Strategies for including communication of non-Western and indigenous knowledges in science communication histories

Lindy A. Orthia*

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    Abstract

    How a discipline's history is written shapes its identity. Accordingly, science communicators opposed to cultural exclusion may seek cross-cultural conceptualizations of science communication's past, beyond familiar narratives centred on the recent West. Here I make a case for thinking about science communication history in these broader geotemporal terms. I discuss works by historians and knowledge keepers from the Indigenous Australian Yorta Yorta Nation who describe a geological event their ancestors witnessed 30,000 YBP and communicated about over generations to the present. This is likely one of the oldest examples of science communication, warranting a prominent place in science communication histories.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number0202
    JournalJournal of Science Communication
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

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