Past Talks

2018

Wednesday-Friday 3-5 October 2018

Visiting Professor Three Guest Lectures in the Humanities
"Sleep, Senescence, Subjectivity"
University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway

Friday 7 July 2018

Speaker at the symposium "Living a Good Life in Older Age: Literary, Philosophical, Medical and Psychological Insights"Keynote speaker at the Russian-Norwegian Annual Seminar on the Humanities
University of Warwick
Coventry, England

2017

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Keynote speaker at the Russian-Norwegian Annual Seminar on the Humanities
Reflections on the writing of Rachmaninoff’s Cape: a nostalgia memoir
The Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Russia

Sunday-Monday 27-28 August 2017

Speaker at International Conference on Age, Agency, Ambiguity
Centre for Gender Research
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Saturday, 8 July 2017

History of Childhood Annual Conference
Chair, Session on Children and Wild Space
Magdalen College
Oxford

Thursday, 29 June 2017

A History of Distributed Cognition: From the Ancient World to Postmodernism
Salisbury Green Conference Centre
University of Edinburgh
Scotland

Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Samkul Seminar,
Norway: Literature, Psychology, Law: Defining Old Age
University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway

Monday-Wednesday, 29-31 May 2017

Samkul Visiting Professor of the Humanities at the University of Bergen
The Samkul Lectures on theoretical and methodological challenges of Interdisciplinarity
The Law School
Bergen, Norway

Thursday-Friday, 4-5 January 2017

Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Panel on ‘Public Interiors in the Eighteenth Century'
St Hughes College
Oxford

2016

Saturday 10 December 2016

Talk on 'Freedom and Human Rights' on Human Freedom Day
Oxford Jewish Community Centre
Oxford

Friday 4 November 2016

Lecture: 'Comparative Analysis of Large Networked Grants in the Humanities'
Solstrand Conference Centre
Solstrand, Norway

Thursday-Friday 13-14 October 2016

Conference speaker at
THE PARADIGMATIC CITY: CAPITALS AND THEIR SUCCESSORS
Petőfi Irodalmi Literary Múzeum
Budapest

Thursday 26 May 2016

Lecture on Literature and Neurology:
Why modern literature has been so fascinated with syncopal attacks
Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
Paris

Monday 18 April 2016

Lecture on Tristram Shandy and Modern Theories of Cognition
American University
Washington DC

Monday 18 April 2016

Lecture on Literature and Science:
What is the history of extended mind and how does it involve literature?
American University
Washington DC

2015

Thursday 15 October 2015

Talk on 'Literature as Evidence in Interdisciplinary Scholarship'
The Norwegian Institute
Rome

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Talk on Rachmaninoff presented at
Music and the Nordic Breakthrough Conference
University of Oxford

Thursday 18 June - Friday 19 June 2015

Lecture: 'Tristram Shandy, zombieism and embodied cognition'
History of Distributed Cognition Workshop
Edinburgh University

Thursday 26 March 2015

Book launch - Rachmaninoff's Cape: a nostalgia memoir
Oxford Literary Festival

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Lecture: 'Dr John Radcliffe amidst the Augustan Literary Wits'
Dr John Radcliffe Tercentenary Lecture and Exhibition Series

Weston Lecture Theatre
Radcliffe Humanities Centre
Oxford

Thurday 30 January 2015

Keynote talk at
Conference on Aging: Histories, Mythologies and Taboos

University of Bergen
Bergen
Norway

2014

Monday 01 November 2014

John Hill and the Rise of Geology: Contexts and Backgrounds
Lecture: 'Second thoughts of a Biographer:
How did John Hill Disappear from the Radar?'

Burlington House
Piccadilly
London

Friday 31 October 2014

Sir John Hill's (1714-1775) Tercentenary and
London Life in the 1750s
Lecture: 'Second thoughts of a Biographer:
How did John Hill Disappear from the Radar?'

The Council Room
King's College London in the Strand

Monday 29 September 2014

Lecture: 'Old Age: A Non-Medical Approach' Osler House on the site of the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford

Osler House
on the site of the John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford

Tuesday 18 June 2014

David Patterson Lecture on
Emmanuel da Costa and the Royal Society in Georgian England

Yarnton Manor, Yarnton
Oxford

Tuesday 3 June 2014

University of Bergen Guest Lecture Series
Lecture 2, on 'The Theory and Practice of Life-Writing: The specific case of old-age'

Faculty of Modern Languages Lecture Theatre
University of Bergen, Norway

Monday 2 June 2014

University of Bergen Guest Lecture Series
Lecture 1, on 'The Genesis of Life Writing'

Faculty of Modern Languages Lecture Theatre
University of Bergen, Norway

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Keynote talk at Conference on 'Jewish History and Culture'
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Yarnton Manor, Yarnton
Oxford

2013

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Lecture in the IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD series

