Representing Science

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An interdisciplinary discussion exploring the many possible approaches to representing science through the arts, as well as potential challenges. A sandwich lunch will be available from 12:45, with the discussion beginning at 13:00. Booking is not required (seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis).

The event will begin with a 20 minute presentation by Dr Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Professor of English and Theatre Studies, University of Oxford) examining plays that have included scientific content from the Victorian era to Tom Stoppard and Michael Frayn. She will also explore the concept of “mediation”, examining how Frayn and Stoppard mediate the science using biography, history, and metaphor.

This will be followed by three c. 8 minute responses from:

Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oxford)
Dr Jason Gaiger (Associate Professor, Contemporary Art History, University of Oxford)
Annie Cattrell (Artist, Tutor at the Royal College of Art and Reader in Fine Art at DeMontfort University)

Chair: Dr Dan O'Connor (Head of Humanities and Social Science, Wellcome Trust)

This seminar is part of the "Humanities and Science: In Conversation" series, which invites leading scholars and practitioners in the sciences and humanities to identify the shared methodological roots of their particular disciplines and explore how these points of convergence can be used to address current questions in their fields.


Humanities & Science

Contact name: Hannah Penny

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Audience: Open to all