|Women, Nation-Building and Feminism in India|
06 September 2018, The Gatsby Room, The Chancellor’s Centre, Wolfson College
This two-day international workshop explores the myriad roles played by women - as volunteers, organisers, bureaucrats, politicians, writers and citizens - in shaping the emerging ideologies and structures of independent India.
|Imaginative Landscapes of Islamist Politics: Aspirations, Dreams, and Critique|
15 September 2018, Thomas Gray Room, Pembroke College
This conference will investigate the imaginative landscapes of Islamist politics, through a focus on aspirations, dreams, and critique articulated within trans-regional or national Islamist political milieus.
|Building Sustainable Digital Pedagogy|
27 September 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This conference will focus on how digital tools and resources are used in education and learning, and how we can explore a real opportunity to strengthen the matrix of research, technology and education.
|Forgotten Revolution: Visual and Material Culture of the Hungarian Diaspora in the Ottoman Empire|
05 October 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
The European upheaval of 1848-9 brought a great number of refugees from Hungary to the Ottoman lands. This workshop aims to examine the lives and deeds of some of these Hungarian men and women, whose extraordinary accounts of their experiences have recently been brought to light.
|The Social Life of Work|
12 October 2018, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This two-day conference aims to generate engaged, imaginative, and creative scholarship on work.
|Dynamic Maghribi Jewish-Muslim Interaction across the Performing Arts (1920-2020)|
05 December 2018, The Beves Room, King's College
This event will explore the dynamics of Jewish-Muslim interaction in the performing arts across the Maghreb and France from 1920 to 2020, through the production of creative enterprise, performance and content, and the ebb and flow of influences.
|The French Military in Africa: Postcolonial Trusteeship to Legitimate Multilateral Partnerships?|
14 December 2018, SG2 and S3, Alison Richard Building
This conference will bring together historians, political scientists, and policy experts for a high-level discussion of the continued deployment of French miliatry forces on combat missions in Sub-Saharan Africa
|A Good Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Dying Well|
10 January 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This conference seeks to tackle head on the challenge of talking openly about death, enabling dialogue between experts from different fields, as well as between academics and wider publics, with the aim of augmenting contemporary understandings of dying well.
|The Politics of Social Protection: Is it really the Citizens vs. the Vulnerables?|
18 January 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This one-day conference brings together students, academics and practitioners from both the global North and South in an attempt to tease out the politics of social protection.
|Mobilizing Affect: Populism and the Future of Democratic Politics in Spain|
22 February 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This symposium will bring together a group of distinguished scholars working in Britain, Spain and the United States to confront Spain’s political past, present and future.
|Beyond Binary: Trans and Queer as a Disruptive Technologies|
01 March 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This symposium, organised by lgbtQ+@cam, revisits trans and queer as a disruptive technologies of gender, identity and thought, and will celebrate the freedom of ‘moving across socially imposed boundaries from unchosen starting places’ (Stryker, 2016).
|Toleration and Religious Freedom in the Early Modern and Contemporary World|
26 March 2019, Room SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference will facilitate interdisciplinary engagement with historical narratives of toleration and religious freedom.
|The Ontology of Love|
26 April 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This will be a closed event.
|High-Cost Credit in an Age of Austerity|
08 May 2019, Fisher Building, St John’s College, University of Cambridge
This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will focus on the regulatory challenges associated with low-income, high-debt consumers.
|Exuviae: Distributing the Self in Images and Objects|
10 May 2019, Room SG1/2, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
On the twenty-first birthday of Art and Agency, this conference will explore Alfred Gell’s notion of the exuvial in all of its multiplicity and richness.
|Beyond Marriage: Philosophy, Politics, Law|
24 May 2019, Webb Library, Jesus College
This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from philosophy, politics, and law to debate what lies beyond marriage.
|Energy, Culture and Society in the Global South|
31 May 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This two-day international conference will bring together doctoral students and early-career scholars to discuss the different ways energy is and has been intertwined with economic, social, cultural and political developments and processes.
