – Tibisay Sankatsing Nava, Roxanne-Liana Francisca, Krista T. Oplaat and Tadzio Bervoets

Part IV: The Globally Diverse History of Science Communication: Deconstructing Notions of Science Communication as a Modern Western Enterprise

13. Shen Kua’s Meng Hsi Pi T’an (c. 1095 CE): China’s First Notebook Encyclopaedia as a Science Communication Text – Ruoyu Duan, Biaowen Huang and Lindy A. orthia

14. Making Knowledge Visible: Artisans, Craftsmen, Printmakers and the Knowledge Sharing Practices of 19th-Century Bengal – Siddharth Kankaria, Anwesha Chakraborty and Argha Manna

Conclusion – Advancing Globally Inclusive Science Communication: Bridging the North-South Divide Through Decolonisation, Equity, and Mutual Learning – Elizabeth Rasekoala