Introducing the CRASSH Research Networks 2020 – 2021


CRASSH Research Networks are our crucibles of new thinking: they allow for sustained acts of shared analysis, intellectual invention and spaces of collective dreamwork. Most importantly, they build new communities of thought.

Steven Connor, Director, CRASSH


Our Research Networks will bring you exciting and thought-provoking events and activities for the coming academic year. While we hope that in-person events will be possible again, for the moment events will take place online in various formats, from seminars, talks to podcasts and online reading groups. 
 



The Archives of the Disappeared: Discipline and Method Amidst Ruin network is an interdisciplinary research initiative for the study and documentation of communities, social movements, spaces, lifeworlds, literatures and cultures that have been destroyed through acts of political repression and mass violence. Through a reading group, seminars and masterclasses, as well as lectures by scholars, artists, archivists, and community activists, the initiative will explore the question of ‘archive’ in the context of annihilation. 

 

The Auralities research network is concerned with investigating, debating and understanding practices of audition, broadly conceived. The heading is necessarily in the plural: practices of audition are shaped by wider cultural practices that shift across different times and places; differences between ‘hearing’ and listening’ have preoccupied philosophers and scientists alike.


The Byzantine Worlds Seminar provides a venue for exploring the material and intellectual entanglements between the medieval worlds of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. As well as fortnightly seminars the Network offers reading groups in Greek, Arabic and Armenian.


The Health, Medicine and Agency research network posits that patient agency has been a central factor in shaping processes of medicalisation and biomedicalisation across a broad range of geographical and cultural contexts. It brings into focus the growing importance of, and controversies surrounding, individual and patient agency by adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, thereby engaging work in the humanities, social and medical sciences.

The Rescaling the Metabolic: Food, Technology, Ecology research network interrogates the concept of metabolism and evaluates its potential for understanding the politics and governance of the living and material world. It explores the metabolic from molecular to global scales, across a broad range of geographical and cultural contexts. It will organise a programme featuring talks by leading thinking on metabolism, readings groups focusing on classic and contemporary texts, and discussions between scholars across the social and ecological sciences.


The Pacific covers epicentres of cultural, biological and linguistic diversity have been central to understanding human socio-political life, the organisation of the natural world, and their dynamic interplay. The Risk and Renewal in the Pacific interdisciplinary network will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines within humanities, social and natural sciences to explore the topic of risk in the Pacific within a very wide range of topics.


Citizenship is currently an arena for vibrant and contentious debate across disciplines and domains. The Subaltern and Decolonial Citizenships network aims to provide a forum for scholars from different disciplines, research areas, and theoretical frameworks to examine these dynamics. There will be a constructive space for presenting preliminary research findings and gain feedback from scholars from various disciplines, and to discuss emergent research themes. As well as regular seminars the network will hold presentations by early-career scholars and workshops with graduate students.

The Talking as Cure? Contemporary Understandings of Mental Health and its Treatment network unites scholars from across the humanities to develop a holistic understanding of why certain methods of talking and interpersonal exchange are deemed therapeutic and how they came to have this status. It will explore the emergence of these therapeutic ideas and practices, survey the landscape of contemporary talking therapies, scrutinise the structures and dynamics that practitioners and patients must negotiate while participating in talking therapies today, and consider the ethical questions raised by these therapeutic practices. The network comprises of a fortnightly reading group, a work-in-progress group and a monthly 'Coffee with Clinicians' meeting.


 



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Posted: Wednesday 9 September 2020

Contributor: CRASSH News

Tags: research networks