2017-18 Programme


Conference programme
New Accounting for the Management of Ecosystems
06 September 2017, Babbage Lecture Theatre (New Museum Site)

This event is a closed workshop. It aims to provide a space for conservation researchers to engage with critical and social and environmental accounting researchers. We hope that this new interdisciplinary bridge will set off theoretical elaborations, as well as concrete working relationships and future experimentations of accounting for the management of ecosystems innovations that can ultimately lead to better achievement of ecological and social results.

Transformations in Global Economic Governance
28 September 2017, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference brings together leading scholars from various disciplines, including development economics, political science, geography, and sociology, and encompasses various themes of relevance to global economic governance, including trade, finance, and development. The conference will take a broad look at the shifting ground in the global economic governance architecture, and highlight the most promising avenues of inquiry for future research.

Agriculture in the Anthropocene
27 October 2017, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

The objective of this workshop is to address the question of 'adaptive capacity' in a much broader framework across a wide range of scales and empirical contexts. The workshop will bring together anthropologically-minded researchers in diverse areas of research, such as in the sciences, environmental economics, global studies, food and resource studies and human geography.

The Afterlives of Cybernetics: Tracing the Information Revolution from the 1960s to Big Data
17 November 2017, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference will contribute to a more thorough history of the present by providing insights into the enduring impact of mid-century techno-science on our contemporary information landscape. It aims to help us understand the antagonisms and synergies that animate the multiple offshoots of cybernetic thought, including operations research, AI, rational choice theory, predictive analysis, design thinking, behavioural economics and risk management.

Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law: Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare
04 December 2017, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference seeks to address the complex set of pressing issues that international law and the international community have faced in view of a series of crises that have taken place on the territory of Ukraine since February 2014. The conference will gather leading experts in international law, political science, information policy, and cyber security.

Elites and Democracy in Modern Political Thought
07 December 2017, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

The aim of this conference is to explore the issue of elites in democratic thought from these founding figures of 'elite theory' to the present. Bringing together intellectual historians and political theorists, this will be the first conference devoted to charting the trajectory of this most pressing of political dilemmas from its modern inception in the late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century through today’s crises.

Poetics Before Modernity Conference 2017
14 December 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This event is a closed workshop. It aims to encourage and consolidate new work on developments in Western poetics and literary theory from antiquity to 1700. The project provides a variety of outlets for the most exciting and compelling research in the field, and hopes to foster a community of scholars working on the subject across traditional disciplinary, national, and period boundaries.

Predictive Processing: Reconstructing the Mind?
11 January 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to evaluate the theoretical and practical implications – and importance – of predictive processing and related ideas (such as the Bayesian brain hypothesis, the free-energy principle, and the importance of ‘top-down’ influences on cognition more generally).

Comic Epidemic: Cartoons, Caricatures and Graphic Novels
16 February 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference aims to examine the emergence, utilisation and transformation of comics, caricatures and animation in relation to epidemic disease, and the prospects and risks of their use in epidemic prevention, preparedness and control. ​

The Post-Truth Phenomenon
15 March 2018, Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House

This conference is an opportunity to consolidate and advance our understanding of the post-truth phenomenon by bringing together scholars across disciplines. At the conference’s core is the view that this is a moment of ‘knowledge controversy,’ namely, a rupture of the naturalised order that provides a window onto the norms, practices, and power relations supporting that naturalised order.

Celsus in his World
20 March 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This is a closed event. Further information is available on the conference page.

Popularizing Reform in Early Modern Europe
12 April 2018, King's College, Cambridge

Beyond the most obvious characteristics of the Reformation, the long sixteenth century also faced a number of fundamental reforms in the religious, legal, and economic fields. This workshop explores how such ideas and programmes were actually implemented on a local basis.

Towards an Arab Left Reader: Key Documents in Translation and Context
12 April 2018, Newnham College, Cambridge

This event is a closed workshop. Further information is available on the conference page.

Crosscurrents of Commensuration
16 April 2018, SG1 Alison Richard Building, Sidwick Site

A conference by the Limits of the Numerical Project.  Construed broadly, commensuration involves equating units or entities judged in the first instance to be essentially different and incomparable with one another.  Such operations of same-making – along with corollary processes of differentiation and distinction – are fundamentally generative aspects of sociocultural life, and have proven to be highly fecund as both objects and optics of analysis across the social sciences and humanities

New Spaces of Resistance in Latin America: Beyond the Pink Tide​
19 April 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference brings together researchers across multiple disciplines interested in new spaces of resistance and protest that have opened up in Latin America in recent years. Bringing together leading scholars working on Latin America and resistance, the conference will draw out emerging research agendas and discuss a range of related questions.

A New Political Vision for Europe: Practical Approaches to Building a Socially Just Europe
04 May 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This event is primarily a closed workshop. The workshop will focus debate on concrete, practical solutions that can inform future European Union policies.

India's Political Lexicon in its Vernaculars
25 May 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference brings together students of Indian history, politics, languages and society to examine India’s political ideas through a close ethnographic and historical scrutiny of the languages used by its people to speak about and act within their political lives.

Subversive Intent & Beyond: Surrealism, Politics, Sexuality
01 June 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This two-day symposium aims to address the subversive intents and contestatory acts, the legacies and lessons, of Surrealism, especially as they bear on politically charged questions of sexuality, gender, race and nationality. The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Susan Rubin Suleiman.

Sensing the Sonic: Histories of Hearing Differently (1800-now)
15 June 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

What happens when hearing doesn't do what it purportedly should?  

Often hearing and sound are predominately considered from an ear-centric perspective. We will explore alternatives to this singular ear, engaging various historical, theoretical and methodological positions. Putting forward an exploratory format, participants will ignite discussions that challenge notions of embodied presence and investigate different materials and research strategies for hearing differently from the 19th century to the present.

Reimagining the Cooperative: An Interdisciplinary Conversation​
20 June 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

There has been considerable and sustained interested in cooperatives across the humanities and social sciences. Yet these approaches, which centre upon their status as economic organizations, political projects, and sites of meaning and value-making, remain largely siloed within specific disciplines. This workshop seeks a more sustained and coherent interdisciplinary theorizing of contemporary and historic cooperative practice.

Mapping Morality in Global Health
26 June 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference aims to bring together scholars from disciplines such as anthropology, history, economics, epidemiology, political science, literature and theology to chart the forms and places of morality in global health.

Beyond Words: Multimodal Encounters in Translation
05 July 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

During the past decade, the rise and sprawl of digital media has ensured that interconnections between different visual, aural, and oral modalities have acquired much greater cultural prominence. This conference aims to bring together both those who produce multimodal ‘translations’ as well as those who theorise about them. By encouraging truly inter and trans-disciplinary dialogue, the event aspires to impact on research directions in the area of translation and multimodality.

Measurement and Power: Perspectives on 'The Limits of the Numerical'
18 July 2018, SG1/2 Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

A symposium by the Limits of the Numerical project. Drawing together perspectives from the disciplines of anthropology, English, philosophy, political science, and sociology, the workshop will  provide an opportunity to critically reflect on the power and limits of interdisciplinary research in metrics.