"We are conducting a short survey to gauge how literature and science scholars perceive science in relation to their own work. Our aim is to establish whether there are particular conceptions of science and of scholarly practice in relation to it that are prevalent among literature and science scholars at large or among particular communities or disciplines working in this field. With this in mind, we are sending out the survey to the members of the British Society for Literature and Science, the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (US and EU branches), and the Commission on Science and Literature. We are hoping to present the results of the survey at the SLSAeu conference next year and in the Journal of Literature and Science. We would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer the questions in the survey. You can get to the survey by clicking on this link: https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/litsci-survey-2016. You are welcome either just to tick the boxes or to include brief comments alongside your answers. If you wish to, you can complete the survey in stages, and there is also a facility for printing off your response for your own records. The survey will close at the end of August. Please share this link with any friends and colleagues working on literature and science who are not members of the societies listed above. If you have any problems completing the survey, please contact Emil Toescu (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you very much indeed. We look forward to sharing the results of our survey with you."
Emil Toescu (Neuroscience) and John Holmes (English Literature)
University of Birmingham
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
|Frog model, Wh.6599, image copyright Whipple Museum.|
Summer at the Museums: Frogs in Focus
11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, Tuesday 2nd August and Tuesday 16th August
Get up close and personal as we put our froggy friends under the microscope and recreate images that show why frogs have been the perfect scientific study buddies throughout history.
Drop in, all ages.
Summer at the Museums: Frog Leaps in Science
11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, Tuesday 9th August and Tuesday 23rd August
Hop along to the Whipple to discover how frogs have made a splash in science and make your own jumping friend to take home!
Drop in, all ages.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Monday, July 04, 2016
Our meetings for Michaelmas Term 2016 will be themed around 'Fire', giving us the opportunity to discuss everything from ancient elements to far-flung suns, pottery to passion, experimental practice and hellfire. Watch out for the full schedule later on this summer; and email Melanie if you have a burning desire to add anything to the reading list!
Meanwhile, enjoy these playlists of music about fire:
This summer some members of the Reading Group are starting a book club, and everyone is most welcome to join us! We will be reading works by Dorothy L. Sayers, starting with her Strong Poison, and thinking more about detection, chemistry, and expertise in fiction.
Further details (including the date) to follow, but meetings will be held as usual at Darwin College. Email Melanie if you are interested in participating.
|F is for Frog, in Walter Crane's Absurd A.B.C.|
Speaking of cartoonish depictions, several of us also met for an additional event: a screening of Disney's version of The Princess and the Frog, accompanied by suitable New Orleans cuisine. The ideal end to the term!
|Many connections to our term's discussions were found when viewing Disney's The Princess and the Frog.|
|A recent visitor to our garden.|