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The Nobel celebrity-scientist: genius and personality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Gender Studies.
2016 (English)In: Celebrity Studies, ISSN 1939-2397, E-ISSN 1939-2400, Vol. 7, no 2, 234-248 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scientists are a poorly covered area of research in the field of celebrity studies. This article attempts to rectify this issue by discussing representations of science and scientists in a televised Nobel Banquet on Swedish public-service television, SVT. The televised Nobel Banquet is a genre hybrid that consists of two genres; namely, science communication and award show. Drawing on cultural, media, and gender studies, this article examines the mediated persona of the scientist in the televised Nobel Banquet via contextualised textual analysis. The main questions of this article are as follows: in what ways do the media, the genre, and the idea of geniality affect the representation of the scientist? The article suggests that the increasing celebrification' of scientists is characteristic of the past several decades, and that, among other factors, this has been due to the entry of aspects of entertainment into banquet broadcasts. Through such processes, the celebrity-scientist' has emerged within the high-status sphere of science. However, a very specific type of celebrity is represented in the Nobel context: the celebrity-scientist is commonly a white man of high education whose fame has been reached through hard work in competition with others of the same kind. This representation of a scientist and its associated quality of genius will here be examined from a gender perspective.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 2, 234-248 p.
Keyword [en]
celebrity, science, television, Nobel Prize, gender
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Gender Studies Media and Communications
Research subject
Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123181DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2015.1088394ISI: 000373977700007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-123181DiVA: diva2:872090
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The Prize of Science: The Science and Media Interface in the Televised Nobel Banquet
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-11-17 Created: 2015-11-17 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved

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