CFP: In Crisis: Art in Eras of Emergency, 1750–Present’

February 6th, 2020 by Jade Hinchliffe, in

Call for Papers: ‘In Crisis: Art in Eras of Emergency, 1750–Present’

April 18, 2020

University of Cambridge, Faculty of English

The University of Cambridge welcomes proposals for papers that examine ideas of ‘crisis’ between 1750 and the present. Primarily, we are interested in 15-minute presentations and/or creative responses that examine conceptions of crisis and the repercussions of these conceptions on art practice and its reception. From Brexit, economic recession and environmental catastrophe to Haitian, French, and American Revolutions and Modernist crises, we encourage submissions that explore ‘crisis’ in any one of its diverse iterations and from any number of disciplines. Possible interpretations of the theme include:

  • Conceptions of genre in crisis.
  • Modernism and a crisis of representation.
  • Artistic responses to an environment in crisis.
  • Ecocritical readings of crisis literature.
  • Communication in crisis: how do we consume art?
  • How do we respond to an economy in crisis?
  • Art in fiscal crisis.
  • Revising literary history: a canon in crisis.
  • Terrorism and a crisis in security.
  • Universities in crisis, the humanities and political academia.

We are also delighted to welcome Dr Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered: A Book On Desire, Most Difficult To Tell (2012) and Daddy Issues (2019) as our keynote speaker. Dr Angel is a writer and lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, and her research focus on sexuality, psychiatry, feminism, and gender in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

A proposal of 300 words, with a 100-word bio, should be sent to incrisisconference@english.cam.ac.uk before 15th of March 2020.

We also invite creative responses from across disciplines including creative writing, film and visual arts responding to the theme; please send a short 300-word summary of your proposed work along with a 100-word bio.

Further information on the conference can be found at: https://www.english.cam.ac.uk/research/grad-conference/