The Politics of (Post) Truth - October 2018

Cumberland Colloquia offers doctoral students and early career researchers a platform to shape ethical debate, by organising a national, interdisciplinary conference in the stunning surroundings of Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

This is a unique opportunity to develop a residential conference at a prestigious venue, as part of a small committee, with guidance and mentoring throughout the year from our academic staff.

Since Cumberland Colloquia launched in 2012 we have supported 11 colloquia, on diverse topics ranging 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.  

'New conversations'

The experience of developing and running a Cumberland Lodge Colloquium is held in high regard by former participants.  

The chair of our September 2016 committee on ‘Population Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Birth and Death’, said: 

'The involvement and support of Cumberland Lodge has greatly helped me in starting new conversations across disciplinary boundaries and to attract interesting people to this event. This has built up my list of contacts with people in different fields, greatly improving my ability to collaborate on innovative research.

'The prestige of this event has also been wonderful to have on my CV.'

How to apply

Applications to organise and host our colloquium in March 2020 are now open. You can download the application form from this webpage.

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. The deadline for applications is Monday 4 March 2019 (11.59pm).

Find out more

This year's Colloquia flyer can also be downloaded from this page, with more information about how you can benefit from getting involved, and what is expected of the successful colloquium committee.

Please feel free to share this with fellow students and colleagues, and spread the word.

For more information about Cumberland Colloquia, please contact Dr Rachel Smillie, our Education Officer, at:

Previous colloquia

The topics of some of our recent colloquia are listed below, with links to the official post-event briefing packs and/or reports.

For a full list of conference titles, and all colloquium-related resources, please see here.