17 Oct 2019 10:00am - 6:30pm Castlereagh Room, Fisher Building, St John's College, CB2 1TP


British Academy Workshop for Early Career Researchers.

Abstracts for short papers are invited for an interdisciplinary, one-day Early Career Researcher workshop, focussing on the question: ‘Exclusion, marginalisation, and othering: how can the arts respond?’ 

Informed discussion of the social role of the arts and humanities is significant and urgent in societies experiencing mass migration and a stark increase in divisive nationalism and right-wing populism. This workshop explores ways in which the arts can respond to social divisions and engage non-academic audiences in pressing social issues. The workshop will bring Early Career Researchers together with more senior academics, educational practitioners, and representatives of charitable organisations concerned with refugees and prisoners – groups experiencing radical transitions and marginalisation. 

Keynote speakers include: 

–      Dr Ruth Armstrong, University of Cambridge, Co-director of Learning Together: Education as the Practice of Freedom

–      Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Humanities and Human Rights, University of Birmingham

Papers are invited from Early Career Researchers in any discipline and may explore aspects of academic research relating to questions of ‘exclusion, marginalisation, and othering’ or proposals for public engagement initiatives. 

Possible topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: 

–      Artistic practices and creative expression

–      Possibilities for public engagement 

–      The social function of academic research 

–      Attitudes and integration 

–      The role of social media

–      Meanings of space – contrasting experiences of migration and imprisonment 

–      The significance of language

There will be a follow-up workshop in Spring 2020 to give feedback on ideas, which will also include discussions with creative practitioners, including writers and artists. 

This event is supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award and by CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities). 

Deadline for abstracts: 20th September 2019

Abstracts and any questions, please send to Dr Erica Wickerson.



Arrival and registration

10.15 – 11.30


Keynote 1
Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge (Professor of Humanities and Human Rights, University of Birmingham)
‘Placeless People: Writing and Refugees in Hostile Environments’

11.30 – 12.00


12.00 – 13.00

Panel 1

Mathelinda Nabugodi (Cambridge)
'Decolonising the Literary Archive’

Dana Bönisch (Bonn)
‘Ethopoetics: Literature and the Power of (Un)mapping’

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

Keynote 2

Ruth Armstrong (Senior Research Associate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge) and Emma Gilby (Senior Lecturer in French, University of Cambridge)
‘Learning Together: French Literature and Film as the Practice of Freedom’

15.00 – 16.00

Panel 2

Zoe Walker (Cambridge)
‘Who’s in on the Joke?: Comedy, Exclusion and Inclusion’

Patricia Kemmer (KCL)
‘Creating Spaces for Memory: Pursuing Further the Concept of Material Memory by Aanchal Malhotra’

16.00 – 16.30


16.30 – 17.30

Panel 3

Rebecca O’Grady (Limerick)
‘The Politics of Identity in Post-war Europe, Representations of Self and Other in ‘Migrant’ Literatures from France and Germany’

Evelyn Preuss (Yale)
‘Mainstreaming Migration: Strategies of Academic and Artistic Intervention’

17.30 – 18.30

Roundtable Discussion: The Way Ahead?
Chair: Prof Sarah Colvin, Schröder Professor of German, University of Cambridge


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk