I became interested in creationism at my mother’s knee, or hearing my father’s voice.
Thoughts travel. But as they journey around the world, they don’t move effortlessly from place to place. In different venues they mean, and are made to mean, different things. This is because the circulation of ideas isn’t simply about transference; it’s about transformation.
The Creation Museum, built in 2007 by Answers in Genesis (AiG) in Kentucky, offers a unique opportunity to examine how the boundaries of scientific authority are negotiated—and to understand where these contestations occur. Examining how creationists secure cultural authority for creation science underscores the continued role of place (physical sites) for social movements seeking to engage the public over issues bound up with science such as evolution.