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28 January 2016

Last week we were joined by over 250 people to explore what it means to be human in the digital age at the launch of our Humanities and the Digital Age series. We are pleased to share the video of the discussion and you can read a review of the event here. We also welcomed celebrated conductor Christian Thielemann, who led a series of events on classical music and opera, which are available to watch again. We look ahead to a busy few weeks, starting tomorrow at the Ashmolean Museum's LiveFriday where we will be presenting bite-size talks by Oxford academics on heroes and villains. 


Race and Resistance Grant

Up to £1,500 available for graduate students and/or early career researchers to organise a conference or workshop relating to race and resistance.

Deadline: Noon, Tuesday 1 March 2016

More information

New Network Scheme

Each term TORCH sponsors the creation and/or development of up to three interdisciplinary research networks. Funding will ordinarily be up to £2,500.

Deadline: Noon, 19 February 2016

More information

Call for Papers: Shakespeare and the Great War
The War and Representation Network (WAR-Net) invites paper proposals exploring intersections between Shakespeare’s plays and the Great War. More here.
Deadline: Sunday 31 January 2016

IT Innovation Fund
If you are a member of staff with an idea for a digital project that will bring a benefit to the University, you could receive up to £60K  to develop the idea. More here.
Deadline: Saturday 12 March 2016

Booking is open to staff and students for #OxEngage events, which explore the use of digital technologies for impact, outreach and engagement. More here.

Highlighted events

Ashmolean LiveFriday

19:00-22:30, Friday 29 January 
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH

TORCH presents a series of bite-size talks at the Ashmolean Museum's LiveFriday exploring the theme of heroes and villains. A dozen TORCH academics will speak on a range of topics, including Game of Thrones, the Alfred Jewel, Greek Epic and Turner's High Street.

Please click here for more information and to book

Social Media in the Eighteenth Century

17:00, Monday 1 February
Voltaire Foundation, 99 Banbury Road

Tobias Heinrich discusses how Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim, a key figure in German intellectual life in the Age of Enlightenment, developed innovative forms of self-expression that in many ways resemble the digital social networks of the twenty-first century.

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Radio Pitching Workshop

10:00-15:00, Tuesday 2 February
Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

A workshop for University of Oxford researchers interested in finding out how to develop their research into a radio programme. The workshop leaders will share insider insights and present practical information relating specifically to BBC Radio 4, including relevant contacts and pitching deadlines.

Please click here for more information and to book

The Future of the Professions

13:00-14:00 (lunch from 12:30), Wednesday 10 February
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Rd

In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks, what are the prospects for employment and what tasks should be reserved exclusively for people? Authors Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind are joined by Joshua Hordern, Vili Lehdonvirta, and Judy Wajcman to explore these questions.

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Oxford Afterlives

17:30-19:00, Wednesday 24 February 
Museum of Natural History, Oxford

Join us to celebrate Oxford as a place of stories and storytelling and discover how those tales have been reimagined across different media, taking on a myriad of afterlives beyond the city. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Stuart Lee examines J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth and Margaret Kean discusses Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

Please click here for more information and to book

Watch Again

What Does it Mean to be Human in the Digital Age?

At the launch of our 'Humanities and the Digital Age' series our panel explored forgetting, remembering and preserving in the digital age. 

Watch here

Christian Thielemann: A Conductor's Point of View

Thielemann explores the art of conducting, the historical context of 19th and 20th century opera, and the commonalities between Wagner and Strauss.

Watch here

Events Calendar, Weeks 2-4

Thursday 28 January

Thursday 28-Friday 29 January (all day) | Cervantes and Shakespeare: 400 years

An Anglo-Spanish symposium at the University of Oxford

12:00pm to 1:00pm | Experiences of Social Mobility since 1800

Rags to Riches discussion session

1:00pm to 2:30pm | The ‘Green Cadres’ and the Collapse of Austria-Hungary in 1918

Speaker: Jakub Benes (University College, Oxford University)

5:00pm to 7:00pm | The Cinderella of Complete Elizabethan Partbooks Sets

Part of the medieval and renaissance music seminar series

5:30pm | Woman and Home, Identity and Writing

The Queen's College English Society presents a reading and discussion session with novelist Joanna Walsh

Friday 29 January

12:00pm to 1:30pm | Heidegger Reading Group

Graduate led reading group

1:30pm to 3:00pm | Writing partnerships orientation session

A chance for people taking part in the writing partnerships and peer mentoring scheme this term to find ways of making their meet-ups as effective as possible.

2:00pm to 4:00pm | The Modernist Making of an International Rhythmic "Race"

Katherine Dreier's Lithographs and Ted Shawn's Dreier Lithograph Dance

7:00pm to 10:30pm | Ashmolean LiveFriday: Heroes and Villains

TORCH present a series of bite-size talks by Oxford academics

Saturday 30 January

10:00am to 11:30am | Get Fit for Culture with ‘Exercise Book’

Call for runners, fitness enthusiasts, active families (children 11+), musicians and the curious to participate in a fun 5k run, jog or walk to the accompaniment of a specially commissioned music track

10:30am to 4:30pm | Monarchy and Power in the Stuart Age

A study-day for secondary school teachers

Monday 1 February

2:15pm | Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Seminar: Bovine TB

Angela Cassidy: ‘Knowing animal health in the environment: UK government research on bovine TB, 1970-1995’

2:30pm to 4:30pm | Workshop: Collaboration Opportunities with The Vyne

Meet with the National Trust to discuss future projects at a historic country house

