Thanks to the support of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London (@IMLR_News), the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (@asmcf), the British Society for Literature and Science (@TheBSLS), and the Centre for Environmental Humanities at the University of Bristol (@UoBrisCEH), we were able to hold a workshop for early career researchers working on French and Francophone contexts (day one), followed by a widening participation event for teachers and A-Level students (day two). Day one involved the speakers and four participants, which proved to be advantageous for focussed discussion of the papers as work-in-progress for a forthcoming special issue edited by Daniel Finch-Race, which will be the primary academic publication from the event. On day two, four workshops were delivered to nine teachers and A-Level learners: close readings of literary texts (session one) and films (session three) bracketed parallel workshops on translation (session two).
Day one began with a panel on nineteenth-century French texts. James Illingworth approached George Sand’s volcanic imagery as an instance of eco-feminism avant la lettre. Sarah Jones considered Emile Zola’s interest in madness and hysteria. Arthur Rose returned to Zola’s Germinal as a source text for thinking about coal use in the Anthropocene. After a short break, Keir Waddington delivered an excellent keynote on trends in French environmental historiography as part of an argument that sought to recover the role of topography in thinking about environmental health. After lunch, there were two presentations on twentieth-century francophone writing. Joe Ford’s close reading of key passages in Albert Camus’ L’Étranger showed how the narrative plays with subject positions to problematize the protagonist’s agency. Holly Langstaff reflected on the animal presence that persists across Maurice Blanchot’s oeuvre, particularly his ‘mouche importune’. In the final session, Frances Hemsley considered how contemporary Rwandan testimonial writing demonstrates the entwinement of insect-eradication campaigns with the forced displacement of groups during the late colonial period. Kasia Mika introduced us to the ‘cholera chronotope’ as a mode for considering time and place in activist documentaries about UN peacekeepers introducing cholera into Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
On day two, Langstaff, Illingworth, Ford, Rose and Finch-Race delivered four one-hour workshops on how the environmental humanities and medical humanities can be used in teaching A-Level French. The close-knit audience was exceptional: each of the ECRs delivering the workshop commented upon the engagement of the teachers and learners. At the end of the day, the audience’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with several people referring to how the sessions provided the means and motivation to develop their work.
Friday 10 May 2019 9:15-16:45 University of Bristol – 10 Woodland Road #EnviroMedicalHumanities
This free conference will feature eight papers by early-career researchers and a keynote by Professor Keir Waddington (@keir_waddington).
On the following day, Saturday 11th, five of the speakers will be at the University of Bristol's School of Modern Languages to deliver masterclasses for teachers and pupils.
These activities are supported by the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London (@IMLR_News), the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (@asmcf), the British Society for Literature and Science (@TheBSLS), and the Centre for Environmental Humanities at the University of Bristol (@UoBrisCEH).
9:30, Panel 1
James Illingworth (Exeter) – George Sand's Volcanic Imagination
Sarah Jones (Oxford) – Zola: Medicine and Madness
Arthur Rose (Bristol) – Coal Politics: Receiving Émile Zola's Germinal
Keir Waddington (Cardiff) – A Flat Past? History, Environment, Topography and Medicine
*12:30, Lunch break
13:30, Panel 2
Joseph Ford (IMLR) – Towards an 'Environmental Ethic' in the Literary Writing of Albert Camus
Beatrice Ivey (Stirling) – Remembering Natural Disasters with Nathacha Appanah and Nina Bouraoui
Holly Langstaff (Oxford/Warwick) – 'Une mouche importune': Reading Insects in Maurice Blanchot
15:30, Panel 3
Frances Hemsley (Bristol) – Health and Environment in 'New' Rwandan Testimonial Literature
Kasia Mika (Amsterdam) – Cholera Chronotopes: Living in and through 'the Time of Cholera'
Half-day international symposium. Friday 7 June 2019 at 2-8 pm. Free admission.
