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Helen Mort and Jason Taylor will be hosting an evening event of poetry and neuroscience at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 2nd December. Click below for details:

Oxford University Museum Poetry Event

The studentship is one of four Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) offered this year by the SWW Consortium. Successful students will take up their awards in September 2018.  Potential students should contact the academic supervisor listed below in the first instance, with a view to submitting their application as part of the open competition for a SWW DTP studentship, which opens on Monday 27th November 2017 and closes on Thursday 11th January 2018, 11.59pm GMT.  Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest to the academic supervisor is 14th December 2017.

https://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/sww-dtp-collaborative-doctoral-awards-cdas/

Thomas Hardy, Victorian Studies, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Hardy, Dorset and the wider world

The project, a collaboration between Exeter, Southampton, Dorset County Museum (DCM) and Dorset History Centre (DHC), will explore Thomas Hardy’s involvement in the social, legal and political worlds of Dorset and examine ways in which Hardy draws on these experiences in his fiction, often to social ends.  It will make a substantial contribution to Victorian Studies and to Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, allowing the student to track with new precision, and in unprecedented detail, relations between the regional, national and international.  The project would also enjoy support from Exeter’s new Digital Humanities Lab.

It will be a timely and important project for Dorset County Museum’s HLF-funded redevelopment as part of its vision for Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset, and for DHC which is awaiting the outcome of an HLF bid ‘Securing the Past’ to extend and refurbish DHC as well as conduct a major programme of public engagement.  The project will be central to Exeter’s Centre for Literature and Archives (CLA) and the Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS), and Southampton’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research(SCNR).  There is also scope for involvement with Exeter’s Centre for Medical History and Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health and Southampton’s Research Centre for Medical and Health Humanities.  The student would have the opportunity to become involved with the REF2021 Impact Case Study 'Promoting the Preservation, Presentation and Public Understanding of the work of Thomas Hardy', which Richardson is leading, and to inform the work of the Hardy Country Steering Group whose members currently include Exeter, the National Trust, DCM, Dorset AONB, the Thomas Hardy Society and Bath Spa University.   They would also have the opportunity to attend the annual BAVS conference (at Exeter in August 2018) and SCNR’s next international conference (September 2018), ‘Regionalism in the Long 19th Century’.

Dorset County Museum is an independent museum. Owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, of which Hardy was a member, it receives financial support from Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council. Dorset History Centre (DHC) is the home of the Joint Archives Service (JAS) for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole and it also holds the Dorset Local Studies and Dorset Authors library collections.

DCM holds the Thomas Hardy Archive and Collection, the largest Hardy collection in the world, recently selected for the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Programme register. It includes over 5000 unpublished letters to Hardy which reveal Hardy’s involvement in a global network, engaged in a wide range of debates; it also includes drafts of letters from Hardy, often pencilled on correspondence he received.  DCM also holds the Dorset County Chronicle, from which Hardy took notes, and DCM’s original manuscripts of The Woodlanders, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Under the Greenwood Tree are stored at DHC.  Under-researched collections at DHC range from the records of the borough authority to the records of the courts (Petty Sessions and Quarter Sessions), prisons and hospitals.  The Quarter Sessions archive – the quarterly records of the courts which dealt with a huge range of civil and criminal matters – provides a cross section of contemporary life.  The student would gain valuable experience in the management of archives and museum collections and in advising on exhibitions and outreach and public engagement projects, and they will develop expertise in the care, description and analysis of manuscript materials. They would be trained by the organisations’ archivists and curators and would gain a wide range of transferable skills.

The student would draw on the expertise of Professors Angelique Richardson and Mary Hammond, including Hammond’s co-edited Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth Century: Uneasy Neighbours? (Routledge, 2016) and Richardson’s forthcoming The Politics of Thomas Hardy Biology, Culture and Environment.  Both supervisors have extensive experience supervising PhD students, including Collaborative Doctoral Award holders.   The student would join dynamic and supportive research communities at Exeter and Southampton and DCM and DHC will support the student by providing advice and guidance on the collections and a welcoming working environment.

Academic contact: Professor Angelique Richardson, University of Exeter – A.Richardson@exeter.ac.uk

Partner contacts: Dr Jon Murden, DCM Director – director@dorsetcountymuseum.org and Sam Johnston, DHC County Archivist  –  s.j.johnston@dorsetcc.gov.uk

To read the first issue of the Journal of Science & Popular Culture, click here.

This term's speakers at the Oxford Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century seminars are Dr Helen Cowie (York), Prof Martin Willis (Cardiff) and Prof Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Oxford). Here is the programme for the term:

Science, Medicine and Culture seminars

Sound Talking workshop

SOUND TALKING

an interdisciplinary workshop on 'language describing sound / sound emulating language'

Friday 3 November 2017, Dana Research Centre, London Science Museum

Info and registration: bit.ly/SoundTalking

Sound Talking is a one-day event at the London Science Museum that seeks to explore the complex relationships between language and sound, both historically and in the present day. It aims to identify the perspectives and methodologies of current research in the ever-widening field of sound studies, and to locate productive interactions between disciplines.

Bringing together audio engineers, psychiatrists, linguists, musicologists, and historians of literature and medicine, we will be asking questions about sound as a point of linguistic engagement. We will consider the terminology used to discuss sound, the invention of words that capture sonic experience, and the use and manipulation of sound to emulate linguistic descriptions. Talks will address singing voice research, the history of onomatopoeias, new music production tools, auditory neuroscience, sounds in literature, and the sounds of the insane asylum.

Speakers:

- Ian Rawes (London Sound Survey)

- Melissa Dickson (University of Oxford)

- Jonathan Andrews (Newcastle University)

- Maria Chait (UCL Ear Institute)

- David Howard (Royal Holloway University of London)

- Brecht De Man (Queen Mary University of London)

- Mandy Parnell (Black Saloon Studios)

- Trevor Cox (Salford University)

For more information, visit bit.ly/SoundTalking or contact the workshop chairs:

Melissa Dickson <melissa.dickson@ell.ox.ac.uk>

Brecht De Man <b.deman@qmul.ac.uk>

Thanks to Wellcome Trust funding, Martina Zimmermann's new monograph The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing is fully available through open access. To download the book for free from the publisher's website, click here.

After the Visions of Nature year at the Oxford University Museum, the anthology Guests of Time, including poems by Kelley Swain, John Barnie and Steven Matthews alongside poetry by Victorian poets connected to the Museum such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Gerard Manley Hopkins, has been published by Valley Press. To read more about the anthology and to order a copy, click here.

The Routledge Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science has just been published. Edited by John Holmes and Sharon Ruston, with an afterword by Bernard Lightman, it includes 27 chapters by leading experts covering ten literary genres, over a dozen scientific disciplines, and four key contexts for research into literature and science across the nineteenth century. To read more about the book, and to order a discounted copy, click on the link below:

Literature and Science Companion flier

The Journal of Science and Popular Culture will be publishing its first issue in 2018. Please click on the link below to read the call for papers:

Science and Popular Culture CFP 2

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new series of books entitled Explorations in Science and Literature, to be published by Bloomsbury. Here is the call for proposals:

Explorations in Science and Literature

We look forward very much to hearing your ideas for exciting new books in our field that speak to audiences across literary scholarship and the sciences.

John Holmes, Anton Kirchhofer and Janine Rogers (editors)

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