Expressions of interest are
invited by the 1st of June for
the BSLS Winter Symposium in 2019. As members will recall, this is a
postgraduate and early career researcher-led event and presents a great
opportunity to run a successful event at this stage in your career (with help
and support from the BSLS Committee throughout the process).
Proposals are invited for a themed one-day event to take place in or about November, to be emailed to Rachel Murray at email@example.com. As ever, it is hoped that the event will have a 'non-conference' feel, and will include different types of papers, panels, and ways of sharing knowledge. Proposals should be no longer than two sides of A4, and should include a theme and description, details of the organising group and location, potential speakers (if known) and types of papers, panels or other sessions to be included. The BSLS will award around £500, depending on the budget required, in support of the symposium, which should be free to attend if possible.
For more about the symposium, including details of past events, see here.
This two-day interdisciplinary workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of the British Academy (grant number BARSEA19\190021). It expands on the work of the Narrative Science project, a European Research Council funded project based at the London School of Economics (grant agreement No. 694732). It will take place in London on the 18th-19th of July.
In addition, as part of our networking, this event is organised in collaboration with 'Environment, Climate, and Heredity: the integration of environmental humanities with the history of heredity' to take place on the following Saturday, 20th of July, at Oxford, organised by Dr John Lidwell-Durnin. Further details will be announced soon.
Call for ECR presenters with posters - Deadline May 24th A key ambition of this workshop is to provide a platform and network for early career researchers (ECRs). For our purposes ECRs are defined as postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers not yet in permanent employment. There are 20 spaces available for ECRs across the two days. Each ECR presenter will have 10 minutes to speak about their work in a dedicated slot during the workshop plenary sessions, and will also provide a poster which will be showcased during the evening reception on the 18th of July. The poster reception will be an opportunity to talk directly and informally with all the other attendees in a relaxed atmosphere. All of the plenary sessions will be video recorded and eventually made available on the Narrative Science project website. At the moment we can only promise to reimburse hotel and travel expenses for these 20 ECRs up to £100, but we intend to increase this amount as much as possible. All catering is supplied to attendees across the two days free of charge, and we will also take care of the costs of poster printing. ECRs who are members of the BSHS may also be eligible to apply for a Butler-Eyles Travel Grant towards their travel costs.
To apply to the workshop please write to the organiser, Dr Dominic Berry, on firstname.lastname@example.org
In the email subject please write 'Your name - Environment workshop ECR', and in the message include:
Your status as independent scholar or affiliated with a particular institution/university.
Maximum 200 words on how this workshop relates to your ongoing research.
Maximum 100 words on the kinds of material and arrangement you expect to include on your poster.
Interested parties should obviously also feel free to contact us for any further information!
Confirmed speakers Jon Agar (UCL) - "British Nature was Lost Here, 1964-71": what's at stake when scientists, nature writers and bureaucrats tell stories Dominic J. Berry (LSE) - Narrative science in techno-environments Animesh Chatterjee (Leeds Trinity University) - Urban, political and cultural environments in late-19th century Bengali anticolonial representations of electricity Jean-Baptiste Gouyon (UCL) - Wildlife conservation as a cinematic project? Alex Hall (University of Birmingham) - Who speaks for the flood? Exploring agency, expectations and the supernatural in extreme weather events John Lidwell-Durnin (University of Oxford) - “Have they remained what they were in Europe?”: narrative, organisms, and environment in explorations of South America Ina Linge (University of Exeter) - Narrating Human-animal Sexual Nature in 1920s Popular Science Books Greg Lynall (University of Liverpool) - Reading Renewables: Stories of Solar Power Harriet Ritvo (MIT) - The Stakes of Species Anahita Rouyan (Independent scholar and consultant) - Producing Mutations: Scientific Plant Breeding and Narratives of Nature in the Progressive-Era United States, 1900-1914 Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent) - Sugar in the air: carbon narratives, futures and endings sam smiley (Astrodime Transit Authority) - Ornamentalism: The Migrations and Translations of Japanese Knotweed
Alluvium is an online journal dedicated to
twenty-first-century writing, affiliated with BACLS (British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies) as its
Graduate-run journal. It publishes short (2-2500 word) academic
articles on fiction as well as twenty-first-century approaches to the literary
canon by researchers working at PG, ECR, Lecturer and Senior level. Alluvium
encourages contributors to focus their articles around key issues and emerging
trends within literature and literary criticism.