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
Founded in 1799, the Royal Institution became the
home of science education and the site of scientific discoveries and
technological innovations which changed the world. In its early years,
this remarkable scientific agenda was accompanied
by an equally impressive programme of literary education, as luminaries
such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Campbell and Sydney Smith took
to the lecture podium to dazzle the fashionable male and female
audiences of London with the latest advances in literary
criticism and aesthetics. Science, poetry and philosophy combined in
the work of the ‘chemical philosopher’ Humphry Davy and his literary
friends, making the Royal Institution a centre of Romanticism as well as
a focal point of the thriving public lecture
culture of the time. This half-day symposium with talks by leading
scholars will restore the forgotten literary history of the Royal
Institution and highlight its unique interdisciplinary contribution to
British Romantic culture.
Speakers: David Duff (Queen Mary University of London), Frank James (Royal Institution), Hattie Lloyd Edmondson (Science Museum), Seamus Perry (University of Oxford), Sharon Ruston (University of Lancaster), Sarah Zimmerman (Fordham University)
The event will conclude with a wine reception to celebrate the launch of Sarah Zimmerman’s new book
The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain (Oxford University Press), based partly on research done at the Royal Institution.
The event is free and open to everyone, including members of the public.
Workshop organised by Dr Kim M. Hajek and Prof. Mary S. Morgan
3 June 2019, London School of Economics and Political Science
the history of science, especially of the human and observational
sciences, it has often been the case that
knowledge-making activities drew upon many ‘voices’—accounts of a storm
given by different observers; patient voices incorporated into a
psychological case history; myths transcribed by an anthropologist. What
many of these examples share is that the information
provided by different voices takes narrative form in its own right. Yet
scientists have also organised them into related groupings or broader
narratives, as a way to elucidate particular research problems.
this workshop, we ask how narrative has helped scientists to configure
extended chunks of information, and
ultimately to manage a multiplicity of voices in their enquiry. Using
case studies from across a range of fields, workshop participants
explore the roles played by narrative forms of explanation both within
and across the contributions of multiple voices to
science. Of particular concern are the ways that narrative serves to
order polyphonic material into a larger epistemic scheme, and
reciprocally, how narrative valorises or suppresses particular voices,
or indeed shapes what counts as a ‘voice’ at all.
workshop is organised as part of the Narrative Science Project, funded
by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement
No 694732). For more information on the project, please see our website:
Dr Debjani Bhattacharyya, Drexel University
Ordering Cyclones: The Courtroom in the Making of Meteorological Sciences in Colonial India.
A/Prof. Devin Griffiths, University of Southern California
Darwin, Entrainment, and the Ecology of Form..
Dr Kim Hajek, LSE
Silencing Suggestion? Narratives of Suggestive Psychotherapy and Category Disputes in Hippolyte Bernheim’s Psychological Cases.
Prof. Isabelle Kalinowski, ENS, and Dr Camille Joseph,
Université Paris 8
Unheard Words. Franz Boas and the Anthropology of Voices.
A/Prof. Birgit Lang, University of Melbourne
The Case of the Sexological Patient. From Narrative Polyphony to Visual Affect and Fragmentation.
Prof. Harro Maas,
Centre Walras-Pareto, University of Lausanne
A Community on Paper: Reflections on a Witness Seminar on the History of Experimental Economics.
A/Prof. Jill Slinger (and Dr Lotte Bontje), TU Delft
On Narrative Competition in Coastal Policy Development.
Dr Rhianedd Smith, University of Reading
Weaving Narratives from Data and Myth: Multi-Vocal Heritage Interpretation at Glastonbury Abbey.
Attending the Workshop:
The workshop will take place at the LSE campus in central London, from approximately 9 am to 6 pm.
Attendance at the workshop is free and open to all; however, places are limited. Please register your interest in attending
by emailing Dr Dominic Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
as soon as possible.
The deadline for registration is
Monday 20 May. Places will be confirmed by 22 May at the latest.
PhD Travel Bursaries:
increase participation from the postgraduate community, we are making
available 4 travel bursaries, each of up to £250.
These can be used to recover the cost of train or airfare for those who
wish to attend, and who are currently enrolled on a PhD programme,
preferably with research interests directly related to
the workshop themes.
