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Two posts on the BSLS Executive Committee will become vacant this April 2016: Secretary (Peter Middleton is standing down), and International Officer (Folkert Degenring is standing down). If you are interested in taking on either of these posts or have questions about them, please do contact me, or any member of the committee. The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below.

If we receive more than one formal nomination for the posts there will be an election by secret ballot during the AGM.

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 our current Chair Martin Willis (willisM8@cardiff.ac.uk) and myself, the current Secretary (p.middleton@soton.ac.uk).

Could expressions of interest or proposals be sent as soon as possible please, and ideally before March 31, 2016.

Peter Middleton, Secretary.

22.2.2016

 

[FROM THE CONSTITUTION]
4. OFFICERS
4.1 There shall be an Honorary President, whose appointment is for an unlimited period.
4.2 There shall be an executive committee, consisting of: Chair; Secretary; Treasurer; Membership Secretary; Communications Officer; and not more than three Members at Large.

4.2.1 The role of the Chair is to oversee the fulfilment of the Society’s aims.
4.2.2 The role of the Secretary is to document meetings and other aspects of the Society’s activities, particularly to prepare minutes of Committee meetings and General Meetings, and to put them forward for approval.
4.2.3 The role of the Treasurer is to be signatory to the Society’s bank account(s); to present accounts for approval at the AGM.
4.2.4 The role of the Membership Secretary is to receive and process membership applications, to obtain fees from existing members, to pass on money to the Treasurer, and to maintain a membership database.
4.2.5 The role of the Communications Officer is to develop electronic resources; to manage and maintain an e-mail list, and to liaise with the Membership Secretary in relation to membership of the list.

4.3 Where it proves impossible to fill posts, one member may hold two, but no more than two posts.
4.4 Signatories for the society’s bank account(s) shall be the Treasurer and any other committee member.
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.

Anthony Peake and Katy Price will be giving lectures on 'J. B. Priestley, Dreams and Time at the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, between 2 – 4pm on Saturday 31 October.

To register and book a free place visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jb-priestley-society-annual-lecture-2015. The lectures are free and open to the public as well as members of the J.B. Priestley Society.

J.B. Priestley was fascinated by time. This most ephemeral of perceptions re-occurs as a theme over and over again in his plays. He also wrote extensively about the subject in his autobiographical works, culminating in his fascinating work Man and Time.

Anthony Peake will discuss major influences on Priestley’s philosophy of time, especially as seen in his ‘Time Plays.’ In 1963 Priestley appealed to the public on BBC television’s Monitorprogramme to send in their own accounts of experiences that appeared to challenge the ‘common-sense’ idea of Time, including precognitive dreams.  Anthony was the first person, since JBP himself, to be given access to all of those letters.

Anthony is a writer who deals with borderline areas of human consciousness.  His first book,Is There Life After Death? was published in 2006 and since then he has gone on to develop his own ideas together with exploring the latest areas of research in his field. For more information about Anthony visit his website a:t anthonypeake.com.

Dr Katy Price’s lecture will briefly review the terms on which Priestley’s writings are being appreciated by literary scholars today, before turning to the Monitor letters themselves as a rich repository for social history. It is thanks to Priestley’s appeal for time experiences that we have access to records of people’s reading habits and inner lives in the mid twentieth century.

Katy Price is the author of Loving Faster than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein’s Universe, and is currently writing a book about prophetic dreams in the twentieth century. She is a lecturer in modern and contemporary literature at Queen Mary University, London.

ESSE 2016, Galway, 22nd – 26th August

Further details of ESSE at http://www.esse2016.org/

CFP: In her 1930 essay ‘On Being Ill’ Woolf noted how “strange” it was “that illness ha[d] not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.” Does  Woolf’s comment still hold? A number of scholars have recently explored the symbolic value of illness in literature but how far can or should literature go beyond metaphor in representing the experience of illness? How far does Rita Charon’s concept of ‘narrative medicine’ capture the distinctiveness of literature as an alternative to medical discourse? We invite papers on the interconnections between literature and medical discourse in 20th and 21st century British literature. Please contact the panel convenors directly if you are interested.

