Humanities Stream

Fri 15 March (half-day from 12:30 pm) and Sat 16 March (all day) 2019

**The 2019 schedule will be posted soon. The 2018 schedule is provided below.

Eventbrite - Seeking Wisdom: Discipline Streams Conference 2019

2018 Theme: Faith-informed Scholarly Practice

Fri 16 March (half-day from 12:30 pm) and Sat 17 March (all day) 2018

The Red Room, New College, Holywell Street, Oxford

Conveners: Claire Knight (Russian)

Student co-conveners: Emilie Lavallee (History, St Cross College), Georgina Prineppi (Music, St Hugh’s College), and Alicia Smith (English, Queen’s College)

What does it mean to be a “Christian academic”? How does our identity in Christ shape our lives and work as scholars in the Humanities? How might our scholarly practise be impacted by the fact it is undertaken in relationship with the Creator of the universe? Join us as we explore these questions together, sharing wisdom, experience and revelation about how the life of faith informs us as researchers, lecturers, colleagues, and writers.

Friday 16th March

12:30 p.m. Registration begins at New College in the North Undercroft

1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Hall

2:00 pm Music, religion, and reflexivity in academia: confessions of an ethnodoxologist turned ethnomusicologist - Carolyn Landau (Ethnomusicology)

3:30 pm Coffee & tea

4:00 pm Panel-led discussion featuring Selena Wisnom (Manuscripts and Text Cultures, Queen’s College), Sam Brewitt-Taylor (History, Lincoln College), LaRae Ferguson (Classics, University College) and others

Panellists include humanities postgraduates and early careerers, sharing their experiences and insights regarding the faith-informed scholarly life and the challenges and blessings it presents. Come with questions!

The following events are joint with all streams at New College.

5:30 pm Prayer in the Chapel

6:00 pm Drinks at the Bar

6:45 pm Dinner in the Hall


Saturday 17th March

9:00 am Registration begins at New College in the North Undercroft with coffee & tea

9:15 am Prayer at New College

9:45 am History and the Holy Spirit; or being a thinking Christian on the edge of epistemology - Philip Lockley (History, St Clement’s Church)

11:15 am Coffee & tea

11:30 am Group discussion of reading:

Bate, Jonathan. "Introduction." The Public Value of the Humanities. Ed. Jonathan Bate. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2011. 1–14.

Please read the essay in advance of the day.

1:00 pm Lunch at New College

2:00 pm In pursuit of foolishness? Reflections on 1 Corinthians 1:27 (Sarah Williams, History, Regent College, Vancouver)

3:30 pm Coffee & tea

4:00 pm Sharing of poetry and prose selections

To close our time together, we invite each attendee to share a work that is a source of inspiration to you in your research, teaching, thinking or writing. It may be a work of poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction, a song, a film, or a work of art; it may be an anecdote from a favourite speaker, a card from a friend, or a passage of scripture that speaks to your life as a scholar. What keeps you inspired through the challenges of this academic life? Or indeed, what re-inspires you when it knocks you down?

5:30 pm Closing