"We are causing the reversal of evolution."
- James Hart, Eugenic Manifesto
"Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes open
The chance won't come again."
- Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A-Changin"
On 22–23 September 2006, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh hosted an international, interdisciplinary conference on the themes of "evolutions," opening discussion to topics as diverse as Mao, the Bible, eugenics, rock music, animal rights, genre, and many others. For these two days, scholars (both students and staff) from across four continents working in the fields of theory, literature, linguistics, music, film, culture, and history came together to talk and share ideas. Below are a natural selection of the papers, expanded and evolved into new and exciting fauna.