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Dear BSLS Members,

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. It's 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 gericm@westminster.ac.uk to register your interest.

SUGGESTED ARTICLES:

Donovan E. Tann, “Experimental Science and Speculation in Cavendish’s Convent of Pleasure.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 60. 3 (2020): 463-483.

Paul Giles, “‘By Degrees’: Jane Austen’s Chronometric Style of World Literature.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 75. 3 (2020): 265–293.

Barbara Barrow, “‘Shattering’ and ‘Violent’ Forces: Gender, Ecology, and Catastrophe in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss. Victoriographies 11. 1 (2021): 38-57.

Voskuil, “Victorian Plants: Cosmopolitan and Invasive.” Victorian Literature and Culture49. 1 (2021): 27-53.

Wells, “Proserpina Unbound: John Ruskin, Maria La Touche, and Victorian Floriculture.” Victorian Literature and Culture48. 4 (2020): 633-663.

Diana Rose Newby, “Bleak Environmentalism: The Science of Dickens's Weathered Bodies.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 62. 2 (2020,): 178-202.

Rae X. Yan, “Robert Louis Stevenson as Philosophical Anatomist: The Body Snatcher.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 62. 4 (2019): 458-481.

Nathaniel Otjen, “Energy Anxiety and Fossil Fuel Modernity in H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds.” Journal of Modern Literature 43. 2 (2020): 118-133.

Caleb Fridell, “The Extractive Logic of Fossil Capital in H. G. Wells's Scientific Prophecy.” Modern Fiction Studies 66. 1 (2020): 164-189. 

Gregory Tate, “Evolution, Idealism, and Individualism in May Kendall's Comic Verse.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 63. 3 (2020): 429-451. 

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

Lauren Cameron, “Infertility and Darwinian Anthropology in Anthony Trollope’s Phineas Novels.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 59. 4 (2019): 893-912. 

Michael Thomas Gaffney, “The Birth of the Ice Age: on Narrative and Climate History in the Nineteenth Century.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 42. 5 (2020): 567-580.

Mark Celeste, “The “bond of the sea”: Conrad, Coal, and Entropy.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 42. 5 (2020): 509-522.

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

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

Paola Villa, “Mollusk-Writers: Spacetime Revolutions in a Literary Shell.” Journal of Modern Literature 43. 2 (2020): 21-40. 

Peter Balbert, “From Relativity to Paraphrenia in D.H. Lawrence's ‘The Man Who Loved Islands’: Speculations on Einstein, Freud, Gossamer Webs, and Seagulls.” Journal of Modern Literature 43. 2 (2020): 60-79. 

Justin Prystash, “Leaning from the Human: Virginia Woolf, Olaf Stapledon, and the Challenge of Behaviorism.” Configurations 28. 4 (2020): 433-457. 

Kevin Hart, “‘Nondescript Specimens’: Herbert Spencer's Social Theory in Ulysses.” James Joyce Quarterly 57. 3 (2020): 319-335..

Madeleine Chalmers, “Living as we Dream: Automatism and Automation from Surrealism to Stiegler.” Nottingham French Studies 59. 3 (2020): 368-383.

Yanfang Tong, “Memory as Imagination: Mind Science in Bellow's Short Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 22. 3 (2020): 240-261.

News reaches us of a research position which has become available at Lancaster. The deadline for applications is 15 March, pay £28,331-32,817pa. Full details here.

"You will have a PhD in Literature or History concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Direct experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts is desirable, as are publications on or in a field related to eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century literature and/or science. Previous editorial experience, particularly previous work on a scholarly edition, would be an advantage as would previous experience on a Digital Humanities project especially one that has applied TEI (Text Encoding Initative) Guidelines. While experience with TEI would be an advantage, full training will be given in the role. There is a specific focus on contexts of slavery and colonialism in one part of the project, as well as more general links to the fields of literature and science and the history of science in the whole project. You will use social media to promote the project and find new audiences for the transcriptions."

