Research in the Humanities
Research Impact Videos
Oxford is at the forefront of Humanities research internationally, and attracts outstanding academics, research staff and students from across the globe. We value scholarly independence, and the depth and diversity of our research, which stretches from ancient and classical civilizations, to the intersection between humanities and neuroscience. This diversity within both faculties and colleges also promotes an interdisciplinary culture.
When he was photographing Howard Carter's excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, Harry Burton could not have imagined that his work would one day allow the creation of a full-size replica of this incredible find. Researchers from the University's Griffith Institute for Egyptology and the director of Factum Arte—a team of artists, technicians and conservators based in Madrid—talk about the cutting edge of conservation, and why it matters.
Oxford has been at the leading edge of technology and scholarship in ‘Digital Humanities’ since the early 1970s, when some of the earliest databases in the world were created in Classics, History and Oriental Studies.
Since then Oxford has increased and developed its relationship with Digital Humanities into an exciting, innovative and forward-look area of activity where teaching and research in Humanities disciplines intersect with the latest developments in computing technology.
The University now hosts the largest concentration of digital humanities projects in the UK, and probably the world.
These cutting-edge projects and programmes involve leading academics in the various Humanities disciplines as well as staff in the University’s Computing Services, Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC), Bodleian Libraries, Museums, and colleges.
For the first time, many of these projects are now represented on one website:
Research in conversation is a series of interviews with researchers across Oxford University. Each interviewee raises a question arising from their research, which the next interview follows up on, approaching from a different discipline. Together, these linked interviews form 'chains' that collectively, and from many different perspectives, ask big questions like what it is to be human, how to live a healthy life and our changing relationship with information.
It's a question that's bothered us from as long ago as we have recorded thought. Now read five Oxford academics address this question from backgrounds of philosophy, practical ethics, psychology, psychiatry and Buddhist studies – and make your own mind up. It could be the most important thing you do all day.
An anthropologist who heads up an interdisciplinary team looking at human ritual contrasts with a philosopher and theologian on the extent to which religion short-circuits our intuitive moral faculty.
Ancient inscriptions and cutting-edge imaging software – unexpected collaborations between Oxford’s Faculty of Classics and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
This series grew out of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities TORCH) conference ‘Randomness and Order’, at which academics in the fields of quantum physics, music, probability and medieval history discussed what randomness meant in their different disciplines. You can see the recording of the conference here.