January 2020

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Richard Bates has asked us to spread word of this vacancy at Nottingham, finishing out an interdisciplinary AHRC grant on the life and work of Florence Nightingale.

"The role will suit a candidate with a PhD in post-1800 literature or history, social geography or digital humanities with an interest in applications to understanding health, gender or the rise of industry."

The post is fixed term until 28 Feb 2021 and pays £30,942 to £33,797 per annum pro-rata to 25 hrs per week. The deadline for applications is 28 Feb 2020. More details on jobs.ac.uk!


In 2020, the Cardiff ScienceHumanities group partners with the Fiction Meets Science Program, to host the summer school at their home base in Germany. The theme for 2020 is “Energies.”

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The ScienceHumanities Summer School features a week of workshops with leading scholars who have trained in a diverse array of disciplines—literature, history, philosophy, sociology, environmental science—and are doing research at the cross-section of the humanities and sciences. Students have the opportunity to engage with experienced researchers and a select cohort of peers from around the world, attending workshops on current research topics and career issues (publishing, professional network-building, etc). Professor Heidi Hutner (Stony Brook) will give the keynote address and teach one of the workshops.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to share ideas, concepts and methods with other doctoral students and begin to build a network of global contacts. The Summer School also incorporates a cultural programme focussed on the rich heritage of Bremen and the region.

The Summer School is open only to doctoral students located in universities and research centres worldwide. There are only 12 places available.

It is free to attend, but participants must be able to meet the cost of their own transport, accommodation and part of their subsistence during their stay at the HWK Institute for Advanced Study (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg),  Delmenhorst. Advice will be given on accommodation and transport and meals will be included during the Summer School.

Two bursaries of £400 are available for students from nations with limited resources.

To express initial interest and receive an application form please email Professor Martin Willis on willism8@cardiff.ac.uk. Full details of the programme are here.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 19 February, 2020. Applications must be submitted by 28 February, 2020 and decisions will be communicated by 13 March, 2020. Participating doctoral students must be able to commit to the full 5 days of the Summer School.

The Journal of Literature and Science http://www.literatureandscience.org is once again looking for reviewers to review various articles published in the last year to 18 months in the field of literature and science.

Please find below a number of articles that we would like to offer for review. Its largely first come, first served, so do get in touch with an offer to review a specific article by emailing Michelle at m.geric@westminster.ac.uk

I would also be very happy to receive suggestions for other relevant articles for review that aren’t listed below – please do let me know.

Reviews should be 750 words long. For more details please follow the link: http://www.literatureandscience.org or contact me at m.geric@westminster.ac.uk to register your interest.


John Rogers. “Newton's Arian Epistemology and the Cosmogony of Paradise Lost.” ELH 86. 1 (2019): 77-106. 

Brent Dawson. “The Life of the Mind: George Herbert, Early Modern Meditation, and Materialist Cognition.” ELH 86. 4 (2019): 895-918. 

Alexandra Paterson. “Tracing the Earth: Narratives of Personal and Geological History in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head.” Romanticism 25. 1 (2019): 22-31.

Russell Smith. “Frankenstein in the Automatic Factory.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 41. 3 (2019): 303-319. 

Sharon Ruston. “Chemistry and the Science of Transformation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 41. 3 (2019): 255-270.

Helen Kingstone. “Human-animal Elision: A Darwinian Universe in George Eliot's Novels.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 40. 1 (2018): 87-103.

Devin M Garofalo. “Victorian Lyric in the Anthropocene.” Victorian Literature and Culture 47. 4 (2019): 753–783.

Richard Fallon. “Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World: Illustrating the Romance of Science.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, 63. 2 (2020): 162-192

Mary Bowden. “H. G. Wells's Plant Plot: Horticulture and Ecological Narration in The Time Machine.” Victorian Literature and Culture 47. 3 (2019): 603–628.  

