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Bio-Lit Talks is an interdisciplinary collaboration exploring topical themes from the perspectives of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities. Organised as a three-event series and focusing on a new topic each month, this series discusses Death and Dying and their inextricable connection to our everyday cognition, imagination, behaviour, and societal structures.  

The events are taking place at the Advanced Research Centre (ARC) on the University of Glasgow main campus. Online attendance via Zoom is also possible.     

Attendance is free.   

  To register, please click below or visit Eventbrite. 

To view Bio-Lit Talks' previous events, visit their website.

 

List of events:  

Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 6-8 PM - Vital Breathing: a workshop connecting how we breathe to how we live 

Tuesday 7 November 2023, 6-8 PM: Envisioning 'the End': exploring our understanding and imagination of death across medical, social, and musical perspectives 

Tuesday, 5 December 2023, 6-8 PM - Live Alone, Die at the Mercy of Others: a multidisciplinary conversation on the social experience of death 

 

How Can Literary Studies Contribute to a Just Transition to Sustainable Society?

An online symposium organised by the University of Birmingham (Birmingham, UK, and Dubai, UAE) and the Commission on Science and Literature (DHST/IUHPST)
Thursday 2 November 2023 (09:30-14:00)

Two of the designated themes for COP28, to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in November and December 2023, are a ‘Just Energy Transition’ and ‘Youth, Education and Skills’. Science is fundamental to our understanding of climate change, while technology will have a key role to play in addressing it. At the same time, Arts and Humanities subjects such as literature have a vital contribution to make. Literary studies can help to foster empathy with those on the front line in the climate crisis, to process emotional responses to the changes happening to our world, to focus attention on the value of nature and our part within it, and to imagine the sustainable future we need to create together. This online symposium brings together early career scholars and research students from around the world to present case studies showing how research and education in literature can contribute to a just transition to a sustainable future. 

To see the full programme and register for the event, click here.

Based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Public Health Humanities is for humanities researchers of all kinds who are interested in working with (or within) the field of population health / public health. The network takes a broad view of both humanities and public health (and encourages public health practitioners and researchers from the social and biomedical sciences to get involved as well) - all are welcome to join! 

For more information: www.lshtm.ac.uk/public-health-humanities

Or join the network's a mailing list for occasional announcements: https://lshtm.us18.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=1ffee28435770fc0cbe993af8&id=8cf8135a5b

Launching in February 2023, this seminar series will map out relations between the life sciences, critical theory, contemporary literature and the visual arts. Sessions will alternate between academic presentations and informal workshop sessions exploring recent artistic work and research.

 

The proposed scope of biocriticism is:

a. critical examination of artistic engagement with biological images, discourse and practices

b. critical theory currently engaging with the concepts and discourse of the life sciences

c. art as a space which engages critically with biological theory, technology and rhetoric

 

The theme for 2023 is "Through the Microscope": we will explore art and theory inspired by microbiological, genetic and epigenetic perspectives. The full programme is now available: 

  • February 24th, 2 pm Central European Time, in person and online

 

Communication scholar Professor Lisa B. Keränen (Colorado University) will discuss 

Biocriticism as inventional practice: The case of global health security”.

Her respondent will be Literature scholar Professor Catherine Bernard (Université Paris Cité).

NB The first meeting will exceptionally be in person as well as online, in the Salle du Conseil, Maison de la Recherche, 4 rue des Irlandais, Paris.  

 

  • March 10th, 2 pm Central European Time, online

Theatre director Frédérique Aït-Touati (CNRS) will discuss La Trilogie Terrestre (created with Bruno Latour)

 

  • April 21st2 pm Central European Timeonline

Professor François-Joseph Lapointe (Université de Montréal) will discuss microbiology in his artistic practice

 

  • May 12th, 2 pm Central European Time, online

Artist-designer Marie-Sarah Adénis will discuss microbiology in her artistic practice

 

  • June 9th, 2 pm Central European Time, online

Literature scholar Dr Lara Choksey (University College London) will discuss epigenetics, poetics, and atmosphere

 

Please contact Liliane Campos for information and links: liliane.campos@sorbonne-nouvelle.fr

BioCriticism is organised with the support of PRISMES EA4398 and the Institut Universitaire de France

 

4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE & LITERATURE
Girona, 2-4 July 2019

Organized by Commission on Science & Literature DHST/IUHPST and the Càtedra Dr. Bofill de Ciències i Humanitats

Second call for papers

Following the successful three International Conferences on Science and Literature which took place in Athens, Poellau and Paris, this Conference is the fourth to be organized under the aegis of the Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST. The fourth International Conference will be organized by the Càtedra Dr. Bofill de Ciències I Humanitats (Dr Bofill Chair on Science and the Humanities) integrated at the University of Girona (UdG) with the technical support of the Commission on Science and Literature. As it was the case with the first three Conferences, the fourth 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. Nevertheless, the Conference will be organized along thematic sessions. Those proposed by the Organizing Committee are:

· Science in Western Art

· Literature and Medicine

· Science and Religion

· Poetry and Science

· Scientific Genres in Science Fiction

· Mathematics, Physics and Literature

· Women in the History of Science, Philosophy and Literature

Other themes, according to the papers accepted by the Scientific Committee, can be organized.

Proposals for individual papers or panels of three or four papers should be submitted from December 1st, 2019, until February 29th, 2020. 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. Proposals and inquiries about practical matters may be sent to gvlahakis@yahoo.com and cgamez@unav.es. An international scientific committee will review the submissions and notice of acceptance will be sent by mid-March 2020.

Juan Ortega will be the chair of the Local Organizing Committee.

Registration: March 1st to May 30th, 2020

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 Girona, but the Conference organizers have published useful information and interesting offers.

This information and the preliminary program can be consulted at: www.icscienceandliterature.com.

The Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at the University of Cambridge are launching a new book series on Global Epistemics, published by Rowman & Littlefield International, in Cambridge on 29 October 2019. Follow the links to read more about the series and to book a place at the launch.

Next year's conference of the Commission on Science and Literature will be held in Girona in Spain on 2-4 July. Here is the preliminary call for papers:

CoSciLit 2020 Call for Papers

In honour of John Ruskin’s bicentenary, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be hosting a one-day conference on Ruskin, Science and the Environment on Friday 8th February 2019 from 9.30 until 6. Speakers will include Kate Flint (Southern California), Mark Frost (Portsmouth), Peter Garratt (Durham), Sandra Kemp (Director of the Ruskin Research Centre, Lancaster), Francis O’Gorman (Edinburgh), John Parham (Worcester) and Marcus Waithe (Cambridge). There will also be a brief introduction to Ruskin Land from John Iles and a tour of the museum by John Holmes (Birmingham). At 6 in the evening, the conference will be followed by a public lecture by Fiona Stafford (Oxford) on ‘Ruskin’s Trees’.

Registration for the conference on Ruskin, Science and the Environment costs £20 (full-price) or £10 for students and other unwaged delegates. To register, please click here

Fiona Stafford's public lecture on 'Ruskin's Trees' is free of charge. To register, please click here

If you would like to attend both events, please register for each of them separately. 

For further information, please email Catherine Charlwood at catherine.charlwood@ell.ox.ac.uk.

Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford) and John Holmes (Birmingham)

There are several events coming up in Oxford over the next few weeks connected to nineteenth-century literature and science. Click on the link for the schedule for this term's Science, Medicine and Culture seminars and see the poster for an evening event on Victorian Speed produced by the Diseases of Modern Life project:

Oxford Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century seminars Autumn 2018

For this term's Oxford Seminars on Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, click below:

Science, Medicine and Culture seminars

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