Expressions of interest are sought from Early Career Researchers (including Masters and Doctoral students) to participate in the TORCH Humanities & Identities workshop, Writing Activism.

Our aim is to bring together early-career scholars, academics, activists, and writers to engage in a stimulating debate on a wide range of issues that emerge from the close ties between life-writing and activism.

This workshop is organised by Katherine Collins and Sandra Mayer, of the Universities of Oxford and Vienna, and it will include contributions from Karin Amatmoekrim, author and TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow, and Eve Wedderburn, a community activist from North Kensington.

With funding from the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities & Identities project at TORCH aims to lay pathways and establish precedents for the wider University in posing questions of diversity, identity, decolonisation and restitution. It aims to explore more inclusive and far-reaching ways of academic working, and provide models through a variety of inclusive, outward-directed, democratic forums, including open discussion groups and curricular debates, Global South Fellowships, public readings and master classes, and city-wide ‘Between the Gaps’ exhibitions.


We encourage applications from Early Career Researchers, and reach out to everyone interested in these themes and keen to explore them in an informed, international forum. We also welcome applications from independent scholars, activists, writers, and artists who can demonstrate scholarly engagement with the workshop’s themes.

We are able to offer UK travel bursaries.

How to apply

Please prepare a 2-page expression of interest that summarises a) why you would like to participate in this workshop and how its themes relate to your own work, b) how you would offer to contribute, for instance to present a particular issue that has arisen in your research, or lead a roundtable discussion or other activity c) an outline of the expenses you would need to claim.

Email this document to Dr Katherine Collins by 25 January 2019, on katherine.collins@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

By applying you confirm that you are available to attend for the whole workshop, 10am – 4pm on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.


Deadline for expression of interest: 25 January, 12:00

Announcement of bursary recipients: 8 February

Early Career Workshop: 26 February, 10am – 4pm, TORCH Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities

Discussion Panel: 26 February 2019, 5:30 – 7pm, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College.

We will acknowledge all submissions, if you don’t receive an acknowledgement email please contact us again


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