Summer School

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

A free, international, postgraduate summer school

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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.

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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.

Draft Schedule


10.00-12.00 LUNCH 13.00-15.00 BREAK 15.30-17.30


Monday April 30th Welcome Session – Martin Willis, Keir Waddington, & James Castell 12.00-13.00 Analogy in Literature and Science – Alice Jenkins 15.00-15.30 Conducting Projects across the Arts and Sciences – Charlotte Sleigh Local Entertainment
Tuesday May 1st How to Publish – Keir Waddington 12.00-13.00 Thinking Environment: ScienceHumanities and the Challenge of the Anthropocene – James Castell 15.00-15.30 How to Work with Scientists – Martin Willis Journal of Literature and Science 10th Anniversary Lecture – N. Katherine Hayles (followed by a wine reception)
Wednesday May 2nd Title TBC – N. Katherine Hayles 12.00-13.00 Title TBC – Abigail Woods 15.00-15.30 Concepts for Thinking Nuclear Culture – Dan Cordle Cardiff Castle Visit
Thursday May 3rd Double Helix History – Jerome de Groot 12.00-13.00 Frankenstein: Then & Now – Sharon Ruston 15.00-15.30 Free Research Session Nothing from 3pm today (to allow for work on presentations)
Friday May 4th Student presentations 12.00-13.00 Student presentations 15.00-15.30 Student presentations Cardiff Bay Tour and Closing Drinks Reception