Pascale McCullough Manning. “The Hyde We Live In: Stevenson, Evolution, and the Anthropogenic Fog.” Victorian Literature and Culture 46. 1 (2018): 181–99.

Agnes Malinowska. “Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Fungal Female Animal: Evolution, Efficiency, and the Reproductive Body.” Modernism/modernity 26. 2 (2019): 267-288. 

Ida Marie Olsen. "Outlines of Ecological Consciousness in W. H. Hudson's Environmentalism." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 63. 2 (2020): 193-210. 

Christy Rieger. “Chemical Romance: Genre and Materia Medica in Late-Victorian Drug Fiction.” Victorian Literature and Culture 47. 2 (2019): 409–437.

Kent Linthicum. “Dancing on a Volcano: Subverting Catastrophe in M.P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 40. 2 (2018): 149-163.

Katja Jylkka, “‘Witness the Plesiosaurus’: Geological Traces and the Loch Ness Monster Narrative.” Configurations 26. 2 (2018): 207-234.

Thomas M. Stuart, “Out of Time: Queer Temporality and Eugenic Monstrosity.” Victorian Studies 60. 2 (2018): 218-227.

Larsen, Haley. “‘The Spirit of Electricity’: Henry James's In the Cage and Electric Female Imagination at the Turn of the Century.” Configurations 26. 4 (2018): 357-387. 

Elisavet Ioannidou. “Neo-Victorian Visions of the Future: Science, Crime, and Modernity.” Victoriographies 8. 2 (2018): 187-205. 

Doreen Thierauf. “Tending to Old Stories: Daniel Deronda and Hysteria, Revisited.” Victorian Literature and Culture 46. 2 (2018): 443-465.

Jocelyn Rodal. “Patterned Ambiguities: Virginia Woolf, Mathematical Variables, and Form.” Configurations 26. 1 (2018): 73-101.

Brandon Jones. “Bloom/Split/Dissolve: Jellyfish, H. D., and Multispecies Justice in Anthropocene Seas.” Configurations 27. 4 (2019): 483-499. 

Elspeth Green. “I. A. Richards Among the Scientists.” ELH, 86. 3 (2019): 751-777. 

Nikolai Krementsov. “Thought Transfer and Mind Control between Science and Fiction: Fedor Il’in’s The Valley of New Life (1928).” Osiris 34 (2019): 36-54.

Sonja Boos. “Reading Gestures: Body Schema Disorder and Schizophrenia in Kafka’s Modernist Prose.” Modernism/modernity 26. 4 (2019): 829-848. 

Amanda Rees. “From Technician’s Extravaganza to Logical Fantasy: Science and Society in John Wyndham’s Postwar Fiction, 1951–1960.” Osiris 34 (2019): 277-296.

Lisa Garforth. “Environmental Futures, Now and Then: Crisis, Systems Modeling, and Speculative Fiction.” Osiris, 34 (2019): 238-257.

Ursula K. Heise. “Science Fiction and the Time Scales of the Anthropocene.” ELH 86. 2 (2019): 275-304. 

Erika Lorraine Milam. “Old Woman and the Sea: Evolution and the Feminine Aquatic.” Osiris 34 (2019): 198-215.

Colin Milburn. “Ahead of Time: Gerald Feinberg and the Governance of Futurity.” Osiris 34 (2019): 216-237.

Susan McHugh. “Mourning Humans and Other Animals through Fictional Taxidermy Collections.” Configurations 27. 2 (2019): 239-256. 

Mandy Bloomfield. “Widening Gyre: A Poetics of Ocean Plastics.” Configurations 27. 4 (2019): 501-523.

Sandra Robinson. “Databases and Doppelgängers: New Articulations of Power.” Configurations 26. 4 (2018): 411-440. 

Kurt Beals, “‘Do the New Poets Think? It's Possible’: Computer Poetry and Cyborg Subjectivity.” Configurations 26. 2 (2018): 149-177. 

