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Emma Weitkamp: Exploring cartoon representations of the CV pandemic

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Exploring cartoonists' representations of the coronavirus pandemic: a cross national study of Australia, South Africa, and the UK

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This talk will present preliminary results from a cross national study looking at the representation of the coronavirus pandemic in the editorial cartoons of weekend newspapers. The study runs from March 2020 through the end of February 2021, giving a full year picture of the nature of cartoons produced during the pandemic. The talk will focus on the representation of Covid 19 in selected UK Sunday newspapers, with some additional illustrations from the Sunday newspapers in Australia and South Africa.

Speaker bio: Dr Emma Weitkamp is co-director of the science communication unit at the University of the West of England. Her research interests focus on the use of narrative as a science communication approach, with a particular interest in visual and performance-based science communication. Recent projects have investigated audience responses to science theatre, including a recent performance during the pandemic on Zoom and the use of cartoons as a tool for communicating drought risk. Emma teaches science communication at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is the co-author of two books on research communication and is currently working on a book exploring science theatre in the context of science communication. Emma is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Science Communication (JCOM).

Publications:

Wilkinson, C. and Weitkamp, E. (2016) Creative Research Communication, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Brake, M. and Weitkamp, E. (2010) Introducing Science Communication, Palgrave: London

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Twitter: @e_weitkamp

Instagram e_weitkamp

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