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The University of Roehampton will be holding a colloquium on Erasmus and Charles Darwin on Friday 4th September. To see the full programme and to register, click here. There is a discount on the registration fee for members of the BSLS.

This year's annual guest lecture at the centre for Interdisciplinary Research into the Humanities and Science at the University of Reading will be given by Prof Michael Ruse from Florida State University:

Title: Is Evolution a Religion? A View From Literature

Venue: The Harborne Lecture Theatre, University of Reading (Building 31 on the campus map)

Date: Tuesday 26th May

Time: 2.00 – 3.30 p.m.

This is a free public lecture and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact John Holmes, co-director of the IRHS (

The Société des Études romantiques et dix-neuviémistes will be holding its 2016 Congress in Paris on the theme of The 19th Century in the Future: Thinking, representing and imagining times to come during the 19th Century. To download the call for papers in English and French, click below:


Appel Congres SERD Le XIXe siecle au futur

The ELINAS centre at the Friedrich-Alexander University at Erlangen-Nuremberg is hosting a series of lectures on Narrating Science. To see the full programme, click below:

Flyer ELINAS-RV-Narrating Science

The British Society for Literature and Science and the Journal of Literature and Science would like to announce our annual prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science. The deadline for this year's prize will be 19th June, in order to give members time to revise papers presented at the BSLS conference should they wish to.

Essays should be currently unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. They should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words long, inclusive of references, and should be send by email to both John Holmes, Chair of the BSLS (, and Martin Willis, Editor of JLS (, by 12 noon on Friday, 19th June, 2015.

The prize is open to BSLS members who are postgraduate students or have completed a doctorate within three calendar years of the deadline date. The Prize committee will consider on a case by case basis whether to accept submissions from anyone whose doctorate was completed more than three years prior to the deadline but whose career has been interrupted during that time (due to illness, maternity leave, etc.). Those who have submitted to the essay prize in previous years are very welcome to submit again. This includes any previous prize winners or honourable mentions.

To join BSLS (only £10 for postgraduates and unwaged members), go to

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 JLS. The winner will also receive a prize of £100. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should no essay of a high enough standard be submitted.

The winning essays to date have been Rachel Crossland’s ‘”Multitudinous and Minute”: Early Twentieth-Century Scientific, Literary and Psychological Representations of the Mass’, published in JLS, 6.2 (2013), and Emilie Taylor-Brown's ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’, published in JLS, 7.2 (2014). Josie Gill’s essay, ‘Science and Fiction in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth’ received an honourable mention from the judges and was published in JLS, 6.2 (2013). To read these essays, visit

The Royal Society invites entries for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

The 2015 prize will celebrate the best of outstanding popular science books from around the world. This prestigious prize is open to authors of science books that are accessible and compelling accounts of the world around us or inside us, written for a non-specialist audience.

The six shortlisted books will be selected by a panel of judges in July 2015. The winner will be announced in September 2015 and will receive £25,000. The 5 other authors of the shortlisted books will each receive £2,500. An online entry form must be completed for each entry, and seven non-returnable copies of each entry submitted to The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG, UK by 18:00 BST on Friday 10 April 2015.

Books submitted for the 2015 prize must have been, or be due to be, published for the first time in English between 01 March 2014 and 30 September 2015. Preview manuscripts are accepted provided they are available by the end of April 2015 and the title is due to be published by 30 September 2015. The entry form and full details of the prize's regulations and eligibility criteria are available on the Society's website.

For more information please contact Rebecca Jones at or on 020 7451 2513.

