July 2012

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The summer 2012 round of the BSLS small grants scheme has been won by Professor Laurence Talairach-Vielmas of the University of Toulouse.  The grant will support Exhibiting Human Remains (Hunterian Museum, 4 June 2013), the third in a series of conferences in France and Britain on 'History and Cultural Representations of Human Remains.'  The cfp can be found in the news item of 4 July on the BSLS website.

Two exploratory projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Science in Culture initiative have recently held workshops and launched new websites offering ideas and opportunities for collaborations between literary scholars and biologists. Here are links to their websites:

Beyond the Gene (University of Southampton)

Cultivating Common Ground: Biology and the Humanities (University of Reading)

Victorian Things: Nineteenth-Century Literature and Material Culture is a one-day symposium to be held at Oxford Brookes on Saturday 22nd September 2012. It will reflect on, and respond to, the current materialist turn in Victorian Studies and Thing Theory. Nineteenth-century literature is crowded with objects, but traditional methods of interpretation have directed us to focus on characters and plots. Through three thematic sessions, ‘Desirable Things’, ‘Anatomical Things’ and ‘Objects and Memory’, this symposium aims to explore the story of objects as ‘things’ with specific values and meanings in Victorian culture. This exciting day of presentations and discussion will be concluded with a plenary lecture by Professor Isobel Armstrong on ‘“The Thing-Character of the World”: four artefacts in the nineteenth-century novel and four materialisms.’

Delegate fee (including lunch and coffee): £15

Students and unwaged (including lunch and coffee): £10

For bookings and further information contact: Dr. Tatiana Kontou, Dr. Verity Hunt, Dr. Andrew Mangham or Verity Burke:


Please also see our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/victorianthings) or hashtag #VicThings on twitter.

We are pleased to inform you of the publication of a special issue of L'Esprit Créateur (Summer 2012, Vol. 52, No. 2) guest edited by Louise Lyle and Douglas Morrey, on 'Genetics and French Culture'. Table of Contents below:

1 Louise Lyle — Introduction: Genetics and French Culture

10 Valérie Narayana — Zola et le génétique : torts de Comte et comptes de

25 Daniel Larangé— L’Hérédo — expression génét(h)ique de la culture :
enjeux et dangers d’une métaphore de Léon Daudet

42 Fae Brauer — “L’Art eugénique”: Biopower and the Biocultures of Neo-
Lamarckian Eugenics

59 Catriona MacLeod — L’Eugénisme pour les enfants: Heroes, Villains
and Racial Purity in Le Téméraire

75 John Marks — Jacques Monod, François Jacob, and the Lysenko Affair:
Boundary Work

89 Charlotte Baker — “Réhabiliter l’humanité de ‘ceux qui voient la nuit’”:
Albinism in Didier Destremau’s Nègre blanc

99 Guy Austin — Biological Dystopias: The Body in Contemporary French
Horror Cinema

114 Douglas Morrey — Natural and Anti-natural Evolution: Genetics and
Schizophrenia in Maurice G. Dantec’s Babylon Babies

127 Delphine Grass — Domesticating Hierarchies, Eugenic Hygiene and
Exclusion Zones: The Dogs and Clones of Houellebecq’s La Possibilité
d’une île

Three conferences on the history and cultural representations of human remains are taking place in France and the United Kingdom.  The three interdisciplinary conferences will examine the relationship between anatomical knowledge and practice and their cultural representations so as to offer an overview of the cultural reception of the exhibition of human remains.

  1. Medical Museums and Anatomic Collections at the Natural History Museum, Toulouse, on 4 February, 2013
  2. Anatomic Models at the Academy of Medicine, Paris, on 4 April, 2013
  3. Exhibiting Human Remains at the Hunterian Museum, London, on 4 June, 2013

CFPs for all three conferences, the deadline for which is 1 September 2012, can be found here: ExhibitingHumanRemainsCFP-1.

Senior Lecturer in English Literature - (Ref: FBS110)
£38,140 - £44,166 per annum
Applications are invited for a Senior Lectureship in English Literature in either the early modern period and/or the long eighteenth century. The research specialism is open but applications from those with expertise in Literature and Science or Welsh Writing in English are particularly welcome. You will have a high quality record of research achievement through publication suitable for submission to REF 2014 and considerable teaching experience within English Literature in Higher Education. You will be expected to devise and deliver courses in your specialist area as well as making contributions to both the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. You will also be expected to undertake relevant administrative duties commensurate with your experience and to work in partnership with staff across the Division of English.
For further information please contact Dr Martin Willis, Reader in English Literature (mwillis@glam.ac.uk).
CLOSING DATE: 20th July 2012

Dr Martin Willis
Reader in English and Subject Leader for English Literature
Co-Director, Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Literature and Science
University of Glamorgan
Pontypridd CF37 1DL