Art and Science Now: The Two Cultures in Question

On 7 May 1959, C. P. Snow delivered the Rede Lecture in Cambridge. His influential and controversial address on the subject of ‘The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution’ critiqued an increasing fissure between ‘literary intellectuals’ and ‘natural scientists’.

The London Consortium is bringing together the Science Museum, Tate Modern and Birkbeck, University of London, in a three-day conference to mark fifty years of the two cultures. Divided into two more specialised academic events and a more public occasion, the conference will consider whether Snow’s critique has been addressed by the increase in multi-disciplinary work and research and the emergence of new cultural forms. Or have the distinctions between and within the two cultures become further entrenched? How have the terms of the debate changed?

Thursday 22nd January, Birkbeck, University of London. Room B01, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London. 9.30am-5.30pm.

A day of academic papers from leading and emerging scholars in the field. Keynote address: Professor Patricia Waugh (University of Durham). Please contact Laura Salisbury to book a place: [email protected]

Friday 23rd January, Dana Centre, Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, London. 9.30am- 5.30pm.

A day of academic papers from leading and emerging scholars in the field. Plenary papers: Professor George Rousseau (Oxford University) Dr Robert Bud (Science Museum) Professor John Dupré (Exeter University) To book a place, go to:

Saturday 24th January, Tate Modern, Bankside, London. 10.30am-5.30pm.

A day of public lectures from renowned figures in the field. Gillian Beer Ben Goldacre Anthony Grayling Jonathan Miller Alan Sokal Book tickets at: