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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Research Postgraduate Seminar: Writing about science in different hats

14th November 2008, 15:00, Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

Dr Charles Fernyhough: IAS Fellow/Department of Psychology

I am interested in how writers can extend the range of formats and voices for writing about scientific theory and research. Is it possible to create new meaning through science writing, in addition to 'merely' transmitting information? Can science writing become a literary genre and an artform? I reflect on my own attempts to innovate in science writing, particularly in my book The Baby in the Mirror and its associated blog, and consider attempts to mix up genres in other kinds of writing, such as writing about history.

Charles Fernyhough is a developmental psychologist and works part time in the Department of Psychology at Durham University. He is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction, a creative writing tutor, and a literary journalist. He is currently a Fellow at the IAS as part of the Institute's 'Being Human' theme, where he is working on a popular non-fiction book on the phenomonology of thinking.

This seminar is open to all research postgraduate students but places must be reserved in advance by emailing the Institute.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.