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19 May 2015

We are pleased to announce a new research fellowship in collaboration with the Science Museum, an opportunity to develop an Environmental Humanities project, and a call for bite-size lectures on death for an Ashmolean LiveFriday event. We also look back at events from the past couple of weeks, with videos exploring the 1659 air pump, the German Enlightenment, Aristotle and perception, and terrorism in the 21st century. Please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for a full calendar of upcoming events.


TORCH-Science Museum Research 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. Details of forthcoming exhibitions, and about the fellowship more generally, are available on the TORCH website.

Deadline: 29 June 2015

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Environmental Humanities

Applications are welcome from humanities scholars at the University of Oxford for two grants in any area of the environmental humanities. The first grant is for up to £2,500 for a workshop, symposium or conference and the second is for up to £2,000 for a research project. Applications should be led by, or involve, postgraduate and/or early career researchers.

Deadline: 3 July 2015

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New Network Scheme

Each term TORCH sponsors the creation and/or development of up to three interdisciplinary research networks by providing a venue, funding up to £2,500, a web presence and publicity. Current networks include Celebrity Research, Global Brazil and Medieval Studies.

Deadline: 29 May 2015

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Ashmolean LiveFriday

TORCH will collaborate with the Ashmolean on bite-size talks for their death-themed Halloween LiveFriday. We are looking for short talks by University of Oxford researchers with an innovative take on death and that make use of an object from the collections.

Deadline: 20 May 2015

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Early Career Opportunities

Public Engagement Summer School

The AHRC -TORCH Public Engagement Summer School from 27-30 July brings together skills workshops, lectures, and small group sessions designed to give participants the skills to integrate public engagement into their research.

More information and how to apply

Palgrave Matchmaking Workshop

Are you thinking about getting published? Whether you've got a full proposal ready, or you've just got a promising idea, this matchmaking event is a great opportunity for early career researchers to meet a Palgrave commissioning editor and get their input. The event will take place on 26 May.

More information and link to sign up

Watch Again

Leviathan and the Air Pump

Historians of science David Wootton and Michael Hunter review the debate between Robert Boyle and Thomas Hobbes over Boyle's air pump experiments and the philosophical foundations of this new approach to science. The discussion is framed by Wootton and Hunter's critiques of Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer's controversial book Leviathan and the Air-Pump (1985).

Watch the video here

Scenes from an Unknown Enlightenment

A discussion of Jim Reed's new book, exploring the legacy of the German Enlightenment and the controversies of its major thinkers.

Watch the video here

Aristotle on Perceiving Objects

How can we explain perceptual experience? This discussion explores how Aristotle investigated this question, and examines Anna Marmodoro's book on the subject.

Watch the video here

Highlighted events

Theatre and Evolution

Wednesday 20 May, 13:00-14:00 (lunch from 12:45)

Michael Billington (Theatre Critic, The Guardian), Morten Kringlebach (Psychiatry, Oxford) and Laura Marcus (English, Oxford) discuss Kirsten Shepherd-Barr's new book on the transformative entanglement among science, art, and culture in modern times, followed by a response from the author.

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Bengal and Modernity Tour

Tuesday 26 May, 13:00

In response to the Ashmolean exhibition Katy Haigh will be giving a 30 minute gallery talk discussing the approaches to femininity and sexuality in contemporary Indian society.

Please click here for more information and to register your interest

Frank O’Hara and the Language of Art

Tuesday 26 May, 17:00

A lecture by Sam Ladkin, which is part of the Literature and Visual Cultures Seminar Series, a new forum for interdisciplinary discussion at Oxford.

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Maths and Music

Wednesday 27 May, 19:00-20:00

A panel discussion exploring the relationship between mathematics and music. Tutorial Fellow in Computer Science Andrew Ker - who is also a musician - will be in conversation with mathematician Jamshid Derakhshan.

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Reading Derrida Reading

Monday 1 June, 15:00

A lecture by Amy Hollywood (Harvard University) with responses by Fernanda Bernardo (Coimbra) and Graham Ward (Oxford). Convenor: Sondra Hausner. This is part of a lecture series given by Amy Hollywood on philosophy, literature and mysticism.

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Last Train to Oxford

Monday 1 June, 19:00

Last Train to Oxford is a dramatised adaptation of John Schad’s documentary novel Someone Called Derrida by Fred Dalmasso & John Schad. The performance follows Amy Hollywood's lecture on 'Reading Derrida Reading'.

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Narrative Transportation and Make-Believe

Tuesday 2 June, 17:00

A seminar by Tom van Laer (Storytelling Scholar, Cass Business School). It is part of the Calleva Centre seminar series on Make-Believe, which combines perspectives from psychology, theatre and classics.

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Latest news from the Humanitas Programme

The Humanitas Programme continues with Javier Cercas' Visiting Professorship in Comparative European Literature. His lectures are the last Humanitas events for this academic year, but we will be back in October. Already confirmed for next academic year are the literary critic, theorist and scholar, Stephen Greenblatt, who will be the Visiting Professor in Museums, Galleries and Libraries and the conductor Christian Thielemann, who will be the Visiting Professor in Classical Music. In the meantime, you can watch this term's events again on our website, including John McLaughlin's lectures on the challenges facing American intelligence and terrorism in the 21st century.

