Call for Ideas for 'FrightFriday'


In Autumn 2016, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) 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.

FrightFriday is part of the Ashmolean’s LiveFriday series of public engagement events, which give visitors the opportunity to experience the Museum and its collections after hours. TORCH has curated collections of bite-size academic talks at previous LiveFriday events, including on Heroes and Villains and Death, and we are excited to be building on this for FrightFriday. We are particularly interested, but not restricting to, those ideas which can feed back into academics’ research, as well as potential REF Impact Case Studies in the future.

We are seeking ideas for activities to take place at the event from researchers at the University of Oxford, Brookes University, and community groups in Oxford. Activities may include workshops, bite-size talks, film screenings and performances. We welcome proposals on a broad range of subjects, which may include: terror, horror, suspense, emotion, demons, ghosts, the gothic, catharsis, ritual and religion. Interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged, including those that bring together the arts and sciences. We are particularly keen to hear about ideas that tie in with an object or objects in the Ashmolean collections.

Please submit your idea in less than 500 words, including your full name, Faculty/Department and how it could feed back into your research to Please address any questions to the TORCH team at  

Deadline for proposals: Monday 25 April.


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