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The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University has extended its application period for Visiting Fellowships under the theme of ‘Imagining Science and Technology 200 Years after Frankenstein’ until 23 June 2017

Interdisciplinarity in Practice: Medical Humanities Research Workshop for PGRs

Thursday 7th September, University of Leeds, 11am – 6pm
We warmly invite participants for a one-day workshop addressing the scholarly challenges and collaborative opportunities surrounding postgraduate research in the medical humanities.
Increasing numbers of postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines are undertaking work on human health, wellbeing, disease, and the body that entails interdisciplinary approaches. Conducting PhD research across disciplinary boundaries offers significant opportunities for innovative scholarship, but it can also present practical and intellectual challenges for those at the earlier stages of their academic careers.
This workshop, supported by the AHRC, will bring together postgraduate students in the medical humanities for interactive sessions and open discussion on research skills and professional career development in the field. Session leaders include Dr Emily T. Troscianko (Oxford), Dr Victoria Bates (Bristol), Dr Sam Goodman (Bournemouth), Dr James Stark (Leeds) and Dr Catherine Oakley (Leeds), with a keynote address from Professor Jane Macnaughton (Durham).
Session topics will cover: 
  • Undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD
  • Research methodologies
  • The disciplines of the medical humanities and disciplinary “identity”
  • Adapting your work for different audiences
  • Collaboration within and beyond academia
  • Positioning yourself for job and funding applications
  • Publishing in the field

For more details and the application process, see here. Please address any queries to Dr James Stark (

SYROS, 5-8 JULY 2017
“Beyond Nature in Science and Literature”
The International Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST, the Hellenic Open University and the Institute of Historical Research/ National Hellenic Research Foundation organize a two-days’ workshop to study “Beyond Nature in Science and Literature”. The CoSciLit workshop is a new addition to the very prestigious “Hermoupolis Seminars” which have been organized for more than 30 years every July on Syros Island.
This workshop follows the successful 1st workshop organized in 2016 on the theme of "Nature(s), Humans and God(s) in Literature. Representations" and it will be part of series of workshops which will be organized with a specific theme every July. The venue of the workshop will be the “Historical Archives of the State” in the Town Hall of Hermoulis. Hermoupolis was once the capital of Greece and a city of great cultural, scientific and industrial heritage. Syros Island is very close to Piraeus by boat and an ideal place for a high quality, inexpensive summer visit.
Those who are willing to participate in the workshop with a presentation may ask further information and/or submit an abstract of max. 200 words sending an email to until 31st May 2017.
Languages: English, Greek, French, German.
For participants giving a paper there will be a modest fee of 50 Euros and for those who will attend without a paper a fee of 40 Euros to cover administrative expenses. There will be some hotels with reduced prices on offer for the participants but there are plenty of places, in Hermoupolis or close by, at very convenient prices.




Keynote Speaker: Professor N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University)

In 2018 Cardiff University’s ScienceHumanities research group will host a week-long International Summer School dedicated to the examination of the relations between the humanities and the sciences.

The Summer School programme features workshops from leading scholars in literature and science, the histories of science and medicine, and the philosophy of science from across the UK and Europe. It is designed to give you access to significant researchers in the field, and professional development opportunities on publishing, public engagement, and archival research.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to share ideas, concepts and methods with other doctoral students and begin to build a network of global contacts. The Summer School also incorporates a cultural programme focussed on the rich heritage of Cardiff as both a Welsh and British city.

The Summer School is open only to doctoral students located in universities and research centres outside the UK. There are only 12 places available.

It is free to attend, but participants must be able to meet the cost of their own transport, accommodation and part of their subsistence during their stay in Cardiff. Advice will be given on accommodation and transport and some meals will be included during the Summer School.

Two bursaries of £400 are available for students from nations with limited resources.

To express initial interest and receive an application form please email Professor Martin Willis on Further information can be found on the ScienceHumanities website at:

The closing date for expressions of interest is 29 September, 2017. Applications must be submitted by 30 November, 2017 and decisions will be communicated by 31 December, 2017. Participating doctoral students must be able to commit to the full 5 days of the Summer School.

