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Dear BSLS Members,

The Journal of Literature and Science is once again looking for reviewers to review various articles published in the last year to 18 months in the field of literature and science.

Please find below a number of articles that we would like to offer for review. It's largely first come, first served, so do get in touch with an offer to review a specific article by emailing Michelle at

I would also be very happy to receive suggestions for other relevant articles for review that aren’t listed below – please do let me know.

Reviews should be 750 words long. For more details, please follow the link: or contact me at to register your interest.


Donovan E. Tann, “Experimental Science and Speculation in Cavendish’s Convent of Pleasure.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 60. 3 (2020): 463-483.

Paul Giles, “‘By Degrees’: Jane Austen’s Chronometric Style of World Literature.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 75. 3 (2020): 265–293.

Barbara Barrow, “‘Shattering’ and ‘Violent’ Forces: Gender, Ecology, and Catastrophe in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss. Victoriographies 11. 1 (2021): 38-57.

Voskuil, “Victorian Plants: Cosmopolitan and Invasive.” Victorian Literature and Culture49. 1 (2021): 27-53.

Wells, “Proserpina Unbound: John Ruskin, Maria La Touche, and Victorian Floriculture.” Victorian Literature and Culture48. 4 (2020): 633-663.

Diana Rose Newby, “Bleak Environmentalism: The Science of Dickens's Weathered Bodies.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 62. 2 (2020,): 178-202.

Rae X. Yan, “Robert Louis Stevenson as Philosophical Anatomist: The Body Snatcher.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 62. 4 (2019): 458-481.

Nathaniel Otjen, “Energy Anxiety and Fossil Fuel Modernity in H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds.” Journal of Modern Literature 43. 2 (2020): 118-133.

Caleb Fridell, “The Extractive Logic of Fossil Capital in H. G. Wells's Scientific Prophecy.” Modern Fiction Studies 66. 1 (2020): 164-189. 

Gregory Tate, “Evolution, Idealism, and Individualism in May Kendall's Comic Verse.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 63. 3 (2020): 429-451. 

Richard Fallon, “Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World: Illustrating the Romance of Science.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 63. 2 (2020): 162-192

Lauren Cameron, “Infertility and Darwinian Anthropology in Anthony Trollope’s Phineas Novels.” Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 59. 4 (2019): 893-912. 

Michael Thomas Gaffney, “The Birth of the Ice Age: on Narrative and Climate History in the Nineteenth Century.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 42. 5 (2020): 567-580.

Mark Celeste, “The “bond of the sea”: Conrad, Coal, and Entropy.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 42. 5 (2020): 509-522.

Ida Marie Olsen, “Outlines of Ecological Consciousness in W. H. Hudson's Environmentalism.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 63. 2 (2020): 193-210. 

Elspeth Green, “I. A. Richards Among the Scientists.” ELH 86. 3 (2019): 751-777. 

Paola Villa, “Mollusk-Writers: Spacetime Revolutions in a Literary Shell.” Journal of Modern Literature 43. 2 (2020): 21-40. 

Peter Balbert, “From Relativity to Paraphrenia in D.H. Lawrence's ‘The Man Who Loved Islands’: Speculations on Einstein, Freud, Gossamer Webs, and Seagulls.” Journal of Modern Literature 43. 2 (2020): 60-79. 

Justin Prystash, “Leaning from the Human: Virginia Woolf, Olaf Stapledon, and the Challenge of Behaviorism.” Configurations 28. 4 (2020): 433-457. 

Kevin Hart, “‘Nondescript Specimens’: Herbert Spencer's Social Theory in Ulysses.” James Joyce Quarterly 57. 3 (2020): 319-335..

Madeleine Chalmers, “Living as we Dream: Automatism and Automation from Surrealism to Stiegler.” Nottingham French Studies 59. 3 (2020): 368-383.

Yanfang Tong, “Memory as Imagination: Mind Science in Bellow's Short Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies 22. 3 (2020): 240-261.

News reaches us of a research position which has become available at Lancaster. The deadline for applications is 15 March, pay £28,331-32,817pa. Full details here.

"You will have a PhD in Literature or History concentrating on the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries. Direct experience with eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century manuscripts is desirable, as are publications on or in a field related to eighteenth- and/or nineteenth-century literature and/or science. Previous editorial experience, particularly previous work on a scholarly edition, would be an advantage as would previous experience on a Digital Humanities project especially one that has applied TEI (Text Encoding Initative) Guidelines. While experience with TEI would be an advantage, full training will be given in the role. There is a specific focus on contexts of slavery and colonialism in one part of the project, as well as more general links to the fields of literature and science and the history of science in the whole project. You will use social media to promote the project and find new audiences for the transcriptions."

University of Coimbra
25-27 November 2021

Deadline for proposals submission: 15.03.2021
Notification of acceptance: 05.04.2021
For additional information please check the conference website at
This conference intends to map and reflect upon theatre and science intersections, promoting exchange and enlarging the knowledge on the field, tracing the evolution of previous trends and identifying new types of intersections.
We instigate and welcome contributions on theatre about science regarding both artistic practice and science communication, intending to explore the places where they meet (and where they don’t), eventually enlightening both common and diverse motivations and perspectives, and provoking fruitful discussions.

Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST

The Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST is very glad to announce a series of virtual open lectures on “Literature and the Pandemics in Historical Perspectives” to be given by distinguished scholars in the field. The first two lectures are as follows:

17 Feb  14.00 UTC      
Rebecca Totaro, Florida Gulf Coast University, Shakespeare’s London. Crisis and creativity in Plague-Time

17 March  14.00 UTC
Aureo Lustosa Guerios , University of Padua, The Plague and the Mob: group identity and anonymity in literature from the Black Death to the Influenza Pandemic

The virtual lectures will be given at 14.00 UTC (15.00 CET). They will be hosted by the M.Sc. program “Science Communication” of the Hellenic Open University and jointly organized with the University of Birmingham.

George Vlahakis and John Holmes, CoSciLit President and Secretary

Five positions on the BSLS Executive Committee will be up for renewal in April: Chair, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large. The present Membership Secretary, Book Reviews Editor and Member at Large are seeking to continue in their roles, but all roles are open to nominations.

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 Greg Lynall ( and the Secretary Rachel Crossland ( Expressions of interest and proposals should be received by Tuesday 6th April at the very latest.

The sections of the Constitution relevant to this process are appended below.
Rachel Crossland, Secretary
27 January 2021

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

Friday October 8th, 2021
Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 (France)

This one-day conference will focus on the relationship between war and nature in literature in English from the 19th century onwards. The ecological footprint of modern warfare and the reverse impact of the environment on conflict as they are recorded in war writings, both fictional and nonfictional, will be analyzed through the lens of war studies, ecocriticism and new materialism. War will be envisaged not so much geopolitically as in its earthly, materialdimension. Careful attention will be paid to the complex entanglements between the human and the non-human with a view to challenging the traditionally anthropocentric view of war studies, as well as the established distinctions between nature and culture, life and matter, agency and passivity. Recent research in the domain of ecocriticism and new materialism has destabilized the dichotomy between man and his environment, raising the possibility of reconfiguring the traditional categories of ethics and ontology and of extending the concept of otherness to the non-human. The domains of interest are the following, but not limited to: British and American war writing, Commonwealth literature and war writing, etc.

Papers addressing the following issues will be welcome:
•Soldiers, technology and the environment
•At war with(in) nature: nature as friend and/or foe
•Using, controlling and altering the environment
•War and ecology. The traces of war in the environment: waste, debris, corpses
•The soldier’s perception of the environment
•The impact of the environment on bodies
•The interrelatedness of nature and health, both bodily and mental •Adaptation and survival in an environment at war
•Naming, representing and reconfiguring the landscape

Proposals (no longer than 500 words) along with a short bio should be sent to Sylvain Belluc (, Isabelle Brasme ( and Guillaume Tanguy ( by March 8th, 2021. Presentations will be in English.

Download a full bilingual version of the CFP here.

ASLE-UKI has announced the inauguration of their biennial book prizes. There are two categories:

-the best academic monograph in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities published at any time in 2019 or 2020 (please note this does not include edited collections).

-the best work of creative writing in any form or genre with an ecological theme published at any time in 2019 or 2020.

Deadline for Nominations: January 31st, 2021.

Full details are available here: 

Members of the BSLS can now access the recording of the PGR/ECR Training Session from this year's Winter Symposium via our new PGR/ECR Resources page. We will be adding further resources to this page over the coming months with the aim of supporting our PGR/ECR members. These will be similar to the Community Resources provided by the British Association for Modernist Studies via The Modernist Review (which we highly recommend), but with a specific focus on literature and science. If you would like to suggest content that you think would be helpful, or if you would be willing to provide examples of successful PhD, funding or job applications (which would be anonymised and checked with you before they were made available to members), please take a look at the information on our new PGR/ECR Resources page.

Abstract submission is now OPEN for this exciting new EGU 2021 session. We are looking for abstracts exploring collaboration between science and the arts! Whether it’s using art as a Science communication tool, an arts project dealing with geoscience themes (such as climate change theatre performance or an art series), an assessment of historical sci-art collaborations or a geoscience project using art - all are welcome to submit! 

To submit please visit:

Deadline for paper submissions is 13 January 2021, 13:00 CET so please submit your abstracts as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

Info on the session: 

Interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and geoscientists are becoming increasingly invaluable in communicating complex geoscience subjects to non-experts. Topics such as climate change can be contradictory and confusing to the general public, particularly in terms of uncertainty and impact. It is therefore vital that STEM communicators work to find alternative methods to enable dialogue between experts and the wider public on how to face and respond to these increasingly prevalent topics.

This session will combine a traditional academic poster session showcasing interdisciplinary research which will explore the dialogues between the geosciences and the arts alongside a display of art that aims to visually showcase these practises in action. The session welcomes submissions in medium of visual art, music, photography and/or theatre. Through symbiotically mixing STEM and the arts together in this way, the session aims to enable a discussion on how to use the two to explore and communicate the social, economic, political and environmental factors facing society and drive improved communication.

Participants from all backgrounds, whether scientist, artist or both are invited to submit content to this session, especially if they have shown interest in previous interdisciplinary ventures such as the yearly artist residency and EOS sessions. The session will host conventional presentations of research as well as mini try-out sessions aimed at getting scientists to explore their field using artistic mediums with a network with artists.

The Black Health and the Humanities project is an interdisciplinary training network and collaborative research initiative consisting of scholars, writers, artists, healthcare professionals and activists.

We invite applications from PhD students and early career researchers in the arts and humanities who are based in the UK to participate in our Wellcome-funded Black Health and the Humanities training programme (2021-2022).

Consisting of a series of five workshops beginning online in March 2021, the programme will cover topics including the history of Black health in the UK, hostile medical environments, chronic illness, care and ageing, Black health activism and the health price of activism, healing and Black health futures. 

You can read the full call here or visit the network's website.

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