2014-15 Programme


Programme

Conference programme
Plague and the City: Disease, Epidemic Control and the Urban Environment
05 December 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

This is the first annual conference of the ERC-funded project 'Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic'. It will bring together social scientists, historians, historical geographers, urbanists and epidemiologists to discuss and disentangle the interrelation between bubonic plague (Yersinia pestis) and the urban environment in both historical and contemporary contexts.

The Politics of Framing and Staging: Performance as Paradigm II
08 December 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

Framing and staging have historically been powerful metaphors with which to negotiate collectivity. This conference looks at ways in which performance is less about objects than the power of frames.

Does the Museum Just Preserve the Museum?
12 December 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

Issues of security and conservation repeatedly draw public attention to the practical problems faced by curators. Questions of repatriation and human remains draw public attention to the ethical issues faced by curators. But the job of curator also raised fundamental intellectual questions that neither the academic not the lay public are led to think about. 

Grasping 'Everyday Justice': An Ethnographic Approach
06 February 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

This conference aims to generate a cumulative account of the 'everyday nature of justice'. We invite theoretically grounded papers offering ethnographic insights into the plural nature of 'everyday justice' across the globe.

The Total Archive: Dreams of Universal Knowledge from the Encyclopaedia to Big Data
19 March 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

Questions of the total archive cannot be answered from within any one discipline: they engage key issues in the philosophy of classification, the poetics of the universal, the ideology of political high modernism and the technolotgies of information retrieval. 

The Places of Early Modern Criticism
23 March 2015, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

This conference will bring together scholars working in departments of English, Modern Languages, Classics and Art History to look at the many different places of early modern criticism. 

Pursuing Justice in Africa
27 March 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

The focus of the conference is on the many varied actors pursuing visions of justice in Africa - their aspirations, divergent practices and articulations of International and vernacular idioms of justice.

Print Media in the Colonial World
16 April 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

The conference will bring together scholars in History, Literary Studies, Visual Studies, Anthropology and other associated disciplines working on newspapers and periodicals in societies across the colonial world in order to explore common themes and reflext on the place of the newspaper in colonial societies.   

African Heritage Challenges: Development and Sustainability
15 May 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

The conference aims to explore the ways in which heritage can promote, secure or undermine sustainable development in Africa, and in turn, how this sustainable development affects conceptions of heritage in Africa.

The Drama of Intellectual Life: Performativity in the Study of Ideas
29 May 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

This conference explores new perspectives for the study of intellectuals. It will investigate how new theoretical and methodological approaches can reinvigorate the study of intellectuals.

Objects in Motion: Material Culture in Transition
18 June 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

What happens when material objects transition between different contexts - geographical, cultural, and temporal? Diverse scholars, curators, and creative voices will meet to explore this theme, around the world and across the millennia.

Sonorous Sublimes: Music and Sound 1670–1850
23 June 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

This interdisciplinary conference is the first dedicated to the musical sublime, c.1670–1850. Spanning the eras of Lully, Handel, Beethoven, and Wagner, this period witnessed dramatic changes in musical praxis alongside the rise to prominence of the philosophical and aesthetic category of the sublime.

Erotic Literature: Adaptation and Translation in Europe and Asia
29 June 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

Which aesthetic and cultural concepts inform the creative effort invested in its translation and adaptation? Drawing from various national and cultural traditions, film and literary scholars will come together to establish what divides and unites the erotic in diverse contexts. 

Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics
08 July 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

The conference aims to facilitate dialogue between academics and artists/practitioners across the many disciplinary areas of sound studies.

Counting the Cost of Drink in Britain, 1830-1918
17 July 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

The conference will explore attempts to assess the social, political and economic costs of alcohol consumption in Britain.

The Making of Measurement
23 July 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to consolidate an emerging international community of scholars interested in the history and/or philosophy of measurement.

Sovereignty and Imperialism: Non-European Powers in the Age of Empire
10 September 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

The conference addresses the ways in which six non-European powers - Abyssinia (Ethiopia), Afghanistan, China, Japan, the Ottoman Empire, Persia (Iran) and Siam (Thailand) - engaged with European imperialism and struggled to keep their sovereignty.

Sex, Disease and Fertility in History
28 September 2015, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2

This conference aims to further our understanding of the role of the venereal diseases in influencing the fertility of populations in the past.