HRC Seminar Series


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HRC Seminar Series

HRC Visiting Fellows, whilst at the Centre, participate in the Centre’s programs and meet regularly with other fellows to make a public presentation of their research.

Members of the University and the general public are welcome to attend seminars for free. They are followed by informal discussion and light refreshments, and we encourage all students to attend and for tutors to advise their students of this opportunity.

Each seminar is held at 4.30pm in the Theatrette (unless otherwise indicated), on the 2nd floor (entry level) of the Sir Roland Wilson Building.

Semester 1 2018




27 February

Assoc Prof Malcolm Choat (Macquarie University)

The Forger and the Chemist: Constantine Simonides, Henry Deane, and the (de)authentication of Forged Manuscripts

13 March

Dr Tereza Hendl

(University of Sydney)

The Case of a Nasal Growth from the Spine: What Can Autologous Adult Stem Cell Interventions Tell Us About the Self?

27 March

Prof Margrit Shildrick

(Stockholm University, Sweden)

Destabilising Human Embodiment: Prostheses, Biotechnologies and Assemblages

17 April

Dr Monika Bakke

(Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

It’s Alive! Art and Living-nonliving Entanglements 200 Years after Frankenstein

15 May

Dr Ben Mercer

(School of History, ANU)

The Devouring Monster: The University and the Science of Society in the 1960s

5 June

Dr Fabien Medvecky

(University of Otago, NZ)

Should we Talk About the Monster? Reconsidering the Ethics of Science Communication

8 June

Prof Michael Robinson

(University of Hartford)

The Geography of Frankenstein

19 June

Prof Kevin Pask

(Concordia University)

Always Politicise?

21 June

Prof Marcie Frank

(Concordia University)

Austen’s Theatricality and the Limits of Realism

Semester 2




17 July

Assoc Prof Nandini Pandey (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Res Est Publica Caesar: The Emperor as Public Property in Roman Poetry and Currency

7 August

Prof Ian Crawford

(Birkbeck College London)

Widening Perspectives: Space Exploration, Astrobiology, and the Socio-Political Benefits of the Cosmic Perspective

14 August

Dr Naoko Yamagata

(Open University, UK)

Suicide in Homer and the 'Tale of the Heike': Greek and Japanese Perspectives

21 August

Prof Sharon Ruston

(Lancaster University)

Humphry Davy: Poetry and Priority

28 August

Dr Jerome De Groot

(Manchester University)

Double-Helix History

4 September

Dr Helen Curry

(University of Cambridge)

Seed Banks or Seed Morgues? Salvaging Crop Diversity from the Seed Bank

25 September

Dr Julieanne Lamond

(RSHA Internal Fellow)

Feminism, Literary Reception, and the Case of Amanda Lohrey

2 October

Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens

(Humboldt Foundation Fellow)

If Victor Frankenstein Were a Novelist: Arno Schmidt’s Monster: Bottom’s Dream (1970) – One of the Most Quirky and Hyper-intellectual Gems of German Literature

9 October

Dr Line Henriksen

(University of Copenhagen)

Signals from the End of the World: An ethics of the Void, the Weird and the Web

16 October

Dr Beatrice Bijon

(Humanities Research Centre)


23 October

Prof Randall Stevenson

(University of Edinburgh)

Reification, Relativity, Redemption: Modernist Fiction and the Imagination of Science in the 1920s

30 October

Dr Christian Bök

(Charles Darwin University)

The Xenotext

6 November

Prof Martin Willis

(Cardiff University)

The Good Places of Sleep: Nineteenth-century Sleep Studies in Literature and the Sciences

13 November

Prof Peter Schulz

(Lugano University)

Frankenstein and the Communication Challenges of Regenerative Medicine

Upcoming events

Humphry Davy: Poetry and Priority

4.30–5.45pm 21 Aug 2018

This paper explores how the chemist Humphry Davy (1778-1829) fashioned himself as, what he called in his poetry, a “true philosopher.” He defined the “true...

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Double Helix History

4.30–5.45pm 28 Aug 2018

In this paper I want to think about what Jackie Pearson and others have termed the ‘genetic imaginary’. That is, popular understanding of the work of our DNA...

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Seed Banks or Seed Morgues? Salvaging Crop Diversity from the Seed Bank

4.30–5.45pm 4 Sep 2018

The 1960s and 70s saw growing international concern over the loss of crop plant diversity. This loss was thought to result from the expansion of industrial...

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Past events

Suicide in Homer and the 'Tale of the Heike': Greek and Japanese Perspectives

14 Aug 2018

The world of Homer’s Greek epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey (8th century BC) and the world of the Tale of the Heike, a Japanese epic tale of warriors (...

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Widening Perspectives: Astrobiology, Big History, and the Socio-Political Benefits of the Cosmic Perspective

7 Aug 2018

Astrobiology is usually defined as the study of the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe. As such it is inherently interdisciplinary and...

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Res Est Publica Caesar: The Emperor as Public Property in Roman Poetry and Currency

17 Jul 2018

Rome’s first emperor Augustus permanently recentered political, economic, and religious institutions around his public persona while claiming equality with...

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Austen’s Theatricality and the Limits of Realism

21 Jun 2018

Jane Austen’s narrative economy is often praised, as is her psychological realism, yet the first relies in important ways on the stage and the second is...

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Always Politicise?

19 Jun 2018

Is literary scholarship an emancipatory political activity? In this paper, I argue that the claim to some form of political emancipation has become a tic—a...

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The Geography of Frankenstein

8 Jun 2018

While Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein tells the story of a relationship between a scientist and his monster, it is a relationship that plays out in many...

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Should We Talk About the Monster? Reconsidering the Ethics of Science Communication

5 Jun 2018

What makes science communication moral? Science communication and associated activities such as public engagement with science, citizen science, and so forth,...

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The Devouring Monster: The University and the Science of Society in the 1960s

15 May 2018

In the 1960s, the institutions of higher education became a privileged site of social planning, one in which a new, modern, technologically advanced society...

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It's Alive! Art and Living-Nonliving Entanglements 200 Years After Frankenstein

17 Apr 2018

Along with the contemporary interest of science, humanities and art in the material dynamics comes the realization that change and agency can no longer be...

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Destabilising Human Embodiment: Prostheses, Biotechnologies and Assemblages

27 Mar 2018

In the era of postmodernity, issues of bodies and biotechnologies increasingly challenge not only the normative performance of the human subject, but also the...

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