Funding won from CRASSH to run a conference on ‘Philosophy, Poetry, and Utopian Politics – The Relevance of Richard Rorty’

Image credit: ‘Contingency, irony, and solidarity’ by Richard Rorty. Published by Cambridge University Press

Title of conference: Philosophy, Poetry, and Utopian Politics – The Relevance of Richard Rorty

Lead convenor: Elin Danielsen Huckerby, PhD student, English, Magdalene

Co-convenors: Céline Henne and Erlend Owesen, PhD students at HPS, and Nick Devlin, PhD student at POLIS

Sponsor: Dr Ross Wilson, English, Trinity

Dates: 12-13 of September 2019

In March, CRASSH agreed to provide funding and support to run the conference on Richard Rorty, whose uses of literature is the topic of the lead convenor’s PhD research. Specifically, the conference will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of his Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989), and the focus is on this, on Rorty’s later work, and on his constructive contribution and its relevance today.

The support from CRASSH is £2500, but equally importantly, it comes with administrative and practical support from CRASSH, who will be promoting this conference as the first on their programme for 2019/2020.

The organisers of the conference have also been granted £400 from the Faculty of English, as well as £500 from HPS, and in February won £900 from the School of Arts and Humanities.