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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
Dr Mary Newbould Email
Mary-Ann Middelkoop Email
Dr Anthony Pickles Email

Lent Term 2019

Humanities Term Card


What's on

Jade Heyman and her poster presentation

Wolfson Research Event

26/04/2019 at 11.00

The Wolfson Research Event is an 'intellectual box of chocolates', taking place in Spring since 2011.

Man reading newspaper by Adeolu Eletu/Unsplash

Making Robots Public: News coverage of Artificial Intelligence in the United Kingdom

26/04/2019 at 17.30

A report on the findings of three empirical studies of news coverage of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The Digital Person

The Digital Person: A Symposium 2019

30/04/2019 at 10.00

Presented by the HAT (Hub of All Things) Community Foundation and Wolfson College.


Humanities Lecture - India: An Idiosycratic Democracy

30/04/2019 at 17.45

India is widely regarded as the world’s largest democracy and, certainly, democratic practices within it are strongly developed with elections held at every level of government and, it often seems, every other week. Yet India’s social order remains marked by hierarchy, patriarchy and casteism and it is among the most economically unequal societies on earth. How do we explain this paradox and what do Indians themselves understand by the concept of democracy?

Delhi parade

Lunchtime Seminar - 'Ordering Disorder': War, Migration and Urban Space in Delhi, 1939-1955

01/05/2019 at 13.00

This talk urges the importance of 1940s—South Asia’s most turbulent decade—as fundamental to understanding South Asian cityscapes.