Call for Applications: ScienceHumanities Summer School 2019

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Keynote Speaker: Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford)

A free, international, postgraduate summer school

In 2019 Cardiff University’s ScienceHumanities research group will host the second week-long International Summer School dedicated to the examination of the relations between the humanities and the sciences and funded by Wellcome. This year the Summer School will have the theme of “Populations”. The Summer School will have as its keynote speaker Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), and will also feature workshops from leading scholars in literature and science, and the histories of science and medicine, from across the UK and Europe.

The Summer School will not only give participants access to significant researchers in the field, but will also offer 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 is open only to doctoral students located in universities and research centres worldwide. There are only 12 places available. It is free to attend, but participants must be able to pay for 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 are available for students from nations with limited resources.

To express initial interest and receive an application form please email Professor Martin Willis on The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 25thJanuary 2019. Applications must be submitted by Friday 1stFebruary 2019 and decisions will be made by 15thFebruary. Participating doctoral students must be able to commit to the full 5 days of the Summer School.



ScienceHumanities Wellcome Grant Success

The ScienceHumanities Initiative at Cardiff University has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Humanities and Social Science to fund an innovative programme of interdisciplinary events over the next three years.

Entitled ‘Building and Interrogating Relationships between the Medical Humanities and Humanities Approaches to the Sciences’, the programme offers a series of regional workshops and international colloquia to place humanities approaches to medicine and health in sustained and productive dialogue with humanities approaches to other sciences and technologies. Our aim is to generate further research that transforms our methodologies and enables us to meet future challenges to our understanding of medicine and health. The funding also facilitates the continuation of the highly successful ScienceHumanities postgraduate Summer School, which brings PhD students from a variety of disciplines and from across the world to Cardiff University for an intensive week of interdisciplinary activity.

Co-directors of the initiative—Professor Martin Willis, Professor Keir Waddington and Dr Jamie Castell—will be leading on the delivery of this programme over the course of the three years with themed events on ‘Populations’ (2018-19), ‘Energies’ (2019-20) and ‘Healthy Futures’ (2020-21). The ScienceHumanities Initiative is based in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, but involves colleagues from a variety of other disciplines at Cardiff University, as well as a number of international partners (including Duke University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the University of Bremen).

If you are interested in learning more or in getting involved with the ScienceHumanities Initiative, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by email (,,

ScienceHumanities Summer School 2018 Testimonials

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

The Summer School programme featured 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.

Here’s what some of the doctoral students who participated in the Summer School had to say about it.

We’ll be making an announcement about our next Summer School very soon.

International Symposium on ‘Transnational Conceptions of Nature and Ecology’

Co-director of the ScienceHumanities initiative, Dr Jamie Castell, is currently organising an international event on ‘Transnational Conceptions of Nature and Ecology’ at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science with Dr Wilko von Hardenberg.

In our current moment, complex environmental challenges have causes and effects that clearly exceed national boundaries. Nevertheless, historical and contemporary conceptions of nature and ecology remain influenced by national and transnational cultures. This one-day symposium aims to investigate the connections and faultlines between different understandings of nature and ecology in national and global contexts. In the morning, we will consider the entangled cultures of geographically proximate European countries, which have shaped many dominant approaches to nature in science and society. In the afternoon session, we will turn our attention to different conceptions of nature and ecology on a more global scale. By offering a survey of different conceptions of nature and ecology, we hope to make productive connections, to highlight the limitations and mediations of current approaches, and to consider together the impact of these approaches on different disciplines and modes of thinking in our own time.

The event will take place in Berlin in December 2018 with invited speakers from around the world.

ScienceHumanities European Tour

In June, the ScienceHumanities team were wonderfully hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin for a Studientag on Literature and the History of Science.

Covering topics from Romanticism to cybernetics, it was fascinating for the team to engage with a range of different research projects from across Germany.


The team went straight on to Paris to deliver a plenary panel on transdisciplinary approaches to working across the humanities and sciences at the 3rd International Conference of the Commission on Science and Literature.

The event was held at the newly merged Paris-Sorbonne and Pierre and Marie Curie Universities, an institutional development which itself opens new avenues for studying the humanities and the sciences in innovative ways.

ScienceHumanities in The Conversation

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The Cardiff ScienceHumanities team are in The Conversation this week, writing about effective collaborations between the humanities and the sciences.

“The question is not whether we should collaborate but, instead, how we are already collaborating and how we might collaborate better.”

The article can be read in its entirety at the following link:


The Conversation

Special Issue: ‘Defining the ScienceHumanities’

We are delighted to announce the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Literature and Science, entitled ‘Defining the ScienceHumanities’ and edited by James Castell, Martin Willis, and Keir Waddington.

With contributions from scholars in a wide range of disciplines and from across the world, the issue proposes, defines, and explores a new terrain for thinking about the points of connection and resistance between the humanities and the sciences: the ScienceHumanities. Organized around triangulations, speculations, and practices, the special issue investigates an ambitious range of approaches that inform the ScienceHumanities and also offers a manifesto for new modes of thinking and new ways of collaborative working.

Open access to the issue is available at the following link,

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