October 2014

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The world famous astronomer David H. Levy will be giving a talk on 'Poetry of the Night: Reading the Sky in English Poetry' at the University of Sussex on 12th November 2014 from 17.00-18.30. The event is open and all are welcome. To read more about it, click on the link below:

David H. Levy on astronomy and poetry



Reviews needed for Literature and Science Special Issue of the Oxonian Review

The Oxonian Review is looking for short reviews (1000-2,000 words) of recently published work or essays (also 1000-2,000 words) on new developments in the field for our special issue on Literature and Science, which will be published on 8 December 2014. If you are interested in writing a review, please e-mail the Editor-in-Chief, Laura Ludtke (laura.ludtke@st-annes.ox.ac.uk). The Oxonian Review can easily request a review copy of the book for you. 



University of Exeter, 20-21 July 2015

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Stuart Murray, University of Leeds

Dr Roberta Bivins, University of Warwick

Building on the success of last year’s Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, this conference aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines in a manner that reflects the broad scope of exciting research being carried out in the field of the medical humanities at present. We therefore welcome abstracts on any aspect of the medical humanities from postgraduates working in all disciplines, including but not restricted to English Literature, History, Film, Classics, and Art History. We also strongly encourage proposals from students training in a medical discipline (including trainee doctors, carers, psychiatrists, and other practitioners) who are interested in the medical humanities.

While this call is open to papers on all topics within the wide medical humanities remit, we would specifically like proposals on themes of contemporary importance within the field, such as the development of medicine and/or the medical humanities in India and China; representations of medicine in graphic novels; and ageing.

The conference will provide a forum for postgraduate scholars to exchange ideas and share their research in a friendly and engaging environment. The event will also allow delegates to discuss their work with senior academics in the field, including keynote speakers and other members of the Exeter Centre for Medical History.

The event will close with a roundtable discussion, featuring our keynote speakers and other esteemed members of the Centre for Medical History. This session will draw together the themes arising from the conference and reflect on future directions of research in the medical humanities.

There will also be a workshop led by Ryan Sweet and Betsy Lewis-Holmes (co-organisers of the forthcoming event Exewhirr) on public engagement.

We invite applicants to submit abstracts of up to 300 words (for 20-minute previously unpublished papers) to pgmedhums@exeter.ac.uk by Friday 19 December 2014 with “PGMH 2015 Conference Abstract” written in the subject line of the email. We also welcome panel and workshop proposals. Such proposals should include 300-word abstracts for up to four speakers in addition to a 500-word overview that explains the aims and rationale for the session.

We hope to be able to offer a small number of travel bursaries, which will be announced closer to the event.

Being Non/Human is organising a conference for 2015 on the topic of ‘bodily borders’. Being Non/Human is an interdisciplinary group that engages with research on interactions between the human and nonhuman, providing a forum for graduate students and early career researchers to present current research. They invite any postgraduate or early career researcher interested in this theme to submit an abstract or propose a panel. For more information, and to read the call for papers, click below:

Being Non Human call for papers

A ‘museum late’ at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford: this event will showcase the dynamic world of citizen science.

Through short talks, quizzes and interactive sessions, visitors can discover how members of the public participate in science today, how they have done so in the past, and how citizen science is changing the humanities.

BBC New Generation Thinker Dr Will Abberley will discuss how, for Victorian scientists, people’s experiences with their pets were more than mere anecdotes. The ‘Unbelievable Truth of Medical History’ stall will mount forays into history, while representatives from the Zooniverse team (the world’s largest citizen science organisation) will show how in the twenty-first century, harnessing public interest in everything from galaxies to the ancient Greeks is transforming both the humanities and science.

See here for more.

University College London is launching a new series of Science and Literature talks this term with the following talk:

Tuesday, 4th November, 5.30-7.30 pm

Reading and Reception Seminar - Science and Literature Series

G24, Foster Court, University College London,

Malet Place, WC1

Prof Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford)

‘Animal instinct and whispering machines: Science in the Victorian periodical’

KCL seminars

The Department of English at King's College London is running a series of research seminars on literature and science this term. For details, click on the link below:

Dept research seminar 201415

There are still some places left for non-presenting delegates. To register please visit



18 TO 21 JUNE, 2015

Nicosia, Cyprus

HOST:                  Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) with the support of the Cyprus College of Art 

VENUE:                The Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus 

THEME:                Mediterranean and cross-cultural influences upon Margaret Cavendish's writings. 

The theme may include topics such as:

  • Cross-cultural influences in relation to trade, art, literature, piracy and captivity 
  • Classical (Greco-Roman) identities, philosophy, literature, art and culture 
  • International conversations in science and philosophy including botany, animal husbandry general agriculture, mathematics, etc. 

Early modernists and modernists from all disciplines (e.g. art history, social history, history of science, literature, ecofeminism, political theory etc) are invited to submit proposals for papers related to the theme of the conference.


20-minute papers are invited on topics related directly or indirectly to the theme of the conference. 

ABSTRACTS of 150 to 200 words should be emailed to the conference organizers. 

For more information and to register please visit the website:


or e'mail Professor James Fitzmaurice at j.fitzmaurice@sheffield.ac.uk

For those not going to the NAVSA conference in London, Ontario, you can hear Professor Gillian Beer's lecture ' “Are you animal – or vegetable – or mineral” Alice and Others' in London, UK, on 16 October, at QMUL: click here for more information.

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