Masters & Doctoral Programme 
 in Humanities and Cultural Studies 

Art and Science Now – Programme 

Entry added: December 25th, 2008 | Posted in Conferences & Seminars


Thursday 22 January 2009; Birkbeck, Clore Management Centre, B01

10-11am – Keynote lecture: Patricia Waugh (Durham University)

11-12.30pm – Two Cultures in History
Justin Sausman (Birkbeck): ‘Before the Two Cultures: Popular Science, Magic
and Literature in the 20s and 30s’
Nicolas Tredell (Sussex University): ‘Snow and the Science Wars’
Daniel Wilson (Birkbeck): ‘Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd: Engineers in the History of the Two Cultures’

12.30-1.30pm – Lunch

1.30-3pm – Information and Communication
Gill Partington (Birkbeck): ‘Technology, Print and the “Two Cultures’”
Matt Wraith (London Consortium): ‘Noise and Aesthetics in Modernism’
Judith Simon (University of Vienna): ‘Expertocracy or the Cult of the Amateur?’

3-3.30pm – Coffee

3.30-5pm– Modelling Interpretation/Modelling Knowledge
Murray Smith (University of Kent): ‘”The Pit of Naturalism”: Reflections on Neuroscience and Naturalized Aesthetics’
Matthew Clements (London Consortium): ‘”Of thine eye I am eyebeam”: Biosemiotics and the Culture of Seeing’
Paul Crosthwaite (Cardiff University): ‘Financial Exchange and Death: The Limits of Scientism in the Study of Financial Markets’

5-5.30pm – Closing Remarks: Steven Connor

Friday 23 January 2009: Dana Centre

9.30-10am – Registration

10-11am – Keynote Lecture: George Rousseau (Oxford University)

11-12.30pm – Institutional Shapes of the Two Cultures
Sharon Babaian (Canada Science and Technology Museum): ‘Where the Two Cultures Meet but Don’t Always Talk’
Nicola Buckley (Cambridge University): ‘Two Cultures in Public Engagement?’
Shonagh Manson (Wellcome Trust): ‘Insight and Exchange: The Sciart Story’

11-12.30pm – Art/Science
Stephen Webster (Imperial): ‘Talking Collaboration: How Scientists View their Work with Artists’
Nicola Triscott (Arts Catalyst): ‘Performative Science in the Contemporary Arts’
Rachel Chapman (University of Sharjah): ‘Uncommonalities: Observations from the Field’

12.30-1.30pm – Lunch

1.30-2.30pm – Keynote Lecture: Robert Bud (Science Museum)

2.30-3.30 – Third Cultures
Deborah Cameron (Oxford University): ‘Popularizing Science or Scientizing the Popular? The Two Cultures and the New Science of Sex-Difference’
Jeff Thomas (Open University): ‘Embracing the Social’

3.30-4pm – coffee

4-5pm – Keynote Lecture: John Dupré (University of Exeter)

6.30-8.00pm Reception, Wellcome Collection
Attendees from the Birkbeck and Science Museum conference sessions are invited to a reception at the Wellcome Collection. The evening will include complimentary drinks, the chance to see the current War and Medicine exhibition and to view the permanent Medicine Now and Medicine Man galleries. The Collection will also be offering free guided tours of War and Medicine. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 19th Jan to Please ensure your message subject line reads ‘Art & Science Now reception’, and include your full name, affiliation or organisation (if applicable) and position.

Saturday 24 January 2009, 10.30am-5.30pm, Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern

A day of lectures and discussion from leading figures in the field of the arts and sciences.

Gillian Beer
Marcus du Sautoy
Ben Goldacre
Anthony Grayling
Jonathan Miller
Alan Sokal