2021 – 2022 Conferences
| Beyond the binary variable: feminist quantitative analyses of gendered inequalities|
6 Sep 2021 All day, ONLINE
This one-day virtual conference will discuss and debate the possibilities of a feminist quantitative social science, and to learn from each other’s successes and difficulties in integrating feminist theory with quantitative methods. We also hope to advance a vision of feminist quantitative methods and research as not only interdisciplinary but furthermore committed to “ethical, collaborate, participatory, transformative, intersectional, accountable, accessible, and open” (Leung et al, 2019) production of knowledge.
| Inside / Outside: the built environment and dialogues between interior and exterior space|
22 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021 All day, ONLINE
Through a range of interdisciplinary papers delivered by international scholars, this conference will provide a platform for dynamic and engaging discourse that will consider relations between built interiors and exteriors from a variety of voices and perspectives.
| WORKSHOP: “In My Room”: towards moody reading, making room, creating pleasure|
10 Nov 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm, ONLINE
Taking as its main prompt Mati Diop’s short film In My Room, made during the 2020 lockdown, this workshop will explore – through moody reading and collaborative creation – the impact of the pandemic on our sense of the spaces, and specifically the rooms, that we live and work in – some shared, others inhabited alone.
| The multimedia craft of wonder|
1 Dec 2021 all day, Churchill College
This conference will build upon that scholarship by focusing attention onto the dynamics of representing wonder (and wonders) in, across, and between media: in written genres such as chronicles, poetry, letters, handbills, and songs, how were physical marvels recorded, described, or reconstructed through language and literary form? Conversely, how did language shape physical processes of performance, craft, and construction in playscripts, alchemical writings, and books of secrets? What risks and opportunities did translation between media, modes, and genres present?
| From morning hunt to beloved gazelle|
15 Dec 2021 - 17 Dec 2021 all day, online
This conference seeks to rethink the literatures and arts of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persianate and Turkish lands through the presence of non-human animals situated within their ‘worlds’, whether these be pastoral gardens, constructions of the wild, or the interstices of human habitations.
| Identity abroad in Europe and the Mediterranean, 11th-15th centuries|
7 Jan 2022 - 8 Jan 2022 all day, online
Identity Abroad in Europe and the Mediterranean, 11th-15th centuries aims at exploring the construction, expression, and practical significance of various forms of ‘identity’ among those people who chose or were forced to live ‘abroad’ at least temporarily in Europe and the Mediterranean in the period between the eleventh and the fifteenth century.
Looking at ‘identity’ from within the lens of any single discipline is reductive: the theme is an inherently interdisciplinary one. By including contributions which utilise a diverse range of sources, approaches, and methodologies, and which relate to a wide geographical area and chronological span, the conference seeks to offer a multiplicity of perspectives on its theme as well as to foster discussions and working relationships among its speakers and attendees.
| Seminar series | Shifting landscapes of the medieval world|
19 Jan 2022 13:00 - 14:30, Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online
9 Feb 2022 13:00 - 14:30, Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online
9 Mar 2022 13:00 - 14:30, Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online
27 Apr 2022 13:00 - 14:30, Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online
18 May 2022 13:00 - 14:30, Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online
8 Jun 2022 13:00 - 14:30, Faculty of English, S-R 24 / Online
The seminars will focus on landscape and allow us to ask questions about the division between culture and nature; the boundaries between countries and cultures; the agency of the nonhuman and more than human; the role of the supernatural and the imagination in shaping history; and the ethics of landscape management, naming, and ownership.
| Seminar series | Distributed cognition and music: listening with and beyond the body|
27 Jan 2022 17:00, Online
10 Feb 2022 17:00, Online
24 Feb 2022 17:00, Online
10 Mar 2022 17:00, Online
24 Mar 2022 17:00, POSTPONED due to UCU industrial action
31 Mar 2022 17:00, Online
21 Apr 2022 17:00, Online
This series of events aims to reflect on how distributed models of cognition apply to, and change our perception of, musical engagement. Growing interest in music-making practices outside the normative, and ideally sterilised, settings of the concert hall and the studio has already highlighted the extent to which ‘musicking’ creates living, distributed assemblages out of performers, listeners, instruments, and architectural spaces. In each session of the series, the academics, performers, and practitioners interviewed will share their reflections on the way the language and insights of distributed cognition engage and enrich models of aural encounter in fields such as music performance, environmental studies, history, religious studies, and literature.
