Moving Towards Science - 12 Sept 2012


‘Moving Towards Science in the Long Nineteenth Century’: 
A Postgraduate Symposium
 
12 September 2012, The Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne

Guest speakers:
Professor Jennifer Richards and Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle University), Professor David Knight (Durham University), and Dr Peter Garratt (Northumbria University)

The North East Postgraduate Research Group for the Long Nineteenth Century (NENC) is pleased to announce this postgraduate symposium held on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

The theme of the symposium reflects two parallel ‘moves’ towards science. First, it references the rise of the ‘natural sciences’, the scientific method, and the professional scientist across the long nineteenth century. Second, it recognises moves in contemporary arts and humanities scholarship towards a more nuanced disciplinary relationship with the sciences and the possibility of ‘one culture’.  Adopting an exploratory methodology, the day will allow postgraduate delegates to think widely about how literary culture of the period approached, adapted, and rejected emergent scientific, technological, and medical discourses and methods. More broadly, we will consider how and why literature and science might move together in the contemporary academy.

Ranging across the early modern period to the end of the long nineteenth century in their areas of specialisation, our guest speakers will consider in particular how they have approached or made use of scientific discourses in their own research. This will provide delegates with an opportunity to gain insight into some of the methodological and theoretical benefits and challenges of a turn towards science. 

The symposium is being generously supported by the British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) and by the three host Universities (Newcastle, Durham, and Northumbria). The day will be free to attend.



Programme 

9.00 - 9.20: Registration

9.20 - 9.30: Welcome

9.30 - 10.30: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Professor Jennifer Richards & Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle University), 'The Medical Humanities and Literature: 1500-2012'
Chair: Leanne Stokoe

10.30 - 10.45: Coffee & Tea

10.45 - 12.00: Panel One – Live Wires: Language and Science in Circulation 
Chair: Harriet Briggs
  • Rachel Dunn (Durham), ‘Priestley, Dalton and the Teaching of Science and Grammar in Dissenting Academies’
  • Iain Watts (Princeton), ‘Textual “Circuits”, Moving Discoveries: Galvanism and the Propagation of Scientific News During the Napoleonic Period’
  • Jessica Evans (Salford), ‘Romantic Hypochondria: the Nervous Body Politic in Leigh Hunt’s Reflector’

12.00 - 12.15: break

12.15 - 1.15: Panel Two – Home and Abroad: Investigation, Objectification, Popularisation
Chair: Sarah Lill
  • Jayne Winter (Newcastle), ‘The Science of Folk Traditions: Brand’s Observations on Popular Antiquities’   
  • Lara Atkin (Queen Mary), ‘“Curious Specimens of Uncouth and Uncivilized Humanity”: Five Southern African “Bushmen” in London, 1847’ 

1.15 - 2.00: Lunch

2.00 - 3.00: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr Peter Garratt (University of Northumbria),
'Against Consilience, or the Art of Friction'
Chair: Nicole Bush

3.00 - 3.15: Tea & Coffee

3.15 – 4.30: Panel Three – Motion and Form: Connections and Interplay between Art and Science
Chair: Beatrice Turner
  • Olivia Reilly (Oxford), ‘Moving Towards the “Science” of Music in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’
  • Helen Mort (Sheffield), ‘The Mirror, the Lamp... and the Incubator? Lyric Poetry and Science of Mind’
  • Avishek Parui (Durham), ‘“The last word he pronounced was – your name”: Neurology, Narratology and the Dialectic of Narration/ Transmission in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness’ 

4.30 - 4.45: break

4.45 - 5.45: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Professor David Knight (Durham University), ‘A Lit & Phil in west-end London: the Royal Institution’
Chair: Kate Katigbak

5.45: Thanks

Registration

The symposium is free to attend, and all are welcome. To register your place, please email moving towardsscience@gmail.com with your title, name, institutional affiliation, any dietary or access requirements, and whether you would like to reserve a place at the conference dinner, to be held in Newcastle city centre after the event.

Location

The symposium will be held at Newcastle upon Tyne's Literary and Philosophical Society, the largest independent library outside of London, which dates from 1825. The Lit & Phil is very close to Newcastle Central Station (5 minutes on foot).

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