Welcome to CRASSH's What's On for Lent 2018. As ever, you will find a host of thrilling intellectual events this term, covering the whole range of interdisciplinary work at the university. Here are a very few of our highlights.
Two of the world's most celebrated public intellectuals are visiting CRASSH this term. Sara Ahmed will be giving the Lent CRASSH Impact Lectures continuing our commitment to exploring issues of race and gender, with a special focus on policy and social action. Sara Ahmed has become one of the best known feminist theorists of this generation through her publications, her blogs and her activism. Her book On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life may have a particular purchase in Cambridge…
Jared Diamond, perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel, has always been fascinated by how societies destroy each other or themselves. He is a natural guest therefore for the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, one of CRASSH's premier projects. It is hard not to think that the question of existential risk remains all too salient today.
If that seems too heavy, we have a conference on comics – though it is on Comic Epidemics… How have caricatures, cartoons and graphic novels been used to represent disease, and what role might they have to play in epidemic prevention, preparedness and control?
If you think that you have a great conference idea, then this too is the term to apply to us for funding. The deadline is 26 January and all details of how to apply, and who and what we support can be found here.
Finally, a great new major initiative is starting this term. The Centre for the Humanities and Social Change is one of three new centres, the other two located in Santa Barbara and Venice. Each centre is looking at how humanities research can take the lead on major matters of social change, and the teams at Cambridge will be investigating specifically the interface between technology and social change – in all its manifestations. Two four-year projects with interdisciplinary teams will be taking shape this year. This is a very exciting venture and we look forward to sharing more of it with you as it develops.
Professor Simon Goldhill, FBA
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