| Seminar series I Beyond cooking: global histories of food-making and gender across the early modern world|
4 Feb 2022 12:00, Online
11 Mar 2022 17:00, Online
25 Mar 2022 11:00, POSTPONED due to UCU industrial action
29 Apr 2022 17:00, Online
13 May 2022 11:00, Online
This seminars series explores cross-cultural histories of food and drink production and transformation across the early modern world with a gender perspective. From the kitchens of the Caribbean, crossing the Atlantic to Cape Town and East Asia, these seminars invite us on a long-distance journey to examine particular food processing techniques and their social implications. In particular, these sessions aim to uncover the central role of women in the circulation of culinary knowledge, local practices and global food commodities in different regions.
| The state and social welfare in the 21st century|
7 Apr 2022 - 8 Apr 2022 All day, Online
This conference zooms in on four interrelated themes relating to the state and social welfare which are pertinent to today’s social and political climate: Covid-19; the future of work; citizenship and social rights; and health care. The event will stimulate interdisciplinary discussion on social welfare, broadly defined, in an age of austerity from different contexts around the globe.
| The post-Windrush generation: black British voices of resistance|
6 May 2022 - 7 May 2022 All day, Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0UB
The aim of this conference is to both reveal how contributors have negotiated racism and racialization through turbulent political periods, and the personal impact of these forces, but also to celebrate identity and resistance, and in doing so provide a cultural uplift that will impel the event to be exciting and engaging for both academics and non-academics alike.
| The role of education in the fake news era|
24 May 2022 16:00 - 21:00, Faculty of Education and Online event
“The Week of Fake News” is a one-off large cross-sector initiative encompassing cinema, music, academic debate and fine arts. It’s objective is to investigate how fake news and media bias have impacted the democratic institutions and the election process in Brazil, drawing pertinent parallels to the UK and the rest of the world.
| Beyond cooking: global histories of food-making and gender across the early modern world|
26 May 2022 - 27 May 2022 All day, SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Rd, Cambridge
This interdisciplinary conference brings into dialogue diverse geographies, disciplines and approaches to reflect on the gender dimension of food and cooking in the crucial period of the early globalisation. We will look closely at the ‘making process’, as a highly gendered and embodied experience and as a form of production and transmission of ideas, skills and identities. Building on recent scholarship on ‘making and knowing’, we consider ‘making food’ as a framework to build cross-cultural stories of food and gender and, thereby, contribute to the growing field of food studies.
| What is Smell Studies?|
31 May 2022 All day, Online (closed event)
This symposium brings together key figures working on smell across the arts, humanities, and social sciences in order to establish what a field of ‘Smell Studies’ might look like – or whether it is in fact desirable. What might Smell Studies’ key concerns be? What could it contribute to the wider interdisciplinary project of sensory studies? Where are its roots and what does its future look like? These are the questions which this small symposium aims to answer.
| Saffron: global history, Cambridge stories|
11 Jun 2022 All day, SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
This interdisciplinary symposium seeks to explore the history of saffron cultivation and use – both globally and more locally. The symposium is the culmination of a year-long project, under the auspices of the Materiality Research Growth Network, funded by the University’s Research and Collections Programme. Working with colleagues in the Cambridge University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Botanic Garden herbarium, and a range of college libraries and archives, the convenors have investigated the Cambridge collections in order to develop existing scholarship on the long history of the local and global saffron industry, focusing particularly on cultural practices that developed around saffron use, its material properties (its colour, flavour, and medicinal properties), literary and visual representations, and the religious and political meaning attributed to this expensive commodity, from the Protestant campaign against the ‘saffroned’ ‘staine’ of Catholicism in 17th century Ireland to the ‘saffronising’ of Hindu Nationalism in India today.
| Comparing cultures of solidarity: socialist internationalism and solidarity across the Eastern Bloc and beyond|
20 Jun 2022 - 21 Jun 2022 All day, Alison Richard Building
This workshop will explore the cultures of socialist internationalism and solidarity that emerged during the Cold War, with a particular focus on how these practices functioned as a space of interaction between citizens and states across – and beyond – the Eastern Bloc.
| Panel discussion: Transatlantic perspectives of Covid-19 and debt|
27 Jun 2022 16:30 - 19:30, Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, St John's College
The panel discussion includes world leaders from the UK and the USA talking about the transatlantic experiences with covid-19 and debt. This includes Professor Frederick Wherry from Princeton and Mae Watson Grote from the Change Machine discussing the USA experiences, and Professor Karen Rowlingson from University of York and Dr Mia Gray from Cambridge highlighting the experiences of the UK from a social policy and geographical perspectives.
