BSLS Book Prize

Nominations are now being accepted for the BSLS Book Prize 2015. Inaugurated in 2007, the annual British Society for Literature and Science book prize is awarded for the best book in the field of literature and science published that year. Any book is eligible, but can only be considered if it is nominated either by a member of BSLS or by its publisher. Publishers are very welcome to nominate their own books. Members may nominate their own titles. Please note that individual memberships must be current and the publication in question must be dated 2015 to be eligible.  Members of the BSLS committee are not eligible for the Prize. A panel of BSLS Committee members and scholars will read all submissions and reach a decision which will be announced at the forthcoming AGM. Please send all nominations to Peter Middleton by 31 December 2015 (

Anthony Peake and Katy Price will be giving lectures on 'J. B. Priestley, Dreams and Time at the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, between 2 – 4pm on Saturday 31 October.

To register and book a free place visit: The lectures are free and open to the public as well as members of the J.B. Priestley Society.

J.B. Priestley was fascinated by time. This most ephemeral of perceptions re-occurs as a theme over and over again in his plays. He also wrote extensively about the subject in his autobiographical works, culminating in his fascinating work Man and Time.

Anthony Peake will discuss major influences on Priestley’s philosophy of time, especially as seen in his ‘Time Plays.’ In 1963 Priestley appealed to the public on BBC television’s Monitorprogramme to send in their own accounts of experiences that appeared to challenge the ‘common-sense’ idea of Time, including precognitive dreams.  Anthony was the first person, since JBP himself, to be given access to all of those letters.

Anthony is a writer who deals with borderline areas of human consciousness.  His first book,Is There Life After Death? was published in 2006 and since then he has gone on to develop his own ideas together with exploring the latest areas of research in his field. For more information about Anthony visit his website a:t

Dr Katy Price’s lecture will briefly review the terms on which Priestley’s writings are being appreciated by literary scholars today, before turning to the Monitor letters themselves as a rich repository for social history. It is thanks to Priestley’s appeal for time experiences that we have access to records of people’s reading habits and inner lives in the mid twentieth century.

Katy Price is the author of Loving Faster than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein’s Universe, and is currently writing a book about prophetic dreams in the twentieth century. She is a lecturer in modern and contemporary literature at Queen Mary University, London.

The Oxford University seminars on Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century will be starting again on 28th October. To read this term's programme, click on this link:



Please click on this link CfP MEYER ROSSINI Extended Hnet for the full cfp.

The Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities project at the University of Glasgow are holding their first workshopScience Fiction and Public Engagement with Medicine, to be held on Friday the 27th of November 2015 at the University of Glasgow. Our invited speakers are Jenny Kitzinger of Cardiff University and David Lawrence of the Costumed Visions of Enhanced Bodies project. 

Those who cannot attend the workshop may still be interested in the CfP for the special issue of the BMJ's Medical Humanities journal on Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities which can be found here.

Those interested in the project can receive further information by emailing to join our mailing list. You can also stay in touch with the project by following our blog, finding us on Twitter (@scifimedhums), or joining our Facebook group.

The 10th conference of the European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts will take place in Stockholm, June 14-17, 2016.

The conference's theme is Control, and confirmed speakers include Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam), Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago), Michael Dillon (Lancaster University), Alexander Galloway (New York University) and Steven Hinchliffe (University of Exeter).

The deadline for abstracts is December 14th, 2015.

The call for papers, along with more information, can be found on the conference homepage,


Book reviewers wanted!

The British Society for Literature and Science website now has a new page, listing books that are available to be sent out for review, which you can find here. You do not have to be a member of the society to review books for the website.

The Reviews Editor, Gavin Budge, actively welcomes suggestions for books that should be reviewed - please send suggestions to him on <>.

You can find a list of books that have already been sent out for review here.

ESSE 2016, Galway, 22nd – 26th August

Further details of ESSE at

CFP: In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does  Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature. Please contact the panel convenors directly if you are interested.


Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA

Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille

29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France


Professor Clare Hanson

Faculty of Humanities
, University of Southampton

Avenue Campus 
SO17 1BJ 
United Kingdom

Palgrave Macmillan are delighted to announce the launch of our new ‘Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine series. To celebrate this, Palgrave is offering a discount on books in the series to members of the BSLS. Just quote ‘PM15THIRTY’ when ordering the book(s) directly from Palgrave Macmillan to get 30% off . You can also email your order, quoting the code, to This code is valid until the end of December 2015. (Terms and conditions available here).

CFP: Books of Blood

CFP: Books of Blood: a cross-disciplinary investigation into blood as representation, symbol, and text in modern culture

All humans ‘are books of blood—wherever you open us, we’re red’ (Clive Barker). If our bodies are books of blood, then they can be read; we invite such readings and contributions where blood is the signifier. We are also interested in analyses and representation of the literal presence of blood in our culture, the importance of the actual material substance of life itself. This is the first stage of a funding bid and collaborative project on blood for the Wellcome Trust Submissions will be chosen to contribute to an exhibition, a series of public talks, and an illustrated book. Initial contributions will be drawn from any of the following fields: science. technology, medicine, forensics, history of science, history of ideas, philosophy, theology, anthropology, myth, legend, folklore, literature, creative writing, painting, sculpture, performance, conceptual art film, TV, video games, song lyrics, popular culture. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

changing scientific notions of blood in their context

Harvey and the circulation of the blood;

blood lust: vampirism, bloodsucking

consuming blood and its virtues

Landsteiner and blood groups

bloodlines: pure blood, blue blood, bad blood identity; race, genealogy, degeneration; haemophilia; blood libels and racial purity

blood letting, medical practices blood economy: circulation, exchange; wealth as vampirism

vital fluids: the four humours, creative juices; blood and metonymy with other bodily fluids; blood and semen

true blood, synthetic blood, fake blood

the blood of Christ; the Eucharist and the meaning of transubstantiation

the blood is the life: taboos and rituals; menstrual blood, churching; blood letting, kosher and halal

blood, religion, and sexuality

the bleeding boughs of Virgil and Dante

blood crimes and punishments: retribution; forensics

coughing up blood: consumption and Romantic sensibility

the blood of the body politic

medical practices: blood letting, leeching

blood lust: the appeal of blood; vampirism, bloodsucking; splatter movies, the current vampire vogue

blood disorders: blood poisoning, infection, contagion; tuberculosis, AIDS, CJD

blood money: the economy of blood: circulation/exchange/transfusion; blood tanks/ blood reserves

blood as gift: martyrdom, sacrifice; blood pacts, blood brother ritual; blood donation; the ethics of transfusion and exchange

Please send abstracts of 1,000 words describing how your current research/practice fits the remit of the project and what you would offer in relation to the various outcomes (i.e. exhibition, talks and book). Submissions should be sent by November 1st 2015 as an email attachment in MS Word document format to the following: Dr Sam George,; Dr John Rimmer, You should also include a 250 word biographical statement.

Please use your surname as the document title. The abstract should be sent in the following format: (1) Title (2) Presenter(s) (3) Institutional affiliation (4) Email (5) Abstract (6) Biog.

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