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Armstrong, Eleanor
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Armstrong, E. (2023). Queering Science Museums, Science Centres, and Other Public Science Institutions. In: Orthia, Lindy A and Roberson, Tara (Ed.), Queering Science Communication: Representations, Theory, and Practice (pp. 71-81). Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Queering Science Museums, Science Centres, and Other Public Science Institutions
2023 (English)In: Queering Science Communication: Representations, Theory, and Practice / [ed] Orthia, Lindy A and Roberson, Tara, Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press, 2023, p. 71-81Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses approaches to queering public science institutions including science museums, science centres, zoos, and maker-spaces. It examines queering processes from two perspectives: the institutions’ public spaces (‘frontstage’) and behind the scenes organization and activities (‘backstage’).

This chapter highlights the tensions of queer identities between performative and structural changes in the institution and implications of performative actions highlighting the exceptionality of queer identities in turn reinforcing norms around acceptable lives and pathways in the process.

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Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press, 2023
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-224701 (URN)10.51952/9781529224436.ch008 (DOI)
Available from: 2023-12-20 Created: 2023-12-20 Last updated: 2023-12-20Bibliographically approved
Armstrong, E. & Bimm, J. (2023). The Trouble with Space Auctions. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 53(4), 425-433
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Trouble with Space Auctions
2023 (English)In: Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, ISSN 1939-1811, E-ISSN 1939-182X, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 425-433Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On July 20, 2021, Sotheby’s, the storied centuries-old auction house, promised collectors the Moon—or at least the chance to bid on items involved in getting there. Among the eighty-seven lots up for sale was an Apollo Guidance Computer. This metallic box, designed by MIT’s Instrument Laboratory and produced by Raytheon starting in 1966, was an essential tool for navigating the lunar surface and an important forerunner of modern computing. Sotheby’s estimated that this celebrated artifact—frequently studied not only in space history but also in the history of technology—would fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 USD. But when the auctioneer’s hammer hit the lectern, the price had skyrocketed to $746,000 USD. Other items on the block that day included a lunar surface checklist used by Neil Armstrong (sold for $63,000 USD) and Richard Feynman’s personal notes from the Challenger disaster investigation (sold for $44,100 USD). In case there was any doubt, Sotheby’s...

National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-223772 (URN)10.1525/hsns.2023.53.4.425 (DOI)001085186100003 ()
Available from: 2023-11-15 Created: 2023-11-15 Last updated: 2023-11-15Bibliographically approved
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