The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University presents

Imagineers in Circus and Science: Scientific knowledge and creative imagination

Tuesday 3 - Thursday 5 April 2018


Scientists seek to investigate the ways in which nature works and to ask how humanity can best comprehend different aspects of the universe. By challenging conventional wisdom, scientists can act as rebels against the status quo and common sense. In cultural and fictional contexts, they may appear and behave like artists: creative, skilled craftsmen; ‘imagineers’ and bewildering performers. These fictional scientists do not merely domesticate the unknown and the uncanny, they also invent and stage it.

One of the most productive breeding grounds for the invention, amalgamation, and staging of scientific knowledge and creative imagination has been the circus and related cultural phenomena, such as freakshows, carnivals, and 19th-century ‘scientific’ museums. These sensational, kaleidoscopic institutions present(ed) manifold wondrous exhibits, including automatons, wax figures, and mummies, but they also presented scientific discoveries. Barnum’s American Museum, for example, made hundreds of previously unseen specimens accessible to a broad audience.

Exhibitions and shows of this type united science with mystery, acted as mediators of knowledge, and were often the primary public source of information about the current state of scientific research. They are reminders that science and its pursuits are matters of perspective, and the product and producer of good stories. What do these stories tell us about the “two cultures” of the humanities and science?

Conference speakers

  • Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory University) (Provisional)
  • Professor Jane Goodall (University of Western Sydney)
  • Professor Richard Weihe (Accademia Teatro Dimitri/SUPSI Verscio, Switzerland)

Call for papers

We welcome proposals for individual, 20-minute papers addressing any aspect of science and the circus (and related phenomena) including:

  • Cultural and literary studies
  • Circus studies, Theatre and performance studies
  • Indigenous literatures from around the world and their relation to science and performance
  • Posthumanism
  • Zoopoetics, animal art and critical animal studies
  • Intersections of aesthetic and scientific treatments of cultural issues
  • Imaginaries of technology and performance (e.g. in films)
  • Museology, and applied art and science

While this conference is concerned primarily with culture and literature, we envisage it as a multi-disciplinary event and will welcome proposals from any disciplinary perspective.

The conference will be held at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, from the 3rd to the 5th of April, 2018. Please submit an abstract (200 words max.) and a brief bio (100 words max.) as Word documents by 31 July 2017 to the conference convenor, Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens, at

Accepted papers will be announced by 1 September 2017. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.


For inquiries about the conference, please email Dr Jürgens or

This year at the BSLS Annual Conference in Bristol members of the society will be part of an experimental format linking panels, conferences, learned societies and countries. The panel “Collective Knowledge: Museums, Scientific Inquiry, and Literature” (Friday, April 7 at 9am) is part of a trans-Atlantic, 2-panel event that pairs a panel at the British Society of Literature and Science (BSLS) in Bristol in April 2017 with a roundtable at the annual conference of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Toronto in May 2017. The structure of the event is described in the link to the ACCUTE blogsite here:


We hope many of you will be able to join us for this panel at the BSLS conference. We will also post a link to the videos when they become available online.


BSLS Executive Committee Positions
Three positions on the BSLS Executive Committee will be either vacant or up for renewal in April: International officer (North America), Communications officer, and Member at Large. Present incumbents in two of the positions (Communications officer, and Member at Large) are seeking to continue in their roles, but all three posts are open to nominations.
Any member of BSLS is eligible for these posts and can propose themselves or someone else. Each proposed candidate will also need two nominations from members of BSLS, and these proposals and nominations should be sent to the Chair Martin Willis ( and myself, the Secretary ( Expressions of interest and proposals should be received by 2nd April at the very latest.
If you have questions about these posts, please do contact me, or any member of the committee. The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below.
Greg Lynall, Secretary
13 March 2017
4.5 The membership of the Executive Committee shall be determined by elections held at the annual general meeting of the society. Members wishing to stand for election should be nominated by two members of the society before the start of the AGM. Where there is more than one candidate for any post, election shall be held by a ballot on the basis of a single transferable vote.
4.6 Members of the Executive Committee shall serve three-year terms of office.

