The British Society for Literature and Science Winter Symposium 2018:

Environments of Literature and Science


Cardiff University, Main Building

Generously supported by the British Society for Literature and Science and the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy at Cardiff University

9:00 – 9:30:
Registration – Viriamu Jones Gallery.

9:30 – 9:45: Opening remarks from Greg Lynall, Chair of the British Society for Literature and Science, and the conference organisers

9:45 – 11:15: Parallel Panel One

Panel 1A Wallace Lecture Theatre

Ecocritical Readings

Chair: John Parham

Panel 1B Beverton Lecture Theatre

Immaterialities: Spectres, Energy, and Miasmas

Chair: Joan Passey

Sarah Coakley – Steinbeck’s Environmentalism

Djouher Benyoucef – Arboreality; Landscape Temporality, and Human/Non-human Connectedness in Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree (1872) and its Movie Adaptation by Nick Laughland


Anna Burton – The Presence and Absence of Trees: Elizabeth Gaskell and the Green Belt

James Cross – Air, miasma and epidemics from Hippocrates to Daniel Defoe


Deborah Lam – Seeming is Believing: Coleridge and Optical Phenomena


Greg Lynall – Sunstruck: Finding the Energy in Literature and Science


11:15 – 11:45: Coffee break – Viriamu Jones Gallery

11:45 – 13:00: Roundtable discussion with Jamie Castell, Des Fitzgerald, Rhiannon Lane, Anne Harrington, and Keir Waddington – Wallace Lecture Theatre.

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch (provided) – Viriamu Jones Gallery

14:00 – 15:00: Workshops

Environments of Research Excellence
(Ann Heilmann)
Location: Wallace Lecture Theatre
Publishing Environments
(Rebecca Brennan from Routledge)Location: Beverton Lecture Theatre


15:00 – 15:15: Comfort break

15:15 – 16:45: Parallel Panel Two


Panel 2A Wallace Lecture Theatre

Sites of Production of Science and Literature

Chair: Josie Gill

Panel 2B Beverton Lecture Theatre

Twentieth-Century Conflicts

Chair: Louise Benson James

Mat Paskins – Fragile Chemical Forms in Literature and Ethnography


Philip Palios – Literary Communities as Connection to Place


Saira Fatima Dogar – The Environment of Science in Pakistan: A Study of Uzma Aslam Khan’s novel The Geometry of God

Rob Mayo – [T]here is never anywhere to go but in’: inner space in Mind Players and Briefing for a Descent Into Hell.


Rachel Jones – Scientific Advancement or Defacement? Environmentalism in the Science-Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle


Rachel Murray – Joyce’s Ulysses and the ‘Tactile Language’ of Bees


16:45 – 17:00: Comfort break

17:00 – 18:15: Keynote: ‘Biggish Data: Friedrich Engels, Material Ecology, and Victorian Data’ by John Parham, University of Worcester – Wallace Lecture Theatre

18:15 – 19:00: Wine reception – Viriamu Jones Gallery

19:00: Head off to conference dinner at Giovanni’s (email 17th Nov by to reserve a place)