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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 <> 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

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:

The BSLS Reviews site, <>, which publishes c 60 reviews a year, is looking for suitably qualified reviewers for some books that have come in recently, listed on <>. Reviews are c 1000w, and are generally due within three months.

If you are interested, please contact the Reviews Editor, Gavin Budge, on <>, with some details about yourself and your interests, and a postal address.

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First call for papers 

Following the successful two International Conferences on Science and Literature which took place in Athens and Poellau this Conference is the third to be organized under the aegis of the Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST. The third International Conference will be co-organized by the Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (UPMC) with the technical support of the Hellenic Open University. As was the case with the first two Conferences, the third one does not have a specific theme, as its intent continues to be the creation of an open forum for all scholars interested in Science and Literature, thus bringing into the dialogue multiple perspectives. Nevertheless, the Conference will be organized along thematic sessions, according to the papers which will be accepted by the Scientific Committee.

Proposals for individual papers or panels of three or four papers should be submitted  from 1st December until the 29th of February 2018. They must include the title of the paper (or the theme of the panel), name and affiliation of the author(s), an abstract of no more than 350 words and a short CV of  up to five lines.

Proposals and inquiries about practical matters may be sent to gvlahakis@yahoo.comand

An international scientific committee will review the submissions and notice of acceptance will be sent within the first two weeks of March 2018.

Prof. Pauline Lescar will be the chair of the Local Organizing Committee and member of the Scientific Committee.

Registration:  1st  February 2018 to May 30th 2018

Registration fees (include coffee, tea, refreshments and Conference material): 100 Euros

Fees for students and early career scholars: 50 Euros

Participants are asked to make their own arrangements concerning their accommodation in Paris, but the Conference organizers will be happy to give any necessary assistance.

Further information will be included in the second CfP which will be circulated on 5th January 2016.

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

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

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

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The thirteenth annual conference of the British Society of Literature & Science will take place at Oxford Brookes University, from Thursday 5 April until Saturday 7 April 2018.

Keynote talks will be given by Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (University of Oxford), Professor Alex Goody (Oxford Brookes University).

The BSLS invites proposals for 20-minute papers, panels of three papers or special roundtables on any subjects within the field of science, and literatures in the broadest sense, including theatre, performance, film and television. There is no special theme for this conference but abstracts or panels exploring Frankenstein in its bicentenary year are especially welcome as are those in the contemporary period, theatre and performance.

In addition, we are hoping to put together sessions with looser, non-traditional formats, and would welcome proposals from any person or persons interested in making presentations of approximately ten minutes from notes rather than completed papers. Our hope is that the latter format will encourage longer Q&A sessions with more discussion. If you have a topic or research area which would suit such a discussion, we would also like to hear from you.

Please send an abstract (c.200-250 words) and short biographical note to the conference organiser, Dr. Carina Bartleet,, by no later than 5pm GMT, Friday 8 December 2017. Please include the abstract and biographical note in the body of the email and not in an attachment. All proposers of a paper or panel will receive notification of the results by the end of January 2018.

The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of the conference.

Please note that those attending the conference will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Information on local hotels will be made available soon.

Membership: conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS (annual membership: £25 waged/ £10 unwaged).

Assistant review editors are wanted to join an expanded reviews team for BSLS Reviews, the reviews section of the British Society for Literature and Science website, <> We aim at comprehensive coverage of the literature and science field, and related areas, with reviews published within ten months of book publication date, and updates on at least a monthly basis. Last year we published over sixty reviews, and in the current year we are on track for over a hundred. Assistant review editors will monitor the output of major academic publishers, and superintend the commissioning process from beginning to end. Applications should include academic background, together with a sample of your own writing, and should be sent by 5.00pm on 15th December 2017 to the BSLS Book Reviews Editor, Dr Gavin Budge on <>.​


Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities 2018
University of Kent, 1-4 July

Keynote Speakers
Maaike Bleeker, Utrecht University
Margrethe Bruun Vaage, University of Kent
Eric Clarke, Oxford University
Amy Cook, Stony Brook University

Organisers: Melissa Trimingham and Nicola Shaughnessy, in association with the Centre for Cognition, Kinaesthetics and Performance.

Call for Papers

Building on the conferences associated with the network Cognitive Futures in the Humanities in Bangor (2013), Durham (2014) and Oxford (2015), Helsinki (2016) and Stony Brook (2017) the 2018 conference aims once again to bring together a wide array of papers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, critical theory, film, performance, theatre and dance studies, the visual and sonic arts, musicology and beyond. In accordance with the original purpose of the network, the aims of the conference are:

-to evolve new knowledge and practices for the analysis of culture and cultural objects, through engagement with the cognitive sciences;

-to assess how concepts from the cognitive sciences can in turn be approached using the analytical tools of humanities enquiry (historical, theoretical, contextual);

-to contest the nature/culture opposition whose legacy can be identified with the traditional and ongoing segregation of scientific and aesthetic knowledge.

Topics relevant to the conference include (but are not limited to):
Cognitive neuroscience and the arts       Interdisciplinary methodologies
Cognitive poetics                      Theory of mind
Conceptual blending                Cognition and narrative
Spectatorship and participation         Empirical aesthetics
The 4 Es                            The science of creativity
The social mind                 Material culture

Submission details
Please send 250-word proposals to by 5 January 2018. As well as 20-minute papers, we welcome contributions in a variety of formats, for example workshops, performance presentations, and posters. Abstracts should be included as Word file attachments. Please indicate clearly in your email whether your abstract is to be considered for a paper or as part of a panel, including the name of presenter(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es). Proposers can expect to hear if their abstract has been accepted by 1 February 2018, and registration will open soon afterward.

Organising committee
Shaun May, Nicola Shaughnessy, Melissa Trimingham, Freya Vass-Rhee

Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities Steering Group
Amy Cook (Stony Brook University)
Karin Kukkonen (University of Oslo)
Peter Garratt (Durham University)
John Lutterbie (Stony Brook University)
Ben Morgan (University of Oxford)
Sowon Park (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Merja Polvinen (University of Helsinki)
Nicola Shaughnessy (University of Kent)

Helen Mort and Jason Taylor will be hosting an evening event of poetry and neuroscience at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 2nd December. Click below for details:

Oxford University Museum Poetry Event

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