Launched in May 2013, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) stimulates and supports research activity that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
Based at the historic Radcliffe Humanities Building, TORCH provides an important opportunity for Oxford’s humanities scholars to collaborate with researchers in other colleges, disciplines, divisions and institutions, and to engage with non-academic partners and the wider public. Through provision of seminar rooms, start-up funding, administrative support and publicity, the Centre enables new communities of scholars to generate and develop cross-disciplinary research agendas. TORCH already sponsors nine exciting new research networks, some major research programmes such as environment and the humanities, and seven AHRC/TORCH cultural engagement fellows.
TORCH is a hub for early career scholars, and supports the Humanities Division’s new programme in Knowledge Exchange. TORCH also provides research space for up to twenty early-career scholars, hosts a wide range of projects including digitalhumanities@Oxford and the Humanitas professor programme, and works in partnership with other research centres within and beyond Oxford. Coming up in 2013-14 will be a dedicated programme Humanities and the Public Good, in collaboration with universities from around the world.