The first issue of the relaunched journal was published in
February 2019, available at www.alluvium-journal.org . In June 2019 we are due to publish a
special edition of the journal devoted to the Global Contemporary: Ecologies
of Gender and Class within the Combined and Uneven Anthropocene.
As illustrated most
prominently by the calls for a Green New Deal in the US, we live in an age when
alternative political imaginaries are addressing the political and
infrastructural necessities of combating symptoms and causes of cataclysmic
climate change. Conversely, they are forced to confront: the epistemological
difficulties, fragility of language and demobilizing anxiety associated with
catastrophe; political recalcitrance; globalized mechanisms of disavowal and
normalised precarity; and an underlying system of capital premised upon the exploitation
of natural and social ecologies as well as the transnational flow of goods.
Literature -- through the allegorical, the speculative, the psychological and
phenomenological -- can provide an encounter with the ethical imperatives,
hidden forces and effects which make up the Now as well as a way of signalling
the future in its Utopian and terminal dimensions.
Submissions are invited on topics including (but not limited
Gender/Race/Class/Q) within Contemporary Cli-fi
Infrastructural Criticism in
relation to ecologies, politics, literary form and the boundaries between
New Materialism and Enchanted
Matter within dominant and peripheral literary spaces
Post-structural geographies and
the hauntological literary ethics of approaching the ecoeconomico-colonial
Phenomenologies of local and
global environment anxiety within Twenty-first Century fiction
Climate change, temporality and
Literary participation in, deconstruction of,
or resistance to neo-liberal de-politicization of discourses on climate change
Formally realised or speculative
takes on how current frameworks or researchers’ critical concerns might
intersect with some dimension of the Eco-social (climate change, habitation,
Abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible -- and ideally
by May 6th -- whilst the deadline
for submission of articles is May 24th.
Please see the attached generic Contributor Guidelines for more
information about writing for Alluvium. If you have any questions about writing
for the June 'Global Contemporary' issue please contact Martin Goodhead (Keele)
at email@example.com or Katie Jones (Swansea) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference on 17th May, 2019 at St Anne’s College, Oxford
Can literature and narrative improve the lives of young people?
We will bring together literary and humanities scholars with service users and practitioners in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Together we will ask questions about the role of literature as a point of therapeutic engagement in caring for children, adolescents, and young people. We are interested in how literature might play a role when we experience pain, trauma, and stress, as well as the ways in which literature might be employed as a tool to improve communication and foster understanding between medical learners, healthcare providers, service users, and family members.
CFP Performance and Science working group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) 4 – 6 September
Deadline: Monday 8 April 2019
We issue two calls for this year’s TAPRA conference: an open call inviting proposals that might help us map the vast terrain encompassed by ‘performance and science’; and a themed call for a joint session with the Bodies and Performance working group. Both calls are intended as an initial scoping exercise for the Routledge Companion to Performance and Science, which is currently in development. We will consider proposals for the following formats
· Papers, including those with performative elements (10-20 minutes).
· Low tech workshops, installations, demonstrations or performance (up to 60 minutes).
