Title of event: Romanticism and Science: A British Academy Symposium To be held: 15th September 2006 In Association with the British Association for Romantic Studies At: British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1
The British Academy is hosting a one-day symposium on ‘Romanticism and Science’, in association with the British Association for Romantic Studies.
In the past, Romanticism has been seen as opposed to science, held as promoting the transcendental and otherworldly above the material and physical. This symposium seeks to interrogate this view, exploring a time before the sciences and the arts had been divided into ‘two cultures’. Science pervaded every aspect of Romantic life and literature, as the secondary object of exploration detailed in travel narratives, the emergence of new print technologies, the use of anatomy in religious arguments for evidence of Design in nature, or physiological accounts of the effects of an encounter with the sublime in aesthetic theories. The speakers in this symposium will challenge traditional notions of Romanticism, revealing that even the most canonical Romantic writers were aware of and interested in scientific knowledge and discoveries.
9.30 — 10am: Registration and Tea/ coffee
10 — 11am: Professor Richard Holmes (FBA, University of East Anglia), ‘Scientific discovery and the poets’
11am — 12pm: Dr Neil Vickers (King’s College, London), ‘Carcase Coleridge or Coleridge and the rhetoric of the eighteenth-century medical case’
12 — 1pm: Lunch
1 — 2pm: Dr Sharon Ruston (University of Wales, Bangor), ‘Natural Rights and Natural History’
2 — 2.30pm: Tea/coffee
2.30 — 3.30pm: Professor Peter Kitson (University of Dundee), ‘The Limits of the Human: Frankenstein, Anatomy and Racial Science’
3.30 — 4.30pm: Professor Timothy Fulford (Nottingham Trent University), ‘The Anatomy of Racism: What Natural History Saw in Native People’s Skulls’ Organiser: Sharon Ruston, University of Wales, Bangor
To register for this event, please contact: The Meetings Department Telephone: 020 7969 5246 Email: [email protected] For further details and to book, please refer to http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2006/romanticism/prog.html