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Humanities Society

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

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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 David Clarke Shiels Email
Dr Anjali Datta Email
Dr Jennifer Davis, Chair Email
Dr Bianca Gaudenzi Email
Dr Marie de Rugy Email
Dr Rachel E. Holmes Email
Mary-Ann Middelkoop Email
Dr Anthony Pickles Email

 

 

What's on

Saumarez Smith

The Transformation of the Museum

16/10/2019 at 18.00

This lecture will examine the long-term changes in the ways that museums have been designed, managed and built in the post-war period, with special reference to the speaker's experience of working in three national museums.

Democracy by Ishant Mishra/Unsplash

How do democracies change?

23/10/2019 at 18.00

As psychotherapists say: How can we change without changing?

Cambridge by Sir Cam

Cambridge Transformed: Town and Gown in the Twentieth Century

28/11/2019 at 18.00

The lecture will discuss the radical changes that have taken place in the University and City since the mid-twentieth century