|Protest Art in the New Autocracy|
20 June 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This conference aims to showcase the diverse forms of contemporary protest art that have emerged around the world over the last few years in a single interdisciplinary forum.
|Casuistry, Contingency, Ambiguity: New Approaches to the Study of Ethics in the Islamic Traditions|
04 July 2019, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This conference brings new perspectives to Islamic discourses on ethics during the pre-modern period across the disciplines of law, theology, philosophy and adab.
|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.
|Priestcraft: Early Modern Variations on the Theme of Sacerdotal Imposture|
01 September 2016, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This two-day conference will bring together an international group of experts in intellectual history, the history of religion and literary studies. It will represent the first attempt undertaken by scholars to view ‘priestcraft’ from a pan-European perspective.
|Reproductive politics in France and Britain|
05 September 2016, GR06/07 Seminar Room, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP
This two-day conference brings together historians, demographers and other social scientists from France and Britain working in the field of reproductive politics.
Sessions will identify similarities and differences between political, religious and medical contexts on both sides of the channel as well as leading actors and their networks. Presentations and discussions will explore how various aspects of reproduction are privately experienced, publicly debated, legally regulated and scientifically and medically managed.
|Digital Publics and Counterpublics in Africa|
09 September 2016, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The Digital Publics and Counterpublics Workshop, jointly hosted by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, and CRASSH, will critically explore the ways that new digital technologies are progressively being incorporated in everyday practices in east Africa and the socio-political impacts this has had.
|Traps: technological mediations of human-animal encounter|
27 September 2016, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
This conference seeks to foster an experimental cross-disciplinary conversation about the ways traps and allied technologies serve as the medium for humans’ conceptual and practical engagement with other species.
|Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription?|
02 December 2016, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
This conference aims to explore the interdisciplinary, shared traits of diagrammatic thinking so as to go beyond the notion of simplification, of “drawing information together”, which forms the usual analytical ground for understanding syntactic visualizations in the sciences and humanities. Rather than seeing diagrams as systems of linkages, the aim of the conference is to explore the dialectic of inscription and erasure as an inherent and generative trait of diagrammatic practices.
|Global Muslim Encounters: Homogenisation and Diversity across Time and Space|
09 December 2016, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
Bringing together historians, art historians, anthropologists, political scientists, and scholars of comparative literature and Islamic studies who work on Islamic communities all across the globe, our aim is to analyse how Muslim travellers, scholars, state officials and migrant workers made sense of radically different forms of practical piety and religious thought they encountered while being on the move. This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to compare and connect such encounters as they occurred in various spatial and temporal settings since ca. 1250.
|New Directions in the Evolutionary Social Sciences|
13 December 2016, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Within the evolutionary social sciences – however mature – there is room for exploration, for new methods, and new approaches. This conference gathers together researchers working at the cutting-edge of the field, and will open dialogues on the as-of-yet unanswered issues at the heart of social science and cultural evolution.
|After the Soviet Collapse|
12 January 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Focusing on music and the other arts, this conference seeks to bring together some of the unique stories of transformation from the vastly different regions that made up the Soviet Union, but also to draw out emerging patterns and common trends.
|After Idealism: Sound as Matter and Medium in the 19th Century|
17 March 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference aims to enlarge substantially our understanding of the dialogue between 19th-century music and natural science, examining in particular how a scientific-materialist conception of sound was formed alongside a dominant culture of romantic idealism. It takes as its subject sound as matter and medium, focusing on the domains of natural science, emergent technologies, sentient communication and acoustics.
|Biodiversity and its Histories|
24 March 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference will bring together scholars and researchers in ecology, politics, geography, anthropology, cultural history, and history and philosophy of science to explore how aesthetic, economic, and moral value came to be attached to the diversity of life on earth.
|Biocircularities: Lives, Times and Technologies|
31 March 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference will explore the diverse ways in which technoscientific innovations in epigenetics, bio-banking and regenerative medicine challenge and redefine traditional life course models.
