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Bridging the Divide: Literature and Science

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The relationship between literature and science has been a perennial subject of debate. Is there a divide between these two fields, or are they in fact two sides of one thing? The Universities of Kent and Sussex present a one-day conference on the 3rd June 2016, aimed at interrogating discourses around this subject.

The conference will conclude with a wine reception.

9.00: Welcome and registration (GF)

9.30 – 10.45: Panels

Panel 1: Imagining Futures (GS2)

“A Feeling for the Organism”: Feminist Science and Complexity Theory in Recent Feminist Utopias – Sarah Lohmann, Durham University

Title TBD: Post-oil futures in The Road and Futurama – Manasvini Rajan, Warwick University

Creative Work: On the Scale of Things, Relatively Speaking  – Autumn Sharp, University of Kent

Panel 2: The Poetics of Science (GS3)

The Field as Analogy in Contemporary Ecopoetics – Brendan Gillot, University of Cambridge

Conjectural Potential: The Poetics of Inquiry – Duncan McKay, University of Kent

“There Is No Delight and No Mathematics”: Exploring Early Twentieth Century Mathematics and the Logics of Pleasure in Tender Buttons – Chris Runciman, University of East Anglia

10.45 – 11.00: Tea (GF)

11.00 – 12.15: Panels

Panel 3: Envisioning Ecologies (GS2)

The Ineluctable Thereness of the Anthropocene: Joyce, Modernism and Ecology – Peter Adkins, University of Kent

Creative Work: The Year of the Badger – Caroline Greville, University of Kent

What is meant by ‘Thinking Like a Mountain’? – Stephen Rutt, University of Essex

Panel 4: Bodies, Biologies and Biotechnics (GS3)

“That skull had a tongue in it”: Skulls, Anatomy, and the Individual in Early Modern Drama – Chloe Owen, University of Exeter

Modernity’s Toothaches: Dentistry in Early-Twentieth-Century Fiction – Charlie Pullen, Queen Mary University of London

Biotechnology and Gothic Literature: Decline and Degeneration – Imogen Woodberry, Royal College of Art

12.15 – 1.15: Lunch (GF)

1.15 – 2.30: Panels

Panel 5: Testing, Sensing, Living (GS2)

From Transcendence to the Abyss: The Postmodern Sublime – Tristan Ireson-Howells, Canterbury Christ Church University

Creative Work: Video Poems and Transformational Technology for Biofuel – Mary Jacob, Aberystwyth University

‘Spectacular order within Manhattan’s electric lightscape: topographic analysis of literary accounts of American urban experience, 1879-1930’ – Adam Walls, University of Cambridge

Panel 6: Creative Acts – Sex and Science (GS3)

Grief and the Conjugal Relations of Leopold and Molly Bloom: A Study Using Attachment Theory – Linda Horsnell, University of East Anglia

Rhetorics of Health: Yeats, Synge, and the Philosophy of Irish Ireland – Lloyd Houston, University of Oxford

Sexology in the Boudoir: Reading Krafft-Ebing Reading Sade – Kate Snelson, University of Oxford

2.30 – 2.45: Break

2.45 – 4.00: Panels

Panel 7: Technonarratives (GS2)

A Square Called Thomas: Form, Function and Character – Lynda Clark, Nottingham Trent University

Creative Work: Extract From ‘The Quarry Wife’ – Katya Johnson, University of Aberystwyth

Panel 8: Literary Evolutions (GS3)

The Heroic Narrative of Science in Erasmus Darwin’s Poems – Réka Turcsányi, University of Kent

The Integration of Darwinian Evolution and Christianity Within Charles Kingsley’s Victorian Novel The Water Babies – Jaime Wright, University of Edinburgh

4.00 – 4.30: Tea (GF)

4.30 – 5.30: Keynote Speaker – Dr Pamela Thurschwell (GLT3)

5.30Wine (GF)