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Expressions of interest are invited by 1 June in respect of the BSLS Winter Symposium in 2018. As members will remember, this is now 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 Rosalind Alderman at rsaa1v17@soton.ac.uk. As always, 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 up to £500 in support of the symposium, which should be free to attend if possible.

Registration for the conference is now open and that it closes on the 1st May. The link to registration is here: https://mathematicsandmodernliterature.wordpress.com/register/

There is also a public event on the 3rd May inspired by the conference which is free of charge. It is called 'In Conversation with Emily Howard: Exploring Mathematics, Music and Literature', and includes a live performance from the Royal Northern College of Music's Mathias Quartet who will play some of Emily's compositions inspired by her collaborations with mathematician Marcus du Sautoy. The event also includes special guest Ursula Martin CBE FRSE FREng, Professor of Computer Science at The University of Oxford who will speak further about the mathematics behind these compositions. More details of the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/221960785220717/

The Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, invites applications for the three-year position of a Research Fellow in English / Anglophone Literatures commencing on June 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The working hours comprise 25.87 hours a week and the salary is based on the German public service pay scale 13 TV-L (annual base salary currently ranging from EUR 28,641 to EUR 36,781 plus allowances).

Tasks:

  • Academic and administrative duties in the "Fiction Meets Science" research program (www.fictionmeetsscience.org), particularly in the field of "The Anglophone Science Novel and the Global Dimensions of Science".
  • Research for the project "Transcultural Mobility of Scientists and Science in the Contemporary Anglophone Science Novel".
  • Completion of a Ph.D. dissertation within the period of employment. The results of the project-related research may be used as part of the Ph.D. thesis.

Requirements:

  • Master's degree or equivalent Diploma in the field of English / Anglophone Literatures with an above average grade
  • demonstrated familiarity with established and current approaches in literary and cultural theory (including specifically discourse theory and postcolonial theory)
  • near-native command of English
  • a sketch of ideas for a Ph.D. project, relating to "Transcultural Mobility of Scientists and Science in the Contemporary Anglophone Science Novel", to be developed into a thesis as part of the employment

Preference will be given to applicants with the following additional qualifications:

  • research interests matching existing research profiles in Oldenburg Anglophone Literary Studies
  • demonstrated familiarity with historical and interdisciplinary perspectives on Anglophone literatures
  • familiarity with research and approaches in Literature and Science Studies and in (Postcolonial) Science and Technology Studies
  • experience doing project work
  • experience organising academic workshops or conferences
  • a working knowledge of German

The University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunities employer. According to § 21 para. 3 of the Legislation Governing Higher Education in Lower Saxony (NHG) preference shall be given to female candidates in cases of equal qualification. The same applies to persons with disabilities.

The deadline for applications is April 11, 2018. Applications must include a CV, copies of degree certificates, an academic writing sample (maximum of 20 pages), a sketch of ideas for a Ph.D. project, as well as - if applicable - a list of publications and courses taught. Applications should include the keyword "WM-FMS2" in the reference line and should be submitted by e-mail in a single pdf-file to anton.kirchhofer@uni-oldenburg.de(maximum size 40 MB). Alternatively, applications may be sent by post to Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät III, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Prof. Dr. Anton Kirchhofer, 26111 Oldenburg.

Please note that applications materials will not be returned to applicants. Please do not submit any original documents or file-folders.

Questions regarding this position may be addressed to Prof. Dr. Anton Kirchhofer (anton.kirchhofer@uni-oldenburg.de).

For the legally binding German version of this advertisement, please see http://uni-ol.de/stellen/65936

The following books have been shortlisted for the BSLS Book Prize for 2017:

 

Melissa Bailes, Questioning Nature: British Women’s Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830 (U of Virginia Press)

 

 

 

 

 

The winner will be announced on Friday 6th April 2018 at the BSLS conference at Oxford Brookes.

A provisional programme for the BSLS annual conference 2018 at Oxford Brookes can be viewed here.

Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950

deadline for submissions:
April 2, 2018

full name / name of organization:
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

contact email:
sciencesofthemindconference@gmail.com

17-18 July, 2018 – University of Kent
Keynote Speakers:Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University

This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy. For additional information, please visit our website: https://research.kent.ac.uk/literaryculture/​

Possible topics include literature and:

• Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice
• Representations of Places of Learning
• Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications
• Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education
• Academic Success and Failure
• Literacy and Illiteracy
• Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism
• Autodidacticism, Informal Education
• Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical
• Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence
• Intellectual ability and disability
As well as literature and:

• Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology
• Social Psychology
• Developmental Psychology
• Psychometrics and personality testing
• Physiology and psychology
• Psychological Schools and Controversies
• Psychology and Philosophy
• Experimental Psychology
• Psychiatry
• Sexology
• Parapsychology
• Eugenics
• Language and Cognition

Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal to sciencesofthemindconference@gmail.com by the 2 April, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal.

Registration is now open for the British Society of Literature & Science at Oxford Brookes, 5-7 April 2018.  Registration will remain open until Monday 26th March.  Please make sure you select the right option - there are two booking sites - one for postgraduate students/unwaged and the other the full standard option for those of us with faculty/waged status.

The link to both is here: https://shop.brookes.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-humanities-social-sciences/conferences

We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford next month.

***EXTENDED DEADLINE FEBRUARY 23, 2018***

 

Humans have a flair for attributing intentions, traits, agency, emotions and mental states to beings or things – either real or imagined. Whether anthropomorphising natural or abstract shapes, playing with imaginary companions, (re) constructing fictional characters and dialoguing with gods or hallucinatory presences, the attribution of an agentive mentality to human and non-human targets appears both natural and meaningful to our everyday life. The personification of inanimate, non-human, virtual or absent objects or entities seems at the core of human cognition, yet remains in many respects mysterious. To what extent is personification a conscious process whereby we extend intersubjective and narrative relations? When does this capacity emerge? What are its cognitive underpinnings and what are its effects? Is there a continuum to be traced between these different cognitive, narrative, religious and hallucinatory experiences?

Our conference aims to explore personifying dynamics and experiences through a variety of disciplines, methods and perspectives. Keynote speakers include H. Porter Abbott (University of California, Santa Barbara) Guillaume Dumas (Institut Pasteur), Nev Jones (University of South Florida), Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford University) and Marjorie Taylor (University of Oregon).

We are now taking submissions for the conference. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

‘Personification Across Disciplines’ is organised by Hearing the Voice. Thanks to Wellcome Trust funding, the conference is free to attend. 

17-18 July, 2018 – University of Kent

Keynote Speakers:Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University

This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy. For additional information, please visit our website: https://research.kent.ac.uk/literaryculture/​ Possible topics include literature and:

• Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice
• Representations of Places of Learning
• Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications
• Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education
• Academic Success and Failure
• Literacy and Illiteracy
• Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism
• Autodidacticism, Informal Education
• Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical
• Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence
• Intellectual ability and disability

As well as literature and:

• Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology
• Social Psychology
• Developmental Psychology
• Psychometrics and personality testing
• Physiology and psychology
• Psychological Schools and Controversies
• Psychology and Philosophy
• Experimental Psychology
• Psychiatry
• Sexology
• Parapsychology
• Eugenics
• Language and Cognition

Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal to sciencesofthemindconference@gmail.com by the 1 March, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal.

University of Leeds

Registration is now open for "New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course". This free two-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Leeds, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will bring together speakers in the humanities and social sciences from Europe, America, and Asia to share new perspectives on the role and value of historical approaches to ageing.

We warmly invite all delegates to join us for the conference dinner at the venue at 7.30pm on Monday 19th March. Please sign-up via this link: http://signup.com/go/qJtwwyB

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-historical-perspectives-on-ageing-and-the-life-course-tickets-42048296587

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