Romantic Science Programme

RCLAS was delighted to hold a one-day seminar on the subject of ROMANTIC SCIENCE (in conjunction with the Wales and the West Romanticism Seminar group) on Friday September 12th, 2008. The plenary speaker was Prof. Anne Janowitz, who spoke on '“Longing for Other Worlds”: The Plurality of Worlds Debate and the Sciences of Infinity’.

The conference has now taken place, but you can view the programme below:


Romantic Science: programme


9.30 – 10: Registration.

10 – 10.05: Welcome

10.05 – 11.25: Panel 1: Mapping the Romantic Imagination

Chair: Annie Janowitz (Queen Mary, London)

Sharon Ruston (Keele): 'Romantic Poetry: Creativity and Vitality’

Polly Atkin (Lancaster): 'Naming, Marking, Mapping: The Ecopoiesis of Home at Grasmere'

Rachel Hewitt (Glamorgan): '“The Honour of the Nation…is a Map”: Cartography, Rhetoric, and Nationalism’


11.25 – 11.45: Morning coffee/tea

11.45 – 12.45: Panel 2: Medicalising Romanticism

Chair: Andy Smith (Glamorgan)

Paul Wright (Trinity College, Camarthen): '“O for a Life of Sensations,” or the Internal and External Parts: Keats and Medical Materialism

Fuson Wang (UCLA): 'Mary Shelley and the Plague’


12.45 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 – 2.50: Panel 3: Over-ground and Under-ground

Chair: Rachel Hewitt (Glamorgan)

Helena Kelly (Oxford (Corpus Christi)): 'Enclosure and the Nation in Emma'

Richard Marggraf Turley, Jayne Archer, and Howard Thomas (Aberystwyth): 'Reading King Lear Again: Romanticism and the Politics of Food Supply’

Thomas Furniss (Strathclyde): 'Romantic Geology: The Representation of the Trossachs in The Statistical Account of Scotland'


2.50 – 3: short break

3 – 4: Panel 4: Women and Children

Chair: Martin Willis (Glamorgan)

Adeline Johns-Putra (Exeter): 'Gender, Science and Literature: Eleanor Anne Porden’s Scientific Romance’

P.J. Newbon (Cambridge (Kings)): 'Coleridge and the Study of Children’


4 – 4.20: Afternoon tea/coffee

4.20 – 5.30: Plenary lecture:

Chair: Jeff Wallace (Glamorgan)

Prof. Annie Janowitz (Queen Mary, London): '“Longing for Other Worlds”: The Plurality of Worlds Debate and the Sciences of Infinity’


5.30 – 6.30: wine reception and launch of Journal of Literature and Science


6.45: dinner at Zizzi restaurant, High Street, central Cardiff (4 mins from Cardiff Central station)