Popularisation of Science in the Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals
Institution : Université Paris Diderot
Promotion : 2016
Field of Study : Humanities, Arts, Letters and Literature
Research Unit : Laboratoire des Recherches sur les Cultures Anglophones
Doctoral School : Langue, Littérature, Image, civilisations et sciences humaines (domaines francophone, anglophone et d’Asie orientale)
Thesis Description :
Nineteenth century is the period when the tools of modern scientific communication, i.e. the commercial scientific journal, and evaluation, i.e. the scientific paper emerge. This period when the scientific community was occupied with its self-definition, increasing literacy and extending electoral rights made popularisation of science an important cause for the scientists. The objective of my research is to understand what was deemed “popular” science for different audiences such as women, children, working classes to explore the shifting definitions of science.