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Commission on Science & Literature





9-11 July 2014, Athens



   Programme of the Conference         



Wednesday 9 July 2014


Opening session 9.00-9.45

Plenary Lecture 10.00-11.00

Ignatius Mc Govern, A Tale of Two Williams.

Coffee, tea and refreshments 11.00-11.30       


Session 1 W-A1: 11.30 -13.30

Science and Literature in the 19th Century I

Kostas Tampakis, “To leave Parnassus and climb the rugged mountain of science”: Science, literature and nationalism in 19th century Greece.

Manolis Patiniotis, The light bulb and the prostitute. The excursions of Achilles Paraschos to Paris and London.

Melanie Keene, Fiction and Facts in Fairyland.

Will Tattersdill, Identity Transfer: Genre Fiction and Dinosaurs on the Frontier, 1899.

Session W-A2: 11.30 -13.30

Science and Literature in the 20th century I

Anna Kurz, Conversations about Science and Humanity in Christa Wolf’s Novel Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud.

Michael Wainwright, On What Matters for African Americans: W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk in the Light of Derek Parfit’s Reasons and Persons.

Irini Zorzos, Authenticity in the Graphic Novel “Auschwitz”.

Jasmin Wrobel,Literature and Science in Latin-American neo-baroque literature.

               Session W-A3: 11.30 -13.30

Medicine and Literature I

Cristina Vidrutiu, Radu Cucuteanu, Writing the plague at the crossroad of history and literature. The case of Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau/Fred Vargas.

Sophia Chatzipetrou, The story of an epidemic: the medical symptom as literary basis in The Plague by Albert Camus.

Maria do Carmo Mendes, Neuropsychology and literature: Agustina Bessa Luís’ novels.

Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue, Against Medical advice: Epistemological reinterpretation in Quebec Counterculture.


Lunch Break 13.30-17.00


Session W-B1: 17.00-19.00

Science and Literature in the Public Sphere

Aikaterini Konstantinidou, Marina Castells, A Contextualized novel in Barcelona of XVIII as resource to teach science and history.

Anna Chronaki, Christos Milionis, Mathematical Literature in Teachers’ Hands: What tool does ‘literature’ become for mathematics education?

Julien Bobineau, Jonas Nesselhauf & Markus Schleich, “The Chemistry Must Be Respected” :The Influence of Chemical Science on Vince Gillian’s Breaking Bad.

Gianna Katsiampoura, Science and scientists in crime stories.

Session W-B2: 17.00-19.00

Contextualities and disciplinary borders

Arto Mutanen, Science and Literature: Search for a Proper Dialogue.

Rainer Godel, Why Samuel Richardson’s “Clarissa” became a role model. On Zimmermann’s biography of Albrecht von Haller.

Dustin Hellberg, Charles Peirce, Evolution and Literature: Towards consilience.

Constantine Skordoulis, Critical Utopia and Science Fiction.

Session W-B3 17.00-19.00

Science and Poetry I

Ioanna Stephanidou, Scientific fragments of Emily Dickinson’s poetry in art: A comment on Janet Malcolm’s Cut Up Books.

Maria Terdimou, Zero and Infinity in Modern Greek Poetry.

Carol Thompson, Fusing the subjective and the objective: Barnett Pearce’s Description of the Relationship Between Science and Poetry.

Clare Stainthorp, The land where Poetry and Science meet’: Constance Naden’s Synthetic Philosophy.


Plenary Lecture 19.15-20.15


        Peter Schuster, Johann Joseph Loschmidt-A Passion for the Improbable.

Welcome Reception 20.30


Thursday 10 July 2014



Session T-A1 9.00-11.00

Digital and Virtual Worlds

Anna Chronaki, Maria Zaharaki, A Digital Narrative of how we relate with Mathematics: The case of ‘street mathematics’.

Marion Roussel, Life and death of cyberspace, or when computer science grabs a cyberpunk novel.

Fiona Moreno, Narrative, Re-Membered. Working the Literary Object to Available Schemas: On Memory for Text and Social Bias.

Charalampos Kokkinos, Engineering artifact matters: This is not a Science fiction story on new Technology.

Session T-A2 9.00-11.00

Science and Literature in the 20th century II

Hafid Gafaïti, Heisenberg’s Principle of Uncertainty and the Status of the Observer in the French New Novel.

Katerina Karra, Science in Theater: the scientist in Modern Greek plays of the 20th century.

Rachel Crossland, Encouraging a 'living interest' in Science: Popular Science in Early Twentieth-Century Periodicals.

John Holmes, Teleological Evolutionism in Modernist Epic Poems.


Coffee, tea and refreshments 11.00-11.30


Session T-B1 11.30-13.30

Science in French futuristic Novels (1860-1945) from Jules Verne to René Barjavel

Valérie Stiénon, Literature through Technology. Depicting the Future of the Book from Verne to Barjavel.

Christèle Couleau, Is Science a foil? Indirect powersof the novelistic speech in Jules Verne.

Claire Barel-Moisan, Science at war with Literature in Albert Robida’s futuristic work (1848-1926).

Session T-B2 11.30-13.30

Science as literature

Jana Wittenzellner, Science as Literature: The sexological writings of Hildegart Rodriguez.

Constantin Canavas, Rooting automata in debates of literature. Olympia and her repercussions in political criticism and literary debates.