|Researching South-South Development Cooperation|
03 April 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference is the first of its kind in its specific focus on the epistemological and related methodological challenges associated with researching South-South development cooperation. The conference will invite researchers on SSDC - from graduates and early career scholars to leading figures in the field - to reflect critically on the changing politics of knowledge and knowledge production that these actors and trends present.
|Literary Littorals: Slavery, Emancipation, Africa and the Spanish Empire|
06 April 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference aims to bring into dialogue scholars working in a variety of fields—Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, African Studies, Economic History, Historical Anthropology, Visual and Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Gender Studies—in order to grapple with the discursive, visual, and material realities of slavery, the slave trade, and enslavement by other names and legal categories in the Spanish colonial sphere.
|Legacies of Conquest: Transnational perspectives on the conquest and colonization of Latin America|
11 April 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This symposium will provide the opportunity for a comparative inquiry into the ways in which key aspects of the conquest and colonisation of Latin America by Europeans have been represented and transmitted in writing, in visual culture, and in performance culture down the centuries and across a range of national cultures.
|Labour Politics in an Age of Precarity|
21 April 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
The workshop will discuss how labour is organized in different contexts across Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe, and what effects such organization has on labour relations under conditions of economic precarity.
|Putting Dirt in Its Place: The Contemporary Politics of Waste|
02 June 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference explores the socio-material interfaces where waste meets politics in the present. It brings together a group of established and emergent waste scholars from across the social sciences to discuss the contemporary dynamics of waste and waste labour in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Five themed panels - on infrastructure, labour, circulation, elimination and reconceptualization– provide a structure through which waste will be explored in all its complexity.
|Reproducing the Environment|
29 June 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This workshop will examine the questions that climate change and other environmental issues raise about the conditions of possibility for reproducing human and non-human lives in the present and future. There will be a public lecture by Dr Carrie Friese (London School of Economics).
|Measuring Matters: Histories of Assessing Inequality|
05 July 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
This conference will combine intensive closed workshops with two public events on the topic of the assessing inequality. The first public event will be a keynote address by a leading scholar in the field: Professor Alice O’Connor. The second will be a round-table aimed at engaging with current practice and policy, engaging with a wider academic and non-academic public, and bringing into the conference other perspectives, debates and questions.
|Theology and Politics in the German Imagination, 1789–1848|
10 July 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
A two-day international conference bringing together scholars of different disciplines to consider the relationships between theology, religious practice, political theory, and political practice in early nineteenth-century Germany (and German-speaking central Europe).
|Shari’a in Motion: Islam, Law and Mobility|
14 July 2017, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Shari’a in Motion, a conference, aims to bring together a diverse group of scholars working on varied aspects of Islam, law and authority, for discussions on method, mobility and meaning in the study of shari’a. Taking the broadest possible approach to 'shari’a,' we seek to explore how seeing shari’a as always in motion - in time, in space, through text, language and the operations of meaning - allows new perspectives and methods to emerge for the study of Islam and Muslim societies.
|Moral Psychology Interdisciplinary Conference|
09 October 2015, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
The Moral Psychology Interdisciplinary Conference aims to identify the most recent theoretical and methodological research challenges in morality research from various disciplines.
|Leadership, Authority and Legitimation in South Asia|
20 November 2015, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
This workshop will include contributions on political, moral, and religious forms of leadership in the region and the global South Asian diaspora. Participants will consider what makes South Asia’s leaders acceptable or even intensely desirable in their followers’ eyes.
|Why We Disagree about Human Nature|
10 December 2015, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
The speakers at this conference will put forward a selection of the very different answers to questions about human nature. Their responses are drawn from the perspectives of psychology, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of medicine, social and biological anthropology, evolutionary theory and the study of animal cognition. We will understand why we disagree about human nature, and what, if anything, might resolve that disagreement.
|The Matter of Mimesis. Studies on mimesis and materials in nature, art and science|
17 December 2015, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars from the sciences, social sciences and humanities in order to address material practices of mimesis.
|Digital Editing Now|
07 January 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
This conference will be an occasion to exchange ideas about the state of digital editing and its future potential.
