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The Commission on Science and Literature will be holding its third conference on 2nd-4th July 2018 in Paris. Click below for the updated call for papers (deadline 10th March), together with a list of hotels near the conference venue. Proposals for papers and panels on any aspect of the relationship between literature and science worldwide are welcome.

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Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in January 2018

A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.

Please email Gavin Budge on <G.Budge@herts.ac.uk> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2016 onwards will be considered.

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***EXTENDED DEADLINE FEBRUARY 23, 2018***

 

Humans have a flair for attributing intentions, traits, agency, emotions and mental states to beings or things – either real or imagined. Whether anthropomorphising natural or abstract shapes, playing with imaginary companions, (re) constructing fictional characters and dialoguing with gods or hallucinatory presences, the attribution of an agentive mentality to human and non-human targets appears both natural and meaningful to our everyday life. The personification of inanimate, non-human, virtual or absent objects or entities seems at the core of human cognition, yet remains in many respects mysterious. To what extent is personification a conscious process whereby we extend intersubjective and narrative relations? When does this capacity emerge? What are its cognitive underpinnings and what are its effects? Is there a continuum to be traced between these different cognitive, narrative, religious and hallucinatory experiences?

Our conference aims to explore personifying dynamics and experiences through a variety of disciplines, methods and perspectives. Keynote speakers include H. Porter Abbott (University of California, Santa Barbara) Guillaume Dumas (Institut Pasteur), Nev Jones (University of South Florida), Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford University) and Marjorie Taylor (University of Oregon).

We are now taking submissions for the conference. Further details on how to apply can be found here.

‘Personification Across Disciplines’ is organised by Hearing the Voice. Thanks to Wellcome Trust funding, the conference is free to attend. 

BSLS Executive Committee Positions

Six positions on the BSLS Executive Committee will be either vacant or up for renewal in April: Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Officer, Member at Large, and Early Career Member at Large. Present incumbents in two of the positions (Treasurer & Early Career Member at Large) are seeking to continue in their roles, but all six posts are open to nominations.

We especially encourage members interested in the four vacating posts: Chair, Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Officer, & Member at Large.

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 Martin Willis (WillisM8@cardiff.ac.uk) and myself, the Secretary (gjlynall@liverpool.ac.uk). Expressions of interest and proposals should be received by 23rd March at the very latest.

If you have questions about these posts, please do contact me, or any member of the committee. The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below.

Greg Lynall, Secretary

24 January 2018

[FROM THE CONSTITUTION]

  1. 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.

University of Leeds

Registration is now open for "New Historical Perspectives on Ageing and the Life Course". This free two-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Leeds, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will bring together speakers in the humanities and social sciences from Europe, America, and Asia to share new perspectives on the role and value of historical approaches to ageing.

We warmly invite all delegates to join us for the conference dinner at the venue at 7.30pm on Monday 19th March. Please sign-up via this link: http://signup.com/go/qJtwwyB

 

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Applications are now invited for the next round of both competitions, each with a deadline of 1st March 2018.

There will be three seminars in the Oxford University Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century series this term. For details, click below:

Oxford Seminars Spring 2018

Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in December 2017

A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.

Please email Gavin Budge on <G.Budge@herts.ac.uk> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2016 onwards will be considered.

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(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

The Department of English Literatures at Mount Allison University invites applications for a twelve-month position as the McCain Postdoctoral Fellow in Romantic & Regency Literature, with additional expertise in literature and the environment, eco-criticism, eco-poetics, or a related field. Candidates are required to have a PhD in English Literature and demonstrated expertise in Romantic & Regency Literature, and literature and the environment.  As this is a Teaching Fellowship, the ability to teach undergraduate courses in both these areas is an important asset.  The successful candidate will be asked to teach four 3-credit (one-term) courses in ENGL 2301: Literary Periods, 1800-present; ENGL 3451: Literature in the Age of Romanticism; ENGL 3461: Literature of the Regency; and ENGL 3951: Literature and the Natural World.

Mount Allison University, located in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada is a small, primarily undergraduate university offering small classes and a residential experience to a diverse student population. It is consistently ranked as one of the best undergraduate universities in Canada and promotes research and teaching excellence.

The appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer and will commence July 2018.  Candidates should prepare a letter of application, a complete curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and the names of three references. Applicants should arrange for the three confidential letters of support to be sent directly to the Search Committee.

All materials should be sent in electronic format to:

Chair of the Search Committee (McCain Postdoc),
Department of English Literatures,
Mount Allison University
62 York St., Sackville, NB, E4L 1E2
E-mail: english@mta.ca

The closing date for receipt of applications is March 10, 2018, or when the position is filled.  Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all applications materials, including letters of reference, reach the Department in time.

Mount Allison acknowledges, honours and respects the Mi’kmaw and Wolastoquyik (Maliseet) peoples, the historic inhabitants, custodians, and dwellers on the land where our university is built, and confirms its commitment to strengthen relationships with them. Mount Allison is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We encourage applications from members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual and gender identities. We seek candidates with qualifications and knowledge to contribute specifically to the further diversification of our campus community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority. Canadians and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship status in their application

 

 

Assistant Professor in Science, Culture, and Writing

Department of English Language and Literature

 The Department of English Language and Literature in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a probationary position in Science, Culture, and Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a preferred start date of July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will have an established program of research in one of the following areas: ecocriticism; literature and the environment; science fiction studies; disability studies; literature of science; history of science; medical humanities; history of health and medicine; or an area of literary study relevant to the communication of science. A secondary area of research in writing, systems of knowledge production, new modes of publication, or other literary or rhetorical subfield, will be considered an asset. The Department promotes an integrated research culture, combining expertise in the fields of literary study, rhetorical study, and digital media.

For further information on this and other posts with a literature and science element visit: https://arts-ofas.uwaterloo.ca/english/

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