CFP from ECRs – Narrative science in techno-environments – 18th-19th July 2019 (London)

This two-day interdisciplinary workshop is made possible thanks to the generous support of the British Academy (grant number BARSEA19\190021). It expands on the work of the Narrative Science project, a European Research Council funded project based at the London School of Economics (grant agreement No. 694732). It will take place in London on the 18th-19th of July.

The aim is to create a platform and a network for research at the intersections of the history of science and technology, literary studies, and the environmental humanities. The shared focus is accordingly on narrative, science, and environmental history. To these ends we are proud to have partnered with both the British Society for the History of Science and the British Society for Literature and Science. We have already gathered a range of expert speakers, who are listed alongside the titles of their talks at the bottom of this message. Further information about the workshop motivations and agenda can be found on the web page:

https://www.narrative-science.org/events-narrative-science-project-workshops-environment.html

In addition, as part of our networking, this event is organised in collaboration with ‘Environment, Climate, and Heredity: the integration of environmental humanities with the history of heredity’ to take place on the following Saturday, 20th of July, at Oxford, organised by Dr John Lidwell-Durnin. Further details will be announced soon.

Call for ECR presenters with posters – Deadline May 24th

A key ambition of this workshop is to provide a platform and network for early career researchers (ECRs). For our purposes ECRs are defined as postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers not yet in permanent employment. There are 20 spaces available for ECRs across the two days. Each ECR presenter will have 10 minutes to speak about their work in a dedicated slot during the workshop plenary sessions, and will also provide a poster which will be showcased during the evening reception on the 18th of July. The poster reception will be an opportunity to talk directly and informally with all the other attendees in a relaxed atmosphere. All of the plenary sessions will be video recorded and eventually made available on the Narrative Science project website. At the moment we can only promise to reimburse hotel and travel expenses for these 20 ECRs up to £100, but we intend to increase this amount as much as possible. All catering is supplied to attendees across the two days free of charge, and we will also take care of the costs of poster printing. ECRs who are members of the BSHS may also be eligible to apply for a Butler-Eyles Travel Grant towards their travel costs.

To apply to the workshop please write to the organiser, Dr Dominic Berry, on [email protected]

In the email subject please write ‘Your name – Environment workshop ECR’, and in the message include:

  • Your status as independent scholar or affiliated with a particular institution/university.
  • Maximum 200 words on how this workshop relates to your ongoing research.
  • Maximum 100 words on the kinds of material and arrangement you expect to include on your poster.

Interested parties should obviously also feel free to contact us for any further information!

Confirmed speakers

Jon Agar (UCL) – “British Nature was Lost Here, 1964-71”: what’s at stake when scientists, nature writers and bureaucrats tell stories

Dominic J. Berry (LSE) – Narrative science in techno-environments

Animesh Chatterjee (Leeds Trinity University) – Urban, political and cultural environments in late-19th century Bengali anticolonial representations of electricity

Jean-Baptiste Gouyon (UCL) – Wildlife conservation as a cinematic project?

Alex Hall (University of Birmingham) – Who speaks for the flood? Exploring agency, expectations and the supernatural in extreme weather events

John Lidwell-Durnin (University of Oxford) – “Have they remained what they were in Europe?”: narrative, organisms, and environment in explorations of South America

Ina Linge (University of Exeter) – Narrating Human-animal Sexual Nature in 1920s Popular Science Books

Greg Lynall (University of Liverpool) – Reading Renewables: Stories of Solar Power

Harriet Ritvo (MIT) – The Stakes of Species

Anahita Rouyan (Independent scholar and consultant) – Producing Mutations: Scientific Plant Breeding and Narratives of Nature in the Progressive-Era United States, 1900-1914

Charlotte Sleigh (University of Kent) – Sugar in the air: carbon narratives, futures and endings

sam smiley (Astrodime Transit Authority) – Ornamentalism: The Migrations and Translations of Japanese Knotweed