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Henry Tann

DPhil Student
Henry Tann

Henry Tann is the project member on ‘Alliance: Humanities & Existential Risk’, a TORCH/AHRC Graduate Fund Podcast Project. The podcast series focuses on what the humanities can offer to the study and/or mitigation of existential risks. It will interview leading academics across the humanities, from Philosophy and English Literature to Theology and History on several issues, including (i) artificial intelligence; (ii) nuclear warfare; (iii) climate change; and (iv) pandemics. The project is sponsored by TORCH and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.
Henry is a DPhil Student in Medieval History at Balliol College Oxford. His thesis, ‘The first capitalists and their horizons’, will explore the cultural history of Italian merchants in the Late Middle Ages. He is also a keen bookbinder. He joined the Stationers’ Company as an apprentice in 2010 and has since graduated as a Freeman of the Company. The study of history is an urgent task. Forgetting and the selective memory of the past poses a further risk to humanity.