|Death and the Afterlife|
22 January 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
This one-day symposium is centred around interdisciplinary responses to Professor Samuel Scheffler’s recent book Death and the Afterlife (Oxford, 2013).
|The Museum as Method: Collections, Research, Universities|
14 March 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
This conference brings together scholars interested in material culture, and curators from across the arts and sciences, to reflect on both questions of methodology and public policy.
|Matthew Parker: Archbishop, Scholar, and Collector|
17 March 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2) and Corpus Christi College
This conference aims to bring those with an interest in Parker together for the first time, to encourage work bridging existing fields of Parkerian study and setting aspects of his career into their full context, and, as a result, to present for the first time a new and coherent picture of a major figure in mid-sixteenth-century English (and Continental) intellectual and religious life, bringing into particular focus Parker's role in collaborative scholarship and the retrieval of the past.
|The Criminal Law's Person|
07 April 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
This conference brings together representatives from criminal law, philosophy, and medical and social sciences to examine the idea of the responsible person in the criminal law.
|Books in the Making|
14 April 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
This event will bring some of the key players in the book trade together with academics from a range of disciplines whose work approaches that circuit from different perspectives: literary and cultural studies, sociology, book history and digital humanities.
|ART / MONEY / CRISIS|
29 April 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
The conference will bring together leading academics from across different disciplines in the humanities to address artistic responses to financial crisis from the beginning of the twentieth century to today, focusing particularly on the 2008 crisis.
|Hierarchy, Egalitarianism & Responsibility|
13 May 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
The world today faces a crisis of responsibility. This workshop explores the deep social roots of this crisis through a comparative investigation of different cultural orders of responsibility.
|Anxiety in and about Africa|
15 June 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
In recent years, a growing body of literature has explored the ways in which colonial encounters between Europeans and Africans were fraught with anxiety. This conference will engage scholars from history, development studies, anthropology, geography, sociology, law, and other disciplines in a new conversation on anxiety across time and space.
|Malthus: Food, Land, People|
20 June 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2) and Jesus College
This conference will bring together historians, economists, literary scholars, political theorists, geographers, demographers, and philosophers who will share their views on Malthus and Malthusianism in and for his own centuries, and for ours, a century defined by accelerating public debate on environment, population, and food security.
|China Goes Global: New Perspectives on Chinese Migration in China and Abroad|
27 June 2016, St Catharine's College (McGrath Centre)
This conference will explore the widely discussed topic of historical and contemporary Chinese migration, both within China and abroad, but in less studied regions and from new perspectives.
|Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies|
08 July 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
In this symposium we aim to unpack the multiple contemporary connotations of the term ‘psychosomatic’ and to render them available for discussion in relation to problems of agency, responsibility, motivation, choice and self-management.
|2016's Race to Change the World|
11 July 2016, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This conference will focus on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the implications that this will have for future U.S. foreign policy. Sessions will focus on the global challenges facing the next president, the role that a president can personally play in an international context, and the state of the 2016 campaign itself.
|Women - Violence - 1968|
14 July 2016, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
In 2018 the social movements leading up to and inspired by 1968 will be fifty years old. This conference will act as the foundation for a significant new volume on Women and 1968 to be published early during the 50th anniversary year, in order to help found a new discourse that emphasizes women’s broad and varied participation in and influence on the revolutionary politics of 1968 (where discourses to date have tended to focus exclusively upon the women’s movement and individual cases of “aberrant” violence).
|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.
|Cinematic Urban Geographies|
03 October 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - SG1&2
This conference aims to explore the different facets by which cinema and the moving image contribute to our understanding of cities and its topographies.
|Iraq: A Decade of New Governance|
18 October 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Weaving together salient themes from Politics and International Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Economics, Law, Sociology, History, and Anthropology, and drawing in experts and practitioners from these fields, this conference will offer theoretical and empirical insights into contemporary Iraq.
|This is my Body|
18 November 2013, William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Addenbrooke's Clinical School
This two-day conference aims to return human experience to the centre of medical discussion by bringing scholars of the body from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences together with medical and surgical practitioners.
