Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The Future of the History of Human Sciences Conference 7-8 April 2016

This two-day meeting gathers together established scholars and early-career researchers to consider changes wrought in the broad interdisciplinary field of the history of the human sciences by new developments in the medical humanities, biological sciences, and literary/cultural theory. It aims: (1) to provide an overview of the field’s development –from the foundation of the journal History of the Human Sciences, which marked the beginning of serious Anglophone enquiry in this area – through to contemporary developments (including the challenges and opportunities offered by the rise of the medical humanities and the ‘neuro-turn’); (2) offer provocations – from various disciplinary perspectives – about the directions that the future of the history of the human sciences might and should take.
There will be four intensive sessions and a roundtable on future directions:
  1. The Problem of the Archive: biological data, digital media and their impact upon the archive and human nature;
  2. The Problem of the Human: how the neurosciences are challenging conventional approaches to history;
  3. The Problem of the Social: How do models of ‘the social’ in the life sciences challenge those in the social sciences and humanities?
  4. Practice in the Human Sciences: new methods and approaches in medical humanities and science studies.
Conference Website

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

CFP Death & Culture Conference 1-3 September, University of York

How can we, as academics, understand cultural responses to mortality?

Is every response to death – over time and over place - uniquely personal or essentially the same?
This conference focusses on the impact of mortality on culture, and the ways in which the very fact of death has shaped human behaviour, evidenced through thought, action, production and expression. The conference seeks to re-engage with the study of mortality as an academic enterprise, supported by evidence and framed by theoretical engagement. No discipline is excluded and we are encouraging researchers including postgraduates to contribute who might not consider themselves death scholars, with work that overlaps with death and the dead.
We welcome contributions on topics such as but not limited to:
  • Death, film and television
  • Fame and death
  • Historical death
  • The dead in place and space
  • Law, death and the dead
  • Art and death
  • Commonplace death
Abstracts should be sent with a 100 word biography to by Friday 1st April 2016

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Registration NOW OPEN - Contemporary Political Youth Culture and Communication Conference (CPAC)

A two-day Symposium
University of York, UK
18-19 July 2016

Marking the launch of the Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication (CPAC) this two-day international symposium explores the socio-cultural factors influencing the civic engagement of young people and its means of communicative expression. Young networking citizens in many parts of the world today play a crucial role in shaping the future prospects for democratic societies. The styles, nature and means of their political engagement is therefore of increasing importance to policy-makers and academics alike. This event is focused upon the communicative, emotional, embodied, and aesthetical modes of youth citizenship. It examines the social construction of the political identities of young people within the context of widening social inequality, climate change, reflexive individualism and a networked social media ecology.  

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Henrik Bang, University of Copenhagen and Canberra University
Prof. Lance Bennett, University of Washington
Prof. Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florenze

Conference organisers:

Brian D. Loader, University of York,
Nathan Manning, University of York,
Nisha Kapoor, University of York,

Admin: Sarah Shrive-Morrison,

Conference website
Registration Now OPEN

Key Dates
Please submit title, abstract and brief biography for consideration to
by Monday 7 March 2016
Notification of decision Monday 14 March 2016