Forthcoming Events

The Centre for the Novel is delighted to announce the Annual Lecture for 2019

Professor Deborah Denenholz Morse, College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)

'Burning Art and Political Resistance: Anne Brontë’s Radical Imaginary of Wives, Enslaved People, and Animals in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)'

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6pm - 7pm
  • Room 224, Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

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Women, Science, Narrative: Writing Female Experience in a Scientific Age

Hazel Hutchison and Alexandra Lewis have received a Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop Award for a research network and workshop on the theme of Women, Science, Narrative.

Women have always had a complex relationship with science. In the early days of scientific inquiry, many women were involved in science in the home, and girls were often trained in botany and geometry. However, throughout the nineteenth century, as science became more professionalised, and moved into Universities or commercial laboratories and workshops, it became increasingly difficult for women to access. Meanwhile, other emerging areas such as domestic science and the health sciences, increasingly offered new professional roles for women. Female writers were not only well-placed to reflect these changes, but also to shape their cultural context, to contribute to scientific debate, either as practitioners of science themselves or as advocates—and as critics—of the ideas and approaches of others.

This network project is designed to create a platform for scholarly discussion about these interconnected themes. Ranging widely from the pre-industrial era of the early nineteenth century to the ‘Modernist’ years of the 1920s and 30s, and covering material relating to Britain, France, South America, USA and Canada, it explores how women engaged with scientific themes in their writing, and asks what was distinctive about women’s experience of the relationship between science and writing in an age where both of these elements of cultural life were changing and expanding so rapidly.  This network creates an internal hub for researchers at the University of Aberdeen to work together on connected projects. It also fosters links with respected scholars in the field based at external institutions, who will be invited to a research workshop funded by the RSE in May 2015 to share expertise and exchange ideas.


Previous events

  • 'An International Conference at the Centre for the Novel'. Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, 6-9 April 2017. Plenary Speakers: Oliver Kohns, University of Luxembourg, Randall Stevenson, University of Edinburgh, Steven Trout, University of South Alabama
  • 'Will Self in Conversation with Alexandra Lewis', Aberdeen's headline event for the UK's first Being Human Festival, November 2014.
  • The Real Thing: Henry James and the Material World: Sixth International Conference of the Henry James Society, Sir Duncan Rice library and King’s College Conference centre, University of Aberdeen, 16-19th July 2014.
  • Wednesday 19 March 2014, 6pm: Alan Spence, Zen and the Art of the Novel, Centre for the Novel Annual Lecture, MacRobert Lecture Theatre, King's College. Admission Free. Further information.
  • 11 October 2012: Centre for the Novel Annual Lecture, James Naughtie, 'An Age for Dickens?'
  • 08 November 2012: Michael Slater, 'An Attempt on the Life of Charles Dickens'
  • 24 March 2012: Novel Approaches: A Workshop for Teachers of English
  • Dickens in 2012: A bicentenary programme of lectures, film screenings and performances, May to November 2012
  • 29 November 2011: Centre for the Novel Annual Lecture, Sophie Hannah 
  • 15 May 2011: A conversation with Margaret Atwood at the Word Festival
  • 19 Match 2011: Jane Austen Enters the Marketplace: A Bicentenary Celebration
  • 20 April 2010: Centre for the Novel Annual Lecture, Janice Galloway
  • The Novel and Its Borders. International Conference, 8-10 July 2008. Speakers: Terry Castle, Ian Duncan, and Jonathan Lamb
  • 20 April 2009: Centre for the Novel Annual Lecture, Michele Roberts
  • 18 March 2008: Centre for the Novel Annual Lecture, John Mullan
  • 5 May 2007: Popular Dickens. Speakers: Malcolm Andrews, John Drew, Juliet John, Michael Slater, Grahame Smith
  • 10 November 2006: Henry James and the Art of the Novel. Speakers: Philip Horne, Tessa Hadley, Oliver Herford, Matthew Rubery