|Speaking Ethically Across Borders: Interdisciplinary Approaches|
08 January 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - SG1&2
The Speaking Ethically Across Borders project aims to address situations in which people recognize the existence of distinct ethical traditions and attempt to act or think ethically in light of those traditions, without collapsing the distinction between them.
|Borderlands: Ethics, Ethnography and ‘Repugnant’ Christianity|
09 January 2014, St John's Divinity School, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TW
|Institutions and their Discontents: Rethinking Economic Development in South Asia|
17 March 2014, CRASSH (SG1&2)
The conference aims to bring together leading economists, political scientists and historians to debate a key tenet of modern development theory: the crucial link between the development of strong institutions and sustained economic growth.
|Corruption in India: When Preaching Piety is Not Enough|
17 March 2014, CRASSH (SG1&2)
Public lecture part of the conference "Institutions and their Discontents: Rethinking Economic Development in South Asia"
|Creativity, Circulation and Copyright: Sonic and Visual Media in the Digital Age|
28 March 2014, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The primary aim is to further interdisciplinary discussion of the relationship between the aesthetics, ethics and legal implications of new digital technologies through exploring the various ways audio-visual media are created, received and interpreted.
|Visual Anthropology and Contemporary South Asian History|
04 April 2014, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
This conference will offer historians, anthropologists and postgraduate history students a unique opportunity to share and strengthen their scholarship within a cross-disciplinary research network concerned with the crucial relevance of applying theories of visual anthropology to the study of contemporary South Asian history.
|Transforming Information: Record-keeping in the Early Modern World|
09 April 2014, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London
|Purity & Impurity Across Anthropology, Psychology & Religious Studies: Contaminating Disciplines|
20 May 2014, Jesus College (Upper Hall), Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BL
The central approach of the conference is to promote cross-disciplinary scholarly exploration and conversation on purity, impurity, and disgust.
|Making Scientific Capacity in Africa: An Interdisciplinary Conversation|
13 June 2014, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The aim is to open the concept of scientific ‘capacity’ in Africa through a conversation between natural scientists and doctors, anthropologists and historians, providing, respectively, experiences and projects, ethnographic observation and historical investigation.
|People and Plants: Material and Immaterial Transactions|
26 June 2014, Scott Polar Institute, Lensfield Road CB2 1ER
This conference addresses issues related to the value socially conferred to plants as resources that are both material and immaterial.
01 July 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2
The aim of this conference is to bring together people with a range of research interests and from a range of disciplines and subjects to reflect the way in which different sorts of enquiry relate to and orient themselves toward writing and written objects of different kinds.
|'Bread, Freedom and Social Justice': Organised Workers and Mass Mobilizations in the Arab World, Europe and Latin America|
10 July 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2
This international conference will provide the first opportunity for scholars, journalists and activists from Argentina, the UK, the US, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia and beyond to compare the challenges faced by the Latin American movements with the experience of mobilizations for similar demands in the Arab world and Europe since 2011.
|The Sacred in a Global Age|
04 September 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - SG1&2
The aim of this two-day conference is to engage with selected manifestations of the sacred in the contemporary world. The focus will be on victimhood and sacrifice.
|Visualising Posture in Dante's 'Comedy': History, Theory, Practice|
12 September 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - SG1&2
Posture is a key signifier of spiritual and psychological states in Dante’s Comedy. We aim to investigate the way in which these postures communicate by means of a range of interdisciplinary approaches.
|Cold War Summitry: Transcending the Division of Europe, 1970-90|
22 September 2014, History Faculty Board Room
The aim of this conference is to analyse the contribution of summitry to the peaceful ending of the Cold War, compared with other more structural factors such as military pressure, economic change and social transformations.
|Partitionism, Minorities and Collective Identities in the Construction of a Europe of 'Small' Democracies, 1912-2012|
25 September 2014, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT - SG1&2
This conference addresses issues currently at the forefront of European politics and collective identities, namely the tendency of major states to fragment, a process which started at the beginning of the twentieth century and has acquired momentum in recent years.
