(Re)Imagining the Insect is organised by Emilie Taylor-Brown and Elisabeth Wallmann of the University of Warwick and funded by an Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship.
Emilie is a PhD candidate in the English department, working in conjunction with the Centre for the History of Medicine. Her PhD, entitled ‘Miasmas, Mosquitoes and Microscopes: the Emergent Dialogue between Parasitology and the British Literary Imagination, 1885-1935, is funded by the Wolfson Foundation and investigates significant exchanges between Parasitology (as a sub-field of Tropical Medicine) and British literary culture in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Her project analyses the ways in which widening knowledge of parasitic diseases had an impact on the cultural understanding of British Imperialism, as well as national and personal identity. She is particularly interested in erroneous understandings of disease aetiologies, and ways of thinking about the ‘tropical’ colonial environment as one of parasites and vectors.
Other research interests include: Victorian and Gothic literature, Detective fiction, infectious disease narratives, evolutionary theory, popular science writing, and the public understanding of science.
French Studies and the Centre for the History of Medicine
University of Warwick
Elisabeth is a PhD candidate in the French department, working in conjunction with the Centre for the History of Medicine. Her PhD, tentatively entitled ‘Enlightening Insects: Insects and the Formation of the French Enlightenment 1700-1789’, is funded by a Chancellor’s Scholarship and explores how the intense preoccupation with insects in eighteenth-century France transformed the way in which thinkers of the French Enlightenment thought about such crucial concepts as nature, humans and animal. Her thesis traces insects’ impact on a variety of cultural areas, from natural history and pedagogy to economy and aesthetics. In order to do so, she engages with Michel Foucault’s concept of ‘biopower’ which he sees emerging in the eighteenth century, as well as with Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory.
Other research interests include: the philosophy of posthumanism, animal studies, and eighteenth-century literature more generally.