20 May 2004 All day CRASSH


Four half-day Colloquia followed by one-day Interdisciplinary Design Workshops An experiment in interdisciplinarity

Colloquia: 18 March, 20 May, 8 July and 23 September 2004 CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX

Interdisciplinary Design Workshops: 19 March, 21 May, 9 July and 24 September 2004 The Old Kitchens, Girton College, Cambridge, CB3 0JG

Ownership ranges from belonging, possession and exclusion to rights of disposal exercised in transactions, primordial claims on the products of creativity, and property as the basis for profit. The Colloquia will address different practices of ownership across disciplines and across social contexts. The IDW attached to the Colloquia will draw on each debate as raw material contributing to modes of modelling process and output.

The Seminar arises from recent moves both outside and within Cambridge to value collaboration as a special source of creativity, to forge alliances between cognate disciplines, to experiment across the boundaries of academic disciplines and the performing arts and to address diverse publics and non-academic interests. Desire for dialogue is not new: what is interesting about this moment in time is the institutional drive to embed such aspirations in new social forms.

Three such enterprises in Cambridge provide the immediate stimulus. CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) will sponsor the Colloquia; the CGKP (Cambridge Genetics Knowledge Park) provides many of the substantive issues for debate; the interdisciplinary network and professional design consultancy known as Crucible, as well as collaborative experiments between creative artists and scientists supported by AHRB and the Arts Council, offer design models for getting from debate to deliverables.

There are many appeals to the creative imagination in the promise to open up borders and cross into new territories. The seminar asks, in that context, about certain ways in which lines may be drawn and the virtues or otherwise of doing so. It is expected that contributions will focus on specific instances as a basis for discussion. The concrete substantive focus will be types of ownership; it will be an open question whether and in what way(s) the whole Seminar can be judged an interdisciplinary exercise.

Colloquia format: Half-day meetings, to run from 2pm-8pm, followed by dinner. Each colloquium will comprise 4 papers and roundtable discussions led by 3-4 panellists, plus a report on IDW. The IDW will follow the Colloquia, picking up themes for development, as relatively small, dedicated workshop-style events. IDW format: all morning, ending mid/late afternoon.

Professor Marilyn Strathern, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge

NEXT MEETING: 20 May (Colloq) and 21 May (IDW)

Colloquia sponsored by CRASSH, Cambridge University
IDW funded by the 'Science in Society' Programme, Economic and Social Research Council, and by the Centre for the Study of Invention & Social Process , Goldsmiths College


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