|Work Ethics: Rethinking Literary Labour in the Long Nineteenth Century|
06 October 2012, Magdalene College, Cripps Court, 1-3 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AD
This symposium brings together researchers from across the humanities to address the enduringly troubled relationship between writing and ‘work’.
|Philosophy and the Sciences – Old Visions, New Directions|
30 November 2012, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The conference will explore changing conceptions of the relation between philosophy and the special sciences over the past century. We are interested in how, as philosophers of science in a European context, we got to where we are now; and in how we should be thinking about where we go next, in the evolving relationship between science and philosophy.
|St Malo’s impetus for European Security and Defence: Much Ado about Nothing?!|
07 December 2012, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
|Comparing Ancient Worlds: Greece and China|
24 January 2013,
Right across the spectrum of Greek and Chinese studies there is an increasing realisation of the benefits to be gained by adopting a comparative approach. Only by using such an approach can the distinctive features and commonalities between these two civilisations be identified.
|Chains of Gold: rhetoric and performance in the verse anthem|
01 March 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The conference will establish a four-way conversation between musicologists, historically-informed performers (including the professional viol consort Fretwork and singers from the many excellent College choirs that perform this repertoire regularly), literary scholars, and historians of the church, bringing together an entirely new group of people currently working on the same slice of English culture in the late 16th and early 17th centuries but from different perspectives. It will aim to explain why, as the Elizabethan composer Thomas Morley put it, the verse anthem was able "to draw the hearer, as it were, in chains of gold by the ears to the consideration of holy things".
|The Location of Knowledge: A Mellon CDI Conference|
08 March 2013, SG1, Alison Richard Building
A Mellon CDI Conference
|Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods: theories and practices|
15 March 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
This conference aims to investigate the ways in which visual research methods support the development of new perspectives on modern South Asian history.
|Christianity in the second century: themes and developments|
20 March 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Our inter-disciplinary conference brings together Classicists, historians of ancient Judaism and of early Christianity in an attempt to take stock of this changing scholarly landscape, and with ancient Christianity as its principal focus, explore ways in which that movement both reflected, differed from and changed the cultural, social, religious and political background of the time.
|Connecting the Dots: movement, space and the digital image|
12 April 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The conference aims to investigate how we might understand and theorise space in relation to the digital image.
|Post-democracies: interdisciplinary engagements after the democratic ideal|
15 April 2013, Social Anthropology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB3 9DT
In recent years, the promise of emancipatory democratic statehood has inspired uprisings, revolutions, and unilateral interventions into other nations' affairs. 'Democracy' appears to be a cherished value for the actors in such situations. Yet ethnographic research is making some intriguing discoveries in this regard. Growing numbers of former pro-democracy activists in emerging democracies such as Indonesia or Kenya have come to view the democratic ideal with suspicion or disdain, perceiving it to be inherently ineffective or morally flawed. In the established democracies of Europe and North America, apparent advocates of democratic principles now seem to be tacitly renouncing them in favour of technocratic managerialism, and ‘apathetic’ forms of citizenship. Why? Our conference aims to solve this puzzle.
|Beyond the authority of the ‘text’: performance as paradigm, past and present|
16 April 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Performance as a paradigm repositions the intelligibility of works of art as a function of their mixed and multiple audiences: simultaneously implied and actual; individual and collective; past and present - audiences which precede, as well as follow, acts of creation. Performance as an angle of approach asks who an artwork is for, assuming a multiple and complex answer. It views all artworks as implicitly public forms of messaging, or rather, suggests a view of the work as time-specific gesture rather than object, however individually created or consumed. As Simon English said of his land art project ‘England’ on BBC Radio 4, ‘The artwork is us discussing it now.’
|Latin American Utopian Visions: A Critical Look for the 21st Century|
19 April 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Latin America currently stands at a crossroads. The demise of neoliberalism as the hegemonic ideological force across much of the continent has led many inhabitants and observers of Latin America to publicly reopen fundamental questions as to the future and direction of the region and its nations. Democracy, citizen participation, participatory budgeting, human rights, resource nationalization, and pan-indigenous projects have all, at varying moments and in different ways, been invoked as fundamental principles for forging a new ideal future. At this critical juncture, a re-examination of the role of idealist visions in Latin America’s political programs and cultural production can reveal the multiple entanglements and implicit assumptions underlying these visions.
