"Medicine and Mystery: The Dark Side of Science in Victorian Fiction"
A Victorian Popular Fiction Association–NUI Galway Study Day
National University of Ireland, Galway
8 June 2017
Sarah Wise, Author
Alexander Black, NUI Galway- The Early Years of Anatomy in Galway
Exhibition: “Medicine and Mystery in C19th Galway,” Curated by Anna Gasperini and Paul Rooney
The internationally recognised Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA) and the National University of Ireland, Galway invite you to submit paper proposals for this interdisciplinary study day devoted to exploring representations of medicine and mystery in the Victorian era.
The nineteenth century saw unprecedented developments in medical science, which caused simultaneously wonder and anxiety in the wider public. Victorian popular authors such as Wilkie Collins, Florence Marryat, Charles Dickens, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon enthusiastically explored the themes of medicine and surgical innovation in their work, exploiting their sensational potential. At the same time, the hopes and controversies generated by advancements in the medical field were often the subject of public debate via newspapers, magazines, and cartoons. The conference organisers welcome 20-minute papers on the exploration of the topic. Speakers from Literary History, Medical History, and Medical Humanities backgrounds are welcome. Topics include, but are by no means limited to:
Please submit a 300-word proposal and a 50-word biography in Word format to Anna Gasperini and Paul Rooney at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17 March 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website: https://medicineandmystery.wordpress.com/.