Humanities lecture with Bianca Gaudenzi

Humanities Society

The Humanities Society talks provide a forum for stimulating ideas across the boundaries between the Humanities and other fields of study.

Humanities lecture with Bianca Gaudenzi

On Tuesday evenings in full term, Wolfson College hosts a talk in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Humanities is widely defined, including  history, literature, languages, economics, law, political science, music and fine arts. We seek to offer a programme with international and interdisciplinary interest, featuring talks on a range of cultural contexts, themes, from a range of historical periods and perspectives.The talks provide a platform both for eminent academics as well as early and mid-career scholars at the forefront of their disciplines.  

The talks are intended to promote the study of and engagement with the Humanities among Wolfson students, Fellows, Visiting Fellows, and scholars, and all are encouraged to come along. They also enable interaction between Wolfsonians and the wider scholarly community of the University and beyond. Many of our speakers are part of the University but we also invite speakers from further afield including, in recent years, from Italy, Germany, Israel, South Africa and the US. Attendance at the talks is usually excellent and the questions section often includes vigorous debate.

The talks are organised and coordinated by the Humanities Society. We do our best to make our events informal and inclusive. There is an opportunity to mix with the speaker and other attendees over drinks before and after the talk. Following the talk we take the speaker to Formal Hall and all members are welcome to continue the conversation over dinner. 

Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions about our events or suggestions for speakers.  

Committee Members

Dr Anjali Datta Email
Dr Jennifer Davis, Chair Email
Dr Bianca Gaudenzi Email
Dr Cezary Kucewicz Email
Mary-Ann Middelkoop Email
Dr Anthony Pickles Email
Dr Christina Tsouparopoulou Email
Dr Stephen Wilford Email

Michaelmas 2019

Michaelmas Term Humanities events


What's on

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Humanities Society and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas - "Rethinking Early Anti-Slavery: North Africa and Beginnings of Atlantic Abolitionism"

22/10/2019 at 18.00

This event is organised by the Wolfson College Humanities Society as part of their Michaelmas term lecture series.

Solar panels in Rwanda

Lunchtime Seminar - The contradictions of the authoritarian developmental state: energy boom and bureaucratic autonomy in Rwanda

23/10/2019 at 13.00

This lecture demonstrates the significance of internal regime dynamics between politicians and bureaucrats as a factor explaining states’ ability to create functioning economic development.

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How do democracies change?

23/10/2019 at 18.00

We will be live-streaming this event and details/link will be available on the day of the lecture. If you would like to join us at Wolfson to watch the event on a large screen, please book here. The bar in the Club Room will open at 17.30 on the day.

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Livestream at Wolfson - David Runciman: How do democracies change?

23/10/2019 at 18.00

The Lee Hall is fully booked for this event but we invite you to Wolfson College to enjoy a livestream of the event to be shown on a large screen in the Seminar Room, Jack King Building, for which a limited number of tickets is available.

Puntseq on a punt collecting samples

Science Society Lecture -Results of the PuntSeq study: Chasing the bacteria in the river Cam

25/10/2019 at 17.45

Wolfson College PhD graduate Dr Lara Urban tells us of her research, including the famous results of the @PuntSeq study on bacteria in the River Cam.