'Tuberculosis as a Romantic Disease: Artistic, Historical & Literary Perspectives'

A Workshop funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 4.00 - 6.30pm
Room 2.21, Research Beehive, Old Library Building (Level 2), Newcastle University

Dr Helen Bynum (Historian), 'Tuberculous Lives - Conforming to the Stereotype?’
Anna Dumitriu (Artist) ‘The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis’

Dr Helen Bynum, studied human sciences and medical history at UCL and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, before lecturing in medical history at the University of Liverpool. She is the author (as Helen Power) of Tropical Medicine in the 20th Century, (Kegan Paul, 1999) and co-editor of the ‘Biographies of Disease’ series. In this series, she is author of Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis (OUP, 2012). Anna Dumitriu’s work is at the forefront of art and science collaborative practice, with a strong interest in the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies and a focus on microbiology and healthcare. Her installations and performances use a range of biological, digital, and traditional media. She has exhibited in Barcelona, Dublin, Taipei, and London. She is Artist in Residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at The University of Oxford, and holds Visiting Research Fellowships with the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, and with the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research. Her exhibition ‘The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis’ premiered in London (2014) and has since toured to Amsterdam and Berlin. It entails an artistic investigation into Tuberculosis from early superstitions about the disease to the latest research into genome sequencing of bacteria.

This workshop is organised by the ‘Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832’ project team, a Leverhulme funded collaboration between colleagues in History of Medicine at Newcastle University and English Literature at Northumbria University.


'The Diseases, Health Risks and Phobias of Modern and Fashionable Living: Victorian Perspectives'

A Workshop funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Friday, 8 May 2015, 4.00 - 6.30pm
Room 3.38 ARMB (Armstrong Building), Newcastle University

Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), ‘Fears and Phobias in Victorian Culture’.
Dr Melissa Dickson (University of Oxford) ‘Weak Nerves and Fashionable Women in Victorian Literature and Culture’
Dr Jennifer Wallis (University of Oxford) ‘ “Overheated apartments, balls, tea-parties, and feather beds”: The Risks of Nineteenth-century Fashionable Society’

Sally Shuttleworth, is Professor in the Faculty of English Language and Literature, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, and PI of the ERC funded ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’, a five-year interdisciplinary research project based at St Anne's. Dr Melissa Dickson is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ project, and focuses upon those diseases and pathologies derived from the Victorian soundscape and new understandings of the auditory experience, as well as on diseases of overpressure relating to education, nervous disorders and phobias. Dr Jennifer Wallis is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the ‘ Diseases of Modern Life’ project, and focuses on climate and health, and addiction in the nineteenth century. She is especially interested in how air was used in nineteenth-century medical technologies – from compressed-air baths to respirators – and how such technologies could alter the individual’s relationship with their external environment.

This workshop is organised by the ‘Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832’ project team, a collaboration between colleagues in History of Medicine at Newcastle University and English Literature at Northumbria University.

All welcome.

Fully-funded three-year AHRC Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology (REACT) Collaborative PhD Studentship: Thomas Hardy and Heritage

Based at Dorset County Museum and the University of Exeter (Centres for Literature and Archives and for Victorian Studies, College of Humanities), this studentship will be focused on Thomas Hardy and his correspondents. The letters to Hardy (over 4,000) form part of Dorset County Museum's Thomas Hardy Memorial Collection, the largest Hardy collection in the world, selected in 2013 for the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Programme register.

The correspondence reveals Hardy’s involvement in a global network, engaged in social, intellectual and political debates from science and war to education and female emancipation, and includes letters from prominent writers (e.g. Grant Allen, J.M. Barrie, Browning, Havelock Ellis, George Egerton, Gissing, Kipling, T.E. Lawrence, Levy, Meredith, Charlotte Mew, Ezra Pound, Siegfried Sassoon, Swinburne, Wells, Woolf), artists and illustrators (Augustus John, George Du Maurier, Helen Paterson), musicians (e.g. Elgar, Holst), actors, charitable and political organizations, with correspondents from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tasmania and the USA. The correspondence also sheds light on other historically significant individuals and on perceptions of the writer, and on the social practice of letter writing. The letters remain uncatalogued, unpublished and largely unknown, whereas the letters from Hardy are in print (and have been available online since 2012).

