Being Non/Human is organising a conference for 2015 on the topic of ‘bodily borders’. Being Non/Human is an interdisciplinary group that engages with research on interactions between the human and nonhuman, providing a forum for graduate students and early career researchers to present current research. They invite any postgraduate or early career researcher interested in this theme to submit an abstract or propose a panel. For more information, and to read the call for papers, click below:

Being Non Human call for papers

A ‘museum late’ at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford: this event will showcase the dynamic world of citizen science.

Through short talks, quizzes and interactive sessions, visitors can discover how members of the public participate in science today, how they have done so in the past, and how citizen science is changing the humanities.

BBC New Generation Thinker Dr Will Abberley will discuss how, for Victorian scientists, people’s experiences with their pets were more than mere anecdotes. The ‘Unbelievable Truth of Medical History’ stall will mount forays into history, while representatives from the Zooniverse team (the world’s largest citizen science organisation) will show how in the twenty-first century, harnessing public interest in everything from galaxies to the ancient Greeks is transforming both the humanities and science.

See here for more.

University College London is launching a new series of Science and Literature talks this term with the following talk:

Tuesday, 4th November, 5.30-7.30 pm

Reading and Reception Seminar – Science and Literature Series

G24, Foster Court, University College London,

Malet Place, WC1

Prof Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford)

‘Animal instinct and whispering machines: Science in the Victorian periodical’

KCL seminars

The Department of English at King’s College London is running a series of research seminars on literature and science this term. For details, click on the link below:

Dept research seminar 201415

There are still some places left for non-presenting delegates. To register please visit


18 TO 21 JUNE, 2015

Nicosia, Cyprus

HOST:                  Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) with the support of the Cyprus College of Art 

VENUE:                The Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus 

THEME:                Mediterranean and cross-cultural influences upon Margaret Cavendish’s writings. 

The theme may include topics such as:

  • Cross-cultural influences in relation to trade, art, literature, piracy and captivity 
  • Classical (Greco-Roman) identities, philosophy, literature, art and culture 
  • International conversations in science and philosophy including botany, animal husbandry general agriculture, mathematics, etc. 

Early modernists and modernists from all disciplines (e.g. art history, social history, history of science, literature, ecofeminism, political theory etc) are invited to submit proposals for papers related to the theme of the conference.


20-minute papers are invited on topics related directly or indirectly to the theme of the conference. 

ABSTRACTS of 150 to 200 words should be emailed to the conference organizers. 

For more information and to register please visit the website:

or e’mail Professor James Fitzmaurice at

For those not going to the NAVSA conference in London, Ontario, you can hear Professor Gillian Beer’s lecture ‘ “Are you animal – or vegetable – or mineral” Alice and Others’ in London, UK, on 16 October, at QMUL: click here for more information.

British Society for Literature and Science
Symposium on Teaching

University of Westminster, Regent Street, London – 8th November, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION – REMINDER DEADLINE 10th OCTOBER (open registration details to follow)

Literature and Science is currently gaining popularity amongst undergraduates, but opportunities for discussing how – and why – to teach it remain thin on the ground. This one-day symposium, led by the British Society for Literature and Science with support from Westminster’s Centre for the Study of Science and Imagination, is designed to help further that discussion.

We are keen to hear from as many different perspectives as possible, and therefore invite contributions from anyone with experience as a teacher, postgraduate teaching assistant, student, or administrator of an undergraduate course on (or containing elements of) Literature and Science, broadly defined.

For this event, we have adopted a different format from the standard academic twenty-minute conference paper, and will ask speakers to present in a more informal tone and for different lengths of time depending on the session. These shorter, less formal presentations will minimise preparation time for speakers as well as increasing discussion time for all participants.

With this low-preparation, discursive format in mind, we warmly solicit expressions of interest (not more than 200 words, including a brief biography and details of experience with Literature and Science teaching) from potential speakers. These should be sent to Dr. Will Tattersdill ( not later than October 10th 2014. Subjects we are anxious to discuss include, but are not limited to:

Why Literature and Science is worth teaching to undergraduates (and why it might not be)
Reflections on how, if at all, Literature and Science needs to be taught differently from other undergraduate programmes.
Particular difficulties encountered in convening a Literature and Science course, be they conceptual, administrative, logistical, or pedagogical.
Experiences collaborating with academic staff from other disciplines, including the sciences.
Student reactions to Literature and Science material, positive and negative.
We are committed to inviting contributions from those teaching literature and science across all historical periods, working across international educational contexts as well as within the British higher education system. There will be invited speakers as well as this open call, and current undergraduates will hopefully be among the delegates.

Many of us teach literature and science on our own initiative, coping individually with both the joys and challenges raised by the endeavour. This is an important chance to consolidate those experiences and build strategies – and collegial networks – which will continue to drive the field forward at its grass roots: undergraduate teaching.

Cian Duffy (St. Mary’s)
Allyson Purcell-Davis (St. Mary’s)
Janine Rogers (Mt. Allison)
Will Tattersdill (Birmingham)
Martin Willis (Westminster)

There will be three sessions of the Oxford Literature and Science seminar this coming term. All are welcome.

Monday 20 October, 2pm (St Cross Building SCR): Jay Labinger (California Institute of Technology), “Metaphoric vs. Literal Uses of Science: Entropy as Time’s (Double-Headed) Arrow in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and other Recent Literature.”

Friday 14 November, 2pm (St Cross Building, Seminar Room B): Michael Whitworth (Merton), “Science and Poetry in the 1920s and 1930s.”

Friday 28 November, 2pm (St Cross Building, Seminar Room B): Madeleine Geddes-Barton (Cambridge), “Scientific Structuralism and the Ithaca chapter of Ulysses.

Talks are planned for the Spring and Summer terms by Natalia Cecire (Sussex), Charlotte Sleigh (Kent), Ralph O’Connor (Aberdeen), John Holmes (Reading), and Christopher Pittard (Portsmouth), as well as two sessions of papers from current Oxford graduate students. The exact schedule is still to be confirmed, but the dates will be Fridays 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 March, 20 March, 1 May, 15 May, and 22 May at 2 p.m..


Oxford University’s Literature and Medicine Seminar is returning this Autumn. To see the programme of events, click here.

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