THEMA. La revue des Musées de la civilisation - A second issue on the theme « Techne and Social Change»

QUÉBEC CITY, April 8, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - THEMA. La revues des Musées de la civilisation announces the publication of its second issue on the representation and the place of science in museums.

Techne and Social Change (no 2, 2015) sheds light on a range of social issues concerning technological knowledge, and more specifically the process of transferring scientific and technological knowledge.

The issue features authors from Québec, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy that together examine the social foundations of knowledge production technologies from an historical and contemporary perspective : Serge Chaumier, Université d'Artois, France ("Science Museums : Making science more accessible or using science to effect change? From 'temples to science' to citizen science"), Jean-François Gauvin, Harvard University ("When Museums of Science Create Citizen Expertise : Participarory science and the gamification of techne"), Francesca Polacci, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy ("The Google Art Project: Democratisation of art or ideology of transparency ?"), Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter, UK ("How the Great Chain of Being Fell Apart : Diversity in natural history 1758-1859"), Jorge Wagensberg, University of Barcelona ("La revolución del lenguaje museográfico", available in Spanish and French), Lydia Bouchard, Musées de la civilisation, Québec ("Video Games at the Musées de la civilisation : A Sign of social change")

A presentation note by Michel Côté, executive director of the Musée de la civilisation, an editorial from editor in chief Mathieu Viau-Courville (Musées de la civilisation) and concluding thoughts by Pierre-Olivier Méthot (Université Laval) complete this second issue of THEMA.

THEMA's next issue Museums, Creativity, Performance (no 3) will appear in the fall of 2015. It will address intersections between memory, heritage and performance in the museum, from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

THEMA is an international, interdisciplinary and multilingual peer reviewed journal published twice a year online by the Musées de la civilisation in Québec City.

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