University of Bristol, 6-8 April 2017


The twelfth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will take place at the University of Bristol, from Thursday 6 April until Saturday 8 April 2017.

Keynote talks will be given by Professor Havi Carel (University of Bristol), Professor Robert Mitchell (Duke University), and Professor Ralph O’Connor(University of Aberdeen).

The BSLS invites proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on any subjects within the field of literature and science.  Please send an abstract (c.200 words) and short biographical note to the conference organiser (Ros Powell by no later than 5pm GMT, Friday 9 December 2016. Please see the full CFP at

Merveilles Électriques

Invention littéraire, vulgarisation et circulation médiatique

Colloque international
Organisé par Claire Barel-Moisan (CNRS. ENS-Lyon. UMR IHRIM), Delphine Gleizes (Université Lyon 2. UMR IHRIM)

Les XVIIIe et XIXe siècles constituent une période essentielle dans l’histoire des découvertes sur le magnétisme et l’électricité. Elle se caractérise par l’élaboration d’hypothèses scientifiques viables, par la mise en place de procédures expérimentales à même de les étayer et, bien sûr, par le développement des applications techniques et pratiques qui en découlent : éclairage, énergie motrice, progrès dans les transmissions et les transports, etc. Ces découvertes dans le domaine des fluides modifient définitivement le rapport au monde. Par le caractère spectaculaire des expériences menées et des progrès engendrés, l’histoire de ces découvertes s’ancre également dans l’imaginaire contemporain, suscitant une production abondante de textes et d’images. Ce colloque se propose d’analyser la diversité des productions scientifiques, littéraires et médiatiques, dont la circulation témoigne de deux siècles de fascination pour les « merveilles électriques ».

16, 17 et 18 novembre : BU Lyon 1, MILC Lyon 2, et ENS Lyon

BSLS Winter Symposium

The Politics of Literature and Science


Queen’s Building, University of Exeter, NOW, DUE TO DEMAND, ON Saturday, 3 December, 2016

Organiser: Corinna Wagner & James Green (Department of English, Exeter University)


This BSLS Winter Symposium will explore relationships between politics, science, medicine, literature and visual culture. We will take ‘politics’ in both its broadest sense—considering for example, the politics of the body, the politics of scientific institutions, and how scientific and political discourse has shaped imaginative forms of expression (and vice versa). We will also take ‘politics’ in a more specific sense, to address how literary writers and artists actively intervened in specific medico-political debates, or how their novels, poems and plays acted as ‘mediums’ of scientific and political cross-pollination.


We would also like to invite papers that focus on the current field. What are the politics of researching and teaching in the field of literature and science? Contributors might want to reflect on engagement and collaboration, for example. The BSLS Winter Symposium will provide an opportunity for practitioners—artists, poets and novelists—and academics and theorists to share their methods and findings.


In terms of topics, contributors might consider how literary writers and artists raised and addressed scientific questions about, for instance:

  • medical treatments
  • the design of medical and scientific institutions
  • the collaborative or conflicting goals of scientists and governments
  • environmental policies and climate change issues
  • urban reform
  • social health reform policy
  • the uses of statistics and data
  • the scientific and political goals of empire
  • the application of science to issues of race
  • tropical medicine


One of the emphases of this one-day symposium will be the idea of trans-historical and transdisciplinary inheritance and exchange. What historical continuities exist between past and present? How might artists, writers and academics work together on the issues raised here?


Lastly, we particularly invite graduate students to participate in a ‘policy show &tell’: these are 10 minute slots in which each presenter suggests ways their own humanities research could address or attempt to solve a current medical/scientific/health problem.


Please submit short proposals to James Green on or Corinna Wagner on by 10 November, 2016


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