Convenors

Dr. Nicolas Pierre Boileau EA853, LERMA

Faculté des lettres, Université d’Aix-Marseille

29 avenue R. Schuman 13161 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1 France

nicolas.boileau@univ-amu.fr

 

Professor Clare Hanson

Faculty of Humanities
, University of Southampton

Avenue Campus 
Highfield
 Southampton 
SO17 1BJ 
United Kingdom

C.Hanson@soton.ac.uk

Applications are invited for BSLS small grants of up to £400 to promote the study of literature and science. We are open to all sorts of proposals other than personal conference expenses. Examples of activities for which the awards might be used are expenses for a visiting speaker, a seminar series or a symposium. Applications for support to stage special BSLS panels at appropriate conferences (other than the BSLS 2016 conference) will be considered.

Recent events supported by the scheme include EXEWHIRR, a public-engagement event on ‘The Human-Technology Relationship through the Ages’ at the Bike Shed in Exeter; a symposium on ‘Biomedical Science and the Maternal Body’ at the University of Southampton organised by the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network; and a postgraduate conference on ‘Abnormality and the Abnormal in the 19th Century’ organised by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University.

Applicants should be current members of BSLS and should apply by making a case, in up to 300 words, for how the award will contribute to the development of literature and science. A brief outline of the costs of the project should be appended. Where funding is sought for BSLS panels a clear indication of the scope of the panel, and of its contribution to the understanding of literature and science, should be included. Recipients of small grants are asked to acknowledge BSLS sponsorship appropriately in publicity for events and to provide a brief report on events for the BSLS newsletter.

The application should be e-mailed, as a Word attachment, to the BSLS Secretary, Peter Middleton, p.middleton@soton.ac.uk by Friday September 11th, 2015. Please put 'BSLS small grant' in the subject heading of your email. Applications will be considered by the BSLS Executive Committee later in September. Applicants may apply for any amount up to £400; in some instances a proportion of the amount applied for may be awarded. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of September.

Queries about the scheme should be directed to Peter Middleton. International members of BSLS are welcome to apply for the awards, but should note that they will be distributed in the form of bank cheques made out in pounds sterling. Serving members of the BSLS Executive Committee are not eligible to apply for the awards. We cannot enter into correspondence about the decisions of the Committee.

BSLS members are invited to send in proposals to host the second BSLS one-day symposium in November or December 2015.

At the AGM, the BSLS membership voted again to support, in addition to the annual conference, a one-day symposium in November or December 2015 on any theme related to the recent conference or the research interests of the BSLS. A budget of £500 will be made available to members to fund the symposium.

The first Winter Symposium was held last year on the subject of Teaching Literature and Science, at the University of Westminster. Details can still be found on the BSLS website.

Proposals should include:

*   a statement of up to 500 words setting out the rationale for the event and how it interprets the over-arching theme
*   contact details for the organiser(s)
*   the venue(s) and date of the symposium
*   a provisional programme including provisional or confirmed speakers and panels
*   a clear budget explaining how the grant will be spent.

A small registration fee may be set for the symposium if required; if it is, this should be justified in the proposal. The BSLS will be named as the official sponsor of the event, but it will not take on further financial liability beyond the grant itself.

Applicants must be members of the BSLS both when the application is made and when the symposium is held. International members of the BSLS are welcome to apply for the awards. Applications should be emailed as a Word document to the Chair of the BSLS, Martin Willis (M.Willis@westminster.ac.uk), and copied to the Secretary Peter Middleton (p.middleton@soton.ac.uk) by Friday 17th July 2014. Applications will be considered by the BSLS Executive Committee. The award will be made to the application which the Committee judges as best fulfilling the overall aims of the BSLS and serving its members and the academic community as a whole. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the deadline.

