We enter the new year and what Cambridge calls the Lent term with a menu of intellectual attractions and excitements that is anything but penitential.
There is still time before the deadline of 21st January to enter for the Nine Dots Prize, which seeks to recognise agile, original, cross-disciplinary thinking about contemporary societal issues. Entrants this year are invited to submit 3,000 words on the question: 'Is there still no place like home?' For the winner, there is US$100,000, a Fellowship at CRASSH and a contract for a book with Cambridge University Press.
Applications are also open until 25th January for the CRASSH Conference Support Competition 2019–20. We offer £2,500 along with full administrative provision to support conferences organised by college and university faculty and graduate students. We are also accepting applications, until 25th April, for the CRASSH Research Networks Funding Competition 2019–20.
And, as the holiday allurements start appearing everywhere, it is not too early to start planning your academic summer, by applying for one of the two CRASSH summer schools. Religious Diversity and the Secular University is a two-week summer workshop supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. And gloknos (say glow-nos, not glock-nos), the newly-established Centre for Global Knowledge Studies, is running a summer school on Global Epistemics (details to follow soon).
More immediately, look out for the Ideas Lab which gloknos is launching this January, with an event exploring Norming Knowledges on 29th January. We are also eagerly anticipating three more events in the gloknos Annual Lecture Series, two sessions at the Cambridge Festival of Science in March and biweekly meetings of the two reading groups Ontopolitics of the Future and Knowledge and Digital Capitalism.
Our twelve research networks will also be fizzing and bubbling with events (and don't forget that CRASSH reading groups are open to any interested participants).
- On 23rd January, the 'Re-' Interdisciplinary Network is running 'Re-' as an Embodied Practice, a creative practice workshop about repetition, community and the concept of remaking or re-staging. Then, on 23rd February, 'Re-' will get together with the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN) and the Faculty of Classics for a Saturday Symposium on Translation as Performance.
- On 4th March, the Health, Medicine and Agency Research Network will address different ways of communicating research outputs to the public through creative media in its seminar Public Engagement Activities Around Patients' Experiences Within Institutions.
- On 24th January, The Politics of Economics Research Network will host Cathrine Holst from the University of Oslo, who will speak on Asymmetry, Disagreement and Biases: Epistemic Worries About Expertise and How to Address Them.
- Over 14th–16th January, Cambridge Digital Humanities is running a research workshop on Machine Feeling, which will explore the ways in which digital culture captures and manages contemporary 'structures of feeling'. The workshop will include two public events.
Our funded research projects are also contributing to the intellectual festivities.
- The ERC-funded project Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science will be running a weekly reading group throughout the term. Measuring Wellbeing by Eliciting Preferences? seeks to understand how wellbeing can be defined and understood, before discussing how it may be usefully measured.
- The project Giving Voice to Digital Democracies: The Social Impact of Artificially Intelligent Communications Technology at the Centre for the Humanities and Social Change is hosting its first workshop on 25th March, The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Ethics, Technology.
Finally, visitors to many of our events in the Alison Richard Building (ARB) can look forward to some pleasurable shivers from the Solitudes and Seasons exhibition, which includes five painters and one filmmaker whose work deals with the weird, the eerie and the uncanny in the English landscape. A painting by one of the artists, Mandy Hudson, is featured on the cover of this term's What's On.
Professor Steven Connor
Director of CRASSH