The Poet and the Forensic Scientist: The Mysterious Death of Edward Thomas

The podcast you can listen to here was developed by Cardiff ScienceHumanities in partnership with Dr Carrie Smith from Cardiff’s School of English and Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives. It provides a unique example of how the sciences and the humanities can productively combine to offer original forms of engagement using existing materials and ideas.
With thanks to:
Dr Carrie Smith, Cardiff University
Alan Hughes, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University
Alison Harvey, Assistant Archivist, Cardiff University
Abi Carter, Forensic Resources Ltd
Nigel Hodge, Forensic Resources Ltd
The Trustees of the Edward Thomas Estate
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Summer School

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INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, UK

MONDAY 30 APRIL – FRIDAY 4 MAY 2018

Keynote Speaker: Professor N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University)

A free, international, postgraduate summer school

Seminars by leading figures from

  • Literature and Science
  • History of Science
  • History of Medicine
  • Philosophy of Science

Workshops on:

  • Archival Research & Special Collections
  • Publishing in Academic Journals
  • Public Engagement

In 2018 Cardiff University’s ScienceHumanities research group will host a week-long International Summer School dedicated to the examination of the relations between the humanities and the sciences.

The Summer School programme features workshops from leading scholars in literature and science, the histories of science and medicine, and the philosophy of science from across the UK and Europe. It is designed to give you access to significant researchers in the field, and professional development opportunities on publishing, public engagement, and archival research.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to share ideas, concepts and methods with other doctoral students and begin to build a network of global contacts. The Summer School also incorporates a cultural programme focussed on the rich heritage of Cardiff as both a Welsh and British city.

The Summer School is open only to doctoral students located in universities and research centres outside the UK. There are only 12 places available.

It is free to attend, but participants must be able to meet the cost of their own transport, accommodation and part of their subsistence during their stay in Cardiff. Advice will be given on accommodation and transport and some meals will be included during the Summer School.

Two bursaries of £400 are available for students from nations with limited resources.

To express initial interest or for more information, please email Professor Martin Willis on willism8@cardiff.ac.uk.

The application form is available at the following link:

ScienceHumanities Summer School Application Form 2017-18.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 29 September, 2017.

Applications must be submitted by 30 November, 2017 and decisions will be communicated by 31 December, 2017. Participating doctoral students must be able to commit to the full 5 days of the Summer School.

ScienceHumanities in the USA

Following the success of the international colloquium held in Cardiff, Dr Jamie Castell gave a series of talks and seminars on the eastern seaboard of the USA.

In order to explore future avenues for the ScienceHumanities, he met with academics at a number of different institutions, including the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, the Department of English and Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University, and the English Department and Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

His talk was entitled ‘Romanticism in the Anthropocene’ and considered how contemporary ecological circumstances impact on how we read Romantic poems. Focussing in particular on William Wordsworth’s The Ruined Cottage, it highlighted a difference between earlier, optimistic ecocritical accounts and newer approaches that might be taken in the Anthropocene. He argued that Romantic poetry more frequently challenges cognitive preconceptions about the natural world than is allowed, and also attempted to show the continued importance of critical engagements with past literatures in informing analysis of contemporary modes of thinking.

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ScienceHumanities Colloquium Gallery

In December 2016, the ScienceHumanities project hosted a colloquium that brought together leading international scholars from three continents and multiple disciplines to begin to define the role that the ScienceHumanities might play in our research future.

Martin Willis and Jamie Castell Discuss the Introduction to the Latest Edition of New Literary History

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In this podcast Martin Willis and Jamie Castell discuss the introduction to the new issue of New Literary History, written by Rita Felski. The issue is dedicated to “Recomposing the Humanities” and Felski’s introduction offers an overview of ways this might be achieved. As you will hear, Martin and Jamie wonder about the applicability of some of Felski’s thinking for the ScienceHumanities.

Spaces and Places of ScienceHumanities

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Professor Keir Waddington discusses the importance of making the distinction between spaces and places in the ScienceHumanities  

The ‘spatial turn’ has highlighted the mutability of space and its social production, and in doing so has drawn attention to how we need to think about what we mean by space and place. In Putting science in its place (2003) Livingstone importantly reminds us of how scientific knowledge is inherently geographical in terms of how it was produced, transmitted, and consumed, but why might we still need to separate out the spaces and places of sciences?

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