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

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
University of Cambridge: Graduate Conference Committee

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

April 18, 2020

University of Cambridge, Faculty of English


The University of Cambridge welcomes proposals from graduate and doctoral students for papers that examine ideas of ‘crisis’ between 1750 and the present. Primarily, we are interested in 15-minute presentations 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 (2012and 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 before 15th of March 2020. Further information on the conference can be found at: