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Termly Newsletter

22 March 2015

This week we are pleased to announce a range of opportunities for University of Oxford researchers including the new network scheme, medieval studies grants, and a chance to collaborate with the Ashmolean Museum on their LiveFriday public event.

We look ahead to a busy term for the Humanitas Programme, with four Visiting Professorships exploring issues including terrorism, art and architecture, the history of emotions and the novel. We also highlight events in the Book at Lunchtime and Humanities and Science series, and seminars organised by our research networks and programmes.

That Other Place, 4 - 26 April

Last week of exhibition in collaboration with O3 Gallery

The O3 Gallery in partnership with TORCH present That Other Place, an exhibition of lens-based works exploring Alzheimer’s disease from the dual perspectives of sufferer and carer. Catch the exhibition before it finishes on 26 April, or view our online gallery of some of the works here. Also keep an eye out for a video of the exhibition in the next few weeks!

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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.

Deadline: 29 May 2015

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Medieval Studies Grants

Small grants of up to £500 to support conferences, workshops, and other forms of collaborative research activity organised by postgraduate or postdoctorate students at the University of Oxford.

Deadline: 1 May 2015

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Contributors needed for Ashmolean LiveFriday

Do you have an idea for an innovative lecture about death?

LiveFridays are the Ashmolean's late night public engagement events, attracting audiences of up to 6,000. For Halloween weekend the theme will be DEADFriday. TORCH will be collaborating with the Ashmolean on a bite-size lecture series for this event exploring the theme of death. We are looking for short lectures by University of Oxford researchers with an innovative take on the topic and an interest in using an object from the collections in the talk.

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Calls for Papers

Silence in the Archives

A conference on censorship and suppression in women’s life writing in the long nineteenth century.

Deadline: 5 June 2015

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Prismatic Translation

A conference exploring all aspects of the prism of translation in order to assess their origins, effects and potential.

Deadline: 27 April 2015

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Knowledge Exchange

Celebrating 500 Years of Pregnancy and Birth

We are pleased to announce a new Knowledge Exchange partnership between Valerie Worth and the Library services of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London). The partnership will allow a presentation of medical teaching and of patient perception of pregnancy and birth through a historical prism, drawing on the particularly rich collection of early modern printed books held in the Royal College’s library. For more information please visit

Highlighted events

Ideas in the Making

Saturday 25 April, 10:00-17:00

An Artweeks event in collaboration with the OU Museum of Natural History examining the relationship between art, craft, design, science, and the creative process, and bringing together practitioners from these diverse fields.

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Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis

Monday 27 April, 16:30-18:45

An Unconscious Memory network seminar with Richard Brown (Dalhousie University) and Mark Solms (University of Cape Town). The event will be chaired by Laura Marcus (University of Oxford).

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Wildlife in the Anthropocene

Wednesday 29 April, 13:00-14:00 (lunch from 12:45)

A Book at Lunchtime discussion of Jamie Lorimer's new book exploring conservation after nature with William Beinart (African Studies), Daniel Grimley (Music) and Nikolaj Lübecker (Modern Languages).

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Bengal and Modernity

Thursday 30 April, 11:30

Meera Kumar will give a tour of the exhibition Bengal and Modernity: Early 20th century art in India illustrating how painting helped create a nationalist Indian identity that harkened to a romanticised and pure past.

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Leviathan and the Air Pump

Friday 1 May, 17:30-19:00

The historian of science David Wootton will present a new view of the controversial dispute between Robert Boyle and Thomas Hobbes. His lecture will be followed by a reply from Boyle's biographer Michael Hunter. The discussion will be held at the Museum of Natural History and will be followed by a drinks reception in the main court amongst the dinosaurs.

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Latest news from the Humanitas Programme

Intelligence Studies

Intelligence Studies will see us welcome Professor John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He has frequently briefed the President and the Congress, represented the intelligence community in meetings of the National Security Council, and traveled widely to strengthen U.S. relations with national security counterparts in numerous countries.

27 April, 17:00-18:30 | Challenges Facing American Intelligence
29 April, 17:00-18:30 | An Intelligence Officer Looks at Terrorism

Contemporary Art

We will also welcome Maya Lin as our Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art. During the course of her remarkable career Maya Lin has created a powerful and highly influential body of work that includes large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works and memorials. 

5 May, 17:00-18:30 | Between Art and Architechture


Professor Barbara Rosenwein will be exploring the “History of Emotions”. Rosenwein is an internationally renowned historian and the author or editor of several books, including A Short History of the Middle Ages and Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages. She is currently working on a general history of the emotions in the West.

11 May, 17:00-18:30 | How can there be a history of emotions?
12 May, 17:00-18:30 | Rationality versus emotionality in the century of extremes
13 May, 17:00-18:30 | Generations of Feeling

Comparative European Literature

Javier Cereas 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.

12 May, 17:30-19:00 | The Third Truth: Part 1
14 May, 17:30-19:00 | The Third Truth: Part 2
19 May, 17:30-19:00 | Vargas Llosa's Question
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...

Take a look back at the Humanitas archive with a lecture by Lord Foster exploring 'Heritage and Lessons'.

Events Calendar, Weeks 0-2

Children of the Great War

Film screening and Q&A
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Identity Conference

Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood before Modernity: Old Debates and New Perspectives
Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, April 26, 2015 (All day)

Ideas in the Making: A Creativity Symposium for All

An Arts Council sponsored project by Philip Koomen
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Bengal and Modernity

Exhibition tour with Anwesha Sengupta
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 2:00pm

Digital Restoration of Manuscripts

An introduction to techniques
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis

Speakers: Richard E Brown (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Mark Solms (University of Cape Town). Chaired by Laura Marcus (University of Oxford)
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:45pm

Challenges Facing American Intelligence

Humanitas Visiting Professor John McLaughlin delivers his first lecture
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Maths and Language

Part of the In Numbers programme
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Photographic Representations of 19th Century Zenana

Presentation by Beatrice Cooke
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:00am

Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature

A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Jamie Lorimer, William Beinart, Daniel Grimley and Nikolaj Lübecker
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

Digital Restoration of Manuscripts

An introduction to techniques
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Kenneth Clark and Oxford

A lecture by author and biographer James Stourton
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:00pm

An Intelligence Officer Looks at Terrorism: Where it's Been, Where it's heading

Humanitas Visiting Professor John McLaughlin delivers his second lecture
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Bengal and Modernity

Exhibition tour with Meera Kumar
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 11:30am

How to Write the Great War?

A conference on Francophone and Anglophone Poetics
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:15am to Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 3:30pm

Morality as Cooperation: A problem-centred approach

Guest speaker: Oliver Scott Curry (Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology, Oxford)
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Leviathan and the Air Pump: Thirty Years On

The historian of science David Wootton will review the controversial dispute between Robert Boyle and Thomas Hobbes, followed by a reply from Boyle's biographer Michael Hunter
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Between Art and Architecture

Humanitas Visiting Professor, Maya Lin delivers her lecture, chaired by Paul Hobson
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Unicorns: Can we believe our eyes?

The sixth Jericho Artweeks Lecture.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm

Light in Germany: Scenes from an Unknown Enlightenment

A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Jim Reed, Kevin Hilliard, Ritchie Robertson and Joachim Whaley
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

Poetry Workshop

Part of the In Numbers programme
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm