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Conference on 17th May, 2019 at St Anne’s College, Oxford

Can literature and narrative improve the lives of young people?

We will bring together literary and humanities scholars with service users and practitioners in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Together we will ask questions about the role of literature as a point of therapeutic engagement in caring for children, adolescents, and young people. We are interested in how literature might play a role when we experience pain, trauma, and stress, as well as the ways in which literature might be employed as a tool to improve communication and foster understanding between medical learners, healthcare providers, service users, and family members.

For more information, click here.

To register, please visit the booking link.

Applicants are sought for a three-year, fully-funded studentship to work towards a PhD in the Ruskin Research Centre and the Department of History at Lancaster University and at The Royal Society on the AHRC project ‘Soirées, science, arts and museums: region and metropolis, 1850–1924’. This collaborative doctoral award (CDA) will be supervised jointly by Professor Sandra Kemp and Dr Christopher Donaldson of Lancaster University, and Keith Moore, Head of Library and Information Services at the Royal Society. 

The studentship will commence in October 2019 and is open to UK nationals, or EU nationals who have resided in the UK for 3 years or more. The successful applicant will normally have achieved a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in history, history of science, art history, literature or museums studies, or will have done so by October 2019. The deadline for applications is 18th February.

To find out more about the project and apply, click here.


In honour of John Ruskin’s bicentenary, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be hosting a one-day conference on Ruskin, Science and the Environment on Friday 8th February 2019 from 9.30 until 6. The conference is being run jointly by the AHRC-funded Constructing Scientific Communities project and the ERC-funded Diseases of Modern Life project at the University of Oxford, and the Nineteenth-Century Centre at the University of Birmingham, in conjunction with the museum. To see the full programme, click below:

Registration for the conference costs £20 (full-price) or £10 for students and other unwaged delegates. To register, please click here

At 6 in the evening, the conference will be followed by a free public lecture by Fiona Stafford (Oxford) on ‘Ruskin’s Trees’. To register, please click here

Alongside the conference, we will be holding a rare exhibitions of designs for the museum by Ruskin and a number of Pre-Raphaelite artists. The exhibition will be open to all conference delegates, and to visitors to the lecture on a first-come, first-served basis, as numbers are limited.

For further information, please email Catherine Charlwood at catherine.charlwood@ell.ox.ac.uk.

Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford) and John Holmes (Birmingham)

Oxford University's series of seminars on Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century continues this term:

Tuesday 29 January 2019 (Week 3)
Prof Anne-Julia Zwierlein, University of Regensburg
Monstrous Voices: (Female) Speaking Automata, Mind Science and Mass Mediation in Late-Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
5.30—7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Tuesday 12 February 2019 (Week 5)
Dr Ushashi Dasgupta, University of Oxford
Dickens’s Loneliness
5.30—7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Wednesday 27 February 2019 (Week 7)
Professor Gowan Dawson, University of Leicester
‘A Monkey into a Man’: Thomas Henry Huxley, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and the Making of an Evolutionary Icon
5.30—7.00, Seminar Room 3, St Anne’s College

Drinks will be served after each seminar. All welcome, no booking required.

Next year's Nordic STS Conference will be held at Tampere University, Finland, on 13–14 June 2019, with a pre-conference workshop for junior researchers on 12 June. The call for papers includes a specific call on Literature, Culture and Science with particular reference to Digital Cultures and the Medical Humanities. The deadline for abstracts is 18 January 2019. 

In honour of John Ruskin’s bicentenary, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be hosting a one-day conference on Ruskin, Science and the Environment on Friday 8th February 2019 from 9.30 until 6. Speakers will include Kate Flint (Southern California), Mark Frost (Portsmouth), Peter Garratt (Durham), Sandra Kemp (Director of the Ruskin Research Centre, Lancaster), Francis O’Gorman (Edinburgh), John Parham (Worcester) and Marcus Waithe (Cambridge). There will also be a brief introduction to Ruskin Land from John Iles and a tour of the museum by John Holmes (Birmingham). At 6 in the evening, the conference will be followed by a public lecture by Fiona Stafford (Oxford) on ‘Ruskin’s Trees’.

Registration for the conference on Ruskin, Science and the Environment costs £20 (full-price) or £10 for students and other unwaged delegates. To register, please click here

Fiona Stafford's public lecture on 'Ruskin's Trees' is free of charge. To register, please click here

If you would like to attend both events, please register for each of them separately. 

For further information, please email Catherine Charlwood at catherine.charlwood@ell.ox.ac.uk.

Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford) and John Holmes (Birmingham)

The next conference of the European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, on the theme of SpaceTime, will be held in Athens on 25-18 June 2019. To read the cfp, click below:

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Sleep and Stress, Past and Present

7th December 2018
9:00am—5:00pm
Kohn Centre, The Royal Society

Sleep and Stress Poster

A one-day interdisciplinary symposium in the Kohn Centre at the Royal Society, Sleep and Stress, Past and Present brings together expert scientists, medical practitioners, historians and literary critics to discuss the intersections between sleep and stress, both historically and in contemporary society. Prof Russell Foster (Head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford) will give the keynote lecture. Other speakers include: Prof Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford); Dr Tiffany Watts-Smith (QMUL); Dr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham); Prof Nick Franks (Imperial College London); Prof Clark Lawlor (Northumbria University); Prof Chris Fitzpatrick (University College Dublin); Prof Matthew Beaumont (University College London); Dr William Maclehose (University College London); and Prof Guy Goodwin (university of Oxford).

£30 delegate fee (£15 concessions) - please book here.
Sleep and Stress is being co-organised by the Royal Society and Diseases of Modern Life, University of Oxford

Victorian Light Night

Victorian Light Night: Being Human Festival 2018
Friday, 16th November 2018, 6-10.30pm - FREE - All Welcome!
Radcliffe Humanities courtyard
Join us for a fantastic late-night projection and sound show onto the original Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford! Calling all families, couples, young peeps - everyone welcome to join in the Victorian Light Night Festival in the courtyard!
TORCH and researchers from the ‘Diseases of Modern Life' Project have teamed up with the award winning Projection Studio for a fantastic late-night projection and sound installation onto the original Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. Join us to see what the Victorians thought about the 'speed of life'....

There will be games, stalls, and performances by researchers throughout the night!
Refreshments available to purchase - hot drinks, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
This event is part of the Being Human Festival and Oxford Christmas Light Festival.
We are very grateful to all our collaborators and supporters, including the Maths Institute who will open up their building as part of the night's activities too!

For details, click here. Booking for free here.

There are several events coming up in Oxford over the next few weeks connected to nineteenth-century literature and science. Click on the link for the schedule for this term's Science, Medicine and Culture seminars and see the poster for an evening event on Victorian Speed produced by the Diseases of Modern Life project:

Oxford Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century seminars Autumn 2018

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