The Humanities in the 21st Century

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The Humanities in the 21st Century
A Graduate Conference

What is the role of the humanities in the modern world? Should the humanities be held to the same standards as the natural sciences or professionalization-oriented university programmes? What is the relationship between humanities research, and politics, civil society, artistic production, cultural/social movements, and others? Why are the humanities so valuable? Why do we want to celebrate and foster the academic study of humanities?

The conference will end with a public discussion at Pembroke College, Activist Humanities in a Global Context, headlined by Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, followed by a dinner at Pembroke for those presenting papers at the graduate conference.

This graduate conference is sponsored by Ertegun House in collaboration with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

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The Programme

10:15 onwards Registration, Coffee

10:45 Start / Introductions

11:00 Humanities and the social/natural sciences
Gerald Mako – The STEM fields Can Give You a Nuclear Reactor But No Historical Perspective
Kevin Tobia – Wonder and the Humanities
Diana Greenwald – Quantitative and Qualitative: What the Humanities Should (and Should Not)
Learn from the Social Sciences

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Methodology in the Humanities
James Dowthwaite – English Philology: A Preliminary Survey of its role in Graduate Study
Nathaniel Zelinski – The downsides to the digital revolution: How new technologies might harm
the humanities

14:30 Coffee

15:00 Interpreting experience
Susie Self – Why we need Art
Sarah Mengler – Museums, galleries and the humanities
Francesca Chiappini – Humanities, the experience of critical thinking

16:30 Grad day ends, walk to Pembroke.

17:00 “The Activist Humanities in a Global Context” at Pembroke College



Humanities & the Public Good

DPhil & Postdoctoral Researchers

Audience: Open to all