Girona, 2-4 July 2019

Organized by Commission on Science & Literature DHST/IUHPST and the Càtedra Dr. Bofill de Ciències i Humanitats

Second call for papers

Following the successful three International Conferences on Science and Literature which took place in Athens, Poellau and Paris, this Conference is the fourth to be organized under the aegis of the Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST. The fourth International Conference will be organized by the Càtedra Dr. Bofill de Ciències I Humanitats (Dr Bofill Chair on Science and the Humanities) integrated at the University of Girona (UdG) with the technical support of the Commission on Science and Literature. As it was the case with the first three Conferences, the fourth one does not have a specific theme, as its intent continues to be the creation of an open forum for all scholars interested in Science and Literature. Nevertheless, the Conference will be organized along thematic sessions. Those proposed by the Organizing Committee are:

· Science in Western Art

· Literature and Medicine

· Science and Religion

· Poetry and Science

· Scientific Genres in Science Fiction

· Mathematics, Physics and Literature

· Women in the History of Science, Philosophy and Literature

Other themes, according to the papers accepted by the Scientific Committee, can be organized.

Proposals for individual papers or panels of three or four papers should be submitted from December 1st, 2019, until February 29th, 2020. They must include the title of the paper (or the theme of the panel), name and affiliation of the author(s), an abstract of no more than 350 words and a short CV. Proposals and inquiries about practical matters may be sent to gvlahakis@yahoo.com and cgamez@unav.es. An international scientific committee will review the submissions and notice of acceptance will be sent by mid-March 2020.

Juan Ortega will be the chair of the Local Organizing Committee.

Registration: March 1st to May 30th, 2020

Registration fees (include coffee, tea, refreshments and Conference material): 100 Euros

Fees for students and early career scholars: 50 Euros

Participants are asked to make their own arrangements concerning their accommodation in Girona, but the Conference organizers have published useful information and interesting offers.

This information and the preliminary program can be consulted at: www.icscienceandliterature.com.

Do you like books? Great! We are looking to recruit at least two new Assistant Reviews Editors to take up their post as soon as possible, with a special responsibility for looking after North American University Presses, and non-UK European publishers, to assist the Reviews Editor with the reviews process (i.e. keeping an eye out for relevant publications, processing review enquiries and commissioning reviews, ordering and providing review copies, updating the review database online). To make this process easier the BSLS will be rolling out an automated form and dedicated email address for processing review enquiries this year. These positions are suitable for all career stages.
If you have any questions at all, please contact the current reviews editor, Dr Franziska Kohlt. Please send your Expressions of Interest (c.350 words), outlining relevant experience, your career, as well as two academics to endorse your application, to bslsreviews@gmail.com by the 16th of March [edited: this deadline was extended from 29th February because of UCU industrial action].

Forest Ecology in Fantasy Fiction: Mobilising the Imaginative Resources of Fantasy Fiction for Living with Forests.

The University of Birmingham is offering a funded PhD studentship on forest ecology in fantasy fiction under the Forest Edge PhD programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project will involve collaboration between the schools of English, Drama and Creative Studies (EDACS) and Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) and Ruskin Land. The PhD will be jointly supervised by Prof John Holmes (EDACS), Prof Jon Sadler (GEES) and Dr Will Tattersdill (EDACS), with support from John Iles (Ruskin Land). 

For more information about the project, click below:

Forest Edge PhD guidance notes

The deadline for applications is 10 February 2020. Applicants should have experience of studying literature at university level. Beyond this, we welcome candidates with diverse educational and disciplinary backgrounds and professional expertise for this interdisciplinary PhD. For full details on funding and to begin an application, please click on the link below:


If you would like to discuss this project further before applying, please email John Holmes (j.holmes.1@bham.ac.uk) in the first instance.