University of Coimbra
25-27 November 2021

Deadline for proposals submission: 15.03.2021
Notification of acceptance: 05.04.2021
For additional information please check the conference website at http://theatreaboutscience.com
 
This conference intends to map and reflect upon theatre and science intersections, promoting exchange and enlarging the knowledge on the field, tracing the evolution of previous trends and identifying new types of intersections.
We instigate and welcome contributions on theatre about science regarding both artistic practice and science communication, intending to explore the places where they meet (and where they don’t), eventually enlightening both common and diverse motivations and perspectives, and provoking fruitful discussions.

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST

The Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST is very glad to announce a series of virtual open lectures on “Literature and the Pandemics in Historical Perspectives” to be given by distinguished scholars in the field. The first two lectures are as follows:

17 Feb  14.00 UTC      
Rebecca Totaro, Florida Gulf Coast University, Shakespeare’s London. Crisis and creativity in Plague-Time
https://hou.webex.com/hou/j.php?MTID=md7eeb1888b9d929f5ee53f8e489da615

17 March  14.00 UTC
Aureo Lustosa Guerios , University of Padua, The Plague and the Mob: group identity and anonymity in literature from the Black Death to the Influenza Pandemic
https://hou.webex.com/hou/j.php?MTID=ma3c94ee9a28f94798c48616e31c3c992

The virtual lectures will be given at 14.00 UTC (15.00 CET). They will be hosted by the M.Sc. program “Science Communication” of the Hellenic Open University and jointly organized with the University of Birmingham.

George Vlahakis and John Holmes, CoSciLit President and Secretary

Friday October 8th, 2021
Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 (France)

This one-day conference will focus on the relationship between war and nature in literature in English from the 19th century onwards. The ecological footprint of modern warfare and the reverse impact of the environment on conflict as they are recorded in war writings, both fictional and nonfictional, will be analyzed through the lens of war studies, ecocriticism and new materialism. War will be envisaged not so much geopolitically as in its earthly, materialdimension. Careful attention will be paid to the complex entanglements between the human and the non-human with a view to challenging the traditionally anthropocentric view of war studies, as well as the established distinctions between nature and culture, life and matter, agency and passivity. Recent research in the domain of ecocriticism and new materialism has destabilized the dichotomy between man and his environment, raising the possibility of reconfiguring the traditional categories of ethics and ontology and of extending the concept of otherness to the non-human. The domains of interest are the following, but not limited to: British and American war writing, Commonwealth literature and war writing, etc.

Papers addressing the following issues will be welcome:
•Soldiers, technology and the environment
•At war with(in) nature: nature as friend and/or foe
•Using, controlling and altering the environment
•War and ecology. The traces of war in the environment: waste, debris, corpses
•The soldier’s perception of the environment
•The impact of the environment on bodies
•The interrelatedness of nature and health, both bodily and mental •Adaptation and survival in an environment at war
•Naming, representing and reconfiguring the landscape

Proposals (no longer than 500 words) along with a short bio should be sent to Sylvain Belluc (sylvainbelluc@orange.fr), Isabelle Brasme (isabellebrasme@gmail.com) and Guillaume Tanguy (guillaume.tanguy@univ-montp3.fr) by March 8th, 2021. Presentations will be in English.

Download a full bilingual version of the CFP here.

Abstract submission is now OPEN for this exciting new EGU 2021 session. We are looking for abstracts exploring collaboration between science and the arts! Whether it’s using art as a Science communication tool, an arts project dealing with geoscience themes (such as climate change theatre performance or an art series), an assessment of historical sci-art collaborations or a geoscience project using art - all are welcome to submit! 

To submit please visit: 

https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/session/40013

Deadline for paper submissions is 13 January 2021, 13:00 CET so please submit your abstracts as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

Info on the session: 

Interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and geoscientists are becoming increasingly invaluable in communicating complex geoscience subjects to non-experts. Topics such as climate change can be contradictory and confusing to the general public, particularly in terms of uncertainty and impact. It is therefore vital that STEM communicators work to find alternative methods to enable dialogue between experts and the wider public on how to face and respond to these increasingly prevalent topics.

This session will combine a traditional academic poster session showcasing interdisciplinary research which will explore the dialogues between the geosciences and the arts alongside a display of art that aims to visually showcase these practises in action. The session welcomes submissions in medium of visual art, music, photography and/or theatre. Through symbiotically mixing STEM and the arts together in this way, the session aims to enable a discussion on how to use the two to explore and communicate the social, economic, political and environmental factors facing society and drive improved communication.

