This trans-Atlantic, 2-panel event 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 Community College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) at the Congress of Learned Societies in Toronto in May 2017.

 

Four papers were presented at the BSLS, and were video recorded and will be the impetus for discussion at the ACCUTE panel. You are welcome to view the BSLS papers here, and participate in the respondent discussion at the ACCUTE Annual Conference. The ACCUTE panel will be on Monday May 29th from 8:45-10:15 am at Ryerson University, Victoria room 104. It is open to the public.

 

Link to video:

https://vimeo.com/212704472?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

 

Verity Burke, (Start: 3:45) Doctoral Candidate in English, University of Reading, "The Intermedial Museum in the Nineteenth Century.” [Presentation slides (PDF)]

John Holmes, (Start: 20:15) Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture, University of Birmingham, Poetry and Architecture in the Natural History Museum” [Presentation Handout (PDF)]

Janine Rogers, (Start: 36:05) Professor of Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Literature, Mount Allison University, “Cultural History as a Resource for Science Museumship and Outreach.” [Presentation slides (PDF)]

Sophie Thomas, (Start: 56:10) Associate Professor of English Literature, Ryerson University, “The House-Museums of John Hunter and John Soane (a comparative anatomy).” [Presentation slides (PDF)]

Discussion (Start: 1:10)

A workshop at The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

29th May 2017

Keynote: Professor Peter Middleton, University of Southampton

'Poetry at the Frontiers of Physics'

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nuclear-nature-interdisciplinary-approaches-to-theorising-the-anthropocene-after-quantum-physics-tickets-33614562060?aff=ampmlt 

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)

Here is the schedule for this term's seminars on Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century at St Anne's College, Oxford:

  • Wednesday 10 May 2017, 5.30 – 7.00 Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College.
    Professor Ursula Martin, University of Oxford - Ada Lovelace in her Mathematical Context
  • Wednesday 25 May 2017, 5.30 – 7.00 Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College.
    Dr James Emmott, Oxford Brookes University - On the Stratification of Language
  • Wednesday 7 June 2017, 5.30 – 7.00  Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College.
    Professor Oliver Zimmer, University of Oxford -  Time Tribes: How the Railways Made Communities (1840-1900)

For more details, click here.

BSLS members are invited to submit items suitable for inclusion by Word attachment to jennihalpin@gmail.com. Please direct them to me by Monday, May 1. 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 of several sentences length.

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

Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in March 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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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: https://accute.ca/2017/03/23/collective-knowledge-museums-scientific-inquiry-and-literature/

 

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.

 

The following books have been shortlisted for the BSLS Book Prize for 2016:

 

Gowan Dawson, Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America (Chicago)

 

Devin Griffiths, The Age of Analogy: Science and Literature between the Darwins (Johns Hopkins)

 

Ursula K. Heise, Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (Chicago)

 

David Thorley, Writing Illness and Identity in Seventeenth-Century Britain (Palgrave)

 

The winner will be announced on Friday 7th April at the BSLS conference in Bristol.

The full programme for the BSLS 2017 conference at the University of Bristol is now available here.

For further details, please see the conference website.

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.

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