Queries about the scheme may be directed to Martin Willis, but no correspondence will be entered into about the decisions of the Committee. Serving members of the BSLS Executive Committee are not eligible to apply for the grant. They may be included in the proposal for the symposium as participants, but they may not receive any of the award money either as costs or fees.

At the 2015 AGM several members of the Executive Committee came to the end of their tenure, and new members were elected.

This is the membership of the Executive Committee for 2015-2016.

Chair: Martin Willis (University of Westminster) – M.Willis@westminster.ac.uk

Secretary: Peter Middleton (University of Southampton) – p.middleton@soton.ac.uk

Treasurer: Michael Whitworth (Merton College, University of Oxford) – michael.whitworth@ell.ox.ac.uk

Membership Secretary: Jessica Roberts (University of Salford) – J.Roberts@edu.salford.ac.uk

Communications Officer: Josie Gill (University of Bristol) – josie.gill@bristol.ac.uk

International Liaison (Europe): Folkert Degenring (University of Kassel, Germany) – folkertdegenring@uni-kassel.de

International Liaison (North America): Janine Rogers (Mount Allison University, Canada) - jrogers@mta.ca

Book Reviews Editor: Gavin Budge (University of Hertfordshire) - g.budge@herts.ac.uk

Member-at-large & Newsletter Editor: Jenni Halpin (Savannah State University, USA) - jennihalpin@gmail.com

Member-at-large: Peter Garratt (University of Durham) - peter.garratt@durham.ac.uk

Postgrad/ECR Member-at-large: Ros Ambler-Alderman (University of Southampton) - rsaa1e09@soton.ac.uk

Several positions on the BSLS Executive Committee will be either vacant or up for renewal this April 2015: Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Officer*, Member at Large and a new role of Member at Large - for a postgraduate or early career researcher without a permanent post*. If you are interested in any of these posts or have questions about them, please do contact me, or any member of the committee. The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below. (*These are new posts to be recommended by the Executive Committee for ratification at the AGM)

The current position is this. We have had expressions of interest in the posts of Chair, Treasurer, and one of the two posts of Member at Large. Our Membership secretary Jessica Roberts is standing for re-election. We are therefore especially interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in the role of Book Reviews Officer or the new early career Member at Large. If we receive further formal nominations for the posts of Chair, Treasurer, or Member at Large, or more than one nomination for the new posts, there will be an election by secret ballot during the AGM.

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 our current Chair John Holmes (j.r.holmes@reading.ac.uk) and myself, the Secretary (p.middleton@soton.ac.uk).

Could expressions of interest or proposals be sent as soon as possible please, and ideally before April 8, 2015.

Peter Middleton
Secretary
18. 3. 2015

[FROM THE CONSTITUTION]
4. OFFICERS
4.1 There shall be an Honorary President, whose appointment is for an unlimited period.
4.2 There shall be an executive committee, consisting of: Chair; Secretary; Treasurer; Membership Secretary; Communications Officer; and not more than three Members at Large.
4.2.1 The role of the Chair is to oversee the fulfilment of the Society’s aims.
4.2.2 The role of the Secretary is to document meetings and other aspects of the Society’s activities, particularly to prepare minutes of Committee meetings and General Meetings, and to put them forward for approval.
4.2.3 The role of the Treasurer is to be signatory to the Society’s bank account(s); to present accounts for approval at the AGM.
4.2.4 The role of the Membership Secretary is to receive and process membership applications, to obtain fees from existing members, to pass on money to the Treasurer, and to maintain a membership database.
4.2.5 The role of the Communications Officer is to develop electronic resources; to manage and maintain an e-mail list, and to liaise with the Membership Secretary in relation to membership of the list.
4.3 Where it proves impossible to fill posts, one member may hold two, but no more than two posts.
4.4 Signatories for the society’s bank account(s) shall be the Treasurer and any other committee member.
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.

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