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SCIENCE – FABLES & CHIMERA: STRANGE ENCOUNTERS

 

 

Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3, France 

10 June 2011

 

Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2011

The history of science provides numerous examples of the way in which imagination, religion and mythology have sometimes helped, sometimes hindered scientific progress. While established ideas and beliefs clearly held back the discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo and Darwin, the implicit knowledge to be found in mythology, art and religion has often proved useful in indicating new ways in which to explore or represent new knowledge of the world. Stories, fables and images have often proved very useful in drawing a fuller picture of the past, understanding the present or imagining the future.

The aim of this conference is to question the rigidity of disciplinary boundaries and to show the dialogue between science and the humanities through specific examples or more general thematic analyses. Papers might consider the role of imagination in science in a given discipline, or address a particular notion at a specific period.

We invite scholars of any discipline and period to send their proposal for a 30-minute paper, with a short bio, to:

– Laurence Roussillon-Constanty (CICADA, EA 1922) <laurence.roussillon-constanty@univ-tlse3.fr>

– Philippe Murillo (CREW, EA 4399) <philippe.murillo@univ-tlse3.fr>

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