| Anti-colonial political thought|
1 Jul 2022 - 2 Jul 2022 11.00-17.00, McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge CB2 1RH
This conference will focus on arguments against empire deployed by those who resisted its authority in numerous colonial settings spanning Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Far East. Contributors will reconstruct the ideologies deployed by key intellectual figures embroiled in the process, including Pearse, Ambedkar, Gandhi, Nasser, Cabral, Fanon, Nkrumah and Khomeini.
| Comics and the Global South|
6 Jul 2022 - 7 Jul 2022 All day, Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, Hills Road, Cambridge
Comics and the Global South will be a two-day conference devoted to exploring the intersections of comics studies and decolonial theory. With an emphasis on the comics form, its distribution, and its circulation, this conference is interested in probing the medium’s potentialities for producing decolonised knowledge and carrying out inter/trans-medial dialogues of South-South solidarity.
The conference attempts to question and challenge the idea that the advent of a cross-cultural comics scholarship requires Europeans to “cross borders.” Instead, we propose to reflect on how those “borders” have already been crossed during a long colonial history.
| Tracing the invisible: experiences of inner life|
14 Jul 2022 - 15 Jul 2022 All day, Newnham College (closed workshop)
A closed workshop which will discuss what forms can the inner life take? How is it shaped through specific forms of embodied practice? While one’s inner life need not be understood as separate from one’s body or senses, and the ‘outer world’, certain experiences are strongly felt to be private and inaccessible to external observers. Even if the inner life is ultimately ‘illusory’ (as Merleau-Ponty reminds us), it remains personally meaningful for many.
2020 – 2021 Conferences
| Queer Migrations: Transnational Sexualities in Theory and Practice|
23 Nov 2020 - 27 Nov 2020 All day, ONLINE
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. In so doing, this interdisciplinary conference will itself perform a kind of ‘queering’, rupturing stable, linear and Western conceptions of migration, and rethinking the ways in which queer bodies are perceived, represented and choose to move and travel through space.
| Magic and Ecology: Symposium and Art Exhibition|
8 Jan 2021 All day, ONLINE
‘Magic and Ecology’: symposium and art exhibition brings together historians, philosophers, and anthropologists of magic with environmental scientists, ecological thinkers, and practitioners of contemporary magical techniques. This symposium and art exhibit examines the ecological thinking in magic, in order to test the hypothesis that magic is not only a misunderstood phenomenon in industrialised society but an experimental technique inviting a politics of invocation and working-with that is much needed toda
| Magic and Ecology: ANTHROPOCENE MAGIC|
15 Jan 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
Unlike one popular of idea of magic as the ability to change the world at will, this panel discusses the notion of magic as collaboration with non-human beings and investigates the significance of animism for the critical theory of Anthropocene discourse and practice. Why is ecological thinking today so interested in magic? What does “magic” mean in an environmental context? What practices are being described, and who practices them today? In this opening panel, anthropologist Richard Irvine and magical practitioner, author and artist Lupa introduce us to the relationship between ecology and magic.
| Magic and Ecology: WITCHBODIES|
29 Jan 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
Western magic historically has been concerned with discerning connections between the human (microcosm) and the world (macrocosm), but modern magical practices digs deeper into these efforts of discernment. Faced with environmental crisis, what can magical techniques teach us about what it means to be a body entangled with other bodies? Lilith Dorsey and Sabrina Scott have both researched and practiced forms of magical entanglement, and in this panel they discuss witchcraft as an art of attuning to the real.
| Magic and Ecology: (W)RITES OF PASSAGE|
12 Feb 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
How do we write the world and how does language change the shape of our stories? This panel engages the literary as literal spell work and examines contemporary nature writing as rites of passage and techniques for altering the power narratives that stories impart. Zakiya McKenzie and Victoria Whitworth are nature writers whose work challenges conventional ideas of how nature can – and should – be “written”. This panel explores how words are used in order to alter our perception of the objects they name. Can words re-enchant our relationship to the nonhuman? What are the ethics of “environmental” writing?
