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TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

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 of events, and offer insights into the research that they make possible.

# Episode Title Description People Date
101 The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth About Men, Women, and Mental Health An interdisciplinary panel of scholars discuss Daniel Freeman's book Daniel Freeman, Elaine Fox, Avner Offer, Janet Radcliffe Richards 09 Feb 2015
102 Humanities and Science: Mental Health An interdisciplinary discussion exploring the role of the humanities in mental health. Edward Harcourt, John Geddes, Matthew Broome, Emily Troscianko 09 Feb 2015
103 Unconscious Memory and Mental Space Professor Michael Burke and Dr Sebastian Groes Michael Burke, Sebastian Groes, Ben Morgan 26 Jan 2015
104 Exploring the Two Cultures Professor Larry Squire and Dr Simon Kemp Larry Squire, Simon Kemp 26 Jan 2015
105 Narrative & Proof: Two Sides of the Same Equation One of the UK's leading scientists, Marcus du Sautoy, argues that mathematical proofs are not just number-based, but also a form of narrative. Marcus du Sautoy, Roger Penrose, Laura Marcus, Ben Okri 22 Jan 2015
106 Common People: The History of an English Family An interdisciplinary panel of scholars discuss Alison Light's book Alison Light, Lyndal Roper, Laura Marcus, Selina Todd 11 Dec 2014
107 Alison Light on "Common People" The author discusses her new book, exploring the interplay between fiction and history, the redefinition of the common, and family history Alison Light 08 Dec 2014
108 Irish Nationalist Women, 1900-1918 An interdisciplinary panel of scholars discuss Dr Senia Paseta's book Senia Paseta, Tara Stubbs, Desmond King, Roy Foster 03 Dec 2014
109 Creative Commons Senia Paseta on Irish Nationalist Women Dr Paseta explores women's history and the nationalist narrative in Ireland. Senia Paseta 01 Dec 2014
110 The Cult of Saints Dr Bryan Ward-Perkins introduces a new research project which examines the origins and development of the cult of Christian saints. Bryan Ward-Perkins 12 Sep 2014
111 The Jagiellonians Dr Natalia Nowakowska introduces a new research project which examines the Renaissance Europe Jagiellonian dynasty as an international political phenomenon. Natalia Nowakowska 12 Sep 2014
112 Museums in the digital age: development or conflict? Interview with Martin Roth – Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Martin Roth 30 Jul 2014
113 Medieval Storytelling An AHRC funded workshop for Early Career researchers Hannah Ryley, Gareth Evans, Jenny Moon, Daniel Morden 17 Apr 2014
114 Dance Circles An interdisciplinary discussion of Dr Hélène Neveu Kringelbach's book. Helene Neveu Kringlebach 09 Apr 2014
115 Interview with Hélène Neveu Kringelbach The author discusses her recent book on dance in urban Senegal. Helene Neveu Kringlebach 09 Apr 2014
116 Interview with Emily Troscianko Discussion of Kafka's Cognitive Realism Emily Troscianko 26 Mar 2014
117 Kafka's Cognitive Realism An interdisciplinary discussion of Dr Emily Troscianko's book Emily Troscianko, Sue Blackmore, Ritchie Robertson, James Carney 26 Mar 2014
118 Activist Humanities in a Global Context Ahadf Soueif, Paul Smith and Robin Kelley discuss how the humanities can solve global challenges Ahdaf Soueif, Paul Smith, Robin Kelley 19 Mar 2014
119 What Have the Humanities to Teach the Modern University? Part of the Humanities and the Public Good series Teresa Morgan, Stephen Whitefield, David Ford, Jonathan Phillips 19 Mar 2014
120 Science and the Humanities Are the Humanities and the Sciences fundamentally different? Or do they share roots, values, aspirations and a common, contemporary predicament? Howard Hotson, Ian Walmsley, Mark Pagel, Sally Shuttleworth 04 Mar 2014
121 Where's the Virtue in the Humanities? How can the Liberal Humanities own up to – and promote – its public service as a matrix of civic virtue? Nigel Biggar, Donald Drakeman, Steven Biel, Jonathan Bate 04 Mar 2014
122 Creative Commons African Knowledge and Livestock Health Book at Lunchtime interview with Karen Brown and William Beinart about their book “African Knowledge and Livestock Health” Karen Brown, William Beinart 13 Feb 2014
123 Creative Commons In Everyone's Interests - the highlights Panel discussion on what it means to invest in the humanities Andrew Hamilton, Earl Lewis, Hermione Lee, Charlotte Higgins 04 Feb 2014
