Articles by greg lynall

You are currently browsing greg lynall’s articles.

Dear members,

Thank you all for making the sixteenth annual conference another successful BSLS event! It might not have been quite the same as the real thing, but there was still much to cherish from our online conversations (both live and asynchronous). Whilst the conference closes today officially, the webpage and Teams site will still be accessible until the end of April, so feel free to use the Teams channels to keep discussions going.

Keep safe for the rest of 2021, and we look forward to seeing you at the annual conference in Manchester next year (and at the online Winter Symposium in the meantime).

All the best,

BSLS Executive Committee

Dear members,

We’re very excited to be welcoming you to the annual conference on Thursday.

Access to the conference webpage will be sent out on Thursday at 9am BST. A link to the Microsoft Teams site will be included on the webpage - all members have been granted access already, but the link will help you to locate the conference Teams, if you’re struggling to find it at present.

The panel Teams channels will go live from 9am BST on Thursday 8th April. The official welcome will be at 3pm BST on Thursday, in the ‘Welcome’ channel.

In advance of the main conference, there’s an ECR Pre-Conference ‘Show and Tell!’ Event (7pm BST Wednesday 7th April):

If you're an Early Career Researcher, please come along to this pre-conference social event for some light networking and an opportunity to meet the rest of the community. Bring with you an image that bears in some way on the subject of your research. This could be something you're working on right now - a text, object, or artwork. You'll have just a few moments to introduce your image and yourself informally. This is not an official presentation, and participation is completely optional. Some of the BSLS committee will be along to welcome you as well! When the time comes, connect to Wonder via this link.

Do look out for the announcement on Thursday morning, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

BSLS Executive Committee

The executive committee are busy preparing the online platforms ready for the annual conference next week, and we'll be issuing the confirmed conference programme after the Easter weekend. All current members should now have access to the conference MS Teams. If you're a new member, you should have received an email inviting you to join the Teams site - do check your junkmail if this doesn't seem to have arrived yet.

We look forward to seeing you next week - more information soon!

The 2021 annual conference will be held 8-10 April, with papers remaining online for the rest of the month. It will be hosted on the BSLS website, on Microsoft Teams (via the University of Liverpool), and on Wonder.

A live roundtable will bring together four recent winners of the BSLS annual book prize, to reflect upon the field and their own practice: Ursula K. Heise (UCLA), John Holmes (Birmingham), Gerard Passannante (Maryland), Claire Preston (Queen Mary, University of London). The roundtable will be followed by the announcement of this year’s book prize winner.

Other live events will include virtual cafés and pubs (with a quiz night), a movie watch-along, a PGR/ECR social on 7th April, and the AGM. Panels will be asynchronous, with videos, narrated PowerPoints and scripts hosted on the BSLS website and Teams. Each panel will have a dedicated Teams channel, with the text-chat function in each channel used to host the Q&A. A provisional conference schedule and list of the panels can be found here.

Our new facebook group will post previews and updates leading up to the conference. Please note that we will not be using Facebook for any of the actual conference events; if you don't already have an account you will not need to create one.

There is no conference fee, but conference delegates will need to join/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged). Delegates will need to renew their memberships by 31st March to be assured timely digital access. Instructions on accessing the conference will be sent to members after this date.

It is very sad not to meet in person again this year, but we hope members will agree that we have an exciting conference to look forward to nevertheless! We hope to see you very soon – but don’t forget to join/renew by 31st March!

A reminder that a number of positions on the BSLS Executive Committee will be up for renewal in April: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large. (The role of Secretary is additionally now open to nominations.) The present Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large are seeking to continue in their roles, but all roles are open to nominations.
 
Any member of BSLS is eligible for these posts and can propose themselves or someone else. Each proposed candidate will also need two nominations from members of BSLS, and these proposals and nominations should be sent to the Chair Greg Lynall (gjlynall@liverpool.ac.uk) and the Secretary Rachel Crossland (rachelclairecrossland@gmail.com). Expressions of interest and proposals should be received by Tuesday 6th April at the very latest. The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below.
 
Rachel Crossland, Secretary
10 March 2021
 
[FROM THE CONSTITUTION]
4. OFFICERS
4.5 The membership of the Executive Committee shall be determined by elections held at the annual general meeting of the society. Members wishing to stand for election should be nominated by two members of the society before the start of the AGM. Where there is more than one candidate for any post, election shall be held by a ballot on the basis of a single transferable vote. 
4.6 Members of the Executive Committee shall serve three-year terms of office

Five positions on the BSLS Executive Committee will be up for renewal in April: Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large. The present Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large are seeking to continue in their roles, but all roles are open to nominations.

Any member of BSLS is eligible for these posts and can propose themselves or someone else. Each proposed candidate will also need two nominations from members of BSLS, and these proposals and nominations should be sent to the Chair Greg Lynall (gjlynall@liverpool.ac.uk) and the Secretary Rachel Crossland (rachelclairecrossland@gmail.com). Expressions of interest and proposals should be received by Tuesday 6th April at the very latest.

