University of Cambridge Contemporary Research Group

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The Poetry of Things 24th October

*The Poetry of Things*

24th  October 3:30-6:30pm,
*Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA*

Join us for an afternoon of poetry readings and discussion as Gillian
Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Sean Borodale and Jo Shapcott talk about their
recent experiences as poets in residence with the Thresholds project in
the University of Cambridge Museums and collections. The poets will be
in conversation with Professors Isobel Armstrong and Steven Connor.
Drinks afterwards.
The Thresholds project coincides with a growing interest in the way that
fiction represents objects and the physical world. Questions are being
asked about how writing mediates objects, the relationship between the
verbal, visual and material and the social life of things. This event
offers an opportunity hear poets and literary scholars consider these
questions and to join in with the discussion!
To read the four poems that will be discussed during this event visit and search under Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz
Dharker, Sean Borodale and Jo Shapcott.
For more information contact Vicky Mills


Clare Hall Literary Talks 2013-1014


Pattern2We are pleased to announce a new series of literary talks hosted by Clare Hall. These will take place once or twice a term, and aim to introduce us to some of the most interesting contemporary British writers.


 All welcome. Bring a friend. Enjoy a glass of wine, a literary reading and talk, and a lively discussion.

For further information please contact Dr Trudi Tate,




  •  Ali Smith, Fri 8 November 2013, 6 p.m.
  •  Francis Spufford, Wed 18 December 2013, 6 p.m.
  •  Suzanne Joinson, Wed 8 January 2014, 6 p.m.
  •  Susan Sellers, Fri 14 February, 6 p.m.
  •  Olivia Laing, Wedn 23 April 2014, 6 p.m.
  •  Rachel Calder, Literary agent, Frid 20 June 2014


Two Cultures? FR Leavis on CP Snow

6pm– 7pm, Thursday 31 October

Two Cultures? FR Leavis on CP Snow

Room 3, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW

Leavis’s notorious critique of Snow on ‘the two  cultures’ was thought at the time to be too aggressive and personal. but it can also be seen to
exemplify a recurring dilemma of cultural criticism: how to get a hearing for views that challenge some of society’s most deeply-held yet unexamined 
convictions. Professor Stefan Collini questions if such offensiveness is unavoidable and legitimate.


Georgina Harding in conversation 17 Oct


The novelist Georgina Harding will be in conversation with James Raven on Thursday 17 Oct at 5.30 in the Parlour, First Court, Magdalene College. Harding is the author of Painter of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize last year, and which is set in Romania in the 1950s. All welcome. Email Andrew Phillips on to tell him you’re coming.

‘Loving Film Theory’ and ”Loving Television Theory’

Tuesday, 11 June 2013
17:00 – 19:00
Location: CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor

Alison Fornell (MPhil Candidate, Screen Media and Cultures, University of Cambridge)
Loving Television Theory, Investigating the Scandinavian Crime Series “The Bridge”


Professor Amelie Hastie (Prof of English and Film and Media Studies, Amherst College)
Loving Film Theory, Experiencing Audiard’s “Rust and Bone”

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