February 2015

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A conference on Doing Science: Text, Patterns, Practices will be held at the University of Cologne on 20.-21. November 2015. To read the cfp, click below:


An international conference on Science and Fiction: A Creative Exploration of Real and Fantastic Worlds will be hosted by the Catalan Society for the History of Science and Technology and the Catalan Society for SF and Fantasy on September 2-5, 2015. The main goal of the conference is to analyze and discuss the relations between science and fiction in literature, theatre, cinema, the arts, etc. The conference will take place at Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, September 2-4, 2015 and Vilanova i la Geltrú, Biblioteca-Museu Víctor Balaguer, September 5, 2015. The official languages of the conference will be be English and the Romance languages. The organising committee includes David Bueno (Universitat de Barcelona), Volker Dehs (Société Jules Verne), Martí Domínguez (Universitat de València), Carme Gregori (Universitat de València), David Jou (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Emma Sallent (Universitat de Barcelona) and Chris Willmott (University of Leicester).

For more information, including a more detailed CFP, deadlines, etc. please turn to https://cienciaificcio.wordpress.com/in-english/.

The American Name Society will be devoting a special issue of their peer-reviewed linguistics journal, NAMES, to the subject of Naming in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. See below for the call for papers for this special issue:


The Scientific Study of Literature (SSOL) journal publishes empirical studies that apply scientific approaches to investigate the structure and function of literary phenomena. The journal welcomes contributions from many disciplinary perspectives (psychological, developmental, cross-cultural, cognitive, neuroscience, computational, linguistic and educational) to deepen our understanding of literature, literary processes, and literary applications. The journal offers a forum for this interdisciplinary research to be collected, read, referenced and published.

If you are interested in contributing to this journal, and for a more in-depth description, read The scope of SSOL: A discussion of the boundaries of science and literature by David I. Hanauer.

Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early 20th century
Institute of Historical Research, London 22-24 April 2015

Registration is now invited. See http://www.qmul.ac.uk/being-modern/ for programme and link to the registration page.
Engagement with science was commonly used as an emblem of "Being modern", across culture in Britain and the western world in the years around the First World War. Today, historical studies of literature, art, design, lifestyle and consumption as well as of the human sciences are exploring intensively, but frequently separately, on that talk of "science". Historians of science are exploring the interpenetration of discourse in the public sphere and expert communities. This pioneering interdisciplinary conference is therefore planned to bring together people who do not normally meet in the same space. Scholars from a range of disciplines will come together to explore how the complex interpretations of science affected the re-creation of what it was to be modern.
In association with the conference, the Science Museum and Ensemble BPM are mounting two performances of the modernist opera "Three Tales" by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot, and there will be a limited number of free and reduced price tickets for conference attendees on a first come first serve basis. For more information about the opera, please write to research@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.


** New Submission Deadline 1st March 2015**
Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge 2-4th September 2015

Plenary Speakers: Professor Ursula K. Heise (UCLA), Roger Harrabin (BBC), and Professor Louise Westling (University of Oregon)

In The Diversity of Life, E. O. Wilson recalled the experience of recognising his profound ignorance about the object of his research in the forests of the Amazon: "About the orchids of that places we knew very little. About flies and beetles almost nothing, fungi nothing, most kinds of organisms nothing. Five thousand kinds of bacteria might be found in a pinch of soil, and about them we knew absolutely nothing.” Wilson’s pinch of Amazonian soil begs the question: how much do we know about the natural world and our relationship with it? Equally, what should we know and how can we know it?
To this end, we invite papers that consider our ways of knowing and unknowing the natural world. Topics to be covered may include (but need not be restricted to):

· Ways of knowing: scientific, cultural, metaphysical, religious
· Science and technology studies and ecocriticism
· Human/cultural geographies and ecocriticism
· Histories of the discourses of science and/or environmentalism
· Emergent ideas in ecocriticism, ecofeminism, new materialism
· The nature/culture boundary in literary and other discourses
· Discourses of ecological crisis, including climate change, species extinction, and biodiversity loss
· Nature Writing: old and new
· Experimental literature, avant-garde ecopoetics, new directions
· And to acknowledge our location, Cambridge ecology and natural historians (John Ray, Charles Darwin, Arthur Tansley, and others)

We also welcome papers on any topic addressing environmental themes in literature and other media. Please send abstracts of up to 250 words for 20-minute presentations to asleuki-2015@admin.cam.ac.uk by 1st March 2015. Proposals for pre-formed panels and roundtables are welcomed.

Conference updates will be accessible via the ASLE-UKI website: www.asle.org.uk. We may seek to publish a selection of conference proceedings in our journal Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, published in association with Routledge.

The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) is holding an interdisciplinary workshop on Reading and Replicating Bodies: Mimicry in Medicine and Culture, 1790-1914 on 26 March 2015. To read more about it, and to register, click here.

BSLS 2015 conference

Booking for the BSLS 2015 conference is now open here. Online registration will close on 20th March, and the venue requires confirmation of delegate numbers by this date. Late bookings won’t be accepted unfortunately. Delegates need to be members of the BSLS, and the booking form includes the option to join/renew. There is also the opportunity to attend the conference dinner on 17 April at the historic Victoria Gallery & Museum.

To assist with your travel and accommodation plans, the conference webpage is here:


Please note that university accommodation is not available, but the webpage includes a link to the university’s list of recommended hotels. Other hotels (e.g. Premier Inn, Travelodge) are also available within a reasonable walking distance.

The provisional conference programme will be available soon, and at that point I’ll be looking for volunteers to chair panels. Provisional times for the conference are: start 12.30pm, 16 April; end 2pm, 18 April.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the conference.

SLSAeu conference

The new website for the SLSAeu conference for 2015 has just been launched. The conference will be on the theme of Scale. It is taking place in Malta in June. For more details, click here to visit the website.

Booking is now open for the one day interdisciplinary conference: (Re)Imagining the Insect: Natures & Cultures of Invertebrates, 1700-1900, to be held at The University of Warwick on 7th March 2015.

The conference programme and abstracts can be found on our website - https://reimaginingtheinsect.wordpress.com/programme-and-abstracts/

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