Wednesday, February 09, 2011

CFP: Literature and Mathematics in the Long Nineteenth Century (2/21, 5/16-18/2011)

Literature and Mathematics in the Long Nineteenth Century
University of Glasgow, Scotland
16-18 May 2011

Plenary speakers will be Professor Marilyn Gaull (The Editorial Institute, Boston University), Professor Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow), and Professor Daniel Brown (University of Western Australia).

How did nineteenth-century literary writers and readers interact with mathematics, both advanced and basic? How were mathematical ideas transformed into narrative or poetry, satirized, domesticated, played with, and adapted for religious and political use? What would be the consequences for nineteenth-century studies of better knowledge and understanding of the period’s mathematical culture?

A few programme slots remain open. Proposals are very welcome for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the interactions of literature and mathematics in Romantic, Victorian, or Edwardian culture. Please send an abstract (up to 400 words) to by 21 February, or please contact Alice Jenkins at this address if you have any queries about the conference.