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  • Updated 17 Dec 2021 | 6 episodes | Hertford College

    Hertford writers may have cut their teeth on essays and problem sheets – but they are now writing across an amazing range of genres, from children’s picture books to literary fiction, from young adult novels to crime, from non-fiction to poetry. In the Hertford Bookshelf podcast, Professor Emma Smith meets Hertford writers to find out more about their work, their influences, their advice for...

  • Updated 17 Dec 2021 | 410 episodes | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

    The University of Oxford is home to an impressive range and depth of research activities in the Humanities. TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities is a major new initiative that seeks to build on this heritage and to stimulate and support research that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries. Here we feature some of the networks and programmes, as well as recordings...

  • Updated 15 Dec 2021 | 26 episodes | Faculty of Classics

    Recordings of the lectures and in-conversation events with acclaimed actors, directors, playwrights, and academics, on modern and historic performances inspired by ancient Greek and Roman texts - hosted by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (University of Oxford Classics Faculty).

  • Updated 08 Dec 2021 | 8 episodes | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

    In this series students invite the public along with them on an inquiry to introduce and contest the frameworks of major themes in South Asian and African(a) philosophies which for all their depth and breadth and world-transforming thought have largely been excluded or undervalued in our philosophy curricula. Join us for insights into different conceptions of reality and ways of thinking about...

  • Updated 21 Nov 2021 | 20 episodes | Wolfson College

    Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997), founding President of Wolfson College, University of Oxford, is regarded as one of the leading thinkers of the twentieth century. He was famous as an extempore lecturer, and his inimitable speaking style is well illustrated in this series of podcasts.

  • Updated 16 Nov 2021 | 15 episodes | University Administration and Services (UAS)

    Sessions from the Oxford Summit - a transatlantic conference for senior-level university and industry professionals, and government policymakers.

  • Updated 09 Nov 2021 | 2 episodes | Equality and Diversity Unit

    The BME Staff Network acts as a confidential discussion forum, and holds various meetings throughout the year, both social and work-related.
    To find out more about the Network visit: edu.web.ox.ac.uk/bme-staff-network

  • Updated 01 Nov 2021 | 17 episodes | Magdalen College

    An academic podcast in which a panel of Oxford students and young researchers join hosts Jan-Willem Prügel, Aled Walker and Alice Harberd to discuss their academic and intellectual passions. Each episode will have a different theme, ranging from Marxism to Medieval Song, Cicero to Sondheim -- a tribute to the astonishing diversity of thought which takes place in Oxford.

    Twitter: @...

  • Updated 22 Oct 2021 | 181 episodes | Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

    The Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) is an interdisciplinary research unit based at the University of Oxford, dedicated to understanding the complex and interwoven causes of obesity in populations across the world. This seminar series is hosted by the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.

  • Updated 21 Oct 2021 | 9 episodes | Middle East Centre

    Welcome to Middle East Centre Booktalk – the Oxford podcast on new books about the Middle East. These are some of the books written by members of our community, or the books our community are talking about. Tune in to follow author interviews and book chat. Every episode features a different, recently published book and is hosted by a different Oxford academic.

  • Updated 20 Oct 2021 | 20 episodes | St Antony's College

    What story should Europe tell in the 21st-century? What do we want the EU to do by 2030? Our team, based in Oxford University, are going out to ask a wide range of Europeans about their formative, best and worst European moments. We are talking in greater depth to a number of Europeans, hearing their reflections on Europe's stories – and their own. We have also analysed a wide range of...

  • Updated 18 Oct 2021 | 3 episodes | Mansfield College

    Mansfield hosts a lively and engaging series of free public talks, every Friday, during Oxford University term time. The Mansfield Public Talks are convened by College Principal, Helen Mountfield QC, and platform leading figures from varied fields, aimed at opening up ideas and debate in front of a wide audience. The talks are open to all and as such are an important element of the College’s...

  • Updated 05 Oct 2021 | 140 episodes | Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

    The mission of COMPAS is to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research within the field of migration.
    The mobility of people is now firmly recognised as a key dimension shaping society today, but the relationship between migration and societal change is only partly understood. Research at...

