Humanitas Programme

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Humanitas logo
The Humanitas Programme.

The Humanitas Programme is a series of Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England, intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences, and humanities.

Each of the Humanitas Visiting Professorships consists of around five events, which include public lectures, workshops, masterclasses, seminars, and related symposia bringing together diverse speakers on subjects related to the Visiting Professor’s field of expertise.[1] Lectures and symposia are filmed and available online to audiences throughout the world.

Created by Lord Weidenfeld in 2010, the Humanitas Programme is funded by a number of donors and managed by the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue, fitting into its mission to promote dialogue, understanding, and collaboration in different ways across cultures, disciplines, professions, and communities.[2]

The Humanitas Programme is run with close collaboration between the ISD, the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford,[3] and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge.[4]

Often drawing media attention for its topical and high-profile speakers, such as Norman Foster discussing the importance of the United Kingdom's architectural heritage,[5] and Mark Thompson after leaving the BBC to become CEO of the New York Times Company,[6] its Visiting Professorships have touched upon topics ranging from the interpretation of Mozart's unfinished musical manuscripts[7] to addressing the needs of urban sustainability[8] and development in the 21st century.[9]

List of Humanitas Visiting Professorships[edit]

Visiting Professorship in Architecture University of Oxford, Brasenose College

  • 2010-2011: Lord Foster (architect), How do we sustainably accommodate even larger populations in cities in a way that does not recklessly deplete natural resources?
  • 2011-2012: Lord Foster (architect), Heritage and Lessons

Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music University of Cambridge, Peterhouse

  • 2010-2011: Alfred Brendel (pianist), On Character in Music and Light and Shade of Interpretation

Visiting Professorship in Chinese Studies University of Cambridge, St Catharine's College

  • 2011-2012: Professor Wu Hung (University of Chicago), Reading Absence in Chinese Art and Material Culture

Visiting Professorship in Classical Music and Musical Education University of Oxford, St John’s College

  • 2013-2014: Midori (violinist and educator), Bach, Brahms, Music Education and Community Engagement

Visiting Professorship in Comparative European Literature University of Oxford, St Anne’s College

  • 2011-2012: Ali Smith (author), On Time, On Form, On Edge, On Offer, and On Reflection

Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Art (including photography) University of Oxford, Magdalen College

  • 2010-2011: Thomas Struth (photographer), Do pictures contribute to identity and cultural difference?
  • 2011-2012: Shirin Neshat (artist and filmmaker), Images and History

Visiting Professorship in Drama University of Oxford, Brasenose College

  • 2010-2011: Athol Fugard (playwright), The Playwriting Process and Theatrical Directing

Visiting Professorship in Economic Thought University of Oxford, All Souls College

  • 2012-2013: Stanley Fischer (Governor of the Bank of Israel), Lessons of the Crisis

Visiting Professorship in Film & Television University of Oxford, St Anne's College

Visiting Professorship in Historiography University of Oxford, Trinity College

  • 2012-2013: Christopher Bayly (University of Cambridge), Worlds of Thought: Empire, India and Islam

Visiting Professorship in the History of Art University of Cambridge, Clare College

Visiting Professorship in the History of Ideas University of Oxford, Merton College

Visiting Professorship in Interfaith Studies University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall

  • 2012-2013: Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan University, London), Beyond Apologetics: Approaching Religious Traditions Through Modern Disciplines

Visiting Professorship in Media University of Cambridge, St John’s College

  • 2010-2011: Mathias Döpfner (CEO of Axel Springer AG), ‘The Freedom Trap’, ‘The Internet – a Liberating or Enslaving Machine?’ and ‘Can Journalism be Free in the Digital Age?'
  • 2011-2012: Manuel Castells (UCLA), Communication Power in the Network Society

Visiting Professorship in Museums, Galleries, and Libraries University of Oxford, Balliol College

  • 2012-2013: Ivo Mesquita (State Art Gallery of Sao Paulo), Contemporary Art and Globalisation

Visiting Professorship in Opera Studies University of Oxford, New College

Visiting Professorship in Rhetoric and the Art of Public Persuasion University of Oxford, St Peter’s College

Visiting Professorship in Statecraft and Diplomacy University of Cambridge, Pembroke College

Visiting Professorship in Sustainability Studies University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall

Visiting Professorship in War Studies University of Cambridge, Churchill College

  • 2010-2011: Hew Strachan (Oxford), Modern War and the Question of History

Visiting Professorship in Women’s Rights University of Cambridge, King’s College


  1. ^ "Mark Thompson delivers Oxford lectures - Cherwell - Oxford's Independent Student Newspaper". Cherwell. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  2. ^ Scimetrica, - © 2014. "Art and religion feature in Humanitas lectures - myScience / science wire". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Oxford to host Humanitas Visiting Professorships - University of Oxford". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Lord Foster to deliver his second lecture as Humanitas Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Oxford". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  6. ^ John Plunkett (2012-11-05). "Mark Thompson gives Oxford University lecture | Media". London: Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Encounter Mozart with latest Humanitas Professor". Cambridge Network. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  8. ^ Fulcher, Merlin (2011-12-02). "Video: Norman Foster explains £50 billion Thames Hub airport plans | News". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Helen Clark's Lectures at University of Cambridge". UNDP. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 

External links[edit]