Science Slams: Entertaining Research

Science Slams: Unterhaltsame Forschung

Abstract: In addition to classical lectures and poster presentations, the German Historians’ Day in 2014 established the opportunity to present one’s own research project in the form of a science slam, i.e. as a short stage show. Science Slams have become part of the evening cultural programs in many cities. It is striking though that contributions from the fields of history or other humanities are the exception. This article reflects on the reasons for this phenomenon: Is it more difficult for historians to transfer their contents into the new format and how do the slammers solve these challenges?
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14755
Languages: English, German

In addition to classical lectures and poster presentations, the German Historians’ Day in 2014 established the opportunity to present one’s own research project in the form of a science slam, i.e. as a short stage show. Science Slams have become part of the evening cultural programs in many cities. It is striking though that contributions from the fields of history or other humanities are the exception. Why ist that: Is it more difficult for historians to transfer their contents into the new format and how do the slammers solve these challenges?

 

Competition to Activate

In a science slam several scientists – usually from four to six – compete against each other trying to entertain and inform the audience within ten-minute lectures about their current research project. In contrast to poetry slams, any tool is permitted, from the common projection technologies to – less common – demonstration experiments. It is imperative, however, …


Categories: 7 (2019) 30
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2019-14755

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