This conference explores the notion of understanding itself. Each session will look at how understanding focuses on a particular "location" and is formulated through that location: so "understanding (through) things" will investigate how things are understood, how understanding is formulated with and through things, and what the relation between these two sorts of understanding is. And similarly with "voice", "body" and "concepts". We have invited four of the world's top scholars to investigate these problems.
Simon Schaffer is best known for his work with Stephen Shapin on "Leviathan and the Airpump" and is undoubtedly one of the world's leading historian of science.
John Forrester is one of the foremost historians of psychoanalysis.
Peter de Bolla, expert in the 18th century is a celebrated theorist of art, literature and culture.
Sarah Franklin, Cambridge's new professor of sociology, is a brilliant exponent of how reprodcutive technologies are changing our relation to the body.
To help focus discussion we have also brought in four further world experts:
James Chandler, literary critic and cultural historian from Chicago;
Akeem Bilgrani, philosopher from Columbia, New York;
Anthony Cascardi, literary critic from Berkeley, California;
Sally Shuttleworth, historian of literature and psychological theory from Oxford.
Papers will be short and to the point; responses robust; and there will be plenty of time, as CRASSH usually demands, for intense discussion.
Friday 8 March 2013 at CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge
More information and online registration: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2305/
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