To apply for a PhD travel bursary please write to Dr Dominic Berry (D.J.Berry@lse.ac.uk).
Please include: Your name; university affiliation; thesis title; no
more than 100 words on how this workshop relates to your research.
The deadline for applications to the travel bursary is Monday 13 May.
You will be notified as to the outcome of your application shortly thereafter. Applicants will be selected to
ensure a diverse range of research interests and institutions are represented.
Expressions of interest are
invited by the 1st of June for
the BSLS Winter Symposium in 2019. As members will recall, this is a
postgraduate and early career researcher-led event and presents a great
opportunity to run a successful event at this stage in your career (with help
and support from the BSLS Committee throughout the process).
Proposals are invited for a themed one-day event to take place in or about November, to be emailed to Rachel Murray at email@example.com. As ever, it is hoped that the event will have a 'non-conference' feel, and will include different types of papers, panels, and ways of sharing knowledge. Proposals should be no longer than two sides of A4, and should include a theme and description, details of the organising group and location, potential speakers (if known) and types of papers, panels or other sessions to be included. The BSLS will award around £500, depending on the budget required, in support of the symposium, which should be free to attend if possible.
For more about the symposium, including details of past events, see here.
This two-day interdisciplinary workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of the British Academy (grant number BARSEA19\190021). It expands on the work of the Narrative Science project, a European Research Council funded project based at the London School of Economics (grant agreement No. 694732). It will take place in London on the 18th-19th of July.
In addition, as part of our networking, this event is organised in collaboration with 'Environment, Climate, and Heredity: the integration of environmental humanities with the history of heredity' to take place on the following Saturday, 20th of July, at Oxford, organised by Dr John Lidwell-Durnin. Further details will be announced soon.
Call for ECR presenters with posters - Deadline May 24th A key ambition of this workshop is to provide a platform and network for early career researchers (ECRs). For our purposes ECRs are defined as postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers not yet in permanent employment. There are 20 spaces available for ECRs across the two days. Each ECR presenter will have 10 minutes to speak about their work in a dedicated slot during the workshop plenary sessions, and will also provide a poster which will be showcased during the evening reception on the 18th of July. The poster reception will be an opportunity to talk directly and informally with all the other attendees in a relaxed atmosphere. All of the plenary sessions will be video recorded and eventually made available on the Narrative Science project website. At the moment we can only promise to reimburse hotel and travel expenses for these 20 ECRs up to £100, but we intend to increase this amount as much as possible. All catering is supplied to attendees across the two days free of charge, and we will also take care of the costs of poster printing. ECRs who are members of the BSHS may also be eligible to apply for a Butler-Eyles Travel Grant towards their travel costs.
To apply to the workshop please write to the organiser, Dr Dominic Berry, on firstname.lastname@example.org
In the email subject please write 'Your name - Environment workshop ECR', and in the message include:
Your status as independent scholar or affiliated with a particular institution/university.
Maximum 200 words on how this workshop relates to your ongoing research.
Maximum 100 words on the kinds of material and arrangement you expect to include on your poster.
Interested parties should obviously also feel free to contact us for any further information!
Confirmed speakers Jon Agar (UCL) - "British Nature was Lost Here, 1964-71": what's at stake when scientists, nature writers and bureaucrats tell stories Dominic J. Berry (LSE) - Narrative science in techno-environments Animesh Chatterjee (Leeds Trinity University) - Urban, political and cultural environments in late-19th century Bengali anticolonial representations of electricity Jean-Baptiste Gouyon (UCL) - Wildlife conservation as a cinematic project? Alex Hall (University of Birmingham) - Who speaks for the flood? Exploring agency, expectations and the supernatural in extreme weather events John Lidwell-Durnin (University of Oxford) - “Have they remained what they were in Europe?”: narrative, organisms, and environment in explorations of South America Ina Linge (University of Exeter) - Narrating Human-animal Sexual Nature in 1920s Popular Science Books Greg Lynall (University of Liverpool) - Reading Renewables: Stories of Solar Power Harriet Ritvo (MIT) - The Stakes of Species Anahita Rouyan (Independent scholar and consultant) - Producing Mutations: Scientific Plant Breeding and Narratives of Nature in the Progressive-Era United States, 1900-1914 Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent) - Sugar in the air: carbon narratives, futures and endings sam smiley (Astrodime Transit Authority) - Ornamentalism: The Migrations and Translations of Japanese Knotweed
Alluvium is an online journal dedicated to
twenty-first-century writing, affiliated with BACLS (British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies) as its
Graduate-run journal. It publishes short (2-2500 word) academic
articles on fiction as well as twenty-first-century approaches to the literary
canon by researchers working at PG, ECR, Lecturer and Senior level. Alluvium
encourages contributors to focus their articles around key issues and emerging
trends within literature and literary criticism.
