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Calls for Papers: February & March 2015

Calls for Papers: February & March 2015

Open calls for papers for up-coming CRASSH conferences.

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Posted: Tuesday 24 February 2015


ELECTION - The Cambridge Politics Podcast

ELECTION - The Cambridge Politics Podcast

In a new weekly podcast exploring political issues leading up to the 2015 British elections, David Runcimann talks to Lord Martin Rees.

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Posted: Wednesday 18 February 2015



The Doric Quartet: Master Class with Murray Perahia

The Doric Quartet: Master Class with Murray Perahia

Catherine Conybeare

A couple of weeks ago, there appeared an article on the music pages of the New York Times entitled ‘Wait, you need to suffer some more’. It discussed the tendency of even the greatest performing artists to postpone engagement with certain works until they felt – in essence – that they had lived enough. Needless to say, the works most often cited as overwhelming were late Beethoven.

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Posted: Tuesday 20 January 2015


The Future of Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

This week, artificial intelligence leaders in academia and industry, and legal, economic and risk experts worldwide signed an open letter calling for the robust and beneficial development of artificial intelligence. But why is this happening now? 

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Posted: Friday 16 January 2015


“Does the Museum Just Preserve the Museum?”

“Does the Museum Just Preserve the Museum?”

Summary of a 2-day conference which celebrated and questioned what we do in museums and what museums do to us.

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Posted: Monday 15 December 2014


The Politics of Framing and Staging

The Politics of Framing and Staging

Summary of a one-day conference which explored the politics of acts of creativity and their consumption. It looked at ways in which performance is less about objects than the power of frames.

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Posted: Tuesday 9 December 2014


The Lady of the Longitude: Jane Squire

The Lady of the Longitude: Jane Squire

In 1714, the British Parliament offered large rewards for finding longitude at sea. Men around the world submitted schemes but only one woman, Jane Squire, published a proposal under her own name. Dr Alexi Baker has been investigating the life story of this remarkable trailblazer.

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Posted: Monday 1 December 2014


The Art and Science of Curation

The Art and Science of Curation

We all agree that museums need curators, but do we all agree on what it is that curators do? Are they holders of specialist collections knowledge? Cultural programmers? Custodians? Facilitators? Communicators? All of these, or none? 

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Posted: Wednesday 19 November 2014


Climates of Conspiracy

Climates of Conspiracy

Alfred Moore

Why is the issue of climate change so prone to conspiracy?

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Posted: Tuesday 4 November 2014

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