Comparative European Literature

Javier Cercas will be in residence at St Anne's College during Trinity Term. In a series of lectures, Cercas will reflect on the nature of the novel as a genre, including discussions of The Anatomy of a Moment, as well as works by Vargas Llosa, Cervantes, Melville, James and Kafka.

21 May, 17:30-19:00 | The Blind Spot
26 May, 17:30-19:00 | The Man Who Says No
4 June, 17:30-19:00 | In Conversation: European Literature, Politics and Historical Memory

From the archive...

In celebration of Artweeks, we look back at last year's Visiting Professorship in Museums, Galleries and Libraries, which was held by Michael Govan, the Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In this short video he talks about completely reshaping LACMA, the connections between artists and museums and the importance of interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

Watch the interview here

Events Calendar, Weeks 4-6

All these events seek to bring together people from different disciplines who are interested in the same research area. For more details about these events, and to get in touch with the people who are running them, please visit the TORCH website.

Images and Imagination in Theorizing about Law

A workshop examining the role of images in legal scholarship, both theoretically and historically

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:30am to 7:00pm

Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett

A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Michael Billington, Morten Kringlebach and Laura Marcus

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

The Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain

Jennifer Johnson (Oxford, English/ History of Art)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 5:15pm

Poetry Workshop

Part of the In Numbers programme

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

‘On account of their whiteness’: Photographing Sculpture from Talbot to Today

Geraldine Johnson (University of Oxford)

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Pitt Rivers Museum Photograph Collections: Research and Curatorial Directions

A site visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum, with Chris Morton in conversation with Elizabeth Edwards & Philip Grover

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Anthropological Aesthetics

Aesthetics Today? discussion group

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

The Body, Representation and Sensation: Reading Image and Using Image

Discussion group for Inter-Asian comparisons

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Ibrahim Al-Koni: 'Vagabond Homelands'

Part of Orienting Fiction: Writers' Talks and Seminar Series.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:00pm

The Blind Spot

Humanitas Visiting Professor, Javier Cercas delivers his fourth lecture

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Image and Object Workshop

A one-day symposium on the subject of images, objects and data

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:30pm

Research Presentations

By members of the Race and Resistance network

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

Inheritance and Cooperation Reading Group

This week's reading isSterelny (2013) 'Cooperation in a Complex World: The Role of Proximate Factors in Ultimate Explanations'

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Positive Thinking and the Name Game

Part of HowTheLightGetsIn 2015: The Philosophy and Music Festival at Hay

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

Approaches to Feminity and Sexuality in Contemporary Indian Society

Gallery tour by Katy Haigh

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 1:00pm

Frank O’Hara and the Language of Art

Dr Sam Ladkin, University of Sheffield

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 5:00pm

‘Catching the catcher’: images of Cornish seine fishing 1880-1913

Mary O'Neill (Oxford Brookes)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Man Who Says No

Humanitas Visiting Professor, Javier Cercas delivers his fifth lecture

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Alchemical Melodies

A conference exploring the quest for musical quintessence in the seventeenth century

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (All day)

17th Century Alchemy

Papers by Georgiana Hedesan (Oxford) and Judith Mawer (Goldmiths London)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

For the sake of a Dibbling Stick

Speaker: Matthew Paskins (University of Leeds and The Open University). Part of the Science, Medicine and Culture in the Ninteenth Century seminar series

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Maths and Music

Part of the In Numbers programme

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

'Elissa the Wanderer: Dido in Carthage'

Part of Orienting Fiction: Writers' Talks and Seminar Series.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 5:00pm

Inheritance and Cooperation Reading Group

This week's reading isColleran and Mace (2011) ‘Contrasts and conflicts in anthropology and archaeology: the evolutionary/interpretive dichotomy in human behavioural research'

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Exploring Scandinavia

A seminar looking at literature, theatre, music, radio broadcasting, language, educational theory, and even late 19th-century social networking

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

On Exhibit B and other Contemporary Human Zoos

Round Table with Tamar Garb (University College London), Yvette Hutchinson (University of Warwick), Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 5:00pm

Anglo-Norman Reading Group

This group provides a relaxed and collaborative forum in which to hear about, read, translate and comment upon a wide variety of Anglo-Norman texts

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Reading Derrida Reading

A lecture by Amy Hollywood (Harvard University) with responses by Fernanda Bernardo (Coimbra) and Graham Ward (Oxford)

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 3:00pm

Last Train to Oxford

A performance of the dramatised adaption of John Schad’s documentary novel Someone Called Derrida

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 7:00pm

Druisilla’s Inheritance: Possessing and Transmitting Power in Caligula’s Rome

Sarah Cohen (University of Oxford)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Real, the True, and Critique: Mysticism in the Study of Religion

A lecture by Amy Hollywood (Harvard University) with responses by Vincent Gillespie (Oxford) and Joana Serrado (Oxford)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

Narrative Transportation and Make-Believe

Tom van Laer (Storytelling Scholar, Cass Business School)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:00pm

Local Biologies, Leaky Things, and the Chemical Infrastructure of Global Health

Speaker: Alex Nading (Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:30pm