124 Samraghni Bonnerjee presents, Envoy extraordinary: a study of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit and her contribution to modern India. Vera Brittain (Allen and Unwin, 1965) Samraghni Bonnerjee gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Samraghni Bonnerjee 19 Feb 2019
125 Singing in the Age of Anxiety Laura will be joined an expert panel to discuss the book and its themes; Dr Benjamin Walton (Jesus, Cambridge), Professor Kate McLoughlin (Harris Manchester, Oxford). Chaired by Professor Philip R. Bullock (Wadham, Oxford). Laura Tunbridge, Kate McLoughlin, Philip Bullock, Benjamin Walton 19 Feb 2019
126 Creolizing Country Homes and the Dutch Jewish Pastoral Laura Leibmann (Reed College) gives a talk for the JCH conference's first panel, The Lure of the Land. Laura Leibmann 23 May 2018
127 Fascism, Fake News, and the Nature of Social Extremophilia With Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford). Luciano Floridi 18 Jul 2017
128 Creative Commons In Everyone's Interests Panel discussion on what it means to invest in the humanities Andrew Hamilton, Earl Lewis, Hermione Lee, Charlotte Higgins 04 Feb 2014
129 Olivia Slater presents, Place in research: Theory, methodology, and methods. Eve Tuck and Marcia McKenzie (Routledge, 2014) Olivia Slater gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Olivia Slater 19 Feb 2019
130 Places, Symbols and Images of an Elite: the Country Houses of the Italian Jewish Nobility Paolo Pellegrini (Scuola di Archivistica, Paelografica e Diplomatica dell'Archivio di Stato di Perugia) gives a talk for the JCH conference's first session; The Lure of the Land. Paolo Pellegrini 23 May 2018
131 Complexity in our multiple identities: the 2017 Disability Lecture University of Oxford Annual Disability Lecture Dan Holloway, Torø Graven, Rebecca Surender, Marie Tidball 10 Jul 2017
132 Creative Commons Are the humanities worth investing in? Knowledge Exchange Fellow Oliver Cox (@OliverJWCox) from The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) asked members of the public, students and academics in Oxford whether humanities subjects are worth investing in. Oliver Cox 16 Jan 2014
133 Ushashi Dasgupta presents, Rajmohan’s Wife Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1864). Ushashi Dasgupta gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Ushashi Dasgupta 19 Feb 2019
134 Property and Jewish Self-Fashioning in Provincial Austria Lisa Silverman (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) gives a talk for the JCH conference's first conference The Lure of the Land. Lisa Silverman 23 May 2018
135 Migration, Memory and Identity Part of the Humanities & Identities Lunchtime Seminar Series Laura van Broekhoven, Elleke Boehmer, Karma Nabulsi, Gayle Lonergan 07 Jul 2017
136 The Fires of Faith The Babsybanoo, Machionness of Winchester Lecture with Neil MacGregor Neil MacGregor 07 Sep 2016
137 Creative Commons TORCH Book Series: ‘Thomas Wyatt - The Heart’s Forest’ by Susan Brigden David Starkey, Chris Stamatakis and Diarmaid MacCulloch discuss ‘Thomas Wyatt - The Heart’s Forest’ by Susan Brigden as part of the TORCH Book Series David Starkey, Chris Stamatakis, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Susan Brigden 12 Dec 2013
138 Arun Sood presents, Travels in the interior districts of Africa: performed under the Direction and Patronage of the African Association, in the years 1795, 1796, and 1797. Mungo, Park and James Rennell (W. Bulmer and Company, 1799). Arun Sood gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Arun Sood 19 Feb 2019
139 Gunnersbury Park, 1835-1925: a Rothschild Family Villa Diana Davis gives a talk for the JCH conference's second panel, Villas and Chateaux. Diana Davis 23 May 2018
140 Disability Narratives and Histories Launch event for the TORCH Disability and Curriculum Diversity series. Marie Tidball, Helen Hillman, Richard Sandell, Elleke Boehmer 04 Jul 2017
141 The Trans-Atlantic, the Diaspora, and Africa Ngugi wa Thiong’o delivers the opening keynote lecture of the Calloloo conference Ngugi wa Thiong’o 05 Dec 2013
142 Discussion: How does a curriculum introduce and structure alternate worldviews and knowledges? Blue Weiss, Mia Liyanage, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Supriya Chaudhuri, and Afua Hirsch, discuss what a decolonial curriculum would look like, part of the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Blue Weiss, Mia Liyanage, Nana Oforiatta Ayim, Supriya Chaudhuri 19 Feb 2019
