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End of Term Newsletter

16 March 2016

We are pleased to announce next term's stellar line-up of Humanitas Visiting Professorships, with leading figures from literature, art history, drama and music. We also announce our upcoming Book at Lunchtime events, which explore subjects as wide-ranging as the development of the English language and global history. 

Applications are now open for a range of opportunities to contribute to projects, events and exhibitions in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Bodleian Libraries, please see below for details. 

This is our last newsletter for the term, but we will be back again after Easter. Have a great break and we hope to see you at some of the events next term! In the meantime please check our blogTwitter or Facebook for updates.

Featured Blogs

Where are all the women?

Ruth Scobie showcases five artworks as part of a new project highlighting diversity in Oxford portraits. 
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The Displaced Mediterranean

Daniele Nunziata explores how the displaced are shaping world literature in this 'Voices Across Borders' blog.
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Women in the Humanities

For International Women's Day we heard from a few women at Oxford researching women and gender.

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In Autumn 2016 we will team up with the Ashmolean Museum for FrightFriday, a special late night opening of the museum to explore the art and science of fear. We are seeking ideas for activities to take place at the event, from film screenings to pop up talks. More info here
Deadline: midday Monday 25 April 2016

Life of the Brain

We are pleased to be collaborating with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Oxford Neuroscience on their 'Life of the Brain' exhibition and are looking for Humanities researchers to contribute to the exhibition and the public engagement programme. More info here.
Deadline: midday Friday 29 April 2016

- Call for project ideas for 'Staging History' exhibition
In collaboration with the Bodleian Libraries we are accepting proposals for a lecture, gallery talk or outreach project relating to their upcoming 'Staging History' exhibition, which presents the documents generated by the crafting of dramas to present history to theatre audiences. Deadline: Monday 25 April. More info.

Public Engagement with Research Seed Fund

An internal grant scheme to develop public engagement with research activities. Grants are expected to be between £1,000 and £2,500. Deadline: noon, 11 April 2016. More info. 

Upcoming Humanitas Events

We are pleased to announce a stellar line-up of Humanitas Visiting Professorships next term, including literary scholar Marina Warner, art historian Simon Schama, playwright Tom Stoppard and musicians Sérgio and Odair Assad. Please click here for more information and to book.

Upcoming Book at Lunchtime Events

Book at Lunchtime is a fortnightly series of bite-size book discussions with commentators from a range of disciplines. Next term we celebrate new publications on a range of subjects, from global history to the development of the English language. Please click here for more details.

We are currently planning our series for the academic year 2016-17 and welcome suggestions for interdisciplinary books written by Oxford Humanities scholars that could be featured. Please email for more information.

Watch Again

Oxford Afterlives

We explore celebrated Oxford storytellers Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Philip Pullman and their digital afterlives. 

Watch here

Arcadia & Interactive Fiction

A discussion exploring the place of Iain Pears' Arcadia within a growing corpus of hypertext and digital forms of fiction. 

Watch here