February 2012

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CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities), Alison Richard Building, 
7 West Road, Cambridge

A series of intersecting boundaries have defined the human from the mid-19th century to the present: human/animal, civilized/savage, woman/man, mind/machine, and nature/culture. This conference will examine how different disciplines have constructed and contested these boundaries, and will reflect  on the legacy of Darwinian frameworks of the 'human' today.

Speakers include: Gillian Beer, Carolyn Burdett, Tim Crane, Sophie Defrance, John Dupré, David Feller, Phillipa Levine, Tim Lewens, Francis Neary, Sadiah Qureshi, Angelique Richardson, James Secord, Roger Smith, Kathryn Tabb, Paul White, Catherine Wilson and Elizabeth Wilson.

The conference is convened by Paul White (Darwin Correspondence Project/History and Philosophy of Science), Sophie Defrance (Darwin Correspondence Project) and James Secord (History and Philosophy of Science) with the support of CRASSH, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation.

For full details of the programme and speakers, please click here: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/1710/. Online registration will open closer to the event; if you would like to be informed when it opens, please email rhr32@cam.ac.uk.

The previous call for contributions to a special issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews entitled 'Poetries and sciences in the 21st Century' has been revised; the issue will now appear in 2014.

Transforming Objects

28-29 May 2012, Northumbria University

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr Sarah Haggarty (Newcastle) and Dr John Holmes (Reading)

This two-day conference invites papers that consider the transformation of objects and the transformations effected by objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Approaches to this theme are welcomed from established scholars and especially from postgraduate students.

Object theory and discourses of materiality largely engage with objects as stable items of a permanent nature; this conference seeks to address those moments which slip through the gaps of such readings. We wish to explore the method and process of transformation, the between-ness or not fully realised state of an object or discipline.

We hope the action of ‘transforming’ and the term ‘object’ will be engaged with in their widest sense, and therefore welcome proposals which interpret the conference theme in innovative and expansive ways. The deadline for abstracts is 4 March 2012.

Please see the conference website for a full call for papers: www.transformingobjects.blogspot.com

Supported by BAVS (British Association for Victorian Studies).

Multi-disciplinary Gender Research Seminar 

Dr Phillipa Hardman

Darwin Correspondence Project, University of Cambridge


Darwin and Gender

1230-1330, Monday 6 February 2012 

Ramsden Room, St Catharine's College, Cambridge 

Free entrance - all welcome!

Early Popular Visual Culture

Themed Issue Now Available: Victorian Science and Visual Culture
The latest special issue of Early Popular Visual Culture is now available online on the topic of ‘Victorian Science and Visual Culture’. This new issue contains the following articles:

Victorian science and popular visual culture FREE ACCESS
Bernard Lightman

Virtual reality and subjective responses: Narrating the search for the Franklin expedition through Robert Burford’s panorama
Laurie Garrison

Peopling the landscape: Showmen, displayed peoples and travel illustration in nineteenth-century Britain
Sadiah Qureshi

Illuminating illusions, or, the Victorian art of seeing things
Iwan Rhys Morus

The secret life of plants: Visualizing vegetative movement, 1880–1903
Oliver Gaycken

Transport phenomena: Space and visibility in Victorian physics
Simon Schaffer

Book Reviews, including

Victorian Glassworlds: Glass culture and the imagination 1830-1880
John Plunkett

Performing illusions: cinema, special effects and the virtual actor
Stephen Bottomore

Dances with Darwin, 1875-1910: vernacular modernity in France
Stephen Bottomore