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              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 218.
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        Date: 2021-09-06 15:40:22+00:00
        From: Jerome De Groot <Jerome.Degroot@MANCHESTER.AC.UK>
        Subject: British Society for Literature and Science – Manchester Conference 2022 CFP

British Society for Literature and Science – Conference 2022 

We are delighted to announce that the seventeenth annual BSLS
( conference will take place at Friends’ Meeting
House, Manchester, UK, from Thursday 7 April until Saturday 9 April
2022. This event is organised as a partnership between the University of
Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Susan M. Gaines (, University of
Shital Pravinchandra (
culture/people/academic/profiles/pravinchandra.html, Queen Mary, 
University of London); 
Leah Knight (
knight/, Brock University)

Call for papers 

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, panels of three papers, or
special roundtables on subjects within the field of literature (broadly
defined to include theatre, film, and television) and science (including
medicine and technology). To propose a paper please submit a 200-word
abstract with a short biographical note by  5 November 2021  to

Panel and roundtable submissions should consist of a 1200-word outline
of the session’s purpose and the contributions of each speaker, sent by
5 November 2021  to

The conference programme will be confirmed in December to allow you to
plan your travel early. Registration will take place between December
and February.

About the conference

All talks and plenaries are to take place in person in the Friends’
Meeting House, with extra activities at Manchester Central Library and
the International Anthony Burgess Centre. We will observe any social
distancing advice in place at the time of the conference.

There will be two free reception events and a conference banquet (for an
extra fee). Cost will be around £120 for unwaged, around £200 for waged.
Vegetarian and vegan food will be standard and other dietary
requirements can be accommodated.

There will be an online package consisting of access to the plenaries
and limited other content for delegates who are unable to travel, at a
reduced cost, but the conference is designed to be in-person and we hope
to welcome as many delegates to Manchester as possible. If you would
like to discuss contributing without attendance, please contact us
directly on the above email. We may move the conference online with
several months’ notice if the pandemic situation dictates it.

The conference fee will be waived for two graduate students in exchange
for written reports on the conference, to be published in the BSLS
Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these
awards, please mention this when sending in your proposal. To qualify
you will need to be registered for a postgraduate degree at the time of
the conference.

BSLS membership

Conference delegates will need to register/renew as members of the BSLS
(annual membership: £25 waged / £10 unwaged).

About the venue

Friends’ Meeting House is a Quaker space that dates from 1795; a wall on
the site is the only fragment of building left that was standing during
the Peterloo massacre, which took place in this area of central

About accommodation

Manchester has a number of hotels, B&Bs and Airbnb accommodation suited
to every budget. We will be circulating a list of hotels close to the
central location.

About access

Each venue has good access, and we will circulate details closer to the
conference date. (



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