Engagement with science was commonly used as an emblem of “Being modern”, across culture in Britain and the western world in the years around the First World War. Today, historical studies of literature, art, design, lifestyle and consumption as well as of the human sciences are exploring intensively, but frequently separately, on that talk of “science”. Historians of science are exploring the interpenetration of discourse in the public sphere and expert communities. This pioneering interdisciplinary conference is therefore planned to bring together people who do not normally meet in the same space. Scholars from a range of disciplines will come together to explore how the complex interpretations of science affected the re-creation of what it was to be modern.
The theme is an interdisciplinary approach to science and culture in the early twentieth century. Engagement with science was commonly used as an emblem of “Being modern”, across culture in Britain and the western world in the years around the First World War. This conference will be held on the exact centenary of the first use of poison gas on the Western Front.
Intending participants of the “Being Modern” conference are reminded that 28 February is the deadline for registering at the early-bird rate. For the exciting programme and link to registration pages, please visit the Conference website: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/being-modern