TORCH

This year The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)’s headline series will focus on the relationship between the humanities and the sciences.

Thanks to generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, TORCH is offering joint doctoral studentships and paired research sabbaticals to enable science and humanities postholders in Oxford to develop joint research projects and to provide opportunities for outstanding doctoral students to conduct their research under the joint supervision of a scientist and a humanities scholar.

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Date: 30 June 2014

Time: 09h00 – 17h30

Venue: TORCH Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

This innovative one-day inter-disciplinary conference brings together graduate students from across continents and disciplines. Dialogue between researchers and practitioners holds the promise of a unique environment, and innovative partnerships that communicate personal and professional responses to global water scarcity.

Ten students at Oxford and Cornell University in faculties of the arts, environmental sciences and engineering, have been paired and are currently developing material to present creative collaborative projects in response to the global water crisis.

Mediums of the fine arts, poetry, photography, music composition and performance, will be used to communicate key thematic areas of water scarcity in sectors such as agricultural food production, industry or local management and use. Students will draw from their experience working across the world in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and elsewhere .

Organizers hope this will be the beginning of future collaborative relationships across universities to address pertinent and urgent management responses needed in the 21st century. 

Free lunch will be on offer – so please RSVP to ThirstyWorld2014@gmail.com

The graduate conference exchange project supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Merton College, Cornell’s Institute for European Studies and the Brettschneider Fund (Cornell University). 

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