The paper presents the preliminary results of a longitudinal study of the coverage of Nobel prize assignments in Chemistry, Physics and Medicine in the Italian leading newspaper, Il Corriere della Sera, throughout the last century (1901-1999). Through a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the prize coverage, the paper focuses on the historical transformation of discursive strategies employed to present and contextualize scientific excellence and more in general on the emerging images and conceptions of research activities, research achievements and their social, cultural and political implications. The multiple public ‘uses’ of Nobel laureates – for instance as wide-ranging experts or media celebrities, as resources for political claims of national pride - are also highlighted.

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When media stardom and scientific stardom combine
Nobel laureates in the Italia daily press

Massimiano Bucchi   Università di Trento and Università di Padova

Federico Neresini   Università di Trento and Università di Padova

The paper presents the preliminary results of a longitudinal study of the coverage of Nobel prize assignments in Chemistry, Physics and Medicine in the Italian leading newspaper, Il Corriere della Sera, throughout the last century (1901-1999). Through a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the prize coverage, the paper focuses on the historical transformation of discursive strategies employed to present and contextualize scientific excellence and more in general on the emerging images and conceptions of research activities, research achievements and their social, cultural and political implications. The multiple public ‘uses’ of Nobel laureates – for instance as wide-ranging experts or media celebrities, as resources for political claims of national pride - are also highlighted.

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