  • Updated 29 Sep 2021 | 41 episodes | Faculty of English Language and Literature

    Fantasy Literature has emerged as one of the most important genres over the past few decades and now enjoys extraordinary levels of popularity. The impact of Tolkien’s Middle-earth works and the serialisation of George Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ books has moved these and their contemporaries into mainstream culture. As the popularity grows so does interest in the roots of fantasy, the main...

  • Updated 05 Aug 2021 | 16 episodes | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

    This podcast will feature selected materials presented in part at a one-day symposium bringing together academics from different disciplines (archaeology, history, folklore) with English Heritage staff and representatives from the National Trust and other heritage bodies.

    The subject of the symposium was the supernatural in place. Presenters examine the residue of supernatural sites...

  • Updated 05 Aug 2021 | 4 episodes | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

    Dr Joanna Bullivant is Departmental Lecturer in Historical Musicology at the Faculty of Music and a current TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellow working on her project 'The Dream of Gerontius: Curating Catholic Music Digitally'. This podcast explores Elgar’s work The Dream of Gerontius through five historic locations associated with it, some of which have received little attention...

  • Updated 29 Jul 2021 | 8 episodes | Bodleian Library

    'Persian Arts of the Book' gathers scholars from around the world with expert curators from Oxford and beyond to reflect on the Persian manuscript tradition. In a series of short presentations and thematic panel discussions we will examine the poetry, history, and artistic expression contained in these treasures, and the materials and crafts that contributed to making the manuscripts...

  • Updated 19 Jul 2021 | 94 episodes | Mathematical Institute

    A series of talks and lectures from Oxford Mathematicians exploring the power and beauty of their subject. These talks would appeal to anyone interested in mathematics and its ever-growing range of applications from medicine to economics and beyond.

  • Updated 12 Jul 2021 | 27 episodes | Faculty of Philosophy

    Over the last decade, concerns about the power and danger of Artificial Intelligence have moved from the fantasy of “Terminator” to reality, and anxieties about killer robots have been joined by many others that are more immediate. Robotic systems threaten a massive disruption of employment and transport, while algorithms fuelled by machine learning on (potentially biased) “big data”...

  • Updated 06 Jul 2021 | 6 episodes | University Administration and Services (UAS)

    This annual lecture series celebrates the achievements of disabled people. The University is committed to establishing an inclusive environment, and we hope that this lecture series will be inspiring and empowering for everyone, particularly for our disabled staff and students. We hope that it will also increase understanding of the experiences of people living with a disability and of the...

  • Updated 02 Jul 2021 | 3 episodes | Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
  • Updated 02 Jul 2021 | 10 episodes | Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)

    This conference aims to look at the present state of nuclear treaties and nuclear capabilities, consider future threats and opportunities, and assess public understanding and the role of civil society in determining future directions.
    An opportunity to learn facts and assess where the world is heading in this vital area for peace, conflict and international diplomacy.

  • Updated 17 Jun 2021 | 8 episodes | Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

    The Faculty is one of the leading centres for the study of European language, literature, and culture world-wide, offering expertise in the entire chronological range from the earliest times to the present day, and with specialists in film studies, cultural studies, and cultural history as well as languages and literatures.

  • Updated 16 Jun 2021 | 9 episodes | Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

    Thinking about applying for Modern Languages at university? Listen in on our conversations with Spanish tutors at Oxford to find out what's so fascinating about the literature they teach, why they love teaching it, and why they think you might love it too.

  • Updated 15 Jun 2021 | 2 episodes | St Antony's College

    The events about Russian literature and culture listed below were held under the auspices of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony's College. The Centre was launched in 2003 to carry forward the work of the internationally renowned Russian and East European Studies Centre, established in 1953. The Centre is a major component of research on Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus and...

  • Updated 14 Jun 2021 | 28 episodes | Department of History of Art

    The Slade Lectures, which were founded in pursuance of the will of Felix Slade in 1869, focused on art historical topics, as they continue to do so today. John Ruskin delivered his first lecture as the Slade Professor of Fine Art in 1870. The Slade Professorship in conjunction with the University's museums, libraries and college collections helped to foster a wider interest in the...

