Doctoral Training Days:
Philosophy and Sociology of Science
Poetry and Science
13-14 January 2011, Manchester and Salford
Applications are now open for the fourth event in this two-year AHRC funded doctoral training programme to teach the ‘Theories and Methods’ of projects that connect literature, science and medicine. There will be twenty funded places for doctoral students to apply for accommodation and travel.
Day 1: Philosophy and Sociology of Science for Literature and History Students (Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Manchester).
Workshops and seminar discussion of key theorists in the philosophy and sociology of science, such as Kuhn, Popper, and Feyerband.
Day 2: Poetry and Science – poetry written by scientists and poetry informed by science from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. (University of Salford).
Teaching team to include: Hasok Chang (Cambridge), John Holmes (Reading), Sharon Ruston (Salford), James Sumner (Manchester), Stephanie Snow (Manchester), Michael Whitworth (Merton College, Oxford).
Applications due 1 December 2010
See http://litscimed.org.uk/page/event4 for more information and application forms
The Second Annual Critical Theory Conference: Violence and Reconciliation
24th September 2010, University of Exeter (Call for Papers 12 July)
Keynote Speakers: Professor Michael Dillon (Lancaster) and Professor Scott Wilson (Kingston)
Introduced by Professor Regenia Gagnier (Exeter)
Critical Theory: Violence and Reconciliation is a one-day interdisciplinary event designed to bring together postgraduate students working in the fields of English, Modern Languages, Politics, Film and Drama. The central theme of the conference addresses interpretations of violence and/or reconciliation. How should we interpret violence? What constitutes reconciliation and is it always desirable? Is critical theory distanced from violence or an act of violence itself?
Possible themes include but are not limited to:
• Violence and the ways in which it is represented (e.g. music, visual cultures, film, literature)
• The Politics of Violence
• Media representation
• Communications technology
• Violence and identity (e.g. race, class, gender and sexuality)
• Visibility politics
• Trauma Theory
• Insurrection and Revolution
We are interested in work that is specific to individual theorists such as Jacqueline Rose, Hannah Arendt or Alain Badiou or based on theoretical schools of thought such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminisms or eco-criticism. Writers and texts need not be canonical and we actively encourage papers discussing writers, texts, theories and thinkers from around the world.
Whilst the majority of panels will follow the format of three 20-minute papers followed by questions, some of these panels will break with that traditional structure. For this second form of panel, participants will be asked to submit their papers in advance. These will be collated into the conference packs and distributed amongst attendees prior to the event. On the day, these participants are invited to deliver a short commentary on their paper and the floor will be opened for discussion. The aim of this format is to prepare participants in advance thereby fostering active, in-depth and focused debate.
Abstracts (350 words) are invited by 12th July 2010. Please email abstracts and enquiries to Graham Matthews (email@example.com), Lara Cox or Sam Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org
I know… it’s not strictly C19th stuff, but for anyone who is interested in theories of desire (and wants that rare thing for a Victorianist, the opportunity to watch films in the name of research) this might just be what’s needed.
Projecting Desire: Sex, Psychoanalysis and Cinema
Led by Lucy Scholes and Richard Martin
Saturdays 5 June – 10 July 2010
Films, readings, literary and psychoanalytic theory, discussions and more