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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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

Summer School

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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

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.