Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Science meets Art at Oxford Brookes

Monday, 21 May 2018


The British Society of Literature and Science (BSLS) 13th International Conference took place at Oxford Brookes on the 5-7 April 2018.

The conference was hosted by the Department of English and Modern Languages and organized by Carina Bartleet with the help of English and Modern Languages postgraduate student Cheryl Birdseye. The conference featured plenaries by Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Oxford University) and Oxford Brookes’ Professor Alex Goody, with a demonstration on Modernist e-readers by Dr Eric White.  The e-readers were a precursor to e-books and innovations such as hypertext and wireless networks. 

The conference featured a wide range of papers on theatre and science, twentieth century poetry, the notion of the atomic in fiction, nineteenth-century literature, Shakespeare and the mind and in Frankenstein’s bicentenary, discussions on Mary Shelley. 

The British Society for Literature and Science is a scholarly society which promotes interdisciplinary research into the relationships of science and literature in all periods of history. 

Dr Bartleet says: “The conference is a wonderful gathering of interdisciplinary scholars who work on the intersections of literature, performance, films and science and provides an opportunity to highlight the research strengths of Oxford Brookes in literature, science and technology and the medical humanities.’

BSLS membership is open to anyone interested in the field, regardless of geographical location.