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Humanities Society

This archive features recent recordings of recent talks from the Humanities Society.

Old Combination Room

Ancient Greek Warfare Beyond the Phalanx
Dr Roel Konijnendijk (University of Edinburgh), Dr Cezary Kucewicz (Univeristy of Gdańsk & Cambridge), Dr Matthew Lloyd (Norwich & District Historical Society, Canada)

Watch the recording from 22 February 2022


Ya Lalla: The Digital Sphere & the Sensory: A Platform on Judeo-Arabic Songs for Birth from the Moroccan Sahara
Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz (Research Associate, Faculty of Music; Peterhouse College)

Watch the recording from 26 October 2021


Putin's Use of Russian History
Professor Orlando Figes

Watch the recording from 19 October 2021



Christian Social Responsibility: Theology, Charity, and Development in Nigeria
Christopher Wadibia (PhD Candidate, Selwyn College / Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History, Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge)

Watch the recording from 1 June 2021



A Global Maghreb: Crossroads, Borderlands, and Frontiers
Professor Paul A. Silverstein (Reed College)

Watch the recording from 25 May 2021



The World of the Village Watchman in Colonial Eastern India
Dr Partha Pratim Shil (Junior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge)

Watch the recording from 4 May 2021



The Fascist Welfare State: Cleavages, Rupture, and Mediation
Ilaria Pavan (Associate Professor Modern History, Scuola Normale Superiore)

Watch the recording from 9 March 2021



Religion and the Politics of Race in 1960s London: Transnational Liberation Networks and Theologies of Resistance
Dr Hannah Elias (Lecturer in Black British History, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Watch the recording from 2 March 2021



“A Mild Despotism, Tempered by Sugar”: the Rise of the Overseer State in Britain’s Post-Slavery Empire
Dr Sascha Auerbach (Lecturer in Modern British and Colonial History, Department of History, University of Nottingham)

Watch the recording from 23 February 2021



Dreams of Paradise
Professor Jane McLarty (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge & Fellow of Wolfson College)

Watch the recording from 16 February 2021



A Very British History British-Bangladeshis
Dr Aminul Hoque MBE (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Watch the recording from 9 February 2021



Toward a Black Ecomusicology, 1853? Listening to Enslavement with Solomon Northup
Dr Peter McMurray (University of Cambridge & Queens' College)

Watch the recording from 2 February 2021



Commemorating War Dead in Ancient Athens from Homer to Thucydides
Dr Cezary Kucewicz (Faculty of History, University of Gdańsk & Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College)

Watch the recording from 26 January 2021



Atoms for Peace (and War): the Italian Nuclear Programme During the Cold War
Professor Elisabetta Bini (Professor of Contemporary History, University of Naples Federico II)

Watch the recording from 24 November 2020



Antisemitism in the anonymous Renaissance dialogue Viaje de Turquía
Dr Şizen Yiacoup (University of Liverpool)

Watch the recording from 10 November 2020



The Second World War and the Prospects of Quite India in Bengal
Dr Anwesha Roy (SOAS, University of London)

Watch the recording from 3 November 2020



The War Babies of Black GIs and White British Women
Professor Lucy Bland (Professor of Social and Cultural History, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge)

Watch the recording from 20 October 2020



Rethinking the Emergence of the English
Professor Susan Oosthuizen (Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology, University of Cambridge; Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College)

Watch the recording from 2 June 2020



'The Invisible Enemy':
Fighting Plague in Renaissance Italy
Professor John Henderson (Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck University of London and Emeritus Fellow, Wolfson College)

Watch the recording from 26 May 2020



Whose Bled? Music, Sound and Public Spaces
in (Post-)Colonial Algeria

Dr Stephen Wilford (Research Associate at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge and Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College)

Watch the recording from 12 May 2020


What's on

Judas Tree

Cambridge Festival: Tree Trail

17/03/2023 at 10.00

A self-guided Tree Trail around the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of the grounds of Wolfson College.

Graduands and Wolfson Flag

March 2023 Graduation Dinner

24/03/2023 at 18.30

We are excited to welcome our graduands for dinner in College!

Wolfson graduands

Graduation Ceremony

25/03/2023 at 09.00

Graduation ceremonies are the culmination of students’ hard work and commitment, and a moment to celebrate the completion of their Cambridge degree.

Photograph by Hannah Lister

Art Exhibition: 'Signs for the Living'

25/03/2023 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Signs for the Living' featuring work by Hannah Lister, winner of this year's Wolfson Royal Academy Schools Graduate prize.

Twickenham awaits varsity banner

The Varsity Matches 2023

25/03/2023 at 12.00

Join us for the annual Varsity Rugby Matches at Twickenham Stadium!