Dulwich Picture Library
Gallery Road
London

Monday 2 December 2013

The 2013 Founder's Lecture

The Linnean Society of London

Burlington House
Piccadilly
London

Tuesday 26 November 2013

TORCH Seminar on Some Origins of Eighteenth-Century Celebrity Culture

TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities Building,
Woodstock Road
Oxford

Tuesday 29 October 2013

George Rousseau in conversation with Aylon Cohen

St Antony's College, Oxford
Woodstock Road
Oxford

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Talk at the German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Conference on Presence and Evidence of Unfamiliar Things
in 18th-Century Europe

Herzog August Library
Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Friday 24 May 2013

Lecture on Networks, Narratives, and Neuromania in the 21st Century

Department of Modern Languages
University of Bergen, Norway

Thursday 23 May 2013

Lecture on Theories of Longing and Nostalgia in the Nineteenth Century

Department of Modern Languages
University of Bergen, Norway

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Panel discussion about Distributed Cognition

EIDYN Philosophy Centre
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Wednesday 27 March 2013

PLENARY TALK, Conference on Devils and Dolls: Dichotomous Depictions of 'The Child' in the Humanities

Bristol University
Bristol UK

2012

Wednesday to Saturday, 12-15 December 2012

PLENARY TALK at CETAPS Portugal about the development of Literature and Science, and its status in 2012

University of Porto, Portugal

Thursday and Friday, 6-7 December 2012

Lecture on SciLiterature: Narrativizing Science
Part 2 of Conference on Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change

University of Bergen, Norway

Friday 2 November 2012

Book launch of The Notorious Sir John Hill

Hyatt-Regency Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday to Saturday, 1-3 November 2012

Plenary Speaker
East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Hyatt-Regency Hotel
Baltimore, Maryland

Tuesday 30 October - Wednesday 31 October 2012

Visiting Guest Professor in Residence

American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

Sunday 28 October 2012

Talk about Georgian arts and music at the South Huntington Library

145 Pidgeon Hill Road
Huntington Station NY 11746, USA

Thursday 25 October 2012

Lecture on the Sexual Underworlds of the English Enlightenment

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street,
Manhattan, NY

Friday 12 October 2012

Lecture on the Notorious Sir John Hill and signing of book copies

Free lunchtime talks at the Royal Society Centre for the History of Science

6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

www.royalsociety.org

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Talk at Dulwich Picture Library in the Jubilee Series
GEORGE III and his ILLNESS

Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD

www.dulwichpicturelibrary.org.uk

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Lecture on the The Notorious Sir John Hill
and signing of book copies

Barber-Surgeons' Hall, London

Friday to Saturday 21-22 September 2012

Lecture on SciLiterature: Narrativizing Science
Conference on Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change

University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Thursday 17 May 2012

TELL IT TO YOUR DOCTOR SERIES

The Wellcome Centre, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

www.wellcome.ac.uk

Thursday 26 April 2012

TELL IT TO YOUR DOCTOR SERIES

The Wellcome Centre, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

www.wellcome.ac.uk

Thursday 5 April 2012

TELL IT TO YOUR DOCTOR SERIES

The Wellcome Centre, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

www.wellcome.ac.uk

Thursday 22 March 2012

TELL IT TO YOUR DOCTOR SERIES

The Wellcome Centre, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

www.wellcome.ac.uk

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Talk on the 'child narrator' in twentieth-century fiction

Centre for the History of Childhood
Oxford University
Old Practice Room, Magdalen College, Oxford

Thursday 5 January 2012

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
St Hugh's College, Oxford

2011

Thursday 3 November 2011

TALK: George Rousseau in conversation with A. S. Byatt: "THE CHILDREN'S BOOK"

Magdalen College Auditorium
Magdalen College, Oxford

Friday 28 October 2011

Norwegian Conference on Literature and Science
PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, AND THE POLITICS OF NOSTALGIA

University of Bergen, Norway

Monday 26 September 2011

TALK: George Rousseau in conversation with Duncan Dallas: SENSIBILITY AND SCIENCE

The Manor, Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

25 to 27 August 2011

HOW DID SAME-SEX PARTNERS BECOME CONTAGIOUS?

International Conference on Contagionism and Contagious Diseases in Medicine and Literature 1880-1933

Newcastle University

Tuesday 14 June 2011

THE YEAR 1811 IN THE HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE

Talk at Dulwich Picture Library in the Bicentenary Celebration Series

Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD

www.dulwichpicturelibrary.org.uk

Thursday 21 April 2011

TELL IT TO YOUR DOCTOR SERIES

The Wellcome Centre
183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

www.wellcome.ac.uk

Thursday 21 April 2011

TELL IT TO YOUR DOCTOR SERIES

The Wellcome Centre
183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

www.wellcome.ac.uk

Saturday 16 April 2011

TELL IT TO YOUR DOCTOR SERIES

The Wellcome Centre
183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

www.wellcome.ac.uk

Saturday 9 April 2011

WAS POLYMATHIC KNOWLEDGE EVER IMPORTANT TO LITERATURE AND SCIENCE?
Plenary address at the British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS)

Cambridge University

Friday 25 March 2011

TRAVELING FORMS: HISTORY AND LITERATURE AS BLENDED NARRATIVE FORMS
Plenary address at the British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS)

Visiting Lecture at the Institute for Advanced Transciplinary Studies (IEAT)
University of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

9 - 30 March 2011

Visiting Professor at the Catholic Pontifical University of Sao Paolo, Brazil

Graduate Seminar every Tuesday and Thursday on
NOSTALGIA IN HISTORY: DISEASE OR WAY OF LIFE?