The first issue of the relaunched journal was published in
February 2019, available at www.alluvium-journal.org . In June 2019 we are due to publish a
special edition of the journal devoted to the Global Contemporary: Ecologies
of Gender and Class within the Combined and Uneven Anthropocene.
As illustrated most
prominently by the calls for a Green New Deal in the US, we live in an age when
alternative political imaginaries are addressing the political and
infrastructural necessities of combating symptoms and causes of cataclysmic
climate change. Conversely, they are forced to confront: the epistemological
difficulties, fragility of language and demobilizing anxiety associated with
catastrophe; political recalcitrance; globalized mechanisms of disavowal and
normalised precarity; and an underlying system of capital premised upon the exploitation
of natural and social ecologies as well as the transnational flow of goods.
Literature -- through the allegorical, the speculative, the psychological and
phenomenological -- can provide an encounter with the ethical imperatives,
hidden forces and effects which make up the Now as well as a way of signalling
the future in its Utopian and terminal dimensions.
Submissions are invited on topics including (but not limited
Gender/Race/Class/Q) within Contemporary Cli-fi
Infrastructural Criticism in
relation to ecologies, politics, literary form and the boundaries between
New Materialism and Enchanted
Matter within dominant and peripheral literary spaces
Post-structural geographies and
the hauntological literary ethics of approaching the ecoeconomico-colonial
Phenomenologies of local and
global environment anxiety within Twenty-first Century fiction
Climate change, temporality and
Literary participation in, deconstruction of,
or resistance to neo-liberal de-politicization of discourses on climate change
Formally realised or speculative
takes on how current frameworks or researchers’ critical concerns might
intersect with some dimension of the Eco-social (climate change, habitation,
Abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible -- and ideally
by May 6th -- whilst the deadline
for submission of articles is May 24th.
Please see the attached generic Contributor Guidelines for more
information about writing for Alluvium. If you have any questions about writing
for the June 'Global Contemporary' issue please contact Martin Goodhead (Keele)
at email@example.com or Katie Jones (Swansea) at firstname.lastname@example.org
CFP Performance and Science working group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) 4 – 6 September
Deadline: Monday 8 April 2019
We issue two calls for this year’s TAPRA conference: an open call inviting proposals that might help us map the vast terrain encompassed by ‘performance and science’; and a themed call for a joint session with the Bodies and Performance working group. Both calls are intended as an initial scoping exercise for the Routledge Companion to Performance and Science, which is currently in development. We will consider proposals for the following formats
· Papers, including those with performative elements (10-20 minutes).
· Low tech workshops, installations, demonstrations or performance (up to 60 minutes).
