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18 June 2015

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for our three year joint Career Development Fellowship with Pembroke College in 'Women in the Humanities'. There is also still time to apply for our other opportunities, including Environmental Humanities grants and Knowledge Exchange fellowships. We also call for ideas and contributions towards our Annual Headline Series for 2015-2016, Humanities and the Digital Age.

We say goodbye for the summer, but there are plenty of conferences and workshops taking place, on subjects ranging from social mobility to William of Malmesbury. We will be back with our next newsletter in October and in the meantime wish you a lovely summer holiday!

Funding Opportunities

Humanities and the Digital Age

We are pleased to announce that TORCH's Annual Headline Series for 2015-16 will be Humanities and the Digital Age. We welcome ideas for interdisciplinary, research-led activities around this theme. Please email with your ideas.

Three Year Joint TORCH-Pembroke Fellowship

Pembroke College and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities invite applications for a joint Pembroke-TORCH Career Development Fellowship in ‘Women in the Humanities’.

In addition to supporting outstanding early-career researchers who are working in any aspect of Women in the Humanities, the Fellowship aims to build an academic community of shared interests in the College. The deadline for applications is 3rd July 2015.

Please click here for futher information

'Day of the Dead' Gallery Talks at the Pitt Rivers Museum

On Friday 30 October 2015 the Pitt Rivers Museum will hold a public 'Day of the Dead' event exploring cross-cultural responses to death, mourning, memorialization and celebration.

TORCH will be collaborating with the Museum on a series of bite-size gallery talks at the event. We are seeking researchers at the University of Oxford to give short talks about death-related objects in the Pitt Rivers collections. A full list of objects is available here.

Please click here for futher information

Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and TORCH will support a short-term fellowship scheme for humanities scholars at the University of Oxford to build mutually beneficial partnerships with external organisations. Deadline: Monday 29 June 2015, noon. More info.

Environmental Humanities Grants

Applications are welcome from Oxford humanities scholars for two grants in any area of the environmental humanities. Applications should be led by, or involve, postgraduate and/or early career researchers.
Deadline: Friday 3 July 2015.
More info.

TORCH-Science Museum Fellowship

A new Knowledge Exchange fellowship is offered to support research on the Science Museum’s collections, which would also contribute to the Museum’s forthcoming Exhibition Programme.
Deadline: 29 June 2015. More info.


Being Human 2015

We are pleased to announce that TORCH and the Museum of Natural History will host ‘The Oxford Dodo: Culture at the Crossroads’ as part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. The event will take place on 18 November and will celebrate the life and legacy of the mysterious creature. Registration opens in September.

More information

Listen Again

Suffering History

Austin Argentieri (Oxford, Anthropology) discusses how phenomenology allows us to examine how social relationships, history, and embodied experience alter human biology and the evolution of viruses.

Listen to the podcast here

Upcoming events

Learning From the Past - NGOs at the Crossroads

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 June

A workshop addressing the most recent trends affecting environmental NGOs as well as the strategies characterising earlier periods of expansion.

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Rethinking Social Mobility

Friday 19 June

A workshop on new ways of thinking about and analysing social mobility as a social, cultural, economic and lived experience process.

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England's Hope: Princess Charlotte of Wales & the Hanoverian Royal Family

Thursday 25 June, 10:00 - 13:00

A symposium bringing together scholars from History, Art History, and English Literature to discuss the vital position that this young princess occupied during her short life.

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Inheritance and Cooperation

Thursday 25 - Friday 26 June

A two-day philosophy of biology workshop with papers including 'Time and relatedness in microbes and humans' and ‘Superorganisms as model systems’.

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Enlightenment Correspondences

Friday 26 - Saturday 27 June

A two-day workshop exploring major themes and correspondence practices including the pragmatics and practices of epistolarity; affective relations in eighteenth-century correspondences; academic debates; political and intellectual networks; and digital editing.

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The Mask You Live In

Friday 26 June, 17:30

A screening of the award-winning film examining masculinity and gender stereotypes followed by discussion with the director Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

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William of Malmesbury and his Legacy

Friday 3 July - Sunday 5 July

A conference exploring current and future directions in scholarship on one of the most important authors of twelfth-century Europe.

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Periodic Tales

Friday 18 September, 16:15

Panellists from the arts, sciences and humanities explore the story of chemical elements in celebration of a new exhibition at the Compton Verney gallery.

Booking required

Dignity and the Novel since 1948

Saturday 7 November

The inaugural symposium of the TORCH Fiction and Human Rights network, with speakers including Helena Kennedy QC and Mark Damazer.

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Latest news from the Humanitas Programme

The Humanitas Programme will be back at the start of the next academic year with a range of lectures, workshops and discussions. Look out for more in the first newsletter of next term, or check our website for updates in the meantime.

Watch Again

Vargas Llosa’s Question

Javier Cercas, Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in Comparative European Literature, reflects on Vargas Llosa’s masterpiece, The Time of the Hero, and the core of his literary, moral and political thinking.

Watch the video here

The Blind Spot

Javier Cercas discusses novels and short stories that put irony and ambiguity in their centre and constitute a tradition of the novel, ranging from Don Quixote to Moby Dick, The Trial and The Leopard.

Watch the video here

From the archive...

This week we revisit a panel discussion on 'Politics and Language: Friends or Enemies?' with Humanitas Visiting Professor in Rhetoric, Mark Thompson (former Director General, BBC). He is joined by Polly Toynbee, Gus O'Donnell, David Willetts MP and Andrew Marr.

Watch the discussion here