Monday, December 18, 2006

Research Fellowship

Literature and Science Research Fellowship
University of Glamorgan

Research Fellow
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Ref: HUM291
Salary: £19,920 - 30,087 per annum
2 years Fixed Term

Applications are invited for a two-year Research Fellowship in English
Literature. The Division of English achieved a rating of 4 in the 2001

The successful candidate will be required to conduct high level research in
the field of Literature and Science in any period from the late eighteenth
century to the present day. The Fellow will be attached to the newly
formed 'Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science' and will play an
important role in contributing to the Centre's development.

The starting salary for this post will be £19,920.

Informal enquires can be addressed to Professor Andrew Smith
(; Professor Jeff Wallace ( and Dr
Martin Willis (

The application procedure is detailed below. As well as being available
here, application forms and further particulars may be obtained by
accessing our web pages at , or by emailing us at

When requesting an application form, please quote reference HUM291.

Closing Date: 03 Jan 2007

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Doctor, doctor...

Next term the Science and Literature Reading Group will focus on a series of short stories about doctors, as chosen by Daniel Friesner (many thanks for all his help!). Most of the texts are available online (follow the links below), and photocopies will be available in the Whipple Library box file from the beginning of term. We meet, as usual, on alternate Mondays from 7.30-9pm in the upstairs seminar room at Darwin College. Please contact Melanie Keene (mjk32) if you have any questions about the group, or if you would like to volunteer to introduce one of the sessions.

Monday 29 January
Anton Chekhov, "Anyuta" (1886) and "A Doctor's Visit" (1898)

Monday 12 February
Franz Kafka, "A Country Doctor" (1919)

Monday 26 February
Ernest Hemingway, "Indian Camp" (1925) and "A Day's Wait" (1936)

Monday 12 March
William Carlos Williams, "The Use of Force" (1938) and "The Girl with a Pimply Face" (1938)

Friday, December 01, 2006

"Pathologies" Conference


Questions of embodiment in literature, arts and sciences

The Inaugural International Conference of the

Glamorgan Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science

August 20-21, 2007

Plenary Speakers:

Tim Armstrong, Kelly Hurley & Jonathan Sawday

The newly formed Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science, based at the University of Glamorgan, would welcome papers on topics falling under the title of ‘Pathologies’. Abstracts of no more than one page of A4 (approx 400-500 words) should be sent to all of the Conference organisers, and Co-Directors of the Centre, Professor Andrew Smith, Professor Jeff Wallace and Dr Martin Willis by February 28, 2007. Decisions will be made in March 2007.

To consider how the body has been pathologized is to ask questions of what it means to be human. As the originating site of humanity the body (extending from the individual to society and nation) is the physical, metaphorical and philosophical place for the inscription of selfhood, identity, normality and change. The multiple pathologies of the body invite us to reflect upon bodily conditions and behaviours that mark out the boundaries of the individual, the social and the national as well as their transgressions. Where does the self begin and end? How do we construct normality, deformity, and monstrosity? How do culture, society and the individual relate and connect across the many pathologies that invade, infect, distress and reconstruct the human?

This conference invites the submission of abstracts for 20 minute papers dealing with pathologies (broadly defined) across the intersections of literature and science or the arts and science. Papers may deal with any historical, artistic or literary period. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

- Representations of disease

- The Socio-politics of medical research

- The art and science of early modern medicine/pathology

- Dissection

- The body and the machine

- Gothic bodies

- Cultural pathologies of identity

- Pathologizing gender through science

- Neurasthenia and modernism

- The degenerate body

Please send your abstract, together with your name, university affiliation and position to all of,, or alternatively to one of the organisers at: Glamorgan Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science (RCLAS), Science Imagined Conference, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL, UK.