[UPDATE] Deadline extended for Centre for Modern Studies Symposium: 'Nature at War', 5th June, send abstracts by 22nd April
Deadline extended for University of York Centre for Modern Studies PG Symposium, Nature at War - send abstracts by 22nd April.
Taking place during the centenary of the First World War, 'Nature at War' is an interdisciplinary one-day symposium organised by the Postgraduate Forum of the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York, exploring the dynamic between nature (broadly-conceived) and war from the mid-nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries. Is the dynamic of nature and war essentially one of conflict, and if so, how can that conflict itself avoid being 'unnatural'? How do ideas of naturalness and unnaturalness manifest themselves in war contexts?
Dr James Purdon (Jesus College, Cambridge), will be giving an exciting keynote on 'Heavy Weather', exploring the history of meteoromancy and meteorology in wartime culture. His talk offers a report on the entangled twentieth-century histories of weather and warfare, touching (inter alia) on the poet Edward Thomas, the Cambridge mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson, and the climatic imaginations of some Cold War-era British writers.