Troisième conférence internationale de science et littérature

Paris 2-4 July 2018

Sorbonne Université – Faculté des Sciences et Ingénierie

4, place Jussieu, 75005 Paris


MONDAY 2 July 2018

12.00-14.00: Registration

14.00-14.15: Opening Ceremony

14.15-15.30: Plenary Lecture

-John Holmes, University of Birmingham 

The Pre-Raphaelites and Science


15.30-17.00: Plenary panel

-Martin Willis, Keir Waddington and James Castell, Cardiff University ScienceHumanities: New Visions for Literature and Science Collaboration




17.30-19.30:Science and Literature in the Nineteenth Century 

-George N. Vlahakis, Hellenic Open University and Institute for Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation

The life and work of a “heretic” Greek Orthodox Christian natural philosopher in Victorian literature

-Anne-Gaelle Weber,Université d’Artois

Des usages scientifiques de la littérature au XIXe siècle


-Alice Jenkins,University of Glasgow

 Literary criticism and the saving virtue of scientific method in Victorian Britain’

-Will Abberley,University of Sussex

 The Instinctive Naturalist: Science, Hunting and Emotion in Victorian Natural History Writing





TUESDAY 3 July 2018

Parallel session B1: Poetry of Science


-Marion Simonin, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris-3 

 Fourth State of the material by Lorand Gaspar. A poetry to stitch up?


-Pauline Lescar, Sorbonne Université – Faculté des Sciences et Ingénierie

 Geopoetryin Whitman’sLeaves of Grass


-Tzveta Sofronieva, Independent Scholar

 The Light in its Infinity


-Anna Kasperek,Jagiellonian University

 Franciscanism in the Polish poetry of interwar period


Parallel session B2:Forms of Science Writing 


-Simone Palmieri,University of Rome Sapienza

Advertising and emotion: a survey on rhyming commercials 

-Anna Auguscik,CvO University, Oldenburg

 Exploring Global Dimensions of the History of Science in Expedition Narratives

-Caroline Curtis,University of Birmingham 

 Autobiographical Aspects of the Writing of Robert Boyle

Parallel session B3: Scientific Genres and Scientific Methods in Fiction 


 -Diana Mistreanu,Université du Luxembourg/Université Paris-Est  

Playing With the Reader’s Brain. A Neurocognitive Reading of Andreï Makine’s Novels




-Mike Wainwright,Royal Holloway, University of London

 Arthur Conan Doyle’s Denial of Induction: Deduction and Sherlock Holmes’s Scientific Method of Detection

-Anton Kirchhofer, University of Oldenburg

Fictional Science Narratives and the ‘Globalisation of Knowledge’

-Fleur Hopkins,Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Vanished!: Visual Culture of the Invisible Man in the French Merveilleux-scientifique Genre



Parallel session B4:Mathematics, Physics and Literature


-Klaus Mecke, ELINAS, University of Erlangen

Narrated Nature: Towards a Narratology of Physics


-Aura Heydenreich, ELINAS, University of Erlangen

 Epistemic Transfer and Model Transformation between Physics and Literature


-Tefkros Michaelides, American College of Athens

Gödel’s theorem as a source of inspiration for literary production


-Grigorios Ioannidis, National University of Athens 

“Theatre in the 11th dimension”; Notions of Modern Physics in Contemporary Greek Theatre


Parallel session B5: Science and Literature in different contexts  


 -Maria Zarimis, University of New South Wales

 Contextualising Kazantzakis: His Science and Spirit

-Georgia Pateridou Hellenic Open University, and Nikos Mathioudakis, Kazantzakis Publications

 Continuously surpassing oneself: issues of science and philosophy in the work of Nikos Kazantzakis

-Vanessa Costa e Silva Schmitt, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

L'homme de l'art au XVIe siècle: la construction des savoirs médico-philosophiques dans L'Œuvre au Noir (1968), de Marguerite Yourcenar

-Ioli Mpei, National University of Athens, Science and Literature as different fields: Discussion of a misconception


13.30-15.30 LUNCH BREAK

Parallel session B6:  Illumination, Knowledge and the Imagination 



-Alessio Mattana,University of Leeds

 ‘In the Search of Knowledge and Truth’: Defoe’s Satire of Newton’s Demonstrative Knowledge in The Consolidator (1705)

 -Kieran Murphy, University of Colorado at Boulder

 Electromagnetism and the Volatile Imagination

-Constantin Canavas, Technical University of Hamburg

The affective narrative of the diminishing distance. Science and literature in the”Cosmicomics”by Italo Calvino


-Peter Maria Schuster, Echophysics

From Physics to Poetry – The Path of Life of Ernesto Sαbato


Parallel session B7:Education 



-Rosy Angelaki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Science and historical novels. Shaping the scientific thinking in young readers.

-Pirjo Suvilehto, University of Oulu

Theory of Bibliotherapy as an approach to study a picture book. Representations of guiding animals as a case-study




-Panagiotis Lazos, National University of Athens, and George N. Vlahakis, Hellenic Open University

 Scientific instruments and public lectures from a philological association. The case of Greek philological association of Constantinople.



WEDNESDAY 4 July 2018

Parallel session C1:  Medicine and the Human Body 



-Stefania Iliescu-Suciu,Université de Rennes 2

Fact is stranger than fiction – Neuroscience in Richard Powers’ The Echo Maker (2006)

-Aureo Lustosa Guerios,University of Padua

 Blue Death: the masking of cholera as plague in Poe and Pushkin

-Pierre-Louis Patoine,  Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris 3

Cutting-up viral codes: William S. Burroughs, CRISPR-Cas9 and The Wild Boys


-Carlos Gámez Pérez,Universitat de Girona

Tiempo de silencio, by Luis Martín-Santos: An Existential Psychoanalysis on Spanish Society 



Parallel session C2:  Social Aspects of Science and Literature



-Radim Hladík, Czech Academy of Sciences

 Czech Literature as a Measure of Czech Sociology


-Gemma Curto Alonso, University of Sheffield

 Environmental crisis in Hunter’s Map of Days and McGuire’s Here


-Donatella Germanese Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Petroleum and the Sublime in Industrial Magazines of the 1950s




11.30  General assembly- Conclusions