Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

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I started my doctoral studies in September 2013. My PhD project deals with contemporary popular science, with a particular focus on popularizations of physics and astronomy. Modern science presents us with deep conceptual, imaginative, emotional, and social challenges. There is a kind of "reality–imagination" gap with which popularizers must deal. I study ways in which mainstream popularizers attempt to bridge that gap. This includes narrative form, wonder and awe, and finding existential meaning in the scientific project itself. I use biocultural theory as my theoretical framework.

I am also very interested in climate change and the Anthropocene, both in fiction and nonfiction. There is a fundamental reality–imagination gap here too, but of a slightly different kind. Both have existential import, but whereas cosmology deals with origins, climate change deals with potential and actual demise (for humans and nonhumans alike).

I am currently a visiting scholar at UC Santa Barbara.

Research

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Articles (4)
Book chapters (1)
Conference contributions (4)
Newspaper articles (1)

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Daniel Helsing

Doctoral Student
Comparative Literature
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail daniel.helsinglitt.luse

Phone +46 46 222 08 15

Room SOL:H220b

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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