|Remembering JB Trend: the quiet internationalist|
22 April 2013, Clare College, Cambridge
This symposium celebrates the life and work of J B Trend, the first Professor of Spanish in Cambridge, and a central figure in the history of Hispanism.
|Epidemic Crisis: The Dialectics of Event and Process|
21 June 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The conference seeks to bring anthropological, historical and public health perspectives on ‘event’ and ‘process’ as two aspects of infectious disease outbreaks in an interdisciplinary dialogue.
|Applied Urban Modelling (AUM2013): Productive, liveable and sustainable city regions|
26 June 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The aim of AUM2013 is to report and review new model applications in assessing policy options in an economically and financially uncertain world. We would like to focus on flexible and adaptable urban development that demands system-level thinking. The symposium welcomes all model types and styles, from conceptual experiments to practical policy appraisal. The scale of models may range from megalopolitan, metropolitan, city, urban district to neighbourhood. Because of its direct policy relevance, we welcome a broad academic, professional, policy-making and local community audience. We also aim to devote a third of the session slots to papers by young researchers and graduating PhD students – their papers will be placed in themed sessions along with those by leading scholars and practitioners.
|Classifying Sex: Debating DSM-5|
04 July 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
This conference brings together social scientists, gender scholars, sexologists, psychiatrists, historians of science, as well as mental health practitioners and sexual rights activists to critically explore the sexual classifications produced by the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental Disorders (DSM), published in May 2013.
|Knowledge, Exchange, Encounter: Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1718|
08 July 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The aim of this conference is to further our understanding of the ways in which knowledge was exchanged between Europe and the Ottoman Empire during the period from the conquest of Constantinople to the Treaty of Passarowitz.
|Infertility and Sacred Space: From Antiquity to the Early Modern|
15 July 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Relations between human reproduction, divinity and sacred space are at the centre of this interdisciplinary conference.
|The Futures of Atlantic Intellectual History: Themes, Methods, Disciplines|
19 July 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
The purpose of this conference is to explore the changing contours and future trajectory of intellectual history on both sides of the Atlantic.
|Language Endangerment: Language Policy and Planning|
26 July 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
Third Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment
|Making love, making gender, making babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s|
06 September 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
This conference will allow a comparison of the political and ethical debates over medical and cultural innovations in ‘sex’, ‘gender’ and ‘reproduction’ over the period 1950-1970.
|Religion and Violence in Early Modern Naples|
13 September 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - SG1&2
This one-day workshop will explore the particular relationships between Naples, violence and religion in the early modern period and later historiography.
|Ethics and Aesthetics of Epidemiological Photography|
14 September 2013, CRASSH
This one day conference seeks to bring photographers with experience in covering infectious disease outbreaks together with medical historians, anthropologists and public health experts in order to engage in a dialogue regarding the past, present and future of epidemiological photography.
|Extension and Embodiment in Cultural Evolution|
19 September 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - S1
In this conference, our contributors look at the question of whether cognition itself occurs solely ‘in human brains’, or whether cognition should instead be properly thought of as occurring partly in embodied action, or partly in extra-bodily artefacts (Clark and Chalmers 1998).
|Reimagining Modernism, Mapping the Contemporary: Critical Perspectives on Transnationality in Art|
23 September 2013,
A major, two-day international conference reconceptualising modernist artistic practices from a transnational, interdisciplinary perspective.
|Filming Transnational Interiors|
27 September 2012, Arts Picturehouse Cinema and Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, Cambridge
This conference seeks to explore the representation and conceptualization of interior space in cinema, in the context of the transnational relations and identities that inform both spaces and the films that project them. The conference will examine the idea that the intimate architectures of homes and dwelling places, whether of a transitory or more rooted nature, both shape and are shaped by the identities of those that inhabit them.