August 2012

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Symposium Information - Affective Science and Performance

7 September 2012 - 8 September 2012

Jarman Building, University of Kent, Canterbury


Friday 7 September 

4 - 5pm - Keynote by Professor Bruce McConachie (Gulbenkian Cinema)

5 - 6 - Drinks Reception

6 - 8 pm - Opportunity to experience an Immersive environment from the AHRC-funded Imagining Autism Project (Gulbenkian Cafe)

8pm: Symposium Dinner (Gulbenkian Cafe)

Saturday 8 September 

(abstracts and biographies can be found by clicking on the links below)

All today's sessions taken place in Jarman, Studio 1

8.45 - 9.20: Registration

9.20 - 9.30: Welcome

9.30 - 11: Panel 1 - Touching Texts: Cognition and Performance

11 - 11.15: Coffee

11.15 - 12.30: Panel 2 - Affecting the Audience

12.30 - 1.15: Lunch

1.15 - 2.30: Roundtable

2.30-3.45: Panel 3 - The Kinesthetic Actor

3.45 - 4.00: Coffee

4.00 - 5.00: Keynote by Professor Rhonda Blair


To register please download the registration form and, if paying by credit card, return it by post. For other payment methods you can email the form to


£50 Standard

£25 TaPRA Delegate / Concession


Accommodation on campus can be booked through University of Kent Hospitality at:

Alternatively, you may wish to select accommodation elsewhere in Canterbury, see:

Local hotels and B&Bs include: Abbots Barton, Abode, Arthouse, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Cathedral Gate Hotel, Magnolia House, and The Falstaff Hotel


The following link provides details on getting to the University of Kent.

If you are staying in the City, the Jarman building is a 20 min (approx) walk up the hill. Alternatively Stagecoach buses travel regularly from the City centre and a number of stops on route stopping almost directly opposite the Jarman building.

Both the Gulbenkian and the Jarman are central features on campus and can be found using the following map.

You can download the Canterbury Campus guide which includes maps and directions for travel from here. 


The symposium organisers are Dr Helen Brooks, Dr Rosemary Klich, Dr Nicola Shaughnessy, Dr Melissa Trimingham and Dr Angie Varakis.

12 September 2012, The Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne

Guest speakers:
Dr Peter Garratt (Northumbria University), Professor David Knight (Durham University), and Professor Jennifer Richards and Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle University)

The North East Postgraduate Research Group for the Long Nineteenth Century (NENC) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for this postgraduate symposium held on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

The theme of the symposium reflects two parallel ‘moves’ towards science. First, it references the rise of the ‘natural sciences’, the scientific method, and the professional scientist across the long nineteenth century. Second, it recognises moves in contemporary arts and humanities scholarship towards a more nuanced disciplinary relationship with the sciences and the possibility of ‘one culture’. Adopting an exploratory methodology, the day will allow delegates to think widely about how literary culture of the period approached, adapted, and rejected emergent scientific, technological, and medical discourses and methods. More broadly, we will consider how and why literature and science might move together in the contemporary academy.

Ranging across the early modern period to the end of the long nineteenth century in their areas of specialisation, our guest speakers will consider in particular how they have approached or made use of scientific discourses in their own research. This will provide delegates with an opportunity to gain insight into some of the methodological and theoretical benefits and challenges of a turn towards science.

The symposium is free to attend, and all are welcome. To register your place, please email: with your title, name, institutional affiliation, any dietary or access requirements, and whether you would like to reserve a place at the conference dinner, to be held in Newcastle city centre after the event. Registration will close on Saturday 8 September.

The full programme can be viewed on the NENC website:

The symposium will be held at Newcastle upon Tyne's Literary and Philosophical Society, the largest independent library outside of London, which dates from 1825. The Lit & Phil is situated in the city centre, a five minute walk from the central rail station.

The symposium is generously supported by the British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) and by the three host Universities (Newcastle, Durham, and Northumbria).