Science and Literature seminar series

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: G24, Foster Court, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, unless otherwise indicated.


Professor Timothy Mathews, Professor of French and Comparative Criticism, Vice-Dean Research, Arts & Humanities, UCL

Professor Elinor Shaffer, FBA, Research Project Director and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), School of Advanced Study, Universityof London

Supported by Stefano Rossoni, research student, Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, UCL.

The collaboration between the Reception of British Authors in Europe (RBAE) and UCL A&H marks the foundation of a new strand of seminars exploring relations between science and literature. It will consider the interface between scientific and literary texts, the manner of their reception, and the possibilities of reading and critical response generated by these considerations



Spring term 2017

31 January 2017

Dr Niall Sreenan, UCL

‘Dreaming of Islands’: Three Darwinian Utopias 

21 March 2017

Dr Cristiano Turbil 

‘Paolo Mantegazza and The Year 3000: Popular science, medicine and politics in late nineteenth century Italy' 

27 April 2017

Dr. Maximiliaan van Woudenberg

'Coleridge and the Historical School at Göttingen in 1799'

23 May 2017 Dr Georgia Panteli, UCL
From Blade Runner to Westworld: love, fear and sentient robots

Autumn term 2016

10 November 2016 Prof Francesca Orestano (Milan) 'Of Chemistry, Fiction, Taste… and Toys'

Spring term 2016

14 January 2016        

Professor Dilwyn Knox (UCL) "Coleridge and Bruno's Creed"

26 January 2016 Prof Naomi Segal (Birkbeck, University of London)
 "The principles, pleasures and realities of translating psychoanalysis"
8 March 2016
Dr Paul White (University of Cambridge) 
"Darwin and the evolution of emotion"
3 May 2016

Dr Kate Averis (University of London Institute in Paris)

"Of Nomads and Exiles: Transnational Women's Writing in French and Spanish"

Autumn term 2015

17 November 2015

Dr Annja Neumann (Cambridge University) 

"Schnitzler’s Anatomy Lesson: Medical Topographies in Arthur Schnitzler's Ärztestück and medical play Professor Bernhardi"

1 December 2015 Prof Patrick Parrinder (University of Reading) 
"Gorilla Warfare: Darwin, Freud and the Stone Age Romance"

Spring term 2015

26 February 2015

Dr Martin Crowley (Cambridge) 

‘A political ecology of things of the mind’

12 May 2015 Dr Gregory Tate (Surrey) ‘“True Words and Shams”: Poetry, Satire, and the Language of Science in Punch’
2 June 2015

Professor Angelique Richardson (Exeter) ‘Hardy and the Scientific Imagination’

Autumn term 2014

 4 November 2014

Prof Sally Shuttleworth (Oxford)

'Animal instinct and whispering machines: Science in the Victorian periodical'

 2 December 2014

Prof David Amigoni (Keele)

'Francis Galton, Karl Pearson and the Biographical Laboratory'


Spring term 2014

13 March 2014

Dr Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck)

'Shareability and contagion: psychology and aesthetics at the fin de siecle' 

6 May 2014 Prof Alice Jenkins (University of Glasgow) ‘Eternal and unchangeable?: Victorian anti-reception of Euclid'