The Pseudo/Sciences Reading Group becomes a Research Group

In order to ensure that the Pseudo/Sciences Group appeals to a wider audience and reflects the growing research interest in the field of the pseudosciences of the long nineteenth century, we have decided to change the remit and title of the group from ‘Reading’ to ‘Research Group’. From now onwards, meetings will take the format of presentation of research papers and/or introduction of nineteenth-century texts on ‘science’ and ‘pseudoscience’, followed by informal discussion. The group continues to be open to scholars, students and researchers as well as users of the Lit and Phil library and members of the general public. We value the contribution and participation from those outside academia.

From October 2015 meetings will be held on Wednesdays between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm. The next meeting is on 28 October and will be led by Dr. Emily Alder from Edinburgh Napier University. She will be introducing readings on the topic of ‘Edith Nesbit’s Dreadful Researches’. The readings and further information about this meeting will be posted shortly. Everyone is welcome and refreshments in the form of wine, juice and nibbles will be available.



18 June 2016

‘The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century’ 

An interdisciplinary conference to be held at Newcastle University, with keynote speaker Dr. James Mussell, Associate Professor Leeds University and Principal Investigator on AHRC Research Network ‘Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Culture of Science 1875-1940’.


Any enquiries about the research group or expressions of interest in presenting a research paper or introducing readings should be directed to



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