Public Meeting – Friday – 31 January 2020. 7pm
IGNORING UFOS: EXAMINING THE POWERFUL DESIRE TO DO NOTHING
with Dr. Adam Dodd
For those of us convinced that UFOs represent genuine physical anomalies, the persistent tendency of governments, research institutions and individuals to actively ignore the phenomenon is an ongoing source of frustration. This pattern of deliberate ignorance suggests that the UFO problem is, at least in part, a communication problem. Taking J. Allen
Hynek’s unpublished essay, “The Roots of Complacency” as his starting point, Dr. Adam Dodd (School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland), will provide an overview of his own research on this aspect of the UFO problem, discussing how and why the UFO phenomenon is ignored at the level of individuals and institutions by examining the social and linguistic dimensions of ignorance.
ABOUT DR ADAM DODD
Dr. Adam Dodd received his PhD in Media and Culture in 2009, and currently teaches media studies and communication at the School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland. He has published widely on the cultural history of insect-human relations, and is especially interested in how representations of insects have historically shaped representations of extraterrestrial beings. He has been fascinated by all aspects of the UFO phenomenon since childhood, and wrote his Honours dissertation on alien abduction narratives in 1998, which was followed by numerous media appearances, including interviews on Today Tonight and Radio National. His most recent publication, “Strategic Ignorance and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Critiquing the Discursive Segregation of UFOs from Scientific Inquiry,” is the first scholarly article to critically examine how high profile scientists discourage public interest in UFOs, and appears in Astropolitics (Volume 16, Issue 1, 2018)
Entry: UFORQ Members: $10 Non-Members $15. Eftpos available. Tickets at the door. (includes supper)
Venue: Kenmore Library, Kenmore Village Shopping Centre, 9 Brookfield Road, Kenmore, Brisbane. Access to the library is via the lift from the undercover car park directly below the library.
Enquiries: 07 3376 1780 / 0431 856 556
*Information and opinions presented at these meetings do not necessarily
reflect the views of UFO Research Queensland and are presented by speakers for research purposes only.