| Magic and Ecology: APOCALYPTIC CRAFT|
26 Feb 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
Since the beginning of the modern witchcraft revival in the 1950s, witchcraft has often been understood as counter-magic that challenges the authority of “man” (anthropos) and of human reason. The oppression of human bodies, particularly those of ethnic minorities, remains connected structurally and historically to the oppression of earth and environment; the logic of witch-hunting remains with us and remains at the core of the climate crisis. Peter Grey and Geraldine Hudson are both authors and artists who have explored the political significance of witchcraft in the Anthropocene, and in this panel they discuss their own experiences of apocalyptic witchcraft and its role in in contemporary occulture, art and activism.
| Magic and Ecology: ENVIRONMENTAL MAGIC AND GEOMANCY|
12 Mar 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
Plants, animals and organic material have always played a hugely important role in magic. “Geomancy” is an ancient technique of divination used by consulting the earth (geos). This panel explores “landscape magic” and how human interaction with place affects thoughts, emotions and actions. How are these practices employed today and what can be learned from historical examples? Alexander Cummins and Josephine McCarthy are writers and practitioners with several decades of experience exploring the intersection of magical practice with ecology.
| Queering Authoritarianisms: Conflict, Resistance, and Coloniality|
22 Mar 2021 - 26 Mar 2021 All day, ONLINE
This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars and activists working on and campaigning against authoritarianisms and right-wing attacks on democracy through a queer perspective. By queering authoritarianisms, we mean making visible LGBTIQ+ lives and politics which resist authoritarian and undemocratic politics.
| Ships in the Proletarian Night: Contemporary Marxist Thought in France and Britain|
25 Mar 2021 - 27 Mar 2021 All day, ONLINE
Ships in the Proletarian Night, then, has three aims. First, to explore the history of Anglo-French Marxist encounters, enriching our understanding of the history of exchanges between the two traditions. Second, to consider the contemporary state of Marxist thought in France and Britain, dwelling on the recent revivals of socialist thinking and action in each context. Third, to explore the latent possibilities for new encounters in the future, considering how each tradition might enrich the other, casting new light on the pressing questions of the contemporary conjuncture.
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Revolutionary Desires, Defying Borders|
25 Mar 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm, ONLINE
This panel posits Marxism as a bridge, examining how revolutionary desires have fostered surprising and enduring encounters that cut across pre-established boundaries and walls. Robert Jackson examines Antonio Gramsci’s position at the nodal point between diverse socialist traditions, suggesting that the Gramscian lexicon has offered a lingua franca for Marxist discussion across the globe. Jackqueline Frost explores the development of an anticolonialist proletarian homosexuality, tracing the transnational connection forged between French communist Daniel Guérin, Jamaican novelist Andrew Salkey and Trinidadian theorist C.L.R. James. And, Giulia Champion probes how Marx’s monsters – his image of vampiric capital and were-wolf-like surplus value – have been displaced from their original context and integrated into the postcolonial Francophone world by scholars such as Édouard Glissant and Malcom Ferdinand.
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Prefiguring Populism|
25 Mar 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm, ONLINE
The panel explores the versatile ways in which theory, praxis, and populism have intersected in constructing Marxist thoughts. Each of the papers analyse the past and present interventions, theoretical or otherwise, in altering the political movements and ideological framings of Marxist theory.
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Literature and Revolution|
25 Mar 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm, ONLINE
In his 1926 essay How Are Verses Made? Vladimir Mayakovsky poses the following question: ‘What basic propositions are indispensable, when one begins poetical work? First thing. The presence of a problem in society, the solution of which is conceivable only in poetical terms. A social command.’ This panel considers a number of solutions conceivable only in poetic terms. It brings together Emma Gomis’ examination of Marguerite Duras as a utopian, euphoric, idealist Marxist, Owen Holland on the importance of the Paris Commune for Gerard Manley Hopkins’ The Wreck of the Deutschland, and Micol Bez on the translation and reception of C. L. R. James in France. This panel thus offers several ways to approach what Mayakovsky calls the ‘social command’ behind works of literature.
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Keynote: Julia Nicholls, Kings College London|
25 Mar 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Keynote: Kristin Ross, Professor of Comparative Literature, NYU|
26 Mar 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
| Magic and Ecology: ANCIENT MAGIC AND THE NONHUMAN WORLD|
26 Mar 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
One unexplored resource for thinking about the nonhuman is Greco-Roman religion and magic. This panel explores the relationship between place, power and bodies in ancient magic. How did specific landscapes embody spiritual beings? What was the role played by plants and animals in enabling the sorcerer to access secret powers? Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe and Esther Eidinow are Classicists with a special interest in the blurry line between nonhuman spirit-world and nonhuman creatures in Greco-Roman magic.
