Continuing Collaborations at TORCH

A statue of a man with water coming out of his mouth and a bowl rested on his head.

This term we’ve been able to safely welcome speakers and audiences in person at a small number of our events, and we’re excited to see our partner organisations hold performances and exhibitions in their physical spaces again.

We’ve continued to use digital formats so that our events can reach the widest possible audience, and our YouTube channel has amassed 44,600 views over the course of the last term with conversations on everything from vaccine hesitancy to medieval Iberian art.

Humanities Cultural Programme

Continuing its programme of research-fuelled public events, the Humanities Cultural Programme hosted Big Tent! Live Event conversations with Benjamin Zephaniah, James Attlee, Lolita Chakrabarti and Nana Oforiatta Ayim. Meanwhile, a number of HCP projects have been working towards public performances, with the Diversity and the British String Quartet Symposium recently giving a platform to new compositions by state school students.

Knowledge Exchange

Our Knowledge Exchange Fellows have been working with partners ranging from the Department of Education to the English Folk Dance and Song Society this term, with Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson contributing to a report on developing speaking skills in schools and Dr Alice Little launching a podcast series on the history of English Folk Music.

Networks and Programmes

As well as our ongoing programmes and interdisciplinary research networks, this term we launched Critical Thinking Communities for doctoral students, and Interdisciplinary Futures projects for undergraduate and masters students. In these groups, students have thought through interdisciplinary approaches to Forgotten Christianities and developed an international poster exhibition, Archival Post.


As international travel becomes possible again, we have held funding rounds for the Paris-Oxford Partnership and the Oxford and UdK Berlin Partnership, and look forward to working with the successful applicants as they build international collaborations.

We hope you stay safe and well this summer and look forward to sharing with you all that we have planned for next year.