October 2009

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The London Nineteenth Century Studies Seminars this term are organised by Birbeck College and entitled ‘The Victorians and Science’. The convener is Ana Vadillo (Birkbeck)

17 October 2009, 11am, Room G37
(Senate House, South Block, Ground Floor)
Dr. Adelene Buckland (University of Cambridge), 'Lyell's Plots'
Dr. Angelique Richardson (University of Exeter), 'Hardy and Biology'

14 November 2009, 11am, Room G37
(Senate House, South Block, Ground Floor)
Dr. Gowan Dawson (University of Leicester), 'Palaeontology in Parts: Serializing Science in the Penny Cyclopædia 1833-43'
Dr John Holmes (University of Reading), ‘Darwinism in Victorian Poetry’

12 December 2009, 11am, Room G37
(Senate House, South Block, Ground Floor)
PANEL: After Darwin's Plots
Professor David Amigoni (Keele University), ‘Fields of Inheritance: Science, Literature and their Relations after Darwin's Plots'
Professor Gillian Beer (University of Cambridge), 'Emotions, Beauty, Consciousness: late Darwin'
Professor Daniel Brown (University of Western Australia), 'Egerton's Keynotes: Darwinian naturalism and fin-de-siècle fetishism.'

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Public talk: Poems of Space

10th November, 19:00-20:45, National Maritime Museum Lecture Theatre, £8

Renowned astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell explores the connections between poetry and science and her experience of compiling Dark Matter, an anthology of poems inspired by astronomy. Followed by a discussion with poet Kelley Swain (Darwin’s Microscope) and astronomer/writer Dr Pippa Goldschmidt.


Tickets from the NMM Bookings Office: 020 8312 6608, bookings@nmm.ac.uk

The JLS has recently published its second issue, Vol.2, No.1. The issue contains
articles on:

  • The ichthyosaurus and its representations by JOHN GLENDENING
  • Hoffmann's motifs of physical movement by VAL SCULLION
  • The sonnet and geometry by MATTHEW CHIASSON & JANINE ROGERS
  • Additionally there are reviews of recent journal articles by Laura Voracheck,
  • Anna Henchman, Mandy Reid and Danielle Coriale.

The JLS is online and free to access and can be found at: http://literatureandscience.research.glam.ac.uk/journal/home

The JLS is now accepting the submission of articles, and reviews of recent journal articles for future issues. Please make any enquiries with the
Editor-in-Chief, Martin Willis, on mwillis@glam.ac.uk.

Application deadline: 15/11/2008

The PhD-Net “Internationalisation of Literature and Science since the Early Modern Period” is a bi-national PhD programme run collaboratively by King’s College London and the University of Stuttgart, which aims to forge interdisciplinary connections between various subjects in the Humanities (German Studies, English Studies, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and the Histories of Medicine, Science and Technology). Partner institutions in Germany include the German Literature Archive in Marbach and the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation.

An international research group will support and connect projects which address both inter- and trans-national tendencies within the Humanities. Projects will develop both theoretical models for the as yet under-researched area of internationalisation within the Humanities, as well as critically assess historical case studies from the early modern period onwards, which address the role of exchange movements and networks and the transfer of topics, practices and methods in literature and science. Of particular interest is the relevance of literature(s) for the internationalisation of the sciences, alongside critical reflections on the significance of the presentation and the mediality of knowledge (language, text, image) for its circulation, communication and implementation.

For further info, including application procedure, please click here or contact Ben Schofield (benedict.schofield@kcl.ac.uk).

The British Society for Literature and Science is pleased to invite nominations for the annual BSLS Book Prize. The prize of £150 will be awarded to the best book published in English in 2009 in the field of literature and science. Monographs, edited volumes, editions and books of creative writing are all eligible for consideration, excepting books wholly or partly written by members of the BSLS executive.

Please send nominations, giving the author, title and publisher, to Dr John Holmes (book-prize convenor) at j.r.holmes@reading.ac.uk, with 'BSLS Book Prize' as the subject heading. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 16 January 2009.

* The book prize was launched in 2007. The past winners are Ralph O'Connor for The Earth on Show: Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856 (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and George Levine for Realism, Ethics and Secularism: Essays on Victorian Literature and Science (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

* Nominations are invited from BSLS members and from publishers. The authors or editors of the nominated books need not be BSLS members. BSLS members are welcome to nominate their own books.

* The book must have 2009 as its publication date.

* The winner of this year's prize will be announced at the fifth annual conference of the BSLS in April 2010 at Northumbria University.

* The prize will be paid by means of a cheque made out in pounds sterling.