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Capital Today: Super-Exploitation, Profit, and Finance|
26 Mar 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm, ONLINE
The early decades of the twenty-first century have been profoundly shaped by the global financial crisis of 2008 and the recent COVID-19 recession. Yet, behind these crises are trends of global inequality that have, in Thomas Piketty’s sobering analysis in his 2014 book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, re-established is a dynastic ‘patrimonial’ capitalism. The papers in this panel offer other ways to grapple with the present moment. Niamh Mulcahy turns to Althusser’s aleatory materialism in an attempt to shed light on structures of contemporary inequality, Ariane Hanemaayer considers emergent biological forms of exchange, and Andy Higginbottom offers a new way to approach the transformation problem.
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Reinterpreting the French Radical Tradition|
26 Mar 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm, ONLINE
This panel looks at configurations of the radical Left and figures in French Marxism and anarchism that have been overshadowed by their contemporaries and subsequent trends, especially, in the Anglophone tradition. Discussing the emergence of anarcho-feminism in the Paris Commune, Lucien Sève’s correspondence with Althusser, and Alexandre Mathéron’s Marxist reading of Spinoza; Lang Wang, Jacob Collins, and Nicholas Habash uncover side-lined voices on the Left.
| Ships In The Proletarian Night: Currents in British Marxism|
26 Mar 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm, ONLINE
On this panel, twentieth-century British Marxism is the focus. Bringing together both marginalised and canonical figures, the panel puts particular emphasis on the influence of French figures in the British Marxist tradition. Miri Davidson’s paper explores on the influence of French anthropologist Claude Meillassoux on the London-based Selma James and Mariarosa Dalla Costa in the late 1960s and early 1970s, examining how this exchange helped to shape the influential materialist feminist notion of social reproduction. Brendan Harvey recuperates the underread work of Christopher Caudwell, a Marxist cultural critic active in the 1930s whose critique of materialism retains theoretical and political value in the contemporary world. Finally, Vicente Montenegro Bralic reassesses Stuart Hall’s retooling of the British cultural studies project in the 1970s, tracing how Louis Althusser’s philosophy helped Hall articulate the relationship between class, race and colonialism in new ways.
| Magic and Ecology: ENTANGLED LIFE|
9 Apr 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm, ONLINE
David Abram’s seminal The Spell of the Sensuous (1997) argued that disdain for magic produced, in the West, a distorted rather than enlightened sense of the non-human world. Merlin Sheldrake’s recent work explores what Abram calls the “more-than-human” quality of nonhuman presences, and together David and Merlin examine what it means to live “humanly” in a more-than-human world of entangled lifeforms.
| Politics and Ethics of Platform Labour: Learning from Lived Experiences|
13 Apr 2021 - 15 Apr 2021 All day, ONLINE
This conference seeks to explore the politics and ethics of this way of organising labour from the perspective of the lived experience of the workers themselves. We will focus especially on qualitative and ethnographic work on how people feel about their own labour situation, how they build their own networks, what they consider to be the most important aspect of this new way of working, and how it fits with their lives and values. We hope to attract a broad range of activists, social scientists, social theorists and philosophers of platform capitalism to this conversation.
| Social Power and Mental Health: Evolving Research Through Lived Experience|
19 Apr 2021 - 23 Apr 2021 All day, ONLINE
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.
| Houses of Cards? The Rules and Institutions of Housing Illegality in Western Countries|
19 Apr 2021 - 21 Apr 2021 All day, ONLINE
This symposium aims at investigating different kinds of housing illegality in the West (Europe, Americas and Australasia) from the viewpoint of their interaction with the broader institutional framework in which they are situated. The multifaceted connection of informal practices in the field of housing with different layers of both public (e.g. planning and building laws, practice by street-level bureaucrats) and non-public (e.g. informal rules established by criminal organisations, shared social norms in specific informal environment institutions), and the resulting politics of housing informality are under scrutiny in particular. Additional inputs reflecting on the changing nature of housing illegality and meanings of legal housing at times of global pandemic would be considered.
| Kierkegaard in France|
5 May 2021 - 25 Jun 2021 All day, ONLINE
The conference aims to touch upon key figures in the history of Kierkegaard’s reception in France from the 1930s to the present day. This conference is not only an intellectual survey of important moments in French thought but also an intervention in the way we understand the stakes of contemporary French thought, beyond the horizon of Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, and Heidegger.
