The conference or the hosting organisation is a container, which makes possible the momentary stabilisation of knowledge in some form.
– Elaine Tam, Independent Curator

Programme 2023 - 2024
Godly grooming: religion, spirituality, and male hair
22 Sep 2023 - 23 Sep 2023 All day, Room 1.04, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

The workshop aims to advance methodology for such interpretations in historical settings via a focus on the intersections between hair and religion in pre-modern and modern societies, considering how hair and beards acquire religious meaning, and how religious imperatives shaped rituals involving hair.

Nine Dots Work in progress seminar
18 Oct 2023 12:00 - 14:00, CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road
1 Nov 2023 12:00 - 14:00, CRASSH Meeting Room
15 Nov 2023 12:00 - 14:00, CRASSH Meeting Room
29 Nov 2023 12:00 - 14:00, CRASSH Meeting Room
13 Dec 2023 12:00 - 14:00, CRASSH Meeting Room

This closed work in progress seminar will see the 2023/24 Nine Dots prize winner Joanna Kusiak discussing the chapters of her writing as it progresses.

The impact and innovation of research
19 Oct 2023 15:30, Rooms SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge

This ground-breaking event is designed exclusively for postgraduates and early career researchers seeking to make a tangible difference in their fields. Gain invaluable insights and inspiration from esteemed scholars who have successfully transformed their research into real-world impact.

The Cambridge misinformation hackathon
18 Nov 2023 9:30 - 18:30, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge

This event is for undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines to tackle the root causes of and devise potential actionable solutions for the ongoing Misinformation Crisis. In an era marked by growing polarization and diminishing trust in scientific institutions, this hackathon aspires to cultivate critical and constructive discourses within the academic community.

Film premiere and directors Q&A: C’è un soffio di vita soltanto / A breath of life (2022)
21 Nov 2023 17:30, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew's St, Cambridge CB2 3AR

Film premiere and Q&A with the film’s Directors. The screening is part of the ‘Queer and trans testimonies: from the Holocaust to 2023 conference

Queer and trans testimonies: from the Holocaust to 2023
22 Nov 2023 9:00 - 16:00, Pembroke College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RF

This two-day event brings together artists and academics with the aim of discussing queer and trans testimonies from the Holocaust to the present.

Planetary health
29 Nov 2023 13:00 - 18:00, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge

This symposium will explore the interconnectedness of our planetary and public health and its associations to inequality, (in)accessibility to sustainable solutions and tech, and the short- and long-term consequences of climate change on health, among other things.

Affective interventions in archival materials: recuperating photographs of wet-nurses in the Courret Archive
30 Nov 2023 , SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to reflecting on arts-based visual methodologies, such as zine-making, and the potential of creating alternative archives. It will also introduce participants to photographs of wet nurses and babies taken in Lima, Peru, in the late nineteenth century, which we are exploring as part of our project. These photographs are housed at the Courret photographic archive in Peru’s National Library. The second part of the workshop will provide participants with the materials they need to make one page each of a collaborative zine by intervening creatively in reproductions of the photographs of wet nurses and babies.

Queer & Trans philologies
22 Mar 2024 - 23 Mar 2024 All day, Senior Parlour, Old Courts, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

‘Queer & trans philologies’ is a two-day hybrid conference that seeks to give a platform to this unruly family of philologies by bringing together researchers working across disciplines on the historical ties between language, sexuality, and embodiment.


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