· Curated panels (usually 3 x 20 min papers)
Open Call Since its inception, our working group has defined its remit inclusively. This means embracing a wide range of performance practices that interface with scientific knowledge and the social, political, ethical and personal repercussions of these: science plays, bio-art, public engagement projects, performance art and more. We have also considered scientific approaches to understanding what performance is or does, and, reciprocally, analysed scientific practices through the lens of performance. Given this broad remit, how can we define the borders of our field and delineate its contents? How might we understand the overlaps, splices, tensions, alliances, antimonies, resonances that constitute the interface between performance and science, as practices, disciplinary domains, cultures and truth claims? Your proposal might posit conceptual tools for surveying or rethinking the field(s), trace strands within it and/or offer case studies and specimens. Alternatively, your proposal might interrogate – or rebel against – such projects of taxonomization and territorialisation. In all cases, preference is given to proposals that foreground the material practices of ‘doing’ performance and science – whatever form this takes. Themes may include but are not limited to:
· historiographies, genealogies, cartographies and case studies of performance and science
· defining, distinguishing and defying disciplines: multi-, cross-, inter-, intra-, trans- and post-disciplinarity
· the politics of science-performance collaboration
Negative Affects We are also holding a joint session aligning with the Bodies and Performance WG theme of Negative Affects, Performance and Bodies and that of our own interim event on human repair, regeneration and bodily alteration. We invite proposals that engage with the body and bad feelings, and how scientific discourses and technologies of repair, replacement and augmentation might alleviate or exacerbate those negative feelings. Submitting a proposal Please send a 300-word (max.) proposal and a short biography in a Word document via email. Please also include precise details of your resourcing needs, for example, any audio-visual technology, or a particular type of space (e.g. drama studio) that you will need to make your presentation. Email abstracts and information to the Working Group conveners, Alex Mermikides and Paul Johnson, at email@example.com The deadline for the submission of proposals is Monday 8th April 2019.Early Career Researchers Bursary Scheme: If you are an Early Career Researcher, then you are eligible to be considered for a TaPRA ECR Bursary. Please follow this link for more information, and please indicate on your proposal whether you fit the criteria and wish to be considered for the bursary scheme: http://tapra.org/bursaries/Postgraduate Bursary Scheme: There will be a separate call for PG Bursaries later in the year, but please do indicate in your proposal whether you are planning on applying to the scheme.
Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for a TaPRA event. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Participation. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the event venue.
Science and Performance Working Group Interim Event call for participants
TAPRA Performance & Science Interim Event
Science Gallery/King’s College, London
8 May 2019 2- 8.30pm
The Performance & Science Working Group invites applications to attend our Interim Event at King’s College London, which takes up the theme of bodily regeneration, repair and replacement. The emerging sciences of regenerative medicine promise the possibility of combating terrifying disease and physical trauma. They also sharpen our fears about cyborg and synthetic beings. This ambivalence offers rich ground for performance-makers and those who study the interface between theatre, performance and the human sciences.
The event involves meetings with scientists at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine, a tour of the laboratories at the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and of the Spare Parts exhibition, a working dinner and attending a related science-performance.
The event is FREE to all TAPRA members but places are limited. To apply for a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 April 2019 with a brief (100 word) outline of how the event will support your current or future research. Priority will be given to those whose research aligns most closely with the event. Postgraduate students can also apply for support with travel costs – please include estimated costs in your email. The criteria for funding will be lack of institutional support, alignment of research interest to the event, cost of travel.
All participants must be TaPRA members. If you are not currently a member, you will be asked to join the organization at the interim rate of £15 before the date of the event.
2-4pm: visit to Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
4- 5.30 pm: tour of the Spare Parts exhibition at the Science Gallery. This exhibition explores the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration. It considers the emotional and psychological aspects of living with a replacement organ or limb; organic or engineered.
5.45-6.45pm: working dinner: reflecting on performances of bodily repair, replacement and recuperation.
7 – 8.30: performance: New Organs of Creation
New Organs of Creation presents a hypothetical development of the human larynx (voice box), using tissue engineering, to extend the ability of the voice as a transformational instrument. The project is made in collaboration with Prof Lucy Di-Silvio who used tissue engineering to grow human cells on the prototype anatomical larynx.
If you are not currently a member of the BSLS, or if you joined as part of your registration for the 2018 conference at Oxford Brookes, you will need to pay a new year’s membership fee (waged £25; unwaged £10) to attend this conference. Membership paid now will run up to (but not including) the 2020 conference. Please join or renew here: https://www.bsls.ac.uk/join-us/
The British Society for Literature and Science is a scholarly society which promotes interdisciplinary research into the relationships of science and literature in all periods.
Membership is open to anyone interested in the field, regardless of geographical location.