5:00pm | Social Media in the Eighteenth Century

Besterman Enlightenment Workshop with Tobias Heinrich (University of Oxford)

5:00pm | Opening: Lecture by Gregory Hutchinson

The inaugural lecture by the Regius Professor of Greek

6:00pm | Green Templeton Lectures 2016: Surveillance Capitalism

A lecture by Professor Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Tuesday 2 February

10:00am to 3:00pm | Radio Pitching

Turning Your Research Into a Programme

2:30pm to 3:30pm | Why More Creativity is Required for the Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine to Progress

The second workshop in the Oxford Philosophy and Medicine Network series

5:30pm to 7:00pm | The Life of Primes: The Biography of a Mathematical Idea

Marcus de Sautoy gives a Weinrebe Lecture for the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

5:45pm to 8:00pm | The Penultimate Curiosity

Artist Roger Wagner and Professor of Nanomaterials Andrew Briggs will discuss their book and show excerpts from a forthcoming documentary

7:00pm to 8:00pm | Poetry and Translation: An Evening with Sasha Dugdale

This is part of the Translation and Criticism series

Wednesday 3 February

1:00pm | From card to computer: a Bodleian catalogue and Early Modern Letters Online

Professor Howard Hotson and Miranda Lewis discuss the Bodleian's invaluable card catalogue

4:30pm to 6:30pm | The Lyric I as Other Mind

Part of the Fiction and Other Minds series

5:00pm to 6:30pm | Actions and Achievements

Speaker: Rowland Stout (University College Dublin)

5:30pm to 7:00pm | Casting No Doubt: Plaster Heads in Victorian/ Edwardian Science & Medicine

A Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century Seminar with Dr Sam Alberti

6:45pm | Composition and Context in Fifteenth-Century Motets

Part of the Plain Song: A Short History of Music in the Church series

Thursday 4 February

1:00pm to 2:30pm | Driving the Mandate: Automobility, World War One and Global Fordism in French Syria-Lebanon, 1916-1934

Speaker: Simon Jackson (University of Birmingham)

Friday 5 February

12:00pm to 1:30pm | Heidegger Reading Group

Graduate led reading group

12:45pm to 2:00pm | UCL Slavery Legacy Project

The Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project seminar will be given by Dr Kristy Warren and chaired by Dr Perry Gauci, Associate Professor of Modern History, Oxford

5:00pm to 7:00pm | King Vačagan the Pious and his Long Hunt for Relics

Speaker: Nikoloz Aleksidze (Pembroke College, University of Oxford)

5:00pm to 6:30pm | Anglo-Norman Reading Group

A collaborative forum in which to read, translate and discuss a wide variety of Anglo-Norman texts

Saturday 6 February

All Day | Teaching the Codex: Pedagogical Approaches to Palaeography and Codicology

A one-day interdisciplinary colloquium

Saturday 6-13 February, 2016 - 7:00pm | The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Brecht's play in George Tabori's translation

Monday 8 February

12:45pm to 2:00pm | OCCT Discussion Group

Part of the Intermediality series

2:00pm to 3:30pm | The Relation of Literature and Learning to Social Hierarchy in Early Modern Europe

Papers by Ita Mac Carthy (University of Birmingham) and Simon Park (Worcester College, Oxford)

2:15pm | Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Seminar: Early modern mensuration

Will Poole: ‘Weights and measures: Some early-modern English tracts on ancient and modern mensuration’

5:00pm | Botanical Collecting in the Late Eighteenth Century

Besterman Enlightenment Workshop with Sarah Easterby-Smith (University of St Andrews)

6:00pm | Green Templeton Lectures 2016: Big Data, Food Consumption and Food Policy

A lecture by Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University London

Tuesday 9 February

5:00pm to 6:30pm | Against properties: why relations are sufficient

Speaker: Michaël-Andreas Esfeld (Université de Lausanne)

Wednesday 10 February

12:30pm to 2:00pm | The Future of the Professions

A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Richard Susskind, Daniel Susskind, Joshua Hordern, Vili Lehdonvirta, and Judy Wajcman

3:00pm to 4:30pm | Wharton in Wartime

A roundtable discussion to mark the publication of Alice Kelly's critical edition of Edith Wharton's First World War reportage

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Reading Group

Title of the book: Barbara Vetter: Potentiality

6:45pm | From English to Russian and Back Again: The Story of Tchaikovsky's Legend

Part of the Plain Song: A Short History of Music in the Church series

Thursday 11 February

12:00pm to 2:00pm | French song

Helen Abbott leads a workshop for undergraduates and graduate students registered at the University of Oxford for The Oxford Song Network

12:00pm to 1:00pm | Teachers and social mobility in post-war Britain

Speaker Laura Tisdall (University of Oxford) speaks as part of the" Rags to Riches" network discussion series

1:00pm to 2:30pm | Internment and the Fall of the German Empire 1914-1920

Speaker: Mahon Murphy (Trinity College Dublin)

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Reading Group

Title of the book: What There Is? The Fundamental Ontology of the Natural World

Friday 12 February

12:00pm to 1:30pm | Heidegger Reading Group

Graduate led reading group

12:45pm to 2:00pm | The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature

Lloyd Pratt (Associate Professor of English, Oxford) will speak about his new book The Strangers Book

2:15pm to 3:45pm | The Latitudes of Twilight in the North

Speaker: Professor Peter Davidson (University of Oxford)