About Us

The British Society for Literature and Science was founded in 2005. We aim to promote and advance the study of all aspects of the relationships between literature and science.  We are a worldwide network of scholars, scientists, students and teachers, working on texts and cultures throughout history, from the ancient world to the present day, and on science in all its forms, including medicine and technology. You can view a copy of our constitution here.

Through our conference, we provide an annual forum for discussion of new work on literature and science. Through support for other events and societies, including our annual winter symposium, we advance the study and teaching of literature and science at all levels. Through our book and essay prizes, we recognise and promote the best new scholarship in the field. Through our website and quarterly newsletter, we provide up-to-date news of developments, particularly by publishing book reviews of new scholarship, and posting details of conferences, seminars and other events.

By joining the BSLS, you can be part of this lively and exciting interdisciplinary network.

BSLS contact details

Please feel free to get in touch with the relevant member of the BSLS exec - all listed below. If you have an announcement for the website or a query about the essay prize, please contact the communications officer; if you have an item for the newsletter, contact the overseas officer (North America); for the book prize and general enquiries, contact the chair.


Dr Greg Lynall
Department of English
19-23 Abercromby Square
University of Liverpool L69 7ZG


Professor Michael Whitworth
Merton College
Merton Street
Oxford OX1 4JD


Dr Rachel Crossland
University of Chichester,
Bishop Otter Campus,
College Lane, Chichester,
West Sussex PO19 6PE

Membership Secretary:

Dr Emily Alder
Edinburgh Napier University

Communications Officer:

Dr Will Tattersdill
Department of English
Arts 131, University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Book Reviews Editor:

Dr Franziska Kohlt
Department of Sociology
Wentworth College
Wentworth Way
YO10 5NG

BSLS overseas, Europe:

Sorbonne Nouvelle, 13 rue Santeuil,
75005 Paris, France

BSLS overseas, North America:

Dr Jenni Halpin (Newsletter editor)
Savannah State University
3219 College Street Savannah, GA 31404

Early Career Officer:

Dr Rachel Murray
Room 0.16, Martin Hall
Loughborough University
Epinal Way, Loughborough
LE11 3TS

Members at Large:

Dr Chisomo Kalinga

Centre of African Studies
University of Edinburgh
22a Buccleuch Place

Dr Rosalind Powell

Department of English
University of Bristol
11 Woodland Road