3-5 June 2020
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Northumbria University is organising a conference exploring interactivity between health and the written word, whether it be representations of medical practitioners in literature and art, or creative works written by medical people. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject invites work on cultural, economic and gender history, as well as literary, visual and
performing arts. We welcome proposals from researchers across a range of disciplines and stages of career, including early career and student scholars. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a short biography, to writingdocs18@gmail.com by Friday 21st February 2020. Papers will be invited on a wide variety of relevant topics. A selection of revised papers is expected to be published as part of the project outputs.

You can download the full CFP here. Further details can be found on the event's website.

Leuven, May 18-19 2020

First keynote speaker: Prof. Angelique Richardson (University of Exeter).
Second keynote speaker to be announced later.

During the late 19th and early 20th century evolutionary theory and new insights in heredity were becoming increasingly influential in social debates. Theories of Darwin, Spencer, Lamarck and Mendel were used to address anxieties about degeneration across Europe. Eugenicists sought to improve both the individual and the nation by influencing processes of procreation and selection so as to bring about the ‘ideal’ human race. Literary authors too raised their voices in this widespread concern with private and public health, the body and the future of the race. They addressed these concerns in highbrow modernist writings, social stories, courtship plots, family sagas, bildungsroman or art novels and used eugenic discourse and biological theories in doing so. The result is, of course, not a homogeneous body of eugenic literature. To the contrary, eugenic and genetic theories were deployed, commented on and disseminated in a variety of ways. Male and female authors used eugenic theories to take radically different stances within the woman question, but women writers too were often divided as to how eugenic insights could best be used for feminist purposes.

This conference aims at a better understanding of the different ways in which eugenic theories were used to address questions related to gender and sexuality in European literature from 1880 to 1935. Eugenic theories circulated across Europe, but the reception and response by literary writers was often very different. Similarly, the woman question that emerged at the end of the 19th century, was debated in different ways in different European countries and this also shaped literature’s intervention in these debates. By bringing together these different perspectives, the conference hopes to achieve a more nuanced and comprehensive picture of the intersections between eugenics and literature around the turn of the 20th century.

We invite papers about all European literary traditions that address such questions as the following:

  • How is the new biological and genetic knowledge presented and mediated in literary texts?
  • How is the discourse of eugenics deployed in literary texts?
  • How are eugenic theories used to serve the emancipation of women in society or, conversely, how are they used to argue for traditional gendered divisions and roles?
  • How did evolution and eugenics shape feminist ideas in literature?
  • How did the use of eugenic theories change across the period?

Topics might include (but are not limited to)

  • Debates on motherhood, reproductive health, pregnancy, breast feeding, birth control, family planning and abortion
  • Representations of illness, feeblemindedness, degeneracy and insanity
  • Atavism, Hereditary diseases, family health and genetics
  • Evolution and sexual difference
  • Biological essentialism
  • Representations of women doctors and nurses
  • Depictions of female ancestry and lines of heredity
  • Degenerate masculinity and ‘fit’ manhood
  • Eugenic partner choice

This symposium is organized in the context of a large comparative research project, Literary Knowledge, 1890-1950: Modernisms and the Sciences in Europe , by the research lab MDRN at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Please send an abstract (350 words) and a short bio to Fatima Borrmann (fatima.borrmann@kuleuven.be) by 31 January 2020. The presentation of papers should not exceed 20 minutes.

Full AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award funding for a new PhD project on eugenics, class and racism in Britain - Eugenics at the Royal Society 1860-1950 - in collaboration with the Royal Society. The PhD studentship will start in September 2020. Applicants will usually have a first degree and an MA or other professional experience. 
More details can be found here: https://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/prospective-students/collaborative-doctoral-awards/ and application guidance can be found here: https://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/prospective-students/apply/.  The deadline is Monday 27th January.  Anyone wanting to hear more about the project would be most welcome to contact Professors Angelique Richardson A.Richardson@exeter.ac.uk or David Stack d.a.stack@reading.ac.uk.