Electrifying Experimentation: Science in Nineteenth-Century Britain Saturday, 25 February 2006 Theatre Workshop, Department of English Literature University of Sheffield


8.45-9.30am: Registration (Theatre Workshop)

9.30-9.40am: Welcome (Theatre Auditorium) Amanda Mordavsky (University of Sheffield)

9.40-11.10am: Opening Keynote address (Theatre Auditorium) Chair: Amanda Mordavsky (University of Sheffield) Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford University), Professor Geoffrey Cantor (University of Leeds) and Dr. Gowan Dawson (University of Leicester): ‘SciPer presentation’

11.10-11.30am: Coffee Break (Green Room)

11.30am-1.10pm: SESSION 1

1.1 Population Applications of Science (Theatre Auditorium) Chair: 1. Andrew Mangham (University of Sheffield) and Greta Depledge (Birbeck College, University of London): ‘Victorian Gynaecology and the Novel: Oophorectomy, Clitoridectomy and the Speculum’ 2. Meegan Kennedy (Florida State University): ‘Popular or professional? Staging scientific medicine in Cornhill and Macmillan’s’ 3. Kathleen Frederickson (University of Chicago): ‘Sighting Blind Instinct’

1.2 Popular Reception of Science (Seminar Room 5) Chair: 1. Charlotte Nicklas (University of Brighton): ‘Transforming Worthless Substances into Fashionable Luxuries: Aniline Dyes in the Mid-Nineteenth Century’ 2. Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds): ‘Popular Electricity? Consumer Anxiety and Uncertainty in a New Technological Literature 3. Kate Hebblethwaite (Trinity College, Dublin): ‘The Blob: Jelly Horror and Cyclical Evolution in Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction’ 4. Simon Marsden (University of Lancaster): ‘Dr. Moreau’s Crimes: H.G. Wells and the Victorian Controversy’

1.3 Legitimating New Geometries in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Language Seminar Room) Chair: Marie-José Durand-Richard (Université de Paris) 1. Lawrence Snezana (St. Edmund’s Catholic School): ‘Descriptive Geometry: History of a Geometrical Technique in Britain’ 2. Amirouche Moktefi (Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur les Sciences et la Technologie, Strasbourg): ‘Teaching Geometry: Charles Dodgson and His Modern Rivals’ 3. Josipa G. Petrunic (University of Edinburgh): ‘Darwinian Mathmatics: The Influences of Charles Darwin on Non-Euclidean Geometry in Britain, 1860-1880)’ 4. Marie-José Durand-Richard (Université de Paris): ‘Geometries in the Debate on the Foundations of Mathematics in Industrial Nineteenth-Century Britain’

1.10-2.10pm: Lunch (Rehearsal Studio 1)

2.10-3.30pm: SESSION 2

2.1 Science, Sex, and Social Policy (Theatre Auditorium) Chair: 1. Thomas Dixon (University of Lancaster): ‘Drummond, Kidd, and Saleeby: Rereading the Book of Nature in the 1890s’ 2. Chris Renwick (University of Leeds): ‘The Birth of the Sociological Society’ 3. Gregory Radick (University of Leeds): Response

2.2 Science and Spiritualism (Seminar Room 5) Chair: 1. Shelley Trower (Birbeck College, University of London): ‘Extrasensory Frequencies: Physics, Spiritualism, and Shocks to the Nervous System’ 2. Katie Wales (University of Sheffield): ‘Communication Between Worlds: Scientific Metaphors in Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism’ 3. Martin Willis (University of Glamorgan): ‘Scientists, Spiritualists and Magicians: Heterodox Science and the Emergence of Modernity’

2.3 Science and Literature (Language Seminar Room) Chair: 1. Katherine Inglis (Birbeck College, University of London): ‘”There never was a man had clearer sight than I”: James Hogg and the Discourse of Perception’ 2. Carla Maria Gnappi (University of Parma): ‘C. Darwin and M. Faraday in Utopia’ 3. Suleiman Ahmad (Irbid National University): ‘Astronomy in Thomas Hardy’s Poetry and Prose Fiction’

3.30-3.50pm: Coffee Break (Green Room)

3.50-5.10pm: SESSION 3

3.1 Scientific Applications of Phrenology (Theatre Auditorium) Chair: 1. Sara Graça da Silva (Keele University): ‘Phrenology and Sexual Selection’ 2. Barbara A. Suess (William Paterson University): ‘Literal and Metaphorical Bodies in Phrenology, Physiognomy, and Non-Fiction Prose’ 3. Anneliese Glitz (University of Central England): ‘Talking Heads: The Influence of the “Science” of Phrenology on Aubrey Beardsley’s Depiction of the New Woman’

3.2 Historical Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Science (Seminar Room 5) Chair: 1. Michael Roberts (University of Lancaster): ‘Adam Sedgwick: Evangelical Geologist’ 2. Laura Bujalance (University Autonoma of Madrid): ‘It is All Actions Transmitted Through Contact to me: Faraday’s Lines of Force and the Electromagnetic Aether’ 3. Fern Elsdon-Baker (University of Brighton): ‘Weismann was no Wallaceian: The Historiographic Impact of the Late Nineteenth-Century Concept of the Ultra-Darwinians’

3.3 Woman and Science Chair: 1. Sam George (University of Sheffield): ‘”Not Strictly Proper for a Female Pen”: Women, Botany and Sexual Anxiety in the 1790s and Beyond’ 2. Jules F. Hurtado (Princeton University): ‘Constance Naden and the Poetic Subversion of Science and Gendered Society’ 3. Claire Brock (University of Leicester): ‘The Public Experiments of Mary Somerville’

5.10-5.30pm: Coffee Break (Green Room)

5.30-6.30pm: Closing Keynote Address (Theatre Auditorium) Chair: Simon Fitzpatrick (University of Sheffield) Professor Jon Hodge (University of Leeds) and Dr. Gregory Radick (University of Leeds): ‘Was There a Darwinian Revolution? Does it Matter?’

6.30-7.30pm: Wine Reception (Theatre Auditorium)

7.45pm: Conference dinner (Las Iguanas, West One)

8.30am-5.30pm: Book Stalls (Theatre Auditorium)–

For registration form see the conference website at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/english/events/electrifying.html