Thursday 10 March

Research Seminar
Birth of the Nostalgia Diagnosis in the History of Medicine

Wednesday 16 March

Special Seminar
Methodology in the History of Science and History of Medicine

Thursday 17 March

Research Seminar
Development and Maturity of the Nostalgia Diagnosis

Wednesday 23 March

Special Seminar
Interfaces between Science and Literature in the Twenty-First Century

Thursday 24 March

Research Seminar
Decline and Transformation of the Nostalgia Diagnosis

Tuesday 29 March

Midday Seminar
Further Thoughts on the Theory of Organic Form

Tuesday 22 March 2011

DISEASES OF ALIENATION, DISEASES OF ADJUSTMENT: THE HISTORY OF A CONFUSED MEDICAL CLASSIFICATION
Visiting Public Lecture

School of Medicine, PUC-SP, Sorocaba, State of Sao Paolo, Brazil

Friday 18 March 2011

MODERNISM'S NOSTALGICS, NOSTALGIA'S MODERNISM
Visiting Lecture

Instituto de Estudos Avancados, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, Sao Paolo campus

Thursday-Friday 17-18 March 2011

Keynote address
THE SIMULATED BODY AND THE ARTS:
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM AND NERVOUSNESS IN THE HISTORY OF AESTHETICS

Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, University of Durham, UK

2010

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Presentation on the ROLE OF VIOLENCE IN THE HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD

Oxford Centre for the History of Childhood
Magdalen College Oxford, Old Practice Room

www.history.ox.ac.uk/research/clusters/history_childhood

Friday-Saturday 5-6 November 2010

THE CHILD'S PLAYTHING: LITERATURE, CREATIVITY AND CHILDHOOD
two-day Conference at Exeter University

Wednesday 20 October 2010

NOSTALGIA'S MODERNITY, MODERNITY'S NOSTALGICS

Lister Hall, Building 38a
National Library of Medicine, Washington DC

Tuesday 19 October 2010

MODERNITY AND THE TWO PARANOIAS

Graduate Speaker's Series: SIS Lounge
American University, Washington DC

Saturday 26 June 2010

THE ADOLESCENT IN LITERATURE
Conference on the Adolescent in History

Oxford University

Thursday 3 June 2010

Discussing NOSTALGIA PAST AND PRESENT
in conversation with London cultural critic Ben Dawson

Hay Guardian Literary Festival

Thursday 29 April 2010

Lecture on RECEPTION THEORY IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND NINETEENTH CENTURY:
A CASE STUDY IN TOBIAS SMOLLETT NOVELIST

A joint meeting of the Reading & Reception Studies Seminar and the
Eighteenth Century and Romantic Studies Seminar, Cambridge

Clare Hall, Cambridge University

Wednesday 28 April 2010

DIARIES WRITTEN BY CHILDREN IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT
Seminar on the History of Childhood

Magdalen College, Oxford University

2009

11 September 2009

Keynote address at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 'DISCOVERING THE HUMAN'

Humboldt University, Berlin

www.discoveringthehuman.com/speakers.html

22-23 January 2009

Plenary talk at the LONDON CONSORTIUM CONFERENCE ON 'ART AND SCIENCE NOW': THE TWO CULTURES

The Dana Centre, Imperial College, London

www.londonconsortium.com/2008/12/25/art-and-science-now-programme/

2008

12 December 2008

Talk at the Conference to commemorate the
Bicentenary of Doctor Thomas Beddoes, Doctor of Enlightenment

The Royal Society, London

www.bsls.ac.uk/2008/09/conference-thomas-beddoes-doctor-of-enlightenment/

26-27 November 2008

Keynote address at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HOME IN CULTURAL HISTORY

Muenster, Germany

7-8 November 2008

Talk at the Conference on PHYSIOGNOMY

Leverhulme Trust International Network, Queen Mary College, London

physiognomy.history.qmul.ac.uk/participants.html

9-11 October 2008

Keynote address at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON
TURKEY IN THE WORLD OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Bonn, Germany

30 September 2008

Plenary Address at the SYMPOSIUM IN HONOUR OF DOCTOR RONNIE MACKEITH

Royal College of Paediatrics, London

2007

SAM AND RONNIE'
The Ronnie Mackeith Lecture at the British Society for Paediatric Neurology

Leeds, England