Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940

Call for Papers: Workshop 1: Civic Science: Oliver Lodge, Physics, and
the Modern University, University of Birmingham, Saturday 9 November

The physicist Oliver Lodge spent most of his scientific career at the
newly founded University College Liverpool before joining the
University of Birmingham as its first Principal in 1900, retiring in
1919.  This workshop, the first in a series of four organized by James
Mussell and Graeme Gooday’s AHRC Research Network ‘Making Waves,
Oliver Lodge and the Culture of Science, 1875-1940’, will investigate
both the place of science within the university and the place of the
university in the city.  Hosted by the Centre for the Study of
Cultural Modernity at the University of Birmingham, we invite papers
that consider Lodge’s legacy for the University and Birmingham, as
well as those that consider the place of science in the civic
university at the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades
of the twentieth.

Proposals are invited for papers of 40 minutes that explore any of the
following themes:

  • Oliver Lodge’s career at the University of Birmingham
  • The creation of the civic university
  • The place of science in the civic university
  • The relationship between pure and applied science within the university
  • Oliver Lodge’s influence on the city of Birmingham
  • University science education in the late 19th / early 20th century
  • The creation of the University of Birmingham at Edgbaston
  • Oliver Lodge’s complementary careers within and beyond the university
  • Science communication and popular science in the late 19th / early 20th century
  • Oliver Lodge’s wife and family and their respective lives, careers, and legacies

Please send proposals (500 words) to <> by
13 September 2013.

This project is funded by an AHRC Research Networking Grant.  Further
details, including forthcoming symposia about Lodge, can be found
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