BSLS 2007

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We are very glad to announce that Chris McCabe will be joining us to talk on Saturday. Chris is a research scientist, a geneticist and an author of several novels most recently Dirty Little Lies, under the name ‘John Macken’. He describes research he undertook for this novel in his recent Independent article ‘Hi-tech labs at the crime scene’.

Chris has lectured across the world for the British Council on connections between literature and science, and closer to home he spoke recently at the British Academy ‘Festival of Science’ at the University of East Anglia. A successful novelist Chris writes for the national press and has chaired panels at a range of conferences, including recently at the ICA in London.

All this and he's a working scientist and teacher too.

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Details of our upcoming conference are now available. The programme is nearly finalised, the speakers are confirmed and registration and accomodation details are available on this site. Do book early, we're looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces in March in Brum.

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Our March conference is taking shape with the promise of a varied and exciting programme. Panel topics identified so far vary from ‘Science and Twentieth-Century Theatre’ and ‘Science and Modernism’ to discussions of early modern alchemy and poisoning.

Details of the conference programme can be found in the link to the right: information on registration and accomodation will appear here very shortly.

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The Second Conference of the British Society for Literature and Science

Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited for the second annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science. The conference will be held at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute in central Birmingham, hosted by the University of Central England, from 29-31 March 2007. Plenary speakers include Professor Robert Crawford, Jenny Uglow and Professor Sally Shuttleworth.

Papers may address topics in the interactions of literature and science in any period and any languages. Presenters need not be based in UK institutions.

We also invite panel proposals for three papers of 20 minutes or four papers of 15 minutes; members of the panel should be drawn from more than one institution.

Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words and a 100-word biographical note (or in the case of a panel, abstracts and notes for each speaker) to bsls@englit.arts.gla.ac.uk, by 30 November 2006. Please send abstracts in the body of messages; do not use attachments. Alternatively, abstracts and proposals maybe posted to Dr Stuart Robertson, School of English, University of Central England, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU, UK.

Please address any queries to Dr Stuart Robertson at the email or postal address above.

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We're busy planning the next conference, to be held in Birmingham March 2007, and hope to confirm plenary speakers very soon. Likely speakers so far are Jenny Uglow, author of The Lunar Men (2002), who will talk about her latest work Nature's Engraver: A life of Thomas Bewick, due to be published Autumn 2006, and Robert Crawford who has recently edited a collection for OUP Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science, due September 2006.

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Details regarding the location and themes of the next conference are currently under discussion. Do be sure to check back here soon for the call for papers.

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