The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below.
Rachel Crossland, Secretary
27 January 2021

[FROM THE CONSTITUTION]
4. OFFICERS
4.5 The membership of the Executive Committee shall be determined by elections held at the annual general meeting of the society. Members wishing to stand for election should be nominated by two members of the society before the start of the AGM. Where there is more than one candidate for any post, election shall be held by a ballot on the basis of a single transferable vote. 
4.6 Members of the Executive Committee shall serve three-year terms of office

ASLE-UKI has announced the inauguration of their biennial book prizes. There are two categories:
 

-the best academic monograph in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities published at any time in 2019 or 2020 (please note this does not include edited collections).

-the best work of creative writing in any form or genre with an ecological theme published at any time in 2019 or 2020.

Deadline for Nominations: January 31st, 2021.

Full details are available here: https://asle.org.uk/asle-uki-book-prize-2021/ 

The sixteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will be held online from 8 to 10 April 2021, with ongoing access to posted papers through to the end of April for BSLS members. The conference will consist of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous events.

The BSLS invites proposals for 15-minute papers, panels of three papers, or special roundtables on any subjects within the field of science (including medicine and technology), and literatures in the broadest sense, including theatre, film, and television.

Please send an abstract (200 words) and short biographical note (50 words) in Word or pdf format to http://bsls.wetransfer.com/ by no later than 18.00 GMT on Friday 11 December. Please put your surname then a brief title in the name of the file. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously. Notices of acceptances should be expected by 18 January 2021. 

Presentations of accepted papers can be shared as:

  • short videos (preferably under 15 minutes and 300 MB; we recommend .mp4 but will accept any widely-used format),
  • PowerPoints with or without audio narration (under 300 MB), or
  • PDFs of text (2500 words, maximum, excluding citations).

Membership: conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged). Delegates will need to renew their memberships by 31 March to be assured timely digital access.

The sixteenth annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science will be held online from 8 to 10 April 2021, with ongoing access to posted papers through to the end of April for BSLS members. The conference will consist of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous events.

The BSLS invites proposals for 15-minute papers, panels of three papers, or special roundtables on any subjects within the field of science (including medicine and technology), and literatures in the broadest sense, including theatre, film, and television.

Please send an abstract (200 words) and short biographical note (50 words) in Word or pdf format to http://bsls.wetransfer.com/ by no later than 18.00 GMT on Friday 11 December. Please put your surname then a brief title in the name of the file. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously. Notices of acceptances should be expected by 18 January 2021. 

Presentations of accepted papers can be shared as:

  • short videos (preferably under 15 minutes and 300 MB; we recommend .mp4 but will accept any widely-used format),
  • PowerPoints with or without audio narration (under 300 MB), or
  • PDFs of text (2500 words, maximum, excluding citations).

Membership: conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged). Delegates will need to renew their memberships by 31 March to be assured timely digital access.

We hope all members are safe and well at this uncertain time.

It was a huge disappointment to the Society not to be staging its annual conference in Sheffield 15-17th April, and we were especially sad for this year’s organizers, Dr Katherine Ebury and Dr Helena Ifill, who we thank once again for their hard work over many months.

We are aware that our members have many commitments and concerns at this present time, but even so we thought it appropriate to try to do something which would replace the annual conference in the best way we could, given the circumstances and the short notice.

The executive committee has therefore decided to host an online version of the conference from Wednesday 15th April, on the BSLS website, and with a couple of live events via Microsoft Teams.

Speakers have been encouraged to make short videos of their presentations, or PowerPoints with audio narration, or pdfs, and they will be placed in the Members section of the website, and ready to view from Wednesday 15th.

We encourage members to leave comments and questions on each paper in the Members section, and also to tweet responses, using the hashtag #bsls2020 (and any handles or unique hashtags mentioned in the papers themselves).

The videos and pdfs will be made available until the end of April (at least in the first instance), but we hope delegates will view as many of them as possible 15-17th April, to emulate the immediacy of a face to face conference.

To open the conference formally, there will be a short live video stream Welcome via Microsoft Teams at 3pm BST on Wednesday 15th April. We urge everyone to join this event, to bring us all together and as a way of troubleshooting the platform.

At 3pm BST on Friday 17th, the Society will use Microsoft Teams to stream its AGM and one of the planned keynote talks, from Professor Martin Willis (thank you so much for agreeing to do this Martin!). We hope that the timing of this synchronous element will enable our international members to participate.

A week before the conference, all members should receive an email invitation from me (Greg Lynall) to join the BSLS2020 Microsoft Teams site, hosted by the University of Liverpool. You should download and install the MS Teams app, and log in to the Teams site, prior to Wednesday 15th. You will see ‘Welcome’ and ‘AGM and Keynote’ channels where those separate meetings will be held – please ‘Join’ the meetings, which will start at 3pm precisely on 15th and 17th. There are plenty of online guides to installing and troubleshooting MS Teams should you encounter any problems.

It is possible that the 2020 Winter Symposium will serve as a supplementary replacement to our annual conference, but it is too early to confirm this, or to say whether this will be hosted by a UK HE institution or run online. Nevertheless, we hope that hosting a virtual version of the annual conference on the original dates will allow our international members to be involved, whatever is eventually decided regarding the Winter Symposium.

The BSLS executive committee hopes that members will be able to embrace this alternative way for us to come together, and we look forward to reading your comments and seeing you over MS Teams very soon.

Best wishes, and take care,
Greg Lynall (BSLS Chair)

« Older entries

css.php