The PhD researcher will be based at Dorset County Museum, with supervision, training, mentoring and additional research taking place both at the University of Exeter and the museum. At Exeter, the student will be supervised by Professors Angelique Richardson and Tim Kendall, with Professor Gabriella Giannachi as the project mentor and Gary Stringer as the technical adviser. Dr Jon Murden, DCM Director, will supervise the student’s DCM activities, offering professional advice and support. The postholder will be granted full access to DCM's facilities, library and archival resources.

The project will enable the student to produce original knowledge, providing new contexts for reading Hardy as well as gaining knowledge of and informing the museum's existing multi-disciplinary software development. Working with Exeter's digital humanities team they will have the opportunity to inform the development of new mobile technology to interpret, entertain and educate, enhancing access to the newly catalogued archive, and allowing visitors to interact directly with the letters. In addition, the student will gain valuable skills providing comprehensive summaries and keywords for an international SPECTRUM standard catalogue, and will be expected to develop and disseminate his/her research, informing the museum’s display programme, public talks and outreach initiatives, and working with schools as well as in conjunction with the learning group of the Thomas Hardy Steering Group (partners include Dorset County Museum, Exeter, The National Trust, Bath Spa University, Dorset County Council, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Thomas Hardy Society).

Duration and value of award
The PhD will commence in September 2015, for a period of 3 years, dependent on satisfactory progress. UK/EU level fees will be paid as part of the studentship, together with a maintenance grant which will match the standard Arts and Humanities Research Council rate (£13,863 in 2014/15). Please note that this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

Entry criteria
Applicants will normally have an MA or equivalent in a relevant discipline and should be able to demonstrate an interest in Hardy and Victorian literature and new digital technologies. If English is not your native language then you will need to satisfy our English language entry requirements.

To apply
To be considered for this doctoral award you must complete the online application form submitting a copy of your full CV, transcripts of your previous degree results, contact details for two referees, a covering letter outlining your academic experience and interests and your reasons for wishing to undertake this research project, and, if relevant, proof of your English language proficiency, by 26th April 2015.

All application documents must be submitted in English.

Interviews will be held in Exeter on 19th May. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to prepare a ten-minute presentation on the proposed focus of their PhD research.

For further information or informal discussion about the position, please contact Professor Angelique Richardson at



Following the successful 1st International Conference on Science and Literature, that took place in Athens last year, the International Commission on Science and Literature is happy to announce the Summer School on Science and Literature, which will be held in the Greek island of Andros, from the 22nd to the 26th of June 2015.
The Summer School will be of especial interest to graduate students and early-career researchers working on literature, the sciences and the history of science. It will offer the opportunity for an in-depth presentation and discussion of themes relevant to Science and Literature at large. Each day, a lecture will be given on a specific point of intersection between science and literature. Participants will then work in small groups and prepare their own views on the subject, and discuss how it pertains to their own research. Participants will also have the opportunity to present short papers on their research or on subjects they want to discuss and receive feedback on. Finally, a round table will be organized discussing the future of Science and Literature as an academic field and its possible application in scientific and literary education. The language of the Summer School will be English but there will be an opportunity for presentations in French, German and Greek if there is a relevant interest.
Dr. John Holmes, Chair of the British Society for Literature and Science, Prof. Manuela Rossini, President of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Europe), Prof. Paola Spinozzi, University of Ferrara, and Prof. Constantin Canavas, Hamburg Technical University, have already confirmed their participation as invited speakers.
Andros island is a picturesque island on the Aegean Sea, about two hours from Attica (Rafina harbor), with several ferries during the day. There is a also a convenient connection between Athens airport and Rafina harbor.
For an overview of Andros island visit
The venue of the summer school will be Pighi Sariza Hotel (, with several nice beaches a short distance from the hotel. Participants will have also the chance to participate in several cultural events including visits to the famous Goulandri Museum of Modern Art and the Kaireios Library in Chora, the capital of Andros. The cost of the accommodation will be around 50 euros per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner included). There will also be a registration fee of 140 Euros. Support for a number of young scholars will be provided by a DHST/IUHPST grant.
Those who are interested to participate are invited to send an email to and/or by May 20, 2015.

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