143 Torre Alfina: A Cahen d’Anvers Manor in Italy Alice Legé (University of Amiens/University of Milan) gives a talk for the JCH conference's second session; Villas and Chateaux. Alice Lege 23 May 2018
144 Music, Empathy and Cultural Understanding In this TORCH Talk, Professor Eric Clarke talks about 'Music, Empathy and Cultural Understanding' at the Ashmolean Museum's Supersonic LiveFriday. Eric Clarke 04 Jul 2017
145 Creative Commons Humanities Graduates and the British Economy Humanities Graduates and the British Economy. Shearer West, Sir Adam Roberts, Philip Kreager, Stephen Tuck 01 Aug 2013
146 How does a curriculum introduce and structure alternate worldviews and knowledges? Blue Weiss and Mia Liyanage, Common Ground Oxford, give a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2019. Blue Weiss, Mia Liyanage 19 Feb 2019
147 Sommerfrische, Connoisseurship, Scandal and the Temporary in the Jewish Country House in Austria: Baron Nathaniel Rothschild’s castle in Reichenau and Dr. Josef Kranz’ Villa Raach Mimi Schmidt (Jindal Global University) gives a talk for the JCH conference's second session; Villas and Chateaux. Mimi Schmidt 23 May 2018
148 Orchestral Musicians' Experiences: Inside Out In this TORCH Talk, Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey presents on 'Orchestral Musicians' Experiences: Inside Out' at the Ashmolean Museum's Supersonic LiveFriday. Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey 04 Jul 2017
149 Creative Commons TORCH Launch The highlights of the launch event for The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). Jonathan Bate, Clare Copeland, Andrew Hamilton, Marcus du Sautoy 29 May 2013
150 How does a curriculum introduce and structure alternate worldviews and knowledges? Nana Oforiatta Ayim TORCH / Mellon Global South Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Nana Oforiatta Ayim 19 Feb 2019
151 Disraeli at Hughenden - A Fish out of Water? Todd Endelman (University of Michigan) gives a talk for the JCH conference's third session; The Political World of the Jewish Country House. Todd Endelman 23 May 2018
152 Images of Mithra Book at Lunchtime discussion Dominic Dalglish, Josephine Quinn, Elleke Boehmer, Robert Bracey 03 Jul 2017
153 Creative Commons The Selden Map The Selden Map of China has been one of the treasures of the Bodleian Library since 1659. This film shows how this remarkable map is interpreted today by scholars from a range of different disciplines. Kate Bennett, David Helliwell, Ros Ballaster, Rana Mitter 29 May 2013
154 How does a curriculum introduce and structure alternate worldviews and knowledges? Supriya Chaudhuri, TORCH / Mellon Global South Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Supriya Chaudhuri 19 Feb 2019
155 Schloss Freienwalde: a Jewish restoration of a Prussian legacy Martin Sabrow (ZZF Potsdam/ Humboldt University) gives a talk for the JCH conference's third session; The Political World of the Jewish Country House. Martin Sabrow 23 May 2018
156 Repositioning Women's Health Care: A Case Study on Women Who Survived Ebola in Sierra Leone Part of the Humanities & Identities Lunchtime Series Elleke Boehmer, Fatou Wurie 27 Jun 2017
157 Creative Commons Early Modern Catholicism Network Clare Copeland and Jan Machielsen talk about a new hub to encourage, enhance, and promote research touching on all aspects of early modern Catholicism from across the academic disciplines. Jan Machielsen, Clare Copeland 24 May 2013
158 Joe Shaughnessy presents, Mine Boy Peter Abrahams (East African Publishers, 1946) Joe Shaughnessy gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Joe Shaughnessy 19 Feb 2019
159 In Walpole’s footsteps - Braham and Stern at Strawberry Hill Silvia Davoli (Strawberry Hill House) and Nino Strachey (National Trust) gives a talk for the JCH conference's fourth session; The Anglo-French Connection. Silvia Davoli 23 May 2018
160 Creative Commons Humanities Knowledge Exchange Showcase Knowledge Exchange is the mutually beneficial sharing of ideas, data, experience, and expertise, and involves collaboration between researchers and external organisations or the public. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Toby Young, Kate McLoughlin 19 Jun 2017
