SciPo 2017 – a Meeting of Science and Poetry, Saturday 10 June, 10.30-4.30, St Hilda’s College, Oxford OX4 1DY
PROGRAMME (all in the Lady Brodie Room and adjoining Sibthorp Room):
10.00-10.30 Arrival, tea/ coffee and welcome by Jenny Lewis, The Poet’s House, Oxford
10.30-12.30: Symposium, chaired by Sarah Watkinson.
Discussion between poets Valerie Laws and Mario Petrucci. Each speaker will be asked to introduce themselves for about 3 minutes, followed by about 30 minutes of discussion of questions raised by the chair, for example: how differently do poets and scientists understand the world? Does truth mean the same in science and in poetry? What do scientists and poets each mean by ‘beauty’? Why are science and poetry both widely seen as remote and abstruse when both focus on the real and the ordinary? How different is the language of science and poetry? How do we write poetry about things too big or too small to experience? How do we reconcile scientific objectivity, distance and rationality with the personal close-up subjectivity of poetry?
Plenary discussion, among all present, will follow for about 30 minutes and can continue during lunch.
12.30-13.00: Lunch break. Please bring a packed lunch.
Participants are welcome to picnic in the gardens.
13.00-15.00: Readings: Valerie Laws and Mario Petrucci
15.30-16.30 Open mic chaired by Jenny Lewis
There will be a small display of books and articles. If you would like to, please bring copies of up to five of your own books.
No car parking is available in the college grounds but there is a small public car park and parking spaces along roads nearby. It is always a problem in Oxford – please allow yourself time to park, or use the Park and Ride buses.
For any questions about the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org