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Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950

University of Kent, 17-18 July 2018, Canterbury, UK

CFP (by March 1, 2018)


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Keynote Speakers:Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University

This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy. For additional information, please visit our website: https://research.kent.ac.uk/literaryculture/​ Possible topics include literature and:

• Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice

• Representations of Places of Learning

• Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications

• Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education

• Academic Success and Failure

• Literacy and Illiteracy

• Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism

• Autodidacticism, Informal Education

• Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical

• Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence

• Intellectual ability and disability

As well as literature and:

• Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology

• Social Psychology

• Developmental Psychology

• Psychometrics and personality testing

• Physiology and psychology

• Psychological Schools and Controversies

• Psychology and Philosophy

• Experimental Psychology

• Psychiatry

• Sexology

• Parapsychology

• Eugenics

• Language and Cognition


Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal to sciencesofthemindconference@gmail.com by the 1 March, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal.