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The London Nineteenth Century Studies Seminars this term are organised by Birbeck College and entitled ‘The Victorians and Science’. The convener is Ana Vadillo (Birkbeck)

17 October 2009, 11am, Room G37
(Senate House, South Block, Ground Floor)
Dr. Adelene Buckland (University of Cambridge), 'Lyell's Plots'
Dr. Angelique Richardson (University of Exeter), 'Hardy and Biology'

14 November 2009, 11am, Room G37
(Senate House, South Block, Ground Floor)
Dr. Gowan Dawson (University of Leicester), 'Palaeontology in Parts: Serializing Science in the Penny Cyclopædia 1833-43'
Dr John Holmes (University of Reading), ‘Darwinism in Victorian Poetry’

12 December 2009, 11am, Room G37
(Senate House, South Block, Ground Floor)
PANEL: After Darwin's Plots
Professor David Amigoni (Keele University), ‘Fields of Inheritance: Science, Literature and their Relations after Darwin's Plots'
Professor Gillian Beer (University of Cambridge), 'Emotions, Beauty, Consciousness: late Darwin'
Professor Daniel Brown (University of Western Australia), 'Egerton's Keynotes: Darwinian naturalism and fin-de-siècle fetishism.'

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The Oxford Literature and Science seminar is meeting twice termly; all with a research interest in the area are welcome, whether members of the university or not. The second event in Trinity Term 2009 will be held in the Breakfast Room, Merton College, Oxford.

Friday 12 June 2009 (7th week), 2pm.

Jean-François Peyret (founder and director of the Tf2 theatre company, Paris), speaking about Les Variations Darwin.

Peyret's work has included productions such as Les Variations Darwin, Galileo, and Le Cas de Sophie K, all of which involved collaborations with scientists.

Further details about the seminar are to be found at:

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The University of Glamorgan’s Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science will host the next meeting of the Wales and the West Romanticism Seminar on the subject of Romantic Science. The seminar will be held at our Cardiff campus, the Atrium, on September 12, 2008.

We are delighted to announce that the plenary speaker will be Prof. Anne Janowitz, who will be speaking on ’“Longing for Other Worlds”: The Plurality of Worlds Debate and the Sciences of Infinity’.

Other speakers include:

Dr Sharon Ruston, author of Shelley and Vitality (Palgrave Macmillan) and Romanticism (Continuum)

Dr Rachel Hewitt, author of the forthcoming Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (Granta)

Details about the seminar can be reached at

Information on the cost of the event (which will be minimal), the seminar site, and travel will be posted on the seminar webpage nearer to the event.

*There may still be space to offer to present a paper on the day – please contact the organisers for further information*

There will be an opportunity for all participants (not just those presenting papers) to submit an article for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Literature and Science (

For further information and to register a place, please contact either Andy Smith ( or Rachel Hewitt ( at the Research Centre for Literature, Arts, and Science. Places are limited so please do register as soon as possible.