Science and Literary Form

Seminar and Masterclass on Science and Literary Form - Janine Rogers speaking in London April 28th and 30th, 2014

Professor Janine Rogers from Mount Allison University in Canada will be a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Science and Imagination at the University of Westminster from April 28th to 30th, 2014. During that time Janine will give a Seminar and a Masterclass on science and literary form. The details are as follows:


Monday April 28th, 5-6.30pm, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, Room UG05 (accompanied by drinks)

Seminar Title: What has the Medieval Manuscript Done for Us Lately?: The Codex and the Craft of Thought from Chaucer to Cox.

This seminar traces the roots of public science in museums and popular science texts back to medieval book culture. It considers how manuscripts and other medieval literary structures continue to inspire contemporary scientists like Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Brian Cox, especially in their popular writing and other public science work. The seminar considers how the medieval literary heritage of popular science is part of an investment in aesthetic and spiritual values that help science to connect with the general public. The research considers literary questions in both the original medieval context and in the context of contemporary science writing, but it also extends literary analysis into areas beyond literature, including the history of science, museums and public policy, media studies, and science in society. All welcome – but a place must be booked via Rebecca Spear (


Wednesday April 30th, 3-5pm, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, Room 206 (afternoon tea provided)

Masterclass: "Thinking through Form in Literature and Science."

In this masterclass Janine will talk through her methods of working with the formal characteristics of literary writing and how these inform interdisciplinary relations with the sciences. This event is particularly aimed at postgraduates and early career researchers working in interdisciplinary ways with literary texts. All welcome – but a place must be booked via Rebecca Spear (