| Dressing a Picture: Reimagining the Court Portrait 1500 – 1800|
6 May 2021 - 7 May 2021 All day, ONLINE
This conference will meaningfully contribute to the wider scholarly debate on the significance of early modern portraiture as pivotal sources for numerous branches of historical research and not just art history. It will both firmly enable this discussion and bring attention to this burgeoning field of interdisciplinary historical studies.
| The Social Life of Care|
13 May 2021 - 14 May 2021 All day, ONLINE
The conference will engage with varied methodological and analytical approaches to care through the work of scholars from public health, sociology, geography, anthropology, and economics. These discussions will open up space for reflection on the future of care – both a taking account of the implications of a care-less society and a utopian envisioning of a society built upon the foundations of care.
| Late Antiquity’s Library: Re-assessing the Classical Canon in the Age of Synesius|
11 Jun 2021 - 12 Jun 2021 All day, Rooms SG1 & SG2, 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. The structure of the event is conceived as an experiment in form.
| Tactics and Praxis: Creativity, Pleasure and Ethics in Academic Work|
5 Jul 2021 - 8 Jul 2021 All day, ONLINE
This conference, which develops out of our series of seminar workshops, aims to reinvigorate approaches to academic work in its relation to creativity, ethics and pleasure. It will explore cutting-edge work that brings praxis and research into contact in creative ways.
2019 – 2020 Conferences
| Philosophy, Poetry, and Utopian Politics: The Relevance of Richard Rorty|
12 Sep 2019 - 13 Sep 2019 All day, 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 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019 All day, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France
| The Idea of Development|
18 Sep 2019 - 19 Sep 2019 All day, 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|
3 Oct 2019 - 4 Oct 2019 All day, 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|
7 Nov 2019 - 9 Nov 2019 All day, 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|
6 Dec 2019 - 7 Dec 2019 All day, 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 Dec 2019 - 13 Dec 2019 All day, 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 Jan 2020 - 25 Jan 2020 All day, 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 Feb 2020 - 21 Feb 2020 All day, 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)|
5 Mar 2020 - 6 Mar 2020 All day, 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.
| How Can Primary Care Prevent Health Inequalities? New Connections and Research Priorities|
22 May 2020 12:30pm - 5:00pm, ONLINE
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.
| ONLINE: Mutual Aid and Mental Health in Times of COVID|
28 May 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm, ONLINE
Join us for the first in a series of discussions as part of the Social Power and Mental Health: Evolving Research Through Lived Experience conference
This online panel will explore how mental health survivors/service users have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
| VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: The Commons is Dead. Long Live the Commons!|
12 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 All day, ONLINE
The conference will serve as an open archive, documenting discussions, exchanges, and interventions in order to produce a publication that will arise out of these “commons ateliers”. We invite speakers and participants who are interested in re-imagining the commons today to join us in this collective endeavour.
| VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: Fostering Ethics: Islam, Adoption and the Care of Children|
25 Jun 2020 2:00pm - 6:30pm, ONLINE
This conference seeks to explore how such diverse perspectives can inform a new ethics of adoption and the care of orphaned or abandoned children in Muslim communities. It will bring together scholars, professionals and others concerned, with an eye towards bridging the gap between academic knowledge, social work, and public education.
| ONLINE: Anti-Blackness and Mental Health|
7 Jul 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm, ONLINE
2018 – 2019 Conferences
| Women, Nation-Building and Feminism in India|
6 Sep 2018 - 7 Sep 2018 All day, 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 Sep 2018 - 16 Sep 2018 All day, 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 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018 All day, 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|
5 Oct 2018 - 6 Oct 2018 All day, 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 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018 All day, 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)|
5 Dec 2018 - 7 Dec 2018 All day, 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 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018 All day, 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 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019 All day, 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 Jan 2019 All day, 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 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019 All day, 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|
1 Mar 2019 All day, 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 Mar 2019 - 27 Mar 2019 All day, 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 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019 All day, SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
This will be a closed event.
