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Colloquium on the Cultural Reception of Darwin and Darwinism

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A one-day Colloquium celebrating Charles Darwin's cultural legacy in Europe

A one-day Colloquium on the Cultural Impact of Darwin and Darwinism in Europe will be held at Clare Hall, Cambridge, on Friday 12 March 2010, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Organized by the Research Project on the Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe, the Colloquium will consist of a series of 15-minute papers followed by short discussion. It builds on the success of the Darwin in Europe Colloquium held last year at Christ’s College.

The event will act as a forum for contributions to a third volume of The Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe (Continuum), focusing on Darwin’s cultural and literary reception.

The range of topics and speakers include:

Philip Ajouri (Stuttgart) ‘Darwinist Weltanschauung: Literature and Science in Germany’

Tom Glick (Boston) ‘Unamuno’s Hair Shirt: The 1909 Darwin Centennial in Valencia’

Peter Kjaergaard (Cambridge & Aarhus) ‘Jacobsen and the First Danish Translation and Literary Response’

Eduard Kolchinsky (St Petersburg) ‘Darwin’s Centenaries in Russia: 1909, 1959 and 2009’

Travis Landry (Kenyon, Ohio) ‘Selection in Relation to Sex and the Spanish Literary Imagination’

Patricia da Silva McNeill (King’s, London) and Pedro Fonseca (Coimbra) ‘The Portuguese “Generation of the 1870s”: Eça de Queiroz in England’

Donald Rayfield (Queen Mary) ‘Darwin and Russian Writers: Chekhov and Mandelstam’

Daniel Schuemann (Bamberg) ‘Darwinism = Hamletism? Sienkiewicz’s futile Crusade against Polish Positivism’

Elinor Shaffer (Cambridge & London) ‘Darwin’s reception in the literary magazine Revue des Deux Mondes

Katalin Straner (Budapest) ‘Darwinism and Literary Culture in Late Nineteenth-century Hungary’

Paul White (Cambridge) ‘Darwin’s correspondence and sentimental culture’

Registration costs £35 (£30 in advance); £15 for students. For further details and to register (space is limited) please contact the Project Office: RBAE

The Research Project: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe, Director: Dr Elinor Shaffer FBA

12B Ridgmount Gardens, London WC1E 7AR Tel.: 020 7323 6861

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