161 Creative Commons HiCor: a Cross-Disciplinary Network for History and Corpus Linguistics Gabor Mihaly Toth talks about a network of corpus linguists, computational linguists, and historians who are aiming to study how the resources, tools and methods of corpus linguistics can be used to address important historical research questions. Gabor Mihaly Toth 24 May 2013
162 Elsa Gomis presents, The Logic of Analogy: Slavery and the Contemporary Refugee. Yogita Goyal (Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 8(3), 543-546. 2017) Elsa Gomis gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Elsa Gomis 19 Feb 2019
163 The Sterns, the Singers and Cross-Cultural Exchanges Tom Stammers (University of Durham) gives a talk for the JCH conference's fourth session; The Anglo-French Connection. Tom Stammers 23 May 2018
164 Creative Commons Exploring Sicilian Epigraphy Sicilian schools study and research epigraphy in their museums. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Andrew Fairweather-Tall 23 Jun 2017
165 Creative Commons Race and Resistance Across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century Elleke Boehmer and Imaobong Umoren talk about their research network which is investigating how twentieth-century activists, artists and intellectuals challenged racially oppressive hierarchies and sought to achieve equality. Elleke Boehmer, Imaobong Umoren 24 May 2013
166 Rachel Fox presents, Refugee tales David, Herd and Anna Pincus (Comma Press, 2016) Rachel Fox gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Rachel Fox 19 Feb 2019
167 Renaissance as locus: Bakst and the imaginary chateau in the Sleeping Beauty panels Olga Medvedkova (CNRS) gives a talk for the JCH conference's fourth session; The Anglo-French Connection. Olga Medvedkova 23 May 2018
168 Creative Commons Italian Stories in Britain A project about talking to Italian communities in Britain and finding out what stories there are. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Matthew Reza 23 Jun 2017
169 Creative Commons Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers Sophie Bocksberger, Berrow Scholar, Classics, talks about collaborative workshops involving classical historians, professionally-trained dancers, and anthropologists to create "reconstructive" performances of the Roman dance form tragoedia saltata. Sophie Bocksberger 24 May 2013
170 Ethel Maqeda presents, The Book of Memory: A Novel by Petina Gappah (Macmillan, 2016) Ethel Maqeda gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Ethel Maqeda 19 Feb 2019
171 Charles-de-Gaulle – The castle of Ferrières, an emblematic house Pauline Prevost-Marcilhacy (Université gives a talk for the JCH conference's fifth session; Building New. Pauline Prevost-Marcilhacy 23 May 2018
172 Creative Commons Unsilencing the library: An exhibition at Compton Verney Research into how books make us feel. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Sophie Ratcliffe, Steven Parissien 23 Jun 2017
173 What is a decolonial curriculum soapbox? Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Elleke Boehmer 19 Feb 2019
174 Philip Sassoon: perfectionism and the English country house Jane Stevenson (University of Oxford) gives a talk for the JCH conference's fifth panel; Building New. Jane Stevenson 23 May 2018
175 Creative Commons Recreating the music of an ancient Greek chorus: Euripides Orestes Research into ancient music. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Armand O Angour 23 Jun 2017
176 Discussion: What is a decolonial curriculum? Kwame Dawes, Jok Madut Jok, Peter D Mcdonald and Anu Anand discuss What is a decolonial curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Kwame Dawes, Jok Madut Jok, Peter D McDonald, Anu Anand 15 Feb 2019
177 What made a Jewish country home Jewish? Leora Auslander (University of Chicago) gives the keynote talk for the JCH conference. Leora Auslander 23 May 2018
178 Creative Commons Storming Utopia The director from the Pegasus theatre in Oxford, talks about his upcoming theatre piece. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Wes Williams 23 Jun 2017
179 Peter D Mcdonald - What is a decolonial curriculum? Peter D Mcdonald, Professor of English and Related Literature, University of Oxford gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Peter D McDonald 15 Feb 2019
180 Art and Emergency Book at Lunchtime, Art and Emergency Emilia Terracciano, Partha Mitter, Lion König, Naiza Khan 22 May 2018