| High-Cost Credit in an Age of Austerity|
8 May 2019 - 9 May 2019 All day, 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 - 11 May 2019 All day, 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 - 25 May 2019 All day, 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 - 1 Jun 2019 All day, 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 Jun 2019 - 21 Jun 2019 All day, 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|
4 Jul 2019 - 5 Jul 2019 All day, 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.
2017 – 2018 Conferences
| New Accounting for the Management of Ecosystems|
6 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017 All day, 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 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017 All day, 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 Oct 2017 All day, 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 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017 All day, 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|
4 Dec 2017 All day, 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|
7 Dec 2017 All day, 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 Dec 2017 - 15 Dec 2017 All day, 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 Jan 2018 - 12 Jan 2018 All day, 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 Feb 2018 - 17 Feb 2018 All day, 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 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018 All day, 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 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018 All day, 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 Apr 2018 - 13 Apr 2018 All day, 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 Apr 2018 - 14 Apr 2018 All day, Newnham College, Cambridge
This event is a closed workshop. Further information is available on the conference page.
| Crosscurrents of Commensuration|
16 Apr 2018 - 17 Apr 2018 9:00am, 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 Apr 2018 - 20 Apr 2018 All day, 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|
4 May 2018 - 5 May 2018 All day, 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 - 26 May 2018 All day, 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|
1 Jun 2018 - 2 Jun 2018 All day, 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 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018 All day, 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 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018 All day, 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 Jun 2018 - 27 Jun 2018 All day, 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|
5 Jul 2018 - 6 Jul 2018 All day, 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 Jul 2018 9:30am - 6:00pm, 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.
2016 – 2017 Conferences
| Priestcraft: Early Modern Variations on the Theme of Sacerdotal Imposture|
1 Sep 2016 - 2 Sep 2016 All day, 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|
5 Sep 2016 - 7 Sep 2016 7:30pm, 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|
9 Sep 2016 - 10 Sep 2016 4:00pm, 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 Sep 2016 - 28 Sep 2016 All day, 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?|
2 Dec 2016 - 3 Dec 2016 All day, 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|
9 Dec 2016 - 10 Dec 2016 All day, 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 Dec 2016 - 14 Dec 2016 All day, 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.
| The Democracy of Numbers: The Uses and Limits of Quantification in Public Policy|
16 Dec 2016 All day, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
| After the Soviet Collapse|
12 Jan 2017 - 14 Jan 2017 All day, 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 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017 All day, 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 Mar 2017 - 25 Mar 2017 All day, 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 Mar 2017 - 1 Apr 2017 All day, 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|
3 Apr 2017 - 4 Apr 2017 All day, 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|
6 Apr 2017 - 7 Apr 2017 All day, 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 Apr 2017 - 12 Apr 2017 All day, 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 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017 All day, 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|
2 Jun 2017 - 3 Jun 2017 All day, 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 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017 All day, 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|
5 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017 All day, 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 Jul 2017 - 11 Jul 2017 All day, 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 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017 All day, 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.
2015 – 2016 Conferences
| Moral Psychology Interdisciplinary Conference|
9 Oct 2015 All day, 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.
| 2016’s Race to Change the World|
6 Nov 2015 - 7 Nov 2015 All day, CRASSH (SG1&2), Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT
At this conference (held a year before the U.S. election), UK and international academics will explore the degree to which and how a new U.S. president might alter the global political landscape, and the scholarly frameworks for exploring this topic.
| Leadership, Authority and Legitimation in South Asia|
20 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015 All day, 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 Dec 2015 - 11 Dec 2015 All day, 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 Dec 2015 - 18 Dec 2015 All day, 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|
7 Jan 2016 - 9 Jan 2016 All day, 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 Jan 2016 All day, 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 Mar 2016 - 15 Mar 2016 All day, 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 Mar 2016 - 19 Mar 2016 All day, 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|
7 Apr 2016 - 8 Apr 2016 All day, 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 Apr 2016 - 15 Apr 2016 All day, 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 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016 All day, 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 - 14 May 2016 All day, 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 Jun 2016 - 16 Jun 2016 All day, 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 Jun 2016 - 21 Jun 2016 All day, 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 Jun 2016 - 28 Jun 2016 All day, 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|
8 Jul 2016 All day, 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 Jul 2016 - 12 Jul 2016 All day, Rooms SG1 & 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 Jul 2016 - 16 Jul 2016 All day, 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).
