CFP: The 2023 BSLS Conference: deadline extended to 12 December 2022

The eighteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will be held at Edinburgh Napier University, Thursday 13 April - Saturday 15 April 2023.


Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Laurence Talairach (University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès) andProfessor John Holmes (Birmingham).


The BSLS invites proposals for 20-minute papers, panels, workshops, or special roundtables on any intersections between the fields of science (including medicine, technology) and those of literatures in the broadest sense (including theatre, film, and television). We particularly encourage proposals engaging with interdisciplinary fields such as environmental humanities, or focussed on early-career and post-graduate researcher professional development. We welcome work from all periods and countries.


The conference will be held in-person and will have capacity for online attendance. Proposals for papers delivered remotely will be considered (up to 30% of the conference).


BSLS Membership: conference delegates will need to register or renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged).


The BSLS will pay the registration for two PGR attendees, who will be expected to provide newsletter articles describing their experiences of the conference. PGRs interested in pursuing this funding should indicate this along with the submission of their proposals.


Please email proposals of up to 300 words to by Monday 5 December 2022, together with a 50-70 word biographical note (or in the case of a panel, abstracts and notes for each speaker). Send abstracts and notes in the body of messages; do not use attachments. Lastly, state whether you will attend in-person or wish to present remotely (via Teams). Please answer as realistically as you can (we can’t guarantee to accommodate changes of mind later).


Please address queries to Dr Emily Alder at