Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Victorian insects - blog

An essay by Franziska Kohlt about how nineteenth century Britain became obsessed with insects is online here in honour of National Insect Week. (We missed Save the Frogs Day...)

New book - Staging Science

Staging Science: Scientific Performance on Street, Stage and Screen has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan's 'Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine' series (see here for the full list), including a contribution from former Reading Group member Kirsten Shepherd-Barr on '"Unmediated" Science Plays: Seeing What Sticks':
Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr examines contemporary science theatre, with particular attention paid to interdisciplinary and experimental theatre emerging across Europe. These dramas reveal, Shepherd-Barr argues, that it is the process of working towards a piece of theatre rather than the finished product that is of greatest interest, both to audiences and to the theatre-makers themselves. Such theatrical performances invite extensive participation in meaning-making amongst all of those involved, including a range of scientific consultants. In conclusion, Shepherd-Barr reads these new dramas as extensively interdisciplinary and co-produced, leading to a new form of productively entangled epistemological experience.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

13th June - Poetic frogs

Our final evening of scientific and literary fun with frogs will combine a discussion of the following poems with our end-of-term party. We'll meet in the Newnham Grange Seminar Room at Homerton College from 7.30-9pm. See you then!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Centaurus special issue - Electricity and imagination

Edited by Koen Vermeir

"Electricity is taken here as a specific subject for 'science and imagination studies', an inter- and multidsciplinary perspective that takes into account the history of science, medicine and technology as well as literature, theatre studies and dance studies, among other disciplines. The envisioned approach is inclusive, and the sciences are not considered to have a privileged perspective on electricity. Indeed, I question common diffusionist models and I plead for more methodological exchange between disciplinary approaches to electricity. In this special issue, electricity is analyzed both as a concept traversing a diversity of contexts and as a phenomenon that was carefully staged. [...] I show that the experience of electricity and the gendered body are common themes of the special issue and that their study is indeed crucial for understanding 19th century electrical imaginaries."


  • Koen Vermeir: 'Electricity and Imagination: Post-romantic Electrified Experience and the Gendered Body. An Introduction'
  • Paul Gilmore: 'John Neal's Lightning Imagination: Electricity against Romantic Organicism'
  • Iwan Rhys Morus: 'No Mere Dream: Material Culture and Electrical Imagination in Late Victorian Britain'
  • Ulf Otto: 'Enter Electricity: An Allegory's Stage Appearance between Verité and Varieté'
  • Sam Halliday: 'Electricity and Homosexuality: from 19th-century American Sexual Health Literature to D.H. Lawrence'
 Full issue available here.