This symposium will explore the role of art and literature in the production and communication of geological knowledge. ‘Literature’ and ‘art’ are broadly defined: papers will explore both ‘high’ genres (such as fine art and poetry) and genres which are conventionally associated with science communication in which artistic form was no less important (such as scientific treatises and printed illustrations).
Papers will discuss figures and representational traditions from around the world, although the main focus will be on the period from the eighteenth century to the present day. The papers will also address the ways in which knowledge was shaped by the constraints and possibilities of artistic and literary forms or aesthetic demands, the role of art and literature in shaping wider public perceptions of geology, and the ways in which art and literature have represented the work of geological knowledge-production itself.
The symposium is being convened by Ralph O’Connor (UK) and Noah Heringman (USA).