  • Updated 11 Jun 2021 | 2 episodes | Contemporary China Studies

    From the Cherwell to the Yangtze: The Oxford China Centre Alumni Podcast’, is a podcast where current Oxford Chinese studies undergraduates interview alumni of the China Centre to learn about where their relationship with Oxford and China has taken them since graduation.
    We hope our podcasts will bring inspiration to prospective students thinking of applying for Chinese at Oxford one day...

  • Updated 28 May 2021 | 10 episodes | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

    The Oxford/Berlin Creative Collaborations showcase ideas and research across the arts and humanities. We are drawing on expertise from the University of Oxford and Berlin University of the Arts, to combine established methodologies from the Humanities with new and exciting forms of artistic expression.
    Our encounters between researchers and artists from the Berlin University of the Arts...

  • Updated 24 May 2021 | 9 episodes | Worcester College

    We've been delighted by the recent number of Worcester Old Members who have been publishing books on a huge range of subjects, and so we thought you might like to hear a bit more from some of Worcester's writers - about their inspiration, their writing processes, and any memories of Worcester that have helped them in their literary careers. These episodes are the first in our new...

  • Updated 21 May 2021 | 95 episodes | Centre for African Studies

    The University of Oxford is one of the world's leading centres for the study of Africa. In every Faculty and Division across the University there are active research programmes focused on the continent. The African Studies Centre, within the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, acts as a focal point for graduate level work and faculty research on Africa. Alongside the vibrant...

  • Updated 14 May 2021 | 5 episodes | School of Archaeology

    Researchers studying archaeological remains from across the whole range of the human past discus the sometimes surprising meanings they have found while digging through what we have left behind. From recycling Romans to voyaging Vikings, twisting Silk Roads to modern hunter-gathers of Borneo, let experts from the Oxford School of Archaeology take you on a journey to the past, which might just...

  • Updated 12 May 2021 | 22 episodes | School of Geography and the Environment

    An online conference focusing on mapping and closely linked professions such as surveying, exploration, navigation, hydrography, and printing, which have conventionally been associated with men: as makers, patrons, users, and interpreters. The conference explores the place of women and the feminine in maps and mapping, with no chronological or geographical bounds, and a broad understanding of...

  • Updated 10 May 2021 | 3 episodes | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

    In this 3-part series, Dr Alice Little speaks with folk musicians, researchers and music collectors about English folk music in history, in performance today, and what it means for music to be 'English'.

    In this series you will hear from Becky Price, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney, Matt Coatsworth, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Alan Lamb, Marie Bashiru, Jeremy Barlow, Nicola Beazley,...

  • Updated 06 May 2021 | 1 episode | University Administration and Services (UAS)

    Oxford in Berlin is a German non-profit limited liability company (gGmbH) and a subsidiary company of the University of Oxford, established by the University Council in 2019. It is Oxford’s authorised representative for clinical trials on a pan-European basis. It has two other principal purposes. The first of these is to act as Oxford’s legal presence in Europe, in which role it aims to...

  • Updated 05 May 2021 | 23 episodes | St Cross College

    These brief podcasts open into the intellectual worlds of the diverse Fellowship of St Cross College Oxford, and are for everyone.

  • Updated 29 Apr 2021 | 71 episodes | Department of Physics

    Members of the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics host a morning of Theoretical Physics roughly three times a year on a Saturday morning. The mornings consist of three talks pitched to explain an area of our research to an audience familiar with physics at about the second-year undergraduate level and are open to all Oxford Alumni. Topics include Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes, Dark...

  • Updated 06 Apr 2021 | 4 episodes | Oxford Internet Institute

    What it’s like working in the gig economy, what it’s like being managed by algorithms, rated on every job and monitored every step of the way?

    Millions of people are piecing together a living in the gig economy. From online freelancing to couriering, domestic work to beauticians, digital platforms are becoming a major means by which people are accessing paid work. The Fairwork podcast...

