Science in Fiction: British Voices (17 October 2011, Paris)

A one-day meeting “Science in Fiction: British Voices” will take place in Paris on Monday October 17th, 2011 from 10 am to 4.00 pm, at Maison des Sciences de la Communication, 20, rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 75013, France.

This is the second meeting of the international seminar series organised by the “Science en Fiction” research group, with the support of the ISCC. The group, directed by Marie Musset (IFE – ENS, Lyon), aims at exploring the relationship between science and fiction, and the use of fiction in science communication. A first meeting was organised in Paris in September 2011. Future meetings are planned for November in Strasbourg and December in Lyon.

This second meeting aims at discussing recent work by British scholars. The sessions will be chaired by Melanie Bayley (Kingston University) and Amirouche Moktefi (University of Strasbourg). Participants must register by sending a message to: There are no registration fees.

10.00-11.00: Alice R. Bell (Imperial College, London), Science through sequential art: The rise of popular non-fiction comic books.

11.00-12.00: Alice Jenkins (University of Glasgow), Induction, deduction, and storytelling.

14.00-15.00: Melanie Keene (University of Cambridge), Fiction and facts in fairyland.

15.00-16.00: Stella Pratt-Smith (University of Oxford), Science in fiction versus science fiction: Issues of narrative choice, credibility and authority.