November 2012

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The deadline for the submission of abstracts for papers and panels is now only a week away (Friday December 7th). There is already healthy interest, so the conference organisers would appreciate hearing from all members aiming to give a paper. As always we want to do our best to accommodate everyone. The email address for the submission of abstracts is (please use BSLS Abstract as the subject title of your email and include your abstract in the body of the email). For the conference website, click here BSLS 2013 Conference.


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The Newsletter offers reports on the activity of the Society and its members over the past year, and it will be made publicly available in 2013.

In the 1850s, when Oxford University scientists were seeking inspiration for their new Museum, they turned to the bold, avant-garde art movement of their day - the Pre-Raphaelites. Guided by John Ruskin's call for 'truth to nature' in art, their principles and practices shaped the decoration of this intricate and stunning building.

In a talk on the museum, John Holmes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading and Chair of the BSLS, explores how the Pre-Raphaelites became involved in the design of the Museum and reveals how the building as a whole encapsulates in stone, iron, and glass its own scientific conception of the truth of the natural world.

Friday 30th November 2012, 5 p.m.

Museum of Natural History, Parks Road,

Oxford, OX1 3PW

Cognitive Futures in the Humanities 1st International Conference



How can the term 'cognitive humanities' be defined? What methodological innovation can take place at the intersection of cognitive science, literature and the arts? We invite 20-minute paper submissions and poster submissions for a major interdisciplinary conference organized on the Cognitive Futures in the Humanities at Bangor University.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Peter Stockwell (University of Nottingham)
  • Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
  • Ellen Spolsky (Bar Ilan University )
  • Lisa Zunshine (University of Kentucky)
  • Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Elena Semino (Lancaster University)

The conference is associated with the AHRC-funded international research network ‘Cognitive Futures in the Humanities’. Full details of the conference and call for papers can be found at Postgraduate bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis, and the conference will feature a number of themed strands, with distinguished scholars (such as Alan Richardson and David Miall) serving as panel respondents.

Abstracts should be sent to by no later than 30 November, as Word attachments. Queries should be directed to the conference organizers, Prof Vyv Evans (, Dr Peter Garratt ( and Dr Matt Hayler (