THE GOTHIC SCIENTIST
Science or Fiction? with Dr Jenny Lange
At Guy's Hospital Chapel on Sunday the 30th October 2022 at 1:30 pm

Gothic literature and science fiction have often been influenced by scientific research and discoveries, none more notably than Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The popularity of psychiatry and emergence of neurology as a scientific discipline had a profound impact on the Victorian imagination. Traces thereof can be seen in novels such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde”, H.G. Wells’ “The Island of Doctor Moreau” and even Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, as his brother, Sir William Thornley Stoker, was a renowned neurologist. But how far-fetched were those stories? And how far has science gotten since the Victorian times?

In this talk, neuroscientist Jenny Lange will discuss the origins of neurology, its representation in gothic literature and science fiction, and how neuroscience has advanced since. We will touch upon what gothic writers imagined scientists would achieve and examine some of the most exciting accomplishments in neuroscience. Can we grow a brain in a dish? What happens to your brain after death? And have we learned from the ethical issues discussed in Frankenstein and other novels? Join Dr Lange for an exciting insight into the science of gothic horror and gain an understanding of neuroscience research.

Tickets £12 including a delightful gin cocktail and a 20% donation towards the King's Chaplaincy Trust

Dr Jenny Lange
Dr Jenny Lange is a neuroscientist specialising in uncovering the mechanisms of rare neurological disorders. Initially en route to becoming a psychologist, Jenny became intrigued by the field of psychopharmacology and completed a PhD in Neuroscience at King’s College London. She’s currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Zayed Centre for research, University College London. In her free time, Jenny has a keen interest in gothic literature and thanatology.


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