Participants from all backgrounds, whether scientist, artist or both are invited to submit content to this session, especially if they have shown interest in previous interdisciplinary ventures such as the yearly artist residency and EOS sessions. The session will host conventional presentations of research as well as mini try-out sessions aimed at getting scientists to explore their field using artistic mediums with a network with artists.

The Black Health and the Humanities project is an interdisciplinary training network and collaborative research initiative consisting of scholars, writers, artists, healthcare professionals and activists.

We invite applications from PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities who are based in the UK to participate in our Wellcome-funded Black Health and the Humanities training programme (2021-2022).

Consisting of a series of five workshops beginning online in March 2021, the programme will cover topics including the history of Black health in the UK, hostile medical environments, chronic illness, care and ageing, Black health activism and the health price of activism, healing and Black health futures. 

You can read the full call here or visit the network's website.

Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellowship at the Needham Research Institute and Darwin College Cambridge

http://www.nri.cam.ac.uk/Lloyd_Dan_David_Fellowship.html

The Needham Research Institute,
8 Sylvester Road, Cambridge CB3 9AF

http://www.nri.cam.ac.uk

Fixed Term: October 2021 for 3 years with the possibility of an extension for a further year

Salary package, which may include allowances:  £27,200 - £30,000

Closing date: Sunday 31st January 2021

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship to work on the Comparative Study of any aspect of Science and Civilization in the Ancient World (defined as down to 1000 AD). The successful applicant will be a member of the Needham Research Institute, a Research Fellow of Darwin College, and will be expected to play a full role in the intellectual life of the Institute and the College.

Applicants should have completed a PhD relevant to the fellowship by the proposed start date of October 2021; should demonstrate the ability to engage in high-level research in an interdisciplinary context, with publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career; and should have the ability and aptitude for organising and participating in collaborative research projects.

Applications should be sent by email to the Administrative Manager of the Needham Research Institute, Susan Bennett (Susan.Bennett@nri.cam.ac.uk), and should arrive no later than midnight on Sunday 31st January 2021.  Applications should contain a clear description, in up to 1,000 words, of the research to be carried out during the tenure of the fellowship. This description should state explicitly what research questions will be addressed by the research proposed, what relevant work has already been carried out by the applicant or by other scholars to date, and what source materials will provide the basis for the research.  Short-listed candidates may be asked to supply a writing sample, up to 5000 words, relevant to their proposal. 

Applicants should also submit a detailed curriculum vitae with full publications list and the names and addresses of two academic referees, who should be asked to write directly to Susan Bennett (Susan.Bennett@nri.cam.ac.uk), by the closing datePlease ensure that the subject line of ALL email messages in connection with applications is as follows: Lloyd Dan David Fellowship [name of applicant].   

Please make sure that a signed Data Protection Statement is sent with your application, since we require this in order to process your application.  All applications will be acknowledged.

FURTHER DETAILS

 The Needham Research Institute was founded by Joseph Needham (1900-95), the most eminent sinologist and historian of science produced by Britain in the 20th century.  It houses a unique library, developed on the foundation of Joseph Needham's personal collection, covering the history of science technology and medicine in East Asia, with the main focus on China.  The Institute is visited for long and short periods by scholars from all over the world who appreciate its spacious and tranquil environment, situated close to the full range of academic facilities of the University of Cambridge. In addition to the academic activities that take place in the Institute, there are regular weekly seminars in term time in other departments of the University likely to be relevant to the fellowship holder.

The Institute values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The Institute has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Papers are invited for an online conference sponsored by the SHeffield Water Centre at the University of Sheffield, to take place on 19 May 2021. The CFP deadline is 15 January and the full call can be read here.

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 2020 prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science. After the disruptions caused by Covid-19 the prize deadline has been extended into 2021.

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 Will Tattersdill, Communications Officer of the BSLS (w.j.tattersdill@bham.ac.uk), and Martin Willis, Editor of the JLS (willism8@cardiff.ac.uk), by 5pm on Monday, 1st February, 2021

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 http://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

(The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should no essay of a high enough standard be submitted.)

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