Imagination and the Sciences: Inaugural Lecture
4 February 2014
Delivered by Professor Martin Willis, this lecture will consider the historical and current relationships between the literary imagination and the sciences. Arguing for an ongoing and vital interaction between these two apparent opposites, Professor Willis will reveal how the imagination provides the sciences with a place in culture, political significance, and a model for communication.
Martin Willis holds a Chair in Literature, Science and Communication in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies. Professor Willis’s research career has focused on the interactions between literary narrative and scientific writing and practice. His most recent book Vision, Science and Literature, 1870-1920: Ocular Horizons, won both the British Society for Literature and Science book prize and the European Society for the Study of English Cultural Studies Book Prize in 2011.
About the University of Westminster:
The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.
We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.
Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.
Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.