The Life and Work of Jane Webb Loudon 27th-28th June 20011

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The Life and Work of Jane Webb Loudon Women and Science in the Nineteenth-Century: Science Fiction and Science Education
Leeds Trinity University College, UK 27th-28th June 2011

Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858) is a neglected figure of interest to a range of research areas including women's professional writing, the promotion of science and women's education and speculative fiction. She is best known for 'The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century' (1827) and 'Gardening for Ladies' (1840). the conference intends to explore the life, work and example of Jane Webb Loudon in the context of women and science in the nineteenth-century. It therefore seeks papers from various disciplinary perspectives on fictional and non-fictional contributions by women to the formation of popular scientific awareness during the nineteenth-century.

We welcome proposals for contributions on the following topics:
Women's science fiction, Victorian science fiction, women and scientific research, popular science, Jane Webb Loudon's circle, women's magazines, visualising social change, botany and horticulture, children's education, women's positions and voices within late Victorian science fiction 1850-1910, nineteenth-century speculative writing, science and social reform, scientific writing and the periodical press, class and entry into the professions, women's education and science in popular fiction, women's gardening, vivisection represented in women's writing, gender debates in science fiction.

Keynote speakers, Matthew Beaumont, Alan Rauch, Andy Sawyer and Ann B. Shteir

First call for papers. Please send 500 word abstracts to by Aguust 1st 2010

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