The Humanities Cultural Programme is an innovative public programme powered by TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) at the University of Oxford.
The Programme works in collaboration with cultural partners and the world’s leading organisations, performers, artists, film-makers and musicians. It seeks to increase the social impact and understanding of humanities research and reaffirm its value to our common future.
The Humanities Cultural Programme is developed and delivered by an experienced arts administration team alongside TORCH, led by Dr Victoria McGuinness, Head of Humanities Cultural Partnerships and Programming.
The Humanities Cultural Programme is guided by a Steering Group of leading experts at Oxford University, chaired by Professor Wes Williams, Director of TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities).
The members are:
Professor Daniel Grimley, Head of the Humanities Division
Professor Suzanne Aspden, Professor of Music
Madeline Slaven, Head of Exhibitions at the Bodleian Libraries
Professor Abigail Williams, Professor of English Literature
Professor Phillip Bullock, Professor of Russian Literature and Music
Dr Carina Prunkl, Senior Research Scholar, Institute for Ethics in AI
Professor Shadreck Chirikure, British Academy Global Professor, School of Archaeology
Professor Steven Gunn, Fellow and Tutor of History, Professor of Early Modern History
Through the Steering Group, the Cultural Programme brings together representatives from Humanities faculties, museums and libraries in a new collaboration to maximise the impact of Oxford’s expertise, collections and partnerships.
It works in partnership with cultural organisations in Oxford, and national and international organisations. It will also have an important role in connecting Ethics in AI with cultural discourse and production.
The Humanities Cultural Programme by TORCH – Bringing the humanities to new audiences and participants of all ages, the Programme is a founding stone of the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, a new building due to open in late 2025.