181 Creative Commons Literature and Silence Research into multiple Quaker congregations. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Kate McLoughlin 23 Jun 2017
182 Jok Madut Jok - What is a decolonial curriculum? Jok Madut Jok, TORCH / Mellon Global South Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Jok Madut Jok 15 Feb 2019
183 In search of the Phoenicians Book at Lunchtime, In search of the Phoenicians Josephine Quinn, Hindy Najman, Stephanie Dalley, John Watts 10 May 2018
184 Creative Commons Transforming The Operatic Voice Looking at the relationships between philosophy and the creative practice of music. Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Toby Young 23 Jun 2017
185 Kwame Dawes - What is a decolonial curriculum? Kwame Dawes, TORCH Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the workshop, What is a Decolonial Curriculum? Held at TORCH on 28th November 2018. Kwame Dawes 15 Feb 2019
186 Photography and Tibet Author, Clare Harris, talks about her book on photography in Tibet - a place that has for centuries been a source of fascination for outsiders and a captivating yet troublesome subject for photographers. Clare Harris, Thupten Kelsang, Elizabeth Edwards, Geraldine Johnson 05 Apr 2018
187 How the Mouse Lost its Tail, Or, Lamarck's Dangerous Idea Speaker: Jessica Riskin (University of Stanford) Jessica Riskin 19 Jun 2017
188 Postcolonial Poetics: A Book at Lunchtime A Book at Lunchtime seminar with Elleke Boehmer, author of Postcolonial Poetics, joined by Dr Malachi McIntosh, Professor Ben Morgan, Professor Richard Drayton and Professor Robert Young (chair). Elleke Boehmer, Malachi McIntosh, Ben Morgan, Richard Drayton 14 Feb 2019
189 A Celebration of the Centenary of the Birth of Olive Gibbs 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, the act which gave women the vote. Susanna Pressel, Liz Woolley, Bruce Kent, Simon Gibbs 26 Feb 2018
190 Progress, Providence, Eschaton: Löwith, Blumenberg, and After Speaker: Jean-Claude Monond (ENS) Jean-Claude Monond 19 Jun 2017
191 Anil Ramdas: Hope and Despair in Dutch Postcolonial Literature An insight into prize-winning Dutch Surinamese columnist, correspondent, essayist, journalist, and TV and radio host, Anil Ramdas. Karin Amatmoekrim 04 Feb 2019
192 Ethnicised Religion and Sacralised Ethnicity in the Past and the Present An expert panel discusses the phenomenon of ethnicisation of religious identifications focussing especially on the nexus of religious, ethnic and national identifications in colonial, anti-colonial and postcolonial settings from Ireland to South Asia. Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard, Faisal Devji, Peter Leary, Ilya Afanasyev 22 Feb 2018
193 Rescue in the Face of Danger: Benjamin, Goethe, Sebald Speaker: Carolin Duttlinger (University of Oxford) Carolin Duttlinger 19 Jun 2017
194 Ibsen, Scandinavia, and the Making of a World Drama: A Book At Lunchtime Henrik Ibsen's drama is the most prominent and lasting contribution of the cultural surge seen in Scandinavian literature in the later nineteenth century. Narve Fulsas, Tore Rem, Peter McDonald, Kirsten Shepherd-Barr 21 Jan 2019
195 Valuing Women With Disabilities Valuing Women With Disabilities: Infantilised, Medicalised, Pauperised? Marie Tidball, Helen Brookman, Julie Jaye Charles 21 Feb 2018
196 The Modern Epimetheus. Carl Schmitt's Marian Katechontism Speaker: Hjalmar Falk (Oxford/Gothenburg) Hjalmar Falk 19 Jun 2017
197 The Heterarchical Director - A Model of Authorship for the Twenty-First Century The keynote talk for 'Collaboration in Theatre symposium' at the University of Oxford, 19 October 2018. Duška Radosavljević 18 Dec 2018
198 James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film Book at Lunchtime, James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film Katherine Morris, Ulrika Maude, Jeri Johnson, Cleo Hanaway-Oakley 16 Feb 2018
199 Ernst Kantorowicz and the Politics of Political Theology Speaker: Martin Ruehl (University of Cambridge) Martin Ruehl 19 Jun 2017
200 Tales of Love and History - James Ivory in Conversation Oscar-winning American film-maker James Ivory will talk about his experiences with the legendary Merchant Ivory productions, in partnership with producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. James Ivory, Richard Parkinson, Katherine Harloe, Jennifer Ingleheart 18 Dec 2018