Applications are now open for doctoral students and early career researchers from universities across the UK to apply to organise an interdisciplinary, academic conference (or colloquium) to be held at Cumberland Lodge in March 2020.

Since 2012, Cumberland Lodge has supported 11 such conferences, through the Cumberland Colloquia. The scheme offers a unique opportunity to develop a residential conference, as part of a small committee, with guidance and mentoring throughout the year from our academic staff.

Previous colloquia

Over the last seven years, conference topics have ranged from challenges posed by advances in biotechnology, to the corporate responsibility to protect human rights, young people affected by sexual violence, whether the car has an ethical and sustainable future, and how discourses of religious otherness can be challenged to build a more inclusive society.  

The briefing report published ahead of last year's colloquium on 'The Politics of (Post) Truth', held in October 2018, can be downloaded here, and the conference programme and further details can be found here.

In the anonymous feedback survey completed after the event, one delegate said, 'This was an excellent event, in a wonderful environment. The pacing of the event was excellent'.

Another reported: 'This was a truly interdisciplinary event that was addressed in a thoughtful way by the Colloquium Committee. It provided some fresh and useful perspectives and references to post truth issues'.

Social cohesion in crisis

This year, applications are particularly welcomed on the theme of 'Social Cohesion in Crisis', which will be the theme of our annual series of conferences, panel debates, workshops and seminars in 2019/20.

Hundreds of invitations to participate have been sent to university departments, and applications are invited from any academic discipline, to encourage interdisciplinary working and dialogue. 

This year's applications round will close on Monday 4 March 2019, at midnight.

Group applications will be assessed according to their interdisciplinary and collaborative merits, and their engagement with topical social and ethical issues of national or global importance.