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One Day Symposium: Beyond Beastly, Creatures Natural and Imagined

Sat 23 July, 2022
10:00 am
- 6:00 pm BST

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£10.00 – £20.00
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A one-day symposium at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution: Saturday July 23rd 2022

Where do monsters come from and why do they matter?

From dragons and unicorns to vampires and zombies, monsters have terrified and intrigued us from earliest times.

Where do these ideas come from? That’s what the BRLSI is asking in a special one-day symposium.

Join us IN PERSON at Queen Square or ONLINE for four fascinating talks:

10am tis altogether different from what we fancied

To open the symposium, Matt Williams explains the thinking behind the BRLSI’s ‘Beyond Beastly’ exhibition and explores some of the featured themes.

Matt Williams, Collections Manager at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.


12pm Dinosaurs: A New Vision

Dinosaurs are not what you thought they were. Or, at least, they didn’t look like you think they did. World-leading palaeontologist Michael J. Benton – working with illustrator Bob Nicholls – brings us a new visual guide to the world of the dinosaurs.

Prof. Mike Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Bristol


2pm   Monstrosity in Nineteenth-Century Gothic Literature Focusing on representations of the non-human in Gothic literature, this talk explores the nineteenth-century fascination with uncanny beasts and monsters.

Dr Nicky Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Bath Spa University.


4pm   The Beast Within, the Beast Without

From mythology, religion, philosophy and psychology, beasts are everywhere and provide both an explanation of who we are and how the world is.

Andreas Wasmuht, BRLSI Philosophy & Psychology Convenor

Tickets for the full event: BRLSI Members: £10; Non-members: £20



Sat 23 July, 2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm BST
£10.00 – £20.00
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Queen Square or Online
16 Queen Square
Bath, BA1 2HN
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