2014 – 2015 Conferences
| Plague and the City: Disease, Epidemic Control and the Urban Environment|
5 Dec 2014 - 6 Dec 2014 All day, 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|
8 Dec 2014 All day, 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 Dec 2014 - 13 Dec 2014 All day, 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|
6 Feb 2015 - 7 Feb 2015 All day, 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 Mar 2015 - 20 Mar 2015 All day, 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 Mar 2015 - 24 Mar 2015 All day, 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 Mar 2015 - 28 Mar 2015 All day, 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 Apr 2015 - 17 Apr 2015 All day, 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 - 16 May 2015 All day, 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 All day, 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 Jun 2015 - 20 Jun 2015 All day, 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 Jun 2015 - 25 Jun 2015 All day, 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 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015 All day, 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|
8 Jul 2015 - 10 Jul 2015 All day, 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 Jul 2015 All day, 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 Jul 2015 - 24 Jul 2015 All day, 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 Sep 2015 - 12 Sep 2015 All day, 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 Sep 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 All day, 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.
2013 – 2014 Conferences
| Cinematic Urban Geographies|
3 Oct 2013 - 4 Oct 2013 All day, 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 Oct 2013 - 19 Oct 2013 All day, 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 Nov 2013 - 19 Nov 2013 All day, 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|
8 Jan 2014 - 10 Jan 2014 All day, 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|
9 Jan 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm, St John's Divinity School, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TW
| Institutions and their Discontents: Rethinking Economic Development in South Asia|
17 Mar 2014 - 18 Mar 2014 All day, 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 Mar 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm, 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 Mar 2014 - 29 Mar 2014 All day, 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|
4 Apr 2014 - 5 Apr 2014 All day, 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|
9 Apr 2014 - 10 Apr 2014 All day, British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London
| Purity & Impurity Across Anthropology, Psychology & Religious Studies: Contaminating Disciplines|
20 May 2014 - 21 May 2014 All day, 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 Jun 2014 - 14 Jun 2014 All day, 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 Jun 2014 - 27 Jun 2014 All day, 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.
| Writing Itself|
1 Jul 2014 - 2 Jul 2014 All day, 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 Jul 2014 - 11 Jul 2014 All day, 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.
| CANCELLED: The Early Parish Compared: Local Ecclesiastical Organisation in the Latin West|
18 Jul 2014 All day, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - SG1&2
This discussion-based conference aims to reconsider the growth of a parish system in the Latin West in the middle ages. We will confront and contrast disciplinary traditions and create unexpected encounters between different narratives of parish formation.
| The Sacred in a Global Age|
4 Sep 2014 - 5 Sep 2014 All day, 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 Sep 2014 - 13 Sep 2014 All day, 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 Sep 2014 - 23 Sep 2014 12:30pm, 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 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2014 All day, 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.
2012 – 2013 Conferences
| Work Ethics: Rethinking Literary Labour in the Long Nineteenth Century|
6 Oct 2012 All day, 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 Nov 2012 - 1 Dec 2012 All day, 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?!|
7 Dec 2012 - 8 Dec 2012 All day, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT
| Comparing Ancient Worlds: Greece and China|
24 Jan 2013 - 26 Jan 2013 All day,
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|
1 Mar 2013 - 2 Mar 2013 All day, 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|
8 Mar 2013 9:00am - 5:30pm, SG1, Alison Richard Building
A Mellon CDI Conference
| Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods: theories and practices|
15 Mar 2013 - 16 Mar 2013 All day, 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 Mar 2013 - 22 Mar 2013 All day, 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 Apr 2013 All day, 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 Apr 2013 - 18 Apr 2013 All day, 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 Apr 2013 All day, 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 Apr 2013 - 20 Apr 2013 All day, 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 Apr 2013 - 23 Apr 2013 All day, 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 Jun 2013 - 22 Jun 2013 All day, 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 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013 All day, 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|
4 Jul 2013 - 5 Jul 2013 All day, 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|
8 Jul 2013 - 9 Jul 2013 All day, 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 Jul 2013 - 16 Jul 2013 All day, 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 Jul 2013 - 20 Jul 2013 All day, 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 Jul 2013 All day, 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|
6 Sep 2013 - 7 Sep 2013 All day, 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 Sep 2013 All day, 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 Sep 2013 All day, 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 Sep 2013 - 20 Sep 2013 All day, 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 Sep 2013 - 24 Sep 2013 All day,
A major, two-day international conference reconceptualising modernist artistic practices from a transnational, interdisciplinary perspective.
2011 – 2012 Conferences
| Filming Transnational Interiors|
27 Sep 2012 - 29 Sep 2012 All day, 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.