We have a spectacular Easter Term to take our minds off examining.
Our Impact speaker this term will be Reni Eddo- Lodge, whose Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race recently won the 2018 Jhalak Prize for the best book by a British BAME writer. There will be two conversations and a specific event for early career scholars and activists. This is part of our long-term, and still much needed, series on Race, Gender and Law.
The winner of the Nine Dots Prize, James Williams, will also be presenting his book Stand out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy. It would be hard to imagine a more timely and important topic than the relation between the large tech companies, society and regulation, and it will be fascinating to see how this young writer has responded to the challenge of his $100,000 prize. James used to work for Google before he saw the light and came to write a PhD: this is his first book, the result of winning the prize over more than 700 other entrants.
A conference I am particularly looking forward to is Subversive Intent and Beyond: Surrealism, Politics, Sexuality – another event in what is shaping up to be a fine term at CRASSH for the discussion of activism and change.
We are particularly proud to announce our new and sixth ERC project. This major, externally funded project, entitled The Global as ARTEFACT, is about the construction of knowledge systems as global systems, specifically through the formulation and dissemination of understanding about agriculture. It has a huge scope from the deepest antiquity to modernity, and will tie in well with our interests in technology and democracy and even localised work on global seed banks underway at CRASSH. The project is led by Inanna Hamati-Ataya, who is a wonderful addition to our intellectual community. It is worth recalling, in this age of petty nationalism and self-interest, both that knowledge has a global reach and impact, and that the movement of ideas and scholars around the world has been essential for the development of culture in the best sense.
This is my last editorial as Director of CRASSH – and, as well as welcoming Steve Connor into the position of director, I want to thank all of you who have made CRASSH events so satisfying and so exciting over the last seven years.
Professor Simon Goldhill, FBA
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