  • Updated 18 Mar 2021 | 159 episodes | Centre for Criminology

    Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) is an inter-disciplinary network of more than 100 Oxford staff and students working broadly on issues of transition in societies recovering from mass conflict and/or repressive rule. OTJR is dedicated to producing high-quality scholarship that connects intimately to practical and policy questions in transitional justice, focusing on the following...

  • Updated 02 Mar 2021 | 14 episodes | Bodleian Library

    An examination of women's contribution to the University of Oxford, to mark the centenary of women's graduation.

    ‘Must it be a man?’ wrote Charles Herford to James Murray when the latter was seeking an assistant to work on his Oxford English Dictionary. The expectation in 1906, when the letter was written, was that such positions would ‘naturally’ fall to men, and this...

  • Updated 18 Feb 2021 | 10 episodes | The Queen's College

    The Queen’s Access Podcast is made by and features current undergraduates, and is aimed at anyone who is thinking about applying to Oxford or would like to find out more about student life here – from tutorial teaching and welfare to sports and social life!

  • Updated 08 Feb 2021 | 20 episodes | Department of Plant Sciences

    In this fun and informative series Dr Lindsay Turnbull, Associate Professor and Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford University, looks at the biology of the back garden. This series is recorded hot off the press in a normal garden in England beginning in March 2020 and would be of interest to anyone from age 5+. The series is particularly useful for children missing school who would like to...

  • Updated 18 Jan 2021 | 21 episodes | Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)

    This Conference was organised by an ad hoc multidisciplinary group in Oxford University, which had begun in 2006 to discuss how to network and raise the profile of the research already being done in Oxford on peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping. The title ‘The Serious Study of Peace’ underlines that peace was no longer seen merely as a fringe interest but was beginning to take...

  • Updated 15 Jan 2021 | 3 episodes | Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages

    Welcome to In The Footsteps of Marie-Antoinette, presented by Catriona Seth, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford. In collaboration with the Wallace Collection in London, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, the Conciergerie and Chantal Thomas, author of Les Adeiux a La Reine, in Paris, Catriona Seth explores the life of Marie-Antoinette - her childhood at the...

  • Updated 14 Jan 2021 | 8 episodes | Faculty of Philosophy
  • Updated 14 Jan 2021 | 34 episodes | Oxford University Development Office

    Welcome to Futuremakers from the University of Oxford, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.

    Season Three: The History of Pandemics (Starting 01 Dec 2020) - Returning for its third series, the University of Oxford's Futuremakers podcast follows host, Professor Peter Millican, as he talks to researchers from around the world about some of the devastating...

  • Updated 17 Dec 2020 | 7 episodes | Faculty of English Language and Literature

    The series War and Representation features interviews with leading humanities scholars of war. In each episode a researcher presents recently published work or ongoing research projects for a broad audience. This series is hosted by the Faculty of English Language and Literature.

  • Updated 30 Nov 2020 | 9 episodes | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

    Better narratives for a better future.

    An interactive podcast featuring interviews with leading authors and editors in the speculative genre and writing prompts designed to support the imagination of better futures.

    Narrative Futures is the capstone podcast project of the Futures Thinking network at TORCH. Devised, recorded and edited by Chelsea Haith, the Narrative Futures...

  • Updated 17 Nov 2020 | 9 episodes | Bodleian Libraries

    Let Us Now Praise Famous Women was an online conference held 24th October 2020, exploring the critical work of women writing about, collecting, and curating photography by women. Key questions include how women’s voices are heard in the history and criticism of photography, the influence of the feminist movement on women photographers’ careers, and the role of museums in shaping the legacies...

  • Updated 11 Nov 2020 | 4 episodes | University Museum of Natural History

    This podcast series presents recordings of talks given at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History as part of its public programme of events. The Museum of Natural History was founded in 1860, and today it holds an internationally significant collection of natural history specimens and archives. Housed in a stunning neo-Gothic building inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites, the Museum is home...

  • Updated 05 Nov 2020 | 72 episodes | Wolfson College

    Wolfson is the largest graduate college in Oxford. Our diverse student body has a wide spread of disciplines and nationalities. The College is both traditional and unconventional, forward thinking and friendly.