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|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 Postwar Europe|
12 December 2019, Room SG1 & SG2, 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, Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College
This conference is the first attempt to begin to reconstruct the story of the way Cambridge -- university, colleges, and town -- became a sanctuary for persecuted academics from Fascist Europe in the years 1933-1945. Papers will range widely across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, both focusing on well-known refugee academics and also drawing attention to the experience of those marginalised or neglected: students, women, and scholars who never found their way here professionally. We will also look at the individuals, institutions and households that enabled escape and rescue, as well as at the evacuation from Nazi Germany to Cambridge of material resources of scholarly value.
|CANCELLED: 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.