This is my first introduction as Director of CRASSH to our termly What’s On. Simon Goldhill has been admirable Master of Ceremonies and I am both excited and daunted to be taking the stage after him. But the line-up of events we have in store this term is as exciting, provocative and enlarging as ever.
I know from my own experience of CRASSH-watching that, with everything we have going on, it is easy to find that the things you meant to sign up for have already been and gone. So here are a few things to get into your diary early for this term.
We are particularly looking forward to a visit this term, in our CRASSH Impact series, of Professor Homi Bhabha from Harvard, one of the foundational figures in postcolonial studies. He will be giving a public lecture in November.
Don’t miss the fellowship opportunities, many of them with application deadlines in October, that are featured on our website. Look out during October too for the announcement of the new question to be posed by the Nine Dots Prize, which is sponsored by the Kadas Prize Foundation with support from CRASSH and Cambridge University Press.
The Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), founded by Principal Research Associate Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya, will be inaugurated on 19 October, with an open reception in the Alison Richard Building and a lecture by Professor David Edgerton of King’s College London, a leading historian of technology and the author of many acclaimed monographs including The Shock of the Old. The gloknos Centre has initial funding from the ERC through Inanna’s project ARTEFACT and is developing a range of activities and collaborations in and beyond Cambridge (more information will soon be available at www.gloknos.ac.uk). CRASSH offers a perfect environment for gloknos’s ambitious cross-disciplinary agenda in Global Epistemics, and we are very excited by the prospect of hosting and contributing to its forthcoming activities and projects.
Since its inception in 2006, the Graduate and Faculty Research Groups Programme has hosted 61 research groups, of graduate students and faculty working together to explore common interdisciplinary interests. We have decided to give these a simpler and more straightforward name: Research Networks. 11 networks in total have been selected for the 2018–19 academic year, 5 of them new. The new networks are: Byzantine Worlds; Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements; Health, Medicine and Agency; International Black Radicalism; ‘Re-’ Interdisciplinary Network.
A noteworthy event from the new ‘Re-’ Research Network will be Replicas: Perspectives from the History of Art and Science on 21st November. Adam Lowe, the founder of Factum Arte, and Simon Schaffer will be among those helping us to ask: Can there be copying without loss? If so, what is the ontological difference between the ‘original’ and its ‘copy’?
This term, CRASSH is beginning an exploratory series of seminars entitled Biosensibilities: Living the Measured Life, organised in collaboration with the PHG Foundation, which will explore the implications of the new world of real-time biosensing and monitoring devices that are becoming available.
This September sees the end of the ERC-funded project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic, which arrived at CRASSH in 2013, as well as the five-year Leverhulme-funded project Conspiracy and Democracy. We will be celebrating the latter at a final showcase on 23 November.
Professor Steven Connor
Director of CRASSH
Collect your copy of What's On, Michaelmas 2018 from the Alison Richard Building (Sidgwick Site) from 1 October – or page through the digital version above. For details of specific events, please visit our events calendar – and don't forget to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter.