Popular Science Conference Conference Date  




1800–30 The Early Nineteenth Century

9:30–10:45 a.m. Women and Popular Science: Practices and Representations
(Ann Shteir, York University)
  ‘Diffusing’ Phrenology through Public Lectures
(John van Wyhe, University of Cambridge)
10:45–11:15 a.m. Coffee
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Publishing ‘Popular Science’ in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain
(Jon Topham, University of Leeds and University of Sheffield)
  The Natural History of Visiting
(Vicky Carroll, University of Cambridge)
12:30–1:00 p.m. Discussion
1:00–2:30 p.m. Lunch

1830–60 Redefining Popular Science

2:30–3:45 p.m. ‘More the Aspect of Magic than Anything Natural’: The Philosophy of Demonstration in Victorian Popular Science
(Iwan Rhys Morus, Queen’s University of Belfast)
  Popularising the Popular: Science and Class in Mid-nineteenth-century Manchester
(Anne Secord, University of Cambridge)
3:45–4:15 p.m. Coffee
4:15–5:30 p.m. Printed Museums: The Recreation of the Visiting Experience on the Printed Page
(Aileen Fyfe, National University of Ireland, Galway)
  How Scientific Conversation Became Shop Talk
(Jim Secord, University of Cambridge)
5:30–6:00 p.m. Discussion
7:00 p.m. Evening Banquet


1860–1900 The Consolidation of Popular Science

9:30–10:45 a.m. Visitors, Curators and Objects in British Museums of Anatomy and Natural History c.1860–1900
(Sam Alberti, University of Manchester)
  The Mimic Sea: Victorian Aquaria as Means of Popular Science
(Sofia Akerberg, University of Umea)
10:45–11:15 a.m. Coffee
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Entertaining Uncertainties and Illuminating Risks: Late Victorian Household Consumption of Popular Texts on Electricity
(Graeme Gooday, University of Leeds)
  Science Lectures for the People
(Bernard Lightman, York University)
12:30–1:00 p.m. Discussion
1:00–2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30–2:55 p.m. Discussant on Experiences of Popular Science
(Jonathan Rose, Drew University)
2:55–3:20 p.m. Discussant on Sites of Popular Science
(Sophie Forgan, University of Teesside)
3:20–4:30 p.m. Discussion
4:30–5:30 p.m. Reception