· Curated panels (usually 3 x 20 min papers)
Open Call Since its inception, our working group has defined its remit inclusively. This means embracing a wide range of performance practices that interface with scientific knowledge and the social, political, ethical and personal repercussions of these: science plays, bio-art, public engagement projects, performance art and more. We have also considered scientific approaches to understanding what performance is or does, and, reciprocally, analysed scientific practices through the lens of performance. Given this broad remit, how can we define the borders of our field and delineate its contents? How might we understand the overlaps, splices, tensions, alliances, antimonies, resonances that constitute the interface between performance and science, as practices, disciplinary domains, cultures and truth claims? Your proposal might posit conceptual tools for surveying or rethinking the field(s), trace strands within it and/or offer case studies and specimens. Alternatively, your proposal might interrogate – or rebel against – such projects of taxonomization and territorialisation. In all cases, preference is given to proposals that foreground the material practices of ‘doing’ performance and science – whatever form this takes. Themes may include but are not limited to:
· historiographies, genealogies, cartographies and case studies of performance and science
· defining, distinguishing and defying disciplines: multi-, cross-, inter-, intra-, trans- and post-disciplinarity
· the politics of science-performance collaboration
Negative Affects We are also holding a joint session aligning with the Bodies and Performance WG theme of Negative Affects, Performance and Bodies and that of our own interim event on human repair, regeneration and bodily alteration. We invite proposals that engage with the body and bad feelings, and how scientific discourses and technologies of repair, replacement and augmentation might alleviate or exacerbate those negative feelings. Submitting a proposal Please send a 300-word (max.) proposal and a short biography in a Word document via email. Please also include precise details of your resourcing needs, for example, any audio-visual technology, or a particular type of space (e.g. drama studio) that you will need to make your presentation. Email abstracts and information to the Working Group conveners, Alex Mermikides and Paul Johnson, at email@example.com The deadline for the submission of proposals is Monday 8th April 2019.Early Career Researchers Bursary Scheme: If you are an Early Career Researcher, then you are eligible to be considered for a TaPRA ECR Bursary. Please follow this link for more information, and please indicate on your proposal whether you fit the criteria and wish to be considered for the bursary scheme: http://tapra.org/bursaries/Postgraduate Bursary Scheme: There will be a separate call for PG Bursaries later in the year, but please do indicate in your proposal whether you are planning on applying to the scheme.
Please note: only one proposal may be submitted for a TaPRA event. It is not permitted to submit multiple proposals or submit the same proposal to several Calls for Participation. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. registered for the event; this includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast even where the presenter may not physically attend the event venue.
Science and Performance Working Group Interim Event call for participants
TAPRA Performance & Science Interim Event
Science Gallery/King’s College, London
8 May 2019 2- 8.30pm
The Performance & Science Working Group invites applications to attend our Interim Event at King’s College London, which takes up the theme of bodily regeneration, repair and replacement. The emerging sciences of regenerative medicine promise the possibility of combating terrifying disease and physical trauma. They also sharpen our fears about cyborg and synthetic beings. This ambivalence offers rich ground for performance-makers and those who study the interface between theatre, performance and the human sciences.
The event involves meetings with scientists at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine, a tour of the laboratories at the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and of the Spare Parts exhibition, a working dinner and attending a related science-performance.
The event is FREE to all TAPRA members but places are limited. To apply for a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 April 2019 with a brief (100 word) outline of how the event will support your current or future research. Priority will be given to those whose research aligns most closely with the event. Postgraduate students can also apply for support with travel costs – please include estimated costs in your email. The criteria for funding will be lack of institutional support, alignment of research interest to the event, cost of travel.
All participants must be TaPRA members. If you are not currently a member, you will be asked to join the organization at the interim rate of £15 before the date of the event.
2-4pm: visit to Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
4- 5.30 pm: tour of the Spare Parts exhibition at the Science Gallery. This exhibition explores the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration. It considers the emotional and psychological aspects of living with a replacement organ or limb; organic or engineered.
5.45-6.45pm: working dinner: reflecting on performances of bodily repair, replacement and recuperation.
7 – 8.30: performance: New Organs of Creation
New Organs of Creation presents a hypothetical development of the human larynx (voice box), using tissue engineering, to extend the ability of the voice as a transformational instrument. The project is made in collaboration with Prof Lucy Di-Silvio who used tissue engineering to grow human cells on the prototype anatomical larynx.
The British Society for Literature and Science is a scholarly society which promotes interdisciplinary research into the relationships of science and literature in all periods.
Membership is open to anyone interested in the field, regardless of geographical location.