Denise Pereira, The Patografia de Antero de Quental [Pathography of Antero de Quental] (1955) by Luís Cebola: Poetry and its Interpretation as a Source for Psychiatric Diagnosis / Scientific Theory as a Significant Tool in Literary Analysis.

Nicolas Correard, Mock Scientific Papers in Early-Modern Britain: some Wit and many Claims against New Science.

Session T-B3 11.30-13.30

Science and Literature in the Renaissance I

Anastasia Guidi Itokazu,Virgil, Lucian and Kepler's Dream.

Manolis Kartsonakis, The leading path to the Scientific Revolution through literature forms: Reports, Dialogues and Letters within Copernicus’, Kepler’s and Galileo’s works.

Veronica Altasina, Probability and expectation in Pascal's Pensées.


Lunch 13.30-17.00

Plenary Lecture 17.00-18.00

Christine Phili, Reymond Queneau, the Wrkshop of the Potential Literature and the Foundations of Literature

Coffee, tea and refreshments 18.00-18.30

General assembly of the International Commission on Science and Literature 18.30-20.00

Official Dinner 21.00-24.00


Friday 11 July 2014


Session F-A1 9.00-11.00

Medicine and Literature II

Kalika Sands, Foreign Airs: Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, and the Artificial Climates of London.

Wouter Schrover, The Evaluation of Medical Technology in Contemporary Dutch Novels on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

Helen Goodman, Male mourning and melancholia: grief as pathology and paralysis in Dombey and Son’.

Roula Tsitouri, Exploring aphasia: Samuel Beckett’s late texts.

Session F-A2 9.00-11.00

Science and Poetry II

James Levernier, Charles Darwin’s Influence on the Poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Vangelis Koutalis, Not a monstrous flower: Poetry and science in Humphry Davy’s chemical philosophy.

Denis Weaire, The undertow of science in the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Marion Simonin, The Gravitations of Jules Supervielle, a poetry from scientific intuition to metaphysical imagination.

Session F-A3 9.00-11.00

Borders of science, borders of literature

Claudia Schweizer, Diderot et son autoportrait littéraire dans un traité de musique.

Flora Paparou, The use of literature texts in science teaching and science museum exploration.

Pauline Choay–Lescar, Exploration as a Threshold between Science and Literature.

Panagiotis Lazos, From Earth to the Moon. A critical review of the scientific arguments in the wellknown Jules Vern’s book.


Coffee, tea and refreshments 11.00-11.30


Session F-B1 11.00-13.30

Medicine and Literature III

Svétlana Ruda, Description of the Plague in Fiction.

Grete Tartler Tabarasi, The analogy of medical science and governance in al-Fārābī’s moral philosophy.

Vanessa Costa e Silva Schmitt, The hospital in Edmond and Jules de Goncourt's Sœur Philomène (1861): institution of pathololy and clinic of poverty.

Eleonora Ravizza, Hybridity at the interface of medical and literary discourse.

Session F-B2 11.00-13.30

Science and literature in the 19th century II

Marina Grigoropoulou, Early echoes of the psychoanalytic science in Greek literature: The first love of John Kondylaki

Iouliani Vroutsi, Literature through the eyes of Physics: Neohellenic Chronographema: Αquantum literature phenomenon.

Berg Gunhild, Experimenters versus Magicians.Poetic Strategies of an Intertextual Rivalry in German Fiction of the 19th Century.

George N. Vlahakis, Mesmerism in 19th century Greek popular literature.

       Session F-B3 11.00-13.30

Language and science exchanges

Aura Heydenreich and Klaus Mecke, ELINAS.Center for Literature and Natural Science.

Fay Tsitou, “τῆλετήλε…, tele…” The adventures of Greek language and how these are reflected on science.

Papageorgopoulou Marina, Maria, Athina, ‘The genesis of science fiction: A Trip to the Moon’.

                      Anastasia Zografou, Thomas More and John Donne. A dialogue

Lunch 13.30-17.00


Session F-C1 17.00-19.00

Narratives, identities and gender

Ryan Sweet, Prosthetic Pirates: Rudimentary Prosthesis Use and Manliness in Victorian and Edwardian Adventure Narratives.

Claire Jones, ‘All your dreadful scientific things’: Women in the laboratory in fact and fiction around 1900.

Manuela-Claire Warscher, Literature and Identity: Multilingualism in school and education in the Austrian Littoral 1889-1918.

Session F-C2 17.00-19.00

Science and literature in the 19th century III

Maria Zarimis, Darwinian and Post-Darwinian Reflections of Greek Writers of the Late Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries.

Polyxeni Giannakopoulou, Science and literature in the public space of Athens, 1850-1900.

Argyro Loukaki, Urban Planning, Poetry, and Greek Nation-Building: The Parallel Lives of Dionysios Solomos and Stamatis Voulgaris.

Constantinos Morfakis, Katerina Vlantoni, Science, Technology and Society. Searching for the Enemy of the people.

               Session F-C3 17.00-19.00

Science and Literature in the Renaissance II

Ana-Stanca Tabarasi-Hoffmann, Thomas Burnet (1635-1735) and the Concept of a Scientific Romance.

Pietro Daniel Omodeo, Astronomical Philology and Poetical Science: Interactions between Cosmology and Literature During the Renaissance.

Luis Miguel Carolino, Cosmological poetry in the late-Renaissance Portugal.


Coffee break 19.00-19.30












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