Humanities Cultural Programme - Bringing the humanities to new audiences

Humanities Cultural Programme Advisory Council

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Steering Group

The Humanities Cultural Programme is guided by a Steering Group of leading experts at Oxford University, chaired by Professor Wes Williams, Director of  TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities).

The members are: 

  • Professor Daniel Grimley, Head of the Humanities Division 
  • Professor Abigail Williams, Professor of English Literature 
  • Professor Phillip Bullock, Professor of Russian Literature and Music
  • Dr Carina Prunkl, Senior Research Scholar, Institute for Ethics in AI
  • Professor Shadreck Chirikure, British Academy Global Professor, School of Archaeology
  • Professor Steven Gunn, Fellow and Tutor of History, Professor of Early Modern History
  • Professor Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies
  • Professor Ian Kiaer, Professor of Fine Art
  • Professor Jennifer Walshe, Professor of Composition
  • Nicola Bird, Engagement Officer, GLAM

Through the Steering Group, the Cultural Programme brings together representatives from Humanities faculties, museums and libraries in a new collaboration to maximise the impact of Oxford’s expertise, collections and partnerships. It works in partnership with cultural organisations in Oxford, and national and international organisations. It will also have an important role in connecting Ethics in AI with cultural discourse and production.

The Humanities Cultural Programme is developed and delivered by an experienced arts administration team alongside TORCH, led by Dr Victoria McGuinness, Head of Humanities Cultural Partnerships and Programming. 

Advisory Council

An Advisory Council advises, guides and informs the HCP in its aim to become a globally leading university centre for art, culture and community engagement.

Our Council is comprised of leading figures in cultural and community engagement:

  • Professor Homi K. Bhabha (Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University)

  • Deborah Borda (President and CEO, New York Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Professor Judith Buchanan (Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford - expert on Early Modern Literature and the Study of Film)
  • Sir Clive Gillinson CBE (Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall)
  • Michael Kaiser (arts administrator who was President of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and led the Royal Opera House)
  • Lord Neil Mendoza (Provost of Oriel College, Oxford and the UK Government’s Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal)
  • Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (writer, art historian and filmmaker, who wrote The God Child, 2019)
  • Sir Simon Russell-Beale CBE (actor, author and music historian)
  • Anoushka Shankar (sitarist with six Grammy® Award nominations)
  • Amy Stursberg (Executive Director, Stephen A. Schwarzman Foundation and CEO for Schwarzman Scholars Program)