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Annual Headline Series

Each year TORCH hosts a headline series of events designed to bring the humanities voice to bear on a pressing contemporary issue. The question at the heart of each series is developed out of conversations with our researchers, our public partners and our friends at other universities and research centres globally.

In 2013-14 we took “Humanities and the Public Good” as our starting point, in response to wider interest about the role of the humanities in contemporary society, both in Oxford and worldwide. Our headline series for 2014-15, “Humanities and Science”, focused on the relationship between the disciplines, exploring how new answers can be found – and new research questions can be set – by bringing them together. In 2015-2016 the "Humanities and the Digital Age" series allowed us to explore areas of convergence between the humanities and the digital, to consider digital’s at once creative and disruptive potential, and to imagine future territory to be prospected.

The current headline series for 2016-18 is "Humanities and Identities".

In future years we will to continue think about how the humanities can work with scientists, business and public institutions to address global issues. We welcome suggestions about what these series could look like, please get in touch by emailing torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk if you have any thoughts.