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Genetics and dystopia in the Huxley circle

10 March 2016

Time: 5:15 - 7:00pm
Venue: Lockkeeper’s Cottage, Mile End

Professor Jay Clayton, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at Vanderbilt University and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at QMUL’s School of English and Drama in 2016, will be giving a lecture titled "The modern synthesis: genetics and dystopia in the Huxley circle” on Thursday 10 March

What do the modern synthesis in biology and the dystopian synthesis in literature have in common? Both emerged out of a small group of scientists and novelists in Bloomsbury in the 1930s, who formulated a distinctive approach to modernity. The result was not only a revolutionary breakthrough in genetics but an influential stance toward science, technology, and society, one for which we are only today finding alternatives.

The event is free and there is no need to register: just turn up.

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