Humanities Stream

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

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)

How can postgraduates, postdocs, and academics at the University of Oxford approach the humanities as Christians? What does it mean to respond to a Christian vocation and to honour God in university life?

The Humanities Stream is one of five disciplinary streams that make up Seeking Wisdom, the spring conference of Developing a Christian Mind. Past attendees are encouraged to come, listen to new talks, and take part in discussion with new attendees.

Friday 16th March

12:30 p.m. Registration begins at New College

1:00 p.m. Lunch

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

Panellists include

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

5:30 pm Prayer

6:00 pm Drinks

6:45 pm Dinner at New College


Saturday 17th March

9:00 am Registration begins at New College

9:15 am Prayer at New College

9:45 am  Philip Lockley (History)

11:15 am Coffee & tea

11:30 am Group discussion

Please read the essay in advance of the day. A link will be available soon.

1:00 pm Lunch at New College

2:00 pm In Pursuit of Foolishness? (Sarah Williams, History)

3:30 pm Coffee & tea

4:00 pm Sharing of poetry and prose selections

In our final session on Saturday, we will enjoy a time of performative reading and sharing of inspirational poetry and prose. We would love for each stream participant to bring along an excerpt of any piece they have found helpful in their own journey as an aspiring Christian academic, and as time permits, we will hope to hear from as many voices as possible as we seek to encourage one another along the route of our respective vocations.

5:30 pm Closing