June 2018

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Call for Reviewers

The BSLS Reviews site, <https://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/>, which publishes c 120 reviews a year, is looking for suitably qualified reviewers for some books that have come in recently, listed on <https://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/currently-seeking-reviewers/>. Reviews are c 1000w, and are generally due within three months.

If you are interested, please contact the acting Reviews Editor, Gavin Budge, on <G.Budge@herts.ac.uk>, with some details about yourself and your interests, and a postal address.

Change of Air: Atmosphere, Health, and Locality in the Romantic Era, 1760-1840

14th September 2018
University of Oxford, Radcliffe Humanities Building, 3rd Floor Seminar Room.

The pursuit of a ‘change of air’, and its supposed effects on mental and physical health, is one of the most recognisable forms of environmental awareness in the long eighteenth century. However, it has yet to be fully incorporated into our understanding of place and locality in Romantic-era culture. This interdisciplinary symposium, organised in association with the Oxford Environmental Humanities research network, will demonstrate how air’s significance as a medical and environmental influence can take us beyond M. H. Abrams’ influential concept of the Romantic ‘Correspondent Breeze’, exploring how atmosphere was also an important medium of local, regional, and national difference.

Confirmed Speakers include: Rowan Boyson (KCL) [Keynote], Harriet Guest (York), Tim Fulford (DMU), Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales), Jennifer Wallis (QMUL), and William Tullett (IHR).

There are a limited number of free places for students, unwaged attendees, and researchers in part-time employment. Please email the organisers, Dr Erin Lafford (Oxford) and Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones (University of Wales), to confirm your eligibility for a free place at:changeofairconference@gmail.com

Remaining Concessions: £10
Full Price: £20

Those who are not eligible for a free place can register here.

This event is being generously supported by TORCH, The Oxford Environmental Humanities Research Network, BSLS (The British Society for Literature and Science), BSECS (The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies), BARS (The British Association for Romantic Studies), and RECSO (Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford).

For further information please see the event website:

Following the success of the JLS/BSLS essay prize in previous years, The JLS and the British Society for Literature and Science would like to announce the 2018 prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science.

Essays should be currently unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. They should be approx. 8,000 words long, inclusive of references, and should be send by email to both Josie Gill, Communications Officer of the BSLS (josie.gill@bristol.ac.uk), and Martin Willis, Editor of the JLS(willism8@cardiff.ac.uk), by 5pm on Friday, 31st August, 2018.

The prize is open to BSLS members who are postgraduate students or have completed a doctorate within three years of this date.

(To join BSLS, go to https://www.bsls.ac.uk/join-us/).

The prize will be judged jointly by representatives of the BSLS and JLS. The winning essay will be announced on the BSLS website and published in the JLS. The winner will also receive a prize of £100.

Read previous prize winning essays in the JLS: www.literatureandscience.org


Arts University Bournemouth

Frankenstein Unbound: An Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring Mary Shelley and Gothic Legacies

Dates: Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November 2018

Venues: Conference - St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth

Keynote Speakers:

Sir Christopher Frayling, Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth

Professor Elaine Graham, University of Chester

Professor Sir Peter Cook, CRAB Studios (TBC)

In 1849, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley’s heart were brought to the graveyard of St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth, where they were buried with the remains of Mary Shelley’s parents Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin.

In 2018, Arts University Bournemouth and St. Peter’s Church, in association with Bournemouth University, celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s most famous work Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818) as part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival. The academic conference, located at this unique venue, will offer new and re-situated perspectives on Mary Shelley and her writings, her family and circle, and her most famous work. We are pleased to acknowledge colleagues at Bournemouth University for their organisational support.

We invite papers and presentations themed around, but not limited to, the following:

* Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and the Romantics

* Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

* Mary Shelley beyond Frankenstein

* The Shelley family: history and legacy

* Monstrous Romantics

* Frankenstein and the sea

* Theology and Frankenstein

* Frankenstein and philosophy

* Frankenstein at home and abroad

* Adaptations and afterlives

* Frankenstein and medical humanities

* The abject and the sublime

* Frankenstein and emotion

* Guilt and crime in Frankenstein

* Interpretations of Frankenstein in the creative industries (Film, Art, Theatre, Dance, Writing etc)

* Mary Shelley and Gothic legacies

* Gothic architecture

* The Gothic imagination

We welcome proposals for themed panel sessions (maximum three papers), individual twenty-minute presentations, or creative submissions from practitioners and scholars of all fields. We particularly encourage submissions from post-graduate students and Early Career Researchers. Please submit an abstract (300 words) and short biography (100 words) to frankensteinunboundconference@gmail.com by Monday 18th June 2018.

For more information and updates visit our website: https://frankensteinunbound.wordpress.com/

The MDRN research lab at the University of Leuven (Belgium) is launching a new research programme on “Literary Knowledge, 1890-1950: Modernisms and the Sciences in Europe”.
Six competitive, full-time doctoral scholarships will be awarded within this programme supervised by Sascha Bru.
A call for applications can be found on:
The deadline for applying is 1 September.
We are looking forward to over 120 presentations at The Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities conference at the University of Kent. The conference schedule and schedule of panel presentations are now online at our website:  https://research.kent.ac.uk/cognitivefutures2018/schedule-programme/
Registration Rates (3-day attendance, refreshments and lunch included):
Full rate
Delegates: £230.00
Students: £170.00
Daily rate: £80.00
For any queries contact cogfutures@kent.ac.uk
Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in May 2018


A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.
Please email Gavin Budge on <G.Budge@herts.ac.uk> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2017 onwards will be considered.

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