Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens is a Lecturer in popular entertainment studies at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and creator of the Popsicule, the Science in Pop Culture and Entertainment Hub at ANU.

Anna-Sophie has published on the cultural meanings of science, science and comic performance, comic mad scientists, Joker science, clown robots and the history of (violent) clowns in numerous academic journals.

She was an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at ANU and the Freie Universität Berlin from 2017 to 2020. She is the guest editor of two special-themed journal issues on popular performance and science (Journal of Science & Popular Culture, 2020) and violent clowns (Comedy Studies, 2020), co-editor of ‘Manegenkünste: Zirkus als ästhetisches Modell’ (transcript, 2020) and the sole editor of the volume ‘Circus, Science and Technology: Dramatising Innovation’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her latest co-edited book is ‘Circus and the Avant-Gardes’ (Routledge, 2022).

Anna-Sophie is the Editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed open access online journal ‘w/k – Between Science and Art’ (English section) and Associate Editor of the ‘Journal of Science & Popular Culture’. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7347-2488.

Facebook: @AnnaSoJurgens Twitter: @AnnaSo_Jurgens

Fields of expertise



From killer robot to sweatshop boss: Santa on screen

Christmas is just around the corner and we are all eagerly anticipating what Santa will put in our…

20 December 2022


Why so serious? Explaining our love for the Joker 

Since his debut in the first Batman comic in 1940, the Joker has terrorised the fictional city of…

1 November 2022

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