Call for Organisers: BSLS Winter Symposium 2023

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
British Society for Literature and Science
contact email: 

Call for Organisers:

BSLS Winter Symposium 2023
An Online Event
Proposals due by 31 July

The British Society for Literature and Science seeks organisers for its annual Winter Symposium, a one-day PGR/ECR-led event on a specific theme proposed by the organisers. This year, the BSLS members at the annual conference expressed particular interest in themes of Scale, and Alternate Histories, but we encourage potential organisers to move forward with any theme associated with literature and science.

Proposals are invited from postgraduates, and from early career academics who were recently postgraduates, for a one-day online event on a discrete theme to take place in or around November 2023. We encourage collaborations of two or more people. You need not be based in the UK. You need not be a BSLS member to apply (but we encourage you to join!).

Proposals should be no longer than two sides of A4, and should include a description of the event, details of the organisers, potential speakers (if known) and types of papers, panels, or other sessions to be included. 

The symposium might also cover research training and careers advice alongside showcasing ongoing research. It is hoped that each event will have a ‘non-conference’ feel, and include different types of papers, panels, and ways of sharing knowledge. Feel free to contact Emily or Louise to discuss possibilities.

The BSLS Executive Committee will support the organisers throughout the process in both administrative and technical matters. Details of previous Winter Symposia can be found here

The BSLS will award around £500 in support of the symposium, which should be free to attend if possible.

Proposals should be emailed to Emily Alder ( and Louise Benson James ( by Monday 31 July 2023.