2019 – 2020 Programme


Programme

Conference programme
Philosophy, Poetry, and Utopian Politics: The Relevance of Richard Rorty
12 September 2019, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

To mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of Richard Rorty’s Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989), this conference will examine Rorty and his contemporary relevance. 

Dynamic Maghribi Jewish-Muslim Interactions in Material and Performative Cultures Since 1920
17 September 2019, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France
The Idea of Development
18 September 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

This conference invites reflection on the intellectual history of particular ideas of national and international development.

Media of Hate: Representations of Religious Persecution and Repression in Early Modern Europe
03 October 2019, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Media of Hate will bring together scholars from the fields of early modern literature, religious studies, history, musicology, and art history in order to explore the various media used to communicate and represent discrimination and distrust towards religious minorities across early modern European contexts, from Dutch Protestant and French Huguenot refugees, to Jewish communities, and Catholic recusants.

Common Currency: The 'Cambridge Circus' and the Reinventions of Economics
07 November 2019, The Cambridge Union Society, 9a Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB

This will primarily be a closed conference.

Re-/Un-working Tragedy: Perspectives from the Global South
06 December 2019, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This conference aims to scrutinize the literary, political, and philosophical relevance of reworking/unworking tragedy in cross-cultural contexts. It takes up the notion of ‘tragedy’ in a world shaken by global conflicts, deterritorialization, and migration crises.

Let's Talk About Sex (and Reproduction): Counselling for Reproductive Health in Post-war Europe
12 December 2019, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together historians, sociologists and current professionals to discuss how counselling has changed, how its practices have shaped reproductive health, and what its histories can tell us about practices today.

Climate Fictions / Indigenous Studies
24 January 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This conference seeks to initiate a multidisciplinary conversation on climate change, as conceived by, and re-inscribed within, Indigenous literatures.

Power, Promise, Politics: The Pineapple from Columbus to Del Monte
20 February 2020, The Sainsbury Laboratory Auditorium (Cambridge University Botanic Garden); The Bateman Auditorium (Gonville and Caius College)

This interdisciplinary conference brings together academics from the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as museum professionals and artist-practitioners to investigate the understudied tensions between the representational power of the pineapple and the political contexts of its production around the globe, thereby making connections between the global and local which are at the heart of contemporary debates about the nature and origins of the food that we eat.

Cambridge: City of Scholars, City of Refuge (1933-1945)
05 March 2020, Venue TBC

Further details about this conference will be made available in the near future. 

Queer Migrations: Transnational Sexualities in Theory and Practice
13 March 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

The objective of this conference is twofold: firstly, to restore visibility to the queer migrant in cultural, sociological, political, theoretical and methodological debates on globality and migration; and secondly, to challenge the socio-political and racialised narrativization of the queer migrant experience as a journey from the ‘backward’ global South to the ‘progressive’ global North.

Social Power and Mental Health: Evolving Research Through Lived Experience
25 March 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This conference seeks to create dialogue between two forms of expertise. It will bring together people with lived experience of mental health challenges and researchers, with the aim of starting conversations between these two groups of experts. We also recognise that many people belong in both groups.

Late Antiquity’s Library: Re-assessing the Classical Canon in the Age of Synesius
16 April 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to re-assess the shape and make-up of classical culture in the context of the fourth-century transformation of the literary, philosophical, and theological past of Greece and Rome.

How Can Primary Care Prevent Health Inequalities? New Connections and Research Priorities
22 May 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This workshop will build on existing research of the role of primary care in reducing inequality, bringing together post-graduate students and early career researchers who have an interest and experience in inequality and health with interdisciplinary researchers, and working towards defining an academic network and future post-doctoral research project.

The Commons Are Dead. Long Live the Commons!
12 June 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

The conference seeks to understand the present-day commons and hopes to prompt a discussion about how common spaces are being collectively constructed, reclaimed, and shared in the contemporary world.

Fostering Ethics: Family in Islam and the Contested Meanings of Adoption
25 June 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

This conference seeks to explore how diverse perspectives can inform and foster a new ethics of adoption and the care of orphaned or abandoned children in Muslim communities. It will bring together leading scholars, professionals and others concerned, with an eye towards bridging the gap between academic knowledge, social work, and public education. 

Tactics and Praxis: Creativity, Pleasure and Ethics in Academic Work
09 July 2020, SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Further details about this conference will be made available in the near future.