Oxford Thinking Campaign Feature
Carrying a torch for the humanities
As the world faces new and complex problems, the study of the humanities is crucial to making sense of the world – past present and future. Oxford is the world’s leading university for the Humanities, and in 2013, a major new initiative, the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) was launched. Based at the historic Radcliffe Humanities Building, TORCH brings together humanities scholars with academics from a variety of disciplines to address historic issues and contemporary concerns through world-class research. It provides physical space for workshops and seminars, administrative support and publicity as well as seed-funding to develop the strongest new ideas into research programmes.
TORCH currently sponsors eighteen exciting new research networks, some major research programmes such as environment and the humanities, and Arts and Humanities Research Council/ TORCH cultural engagement fellows. TORCH also provides research space for up to twenty early-career scholars and hosts a wide range of projects including digitalhumanities@Oxford and the Humanitas programme, working in partnership with other research centres within and beyond Oxford.
Its public engagement programmes, including secondary school outreach and international public conferences enable academics to share the benefits of their research far beyond Oxford academia. TORCH’s headline programme for 2014-15, “Humanities and Science”, will explore how new answers can be found and new questions set by bringing the two disciplines together.
This headline programme has been granted major funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the world’s leading funding body for the arts and humanities. With support from donors large and small, TORCH can further support multidisciplinary research and wider engagement with the public, allowing the world to celebrate the value of the humanities.
For more information visit www.torch.ox.ac.uk