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26 November 2015

Last week we were joined by over 300 people to celebrate the life and legacy of the dodo with the Museum of Natural History, as part of the national festival of the humanities, Being Human. We are pleased to announce the winners of the dodo creative writing competition and share their imaginative stories and poems. We are also delighted to bring you our Annual Review for 2014-15, which shares news from our networks, programmes, Knowledge Exchange Fellows and Early Career Fellows, and revisits the Humanities and Science series. We now look ahead to 2016, and our Annual Headline Series Humanities and the Digital Age. There are lots of opportunities to get involved, and our Director Elleke Boehmer welcomes your ideas for collaboration, please click here to get in touch.

News

Annual Review 14-15

Our second Annual Review highlights our achievements and activities for the year. We hear from our networks, programmes, Knowledge Exchange Fellows and Early Career Fellows, as well as revisiting the Humanities and Science series so far.

Click here to read the review

Dodo Competition Winners

As part of our dodo day on 18 November we held a writing competition for 7-14 year olds. We received over 170 stories and poems about the dodo from 36 schools around the UK. We are delighted to share the shortlisted and winning entries. 

Click here to read the pieces

Opportunities

Conference Grant: Life Writing in the Digital Age

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) is offering one grant of £1500, available to post-graduate students and early career researchers in the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford, to organise a conference on the subject of life-writing and the digital age. 

Deadline: 5pm, 18 December 2015.

More information

Highlighted events

Knowledge Exchange Showcase

Thursday 26 November, 17:00-19:00
Ertegun House, 37A St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LD

Meet Knowledge Exchange Fellows from across the Humanities and find out more about their collaborations and the impact their projects are set to have in the wider community. Short presentations followed by a drinks reception.

Please email kesupport@humanities.ox.ac.uk for more information.

Nordic Architecture

Friday 27 November, 14:30
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

Professor Reidar Due, author of the forthcoming Thinking Architecture, discusses the work of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s, and Kasper Frandsen, a leading Copenhagen-based architect, shows how he seeks to implement the values of the Scandinavian architectural legacy in his work today.

Click here for more information.

The Sci-Art Business: Some Reflections

Monday 30 November, 12:30
Wolfson Seminar Room, Oxford Chemistry Research Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford

Professor Martin Kemp, broadcaster and author of many publications on art and science, will reflects on the challenges and opportunities of art/science collaboration, followed by an opportunity to view sculptures by artist Katharine Dowson and meet her to learn more about her practice. Registration is recommended.

Please click here for more information.

Ada Sketches by Emily Howard

Monday 30 November, 19:00 - 21:00
Andrew Wiles Building, Woodstock Road

Emily Howard and students of the Royal Northern College of Music perform a short opera, followed by a talk and the chance for audience members to participate in the composition of mathematical music. Part of the University of Oxford’s celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Lovelace’s birth.

Please click here for more information.

The Undiscover’d Country

Tuesday 1 December, 13:00
Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

Pip Wilcox (Co-ordinator, Centre for Digital Scholarship, University of Oxford) explores how digital technologies have been used to discover, locate, and view libraries' special collections, illustrated by case studies from the Bodleian Digital Library. 

Please click here for more information.

Crossing Boundaries: Medievalists in Cross-Disciplinary Conversation

Thursday 3 December, 17:15
Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

Launching the Oxford Medieval Studies as a TORCH programme, this event brings together four eminent medievalists to engage in a cross-disciplinary discussion of prominent texts or cultural artefacts from disciplines other than their own. They will explore the challenges, rewards (and pleasures!) of working across fields, places, and time to fully comprehend and enjoy what it means to be a ‘medievalist’.

Please click here for more information.

Ada Lovelace Workshop

Tuesday 8 December, 9:30-18:00
Mathematics Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 2GG

As part of the University of Oxford’s celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of Lovelace’s birth, this free one-day workshop will bring together graduates and early career researchers to discuss the varied cultural legacies of this extraordinary figure. The day will feature a keynote address from Professor Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University), and an expert panel including graphic novelist Sydney Padua and biographer Richard Holmes. Registration closes on Sunday 30th November 2015.

Please click here for more information and to book your ticket.

Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Opera

Christian Thielemann, 21-22 January 2016

We are pleased to announce that celebrated concert conductor Christian Thielemann will be joining us as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Opera Studies on 21 and 22 January. He will participate in a range of events exploring commonalities and differences between Wagner and Strauss, the role of the conductor, and the performance of opera. 

Click here for more information and to book your tickets

Watch Again

Death at the Museum

A series of bite-size TORCH talks by Oxford academics exploring the theme of death at the Ashmolean Museum's Halloween DEADFriday event. Topics include accidental death in Tudor England, Oscar Wilde, death masks, Ophelia, and Victorian children's literature.

Watch the videos here

Indian Arrivals, 1870-1915

Elleke Boehmer discusses her new book with Megan Robb, Faisal Devji, Santanu Das and James Belich. They explore the rich and complicated landscape of intercultural contact between Indians and Britons on British soil at the height of empire.

Watch the video here

Events Calendar, Weeks 7-8

Week 7


Thursday 26 November

16:30-18:30 | Early Career Writers' Workshop

A friendly, constructive forum for sharing work-in-progress with other early-career academics from across the Humanities Division.

17:00-19:00 | Practical Architectural History Seminar

In partnership with Purcell

17:00-19:00 | It Innovation Challenges: Showcase Event

This event offers an opportunity to learn about IT Innovation Challenges and explore the projects funded so far. There will be displays, brief talks, and networking opportunity. Staff will be at hand to answer questions, provide advice, and discuss how you can apply for funding or be involved in other ways.

17:00-19:00 | Knowledge Exchange Showcase

Knowledge Exchange Fellows present their projects

Friday 27 November

12:30 | The Conversation Lunchtime Reception

An event for Oxford academics and researchers to find out more about writing for The Conversation

14:30 | Nordic Architecture in Theory and Practice

Speakers: Professor Reidar Due and Mr Kasper Frandsen

17:45-19:00 | Race and Resistance Seminar

Seminar hosted by the Race and Resistance TORCH Network

10:30-16:30 | The Role of The Choreographer in the Stage and Screen Musical

Speakers: Dame Gillian Lynne (acclaimed British dancer, choreographer, and theatre/television director) and Professor Millie Taylor (University of Winchester)


Monday 30 November

12:30 | The Sci-Art Business: Some Reflections

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Martin Kemp

19:00-21:00 | Ada Sketches by Emily Howard

Performance by Emily Howard and students of the Royal Northern College of Music


Tuesday 1 December

13:00-14:00 | Early Career Lunch

A weekly lunch with free food and short talks for all Humanities early-career people.

13:00 | ‘The Undiscover’d Country’: Digital Special Collections, Scholarship, Scale, and Society

Pip Willcox discusses how digital technologies have been used to discover, locate, and view libraries' special collections

14:00-15:00 | Reading Blake's Baptism(S)
With Naomi Billingsley (PhD Religions and Theology, University of Manchester)

14:00-16:45| Coping with Complexity

A Humanities early-career event focusing on how to work effectively, encompassing time and stress management, attention to personal goals, and the benefits of mindfulness practice.

14:00-15:30 | Enlightenment Correspondences Talk

A paper by Professor Liz Stanley (Sociology, University of Edinburgh)

17:15 | Literature and Visual Culture Seminar

A seminar by Professor Paul Hills (Courtauld Institute of Art) on 'History and Power of Symbols in David Jones.'

17:30-19:00 | Lupus of Troyes and His Vita

Speaker: David Lambert (History Faculty, University of Oxford)

17:30-19:00 | The Global Rentier Economy and the Rise of Inequality

Speaker: Ann Pettifor, the Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME)


Wednesday 2 December

12:30 | Standing on the Podium: Leadership Lessons from Musical

Pegram Harrison gives a talk as part of the Engaging with the Humanities series

12:45-14:00 | OCCT Discussion Group

Fortnightly meetings

17:00-19:00 | Practical Architectural History Seminar

In partnership with Purcell

17:00-19:00 | Oxford Phenomenology Network Seminar

Seminar run by the TORCH Oxford Phenomenology Network with Daniel Vanello (University of Warwick)


Thursday 3 December

12:00-13:00 | Riches to Rags and Education and Social Mobility in China

Seminars hosted by TORCH Network Rags to Riches

17:00-19:00 | Seminar In Medieval and Renaissance Music

Speaker: Jeffrey Dean (Birmingham Conservatoire)

17:15 |Crossing Boundaries: Medievalists in Cross-Disciplinary Conversation

Launch of Oxford Medieval Studies as a TORCH Programme


Friday 4 December

9:30-16:30 | Human Predator Encounters

One-day interdisciplinary workshop

12:45-14:00 | Race and Resistance Seminar

Seminar hosted by the Race and Resistance TORCH Network


Monday 7 December

9:00-17:30 | Connecting Approaches on The First World War in the Wake of the Centenary

Postgraduate workshop hosted by the University of Oxford and Paris Sorbonne


Tuesday 8 December

All Day | Texts and Contexts: The Cultural Legacies of Ada Lovelace

An interdisciplinary workshop for graduates and early-career researchers


Wednesday 9 December – Thursday 10 December

All Day | Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace Conference


Friday 11 December

14:00-16:00 | Exploring the UK Web: an Introduction to Web Archives as Scholarly Resources

A public talk hosted by the Bodleian Library.

18:00-20:00 | Ancient Epic in Modern Performance

The Faculty of Classics at Oxford University invites you to an evening of discussions about harnessing ancient stories to create compelling, modern drama.

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