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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

Saptarishi by Simon Patterson

Art Exhibition: 'Simon Patterson: Out of Order'

26/11/2022 at 10.00

Visit Wolfson's latest exhibition 'Out of Order' featuring work by prominent artist Simon Patterson, open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm.

Children listening to loud music

Thinking Against Babylon, One Beat at a Time: Black Music as Radical, De-colonial Epistemology

29/11/2022 at 17.30

What is radical and de-colonial about Black music as an instrument for radical thought? 

Wolfson in Singapore

Wolfson in Singapore

29/11/2022 at 19.00

Join Sian Cook, Director of Networks, for our Wolfson in Singapore events

Musician from Cambridge University Brass Band

Music and Madeira: Festive Fun with Cambridge University Brass Band

29/11/2022 at 21.00

A recital following Formal Hall with the Cambridge University Brass Band performing seasonal music.

A poster of Wolfson Sustainability Thinking Space Research and Personal. A brain with heart and cogs in different shades of green surrounded by white text with icons showing hands and a building

Sustainability Thinking Space

30/11/2022 at 17.30

A free, interactive sustainability education and thinking space open to all Wolfson members, providing a guided space to develop your sustainability thinking, action and development.