Date: 20th April 2017

Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Venue: School of the Arts Library, University of Liverpool, 19-23 Abercromby Square, L69 7ZG

Registration is now open for ‘The Memory of Trees’, an interdisciplinary, one-day conference with the Literature and Science Hub on the cultural representation, study, and conservation of trees and woodlands.

Our keynote speakers are Professor Fiona Stafford (Somerville College, Oxford), author of The Long, Long Life of Trees (2016), Dr Hugh McAllister (Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool), author of The Genus Sorbus (2005), and Matt Larsen-Daw (Project lead on The Charter for Trees, Woods and People).

Trees are sites of natural, cultural and personalised memory. Their life-spans can encompass decades of human encounters, experiences and narratives, and this has long made them objects for scientific study and imaginative engagement.

From root-tip to the upper-most branches, trees are at once single entities and part of a much wider community and environment. This one day conference aims to bring together current and different strands of research that focus on trees and woodlands. This event will explore how we shape the ongoing memory of trees, and how trees continue to shape our own identity too.

If interested in attending, we would kindly ask that you register by Monday 10th April.

For programme and registration details, please visit:

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/literature-and-science/events/trees/

Registration includes refreshments, lunch, and a wine reception to take place after the conference.

We acknowledge the generous contributions of the University of Liverpool and The British Society for Literature and Science in the facilitation of this event.

The Little Atoms radio show is looking for academics to interview about Victorian literature and the subconscious.

Please get in touch with Caroline Christie (caroline@89up.org) if interested.

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 (WillisM8@cardiff.ac.uk) and myself, the Secretary (gjlynall@liverpool.ac.uk). 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
[FROM THE CONSTITUTION]
4. OFFICERS
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.

Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in February 2017

A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.

Please email Gavin Budge on <G.Budge@herts.ac.uk> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2013 onwards will be considered.

This is a list of books that are currently in the process of being reviewed.

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2nd INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP IN THE FRAMEWORK OF “HERMOUPOLIS SEMINARS”,
SYROS, 5-8 JULY 2016
“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 prestigious Hermoupolis Seminars which have been organized for more than 30 years every July on Syros Island.
This workshop follows the successfull 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 gvlahakis@yahoo.com until 15 May 2016.

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.
Coffee and refreshments will be offered.

Where Art and Science Meet: Art and Design at Oxford University Museum of Natural History (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award)

Level of Study: Doctoral research
Subject area: History of Art
Nationality: EU, UK
Type of Award: Research Council
Deadline for applying: 24/03/2017
Award Description
The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham, is delighted to offer one AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This Award offers you the opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD in art history, natural history and museology.

This studentship is funded through the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. Collaboration between a Higher Education Institution and a museum, library, archive, or heritage organisation is the essential feature of these studentships. This project will be supervised jointly by Dr Claire Jones and Professor John Holmes (University of Birmingham) and Professor Paul Smith (Oxford University Museum of Natural History) and you will be expected to spend time in both Birmingham and Oxford, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 March 2017. Interviews will take place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Wednesday 5 April 2017.

For a full description of the project, and details of how to apply, click here.

 

 

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR) is a quarterly journal that aims to set contemporary and historical developments in the natural and social sciences, engineering and technology into their social and cultural contexts and to illumine their interrelations with the humanities and arts.

 

On behalf of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews allow me to issue this call for proposals, in the first instance on the topic of engineering with the emphasis on knowing through making and on world-building. Computationally orientated contributions would be welcome, but the aim should be to include a wide range of philosophical, historical, biological and anthropological disciplines. Hands-on, embodied, motile, experimental and exploratory perspectives would be most welcome.

 

Whatever our academic paymasters may say, editing such an issue offers a significant opportunity -- as well as a not insignificant amount of work. Experience suggests, however, that such burdens are light.

 

ISR is completely booked until late 2019, so there is time to find contributors, negotiate with them and manage their submissions. If you are interested please write to me: willard.mccarty[at]mccarty.org.uk. A proposal should be no more than 2 pages in length. Kindly include a c.v. or URL. I will answer preliminary enquiries promptly.

Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in January 2017

A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.

Please email Gavin Budge on <G.Budge@herts.ac.uk> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2013 onwards will be considered.

This is a list of books that are currently in the process of being reviewed.

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As many of you will recall, we are moving to a quarterly publication of the BSLS newsletter; in hopes that our inaugural Winter Newsletter will be richly more than a masthead followed by filler, BSLS members are invited to submit items suitable for inclusion by Word attachment to jennihalpin@gmail.com. Please direct them to me by Tuesday, January 31. Notices referring to the past three months’ activities are welcomed.

I especially encourage you to send:

  • Notices of new books (including monographs and edited volumes) published by members;
  • Brief reports on science and literature events, seminars, conference panels, keynotes, and symposia organized by (or otherwise participated in by) members;
  • Funding awards in relevant areas;
  • Members’ completed PhDs (with note of title and awarding institution);
  • Festivals, exhibitions, public talks, media appearances, and other public engagement in the field by members; and
  • Forthcoming events to publicise, with CFPs, links, contact information, etc.

Please hold off on announcements of forthcoming books; in the shift to quarterly publication we focus on books members will find available when the Newsletter is published. However, I would like to underscore that a JPEG of a book's cover will look well in the Newsletter and is invited along with the Word document indicating publication information and an abstract.

Be mindful that the Society broadly defines ‘science’ to include areas such as medicine and technology. Hold items under 250 words, please, and note that memberships should be up to date for items to be included in the Newsletter. For details of renewals please contact the Membership Secretary, Jessica Roberts (j.roberts@edu.salford.ac.uk).

Gratefully,
Jenni Halpin, Newsletter Editor

Deadline for abstract submissions: 1 February 2017

Full name / name of organization: Natalie Roxburgh, Jennifer Henke

Contact email: natalie.roxburgh@uni-siegen.de, j.henke@uni-bremen.de

Psychopharmacology and British Literature, 1650 to 1900, an edited volume to be submitted for consideration in the series Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science, and Medicine, is now inviting submissions. This volume’s aim is to bring together multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives on plant-based and/or chemical psychoactive substances that were new to contemporaries. Essays will investigate the time period of 1650 to 1900, the period in which psychoactive drug use, which had always been a part of cultural practice, became intensified partly because of colonial exploration and bio-prospecting but also because of the rise of pharmacological sciences and the advent of synthetic organic chemistry in the eighteenth century.

Rather than focusing on biographies of writers who used drugs as many scholarly inquiries already have done, papers in this volume will emphasize 1) the literary representations of drugs in British literature and 2) the contexts in which they were sold, used, and understood to work on the human brain and body.

We welcome contributions on psychoactive substances ranging from, but not limited to: new types of alcohol, opium, morphine, cannabis, coca, laudanum, tobacco, coffee, tea, chocolate, and sugar.

Possible angles include:

  • the aesthetics of intoxication
  • new approaches to psychopharmacological medicine in literature
  • literature and the history of addiction
  • new contexts for the biochemistry of drugs as represented in literature
  • social attitudes towards drug use as represented in literature

Please submit a 500-word proposal to natalie.roxburgh@uni-siegen.de and j.henke@unibremen.de by 1 February 2017. Acknowledgement of accepted proposals will be given by 1 March 2017. For those invited to contribute to the volume, completed essays of 5000-6000 words will be due by 1 September 2017. Please follow MLA style for in-text documentation and bibliography.

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