January 2014

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The following updates concerning the Athens International Conference on Science and Literature are available on the website of the Science and Literature Commission:

  • The deadline for the submission of proposals has been extended up to 15th of February 2014.
  • There is an initial list of invited speakers
  • A list of hotels has been provided.

The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) is holding a two-day conference on Botanical Ontologies in May. To read the call for papers, including further details, click here: Botanical Ontologies CFP

BSHS conference 2014

The British Society for the History of Science annual conference will be taking place at the University of St Andrews from 3rd to 6th July. The deadline for proposals is 10th February. To read more about the conference or to submit a proposal, click here.

The deadline for proposals for the conference on Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture 1660-1832 to be held at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities in July has been extended to the end of February. To download full details of the conference, including how to submit a proposal, click below:

Fashionable Diseases

The Universities of Oxford and Leicester are recruiting  doctoral students to work on medical and natural history periodicals in the nineteenth century for their AHRC project on Citizen Science. For more information, click on the links below:

English Doctoral Studentship at Oxford in Nineteenth-Century History of Science and Literature

PhD Studentship in English at Leicester

This is a reminder that the deadline for papers for the workshop on Women's Scientific Travelling Before 1850 to be held in London in June is the end of this month. To read the call for papers, click here.

Fear and Loathing: Phobia in Literature and Culture

Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing, School of English, University of Kent, 9th-10th May 2014

Call for Papers

Focusing on the literary and historical representation of irrational emotions or phobias, Fear and Loathing seeks papers on topics and authors from any period, which aim to demonstrate the extent to which literary-historical study offers us unique insight into the cultural politics of emotions. Given the growth of both affect studies and historical enquiry into emotions over the past decade, Humanities scholarship has generated a rich and varied body of work on the representations and histories of emotions, sentiments, feelings and affects. This two-day international conference seeks to build upon this research and to reflect upon the relationship between the Humanities and the study of emotions more generally. Some key questions that we envisage animating the discussion at this conference include the following: (1) how might we define phobia/fear/loathing within the context of the Humanities? (2) How have literary works been complicit with and/or reactive to dominant social phobias? (3) Can the archive be deployed to historicise feeling? (4) What role do the Humanities have in challenging contemporary phobias? We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels that address any of these core questions. Moreover, possible research topics for submission can include, but are by no means limited to:

• Phobia & Academia

• Archival Objects

• Disability/Variability/Disease

• Bodies and Minds

• Trans & Homophobia

• Letters and Diaries

• Propaganda

• Outsiders/Others/Freaks

• Religion/Theology

• Human and Nonhuman Animals

• The Monstrous

• Borders and Territories

• Aesthetics

• Science and Technologies

Please send title and abstracts (300 words) for proposed papers and panels, along with a short biographical note (100 words) to D.Kavanagh@kent.ac.uk Deadline for submissions is 31st January 2014.

Conference organising committee: Dr Declan Kavanagh, Dr Monica Mattfeld and Dr Sarah Horgan. 



Applications are now open for an AHRC Science in Culture Theme Ignite event to be held at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday 26th March 2014. The event is an opportunity for Early Career researchers and will showcase the best of interdisciplinary research across the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Further information about the event, including a call for proposals, is available on http://www.sciculture.ac.uk/ignite2014/ and also as a pdf file here:

Science in Culture Ignite cfp

Victorian Sustainability

British Association for Victorian Studies conference 

University of Kent


September 4-6, 2014

Call for Papers

From emerging ideas about the perils of environmental degradation to the establishment of the National Trust, the concept of sustainability began to take on a new importance in the Victorian period that remains relevant in 21st-century modernity. We welcome proposals which address any aspect of Victorian sustainability and especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Victorian nature writing and/or discourses of nature and science
  • Heritage and preservation (of built environments, natural landscapes, species, material cultures)
  • Climate change and the Victorians
  • Sustenance and sustainability
  • Victorian discourses of emotional/psychological sustainability or wellbeing
  • Eco-criticism and environmental aesthetics in Victorian literature
  • Sustaining the Victorians (literary and/or cultural legacies)
  • ‘Green imperialism’ and/or colonial sustainability
  • The emergence of self-sufficiency and sustainable ways of life in the Victorian period
  • Waste/pollution vs. recycling/renewal in urban and industrial contexts
  • Narratives of catastrophe, risk, decay or crisis in the Victorian period
  • Representations of growth, flourishing and/or transformation in Victorian literature and culture
  • Social ecology and the relation between human and non-human in the Victorian period
  • Victorian pastoral and/or the legacy of Romanticism
  • The sustainability of Victorian Studies

Proposals (300 words max.) are due by March 31, 2014, and should be sent to kentbavs2014@gmail.com. Panel proposals (comprised of 3 paper proposals, plus an additional 300 words explaining how the papers are linked in addressing the theme) are also welcome.

The 2014 BAVS conference will be hosted by the new Centre for Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Any inquiries about the Centre or the conference may be sent to the Centre Director, Professor Wendy Parkins at W.J.Parkins@kent.ac.uk.

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Volume 17 (2013)
SpaceThis issue, guest edited by Isobel Armstrong, is dedicated to concepts of space and to nineteenth-century spaces. From the verbal constructions of space that pattern nineteenth-century novels, to the n-dimensional space of philosophic speculation and popular genre fictions, and from astronomy to the spaces of regional picture-going, of early cinema and of advertisements, these articles examine the century’s extraordinary reimaginings of space and spatial experience.

Introduction: Space as Experience and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century
Isobel Armstrong

Theories of Space and the Nineteenth-Century Novel
Isobel Armstrong

The Higher Spaces of the Late Nineteenth-Century Novel
Mark Blacklock

Specular Reflections: John Brett and the Mirror of Venus
James Mussell

Moving Panoramas c. 1800 to 1840: The Spaces of Nineteenth-Century Picture-Going
John Plunkett

‘From autumn to spring, aesthetics change’: Modernity's Visual Displays
Laura Marcus

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