Cultural Heritage Programme Meetings 2015/16


The Cultural Heritage Programme, 2015-2016

DRAFT 15/6/15

Tuesdays at 11

Weeks 2-7                        Radcliffe Humanities, Colin Mathews Room (to be confirmed by John Miles)

Week 8                             Oxford Launchpad in the Saïd Business School (to be confirmed by Pegram)



The 2015/6 Cultural Heritage Programme ( will introduce you to senior members from Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences in weeks 2-7 of Michaelmas Term. In week 8 it will take you to the Oxford Launchpad in the Saïd Business School ( where you will be encouraged to become entrepreneurial and to form teams around research themes presented during the term. In Hilary Term you will be invited to develop your ideas with the Programme’s Steering Committee. Selected proposals could be forward to the Humanities Division’s TORCH which offers a funded Network Scheme (


Week 2 October 20 Research opportunities and career paths

Experts from the Humanities Division and the University’s Careers Service explain the institutional support facilities available across the University’s academic Divisions.

Professor Donna Kurtz, Programme Coordinator, Introduction

Dr Andrew Fairweather-Tall, Senior Assistant Registrar (Research), Humanities Division, The Programme and the Humanities Division

Dr John Miles, Humanities Training Officer, Providing research skills

Dr Fiona Whitehouse, Internship Office, Careers Service, Internships and career prospects

Dr Oliver Cox, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, From DPhil to the National Trust


Week 3 October 27 Global heritage – commerce, politics and heritage

 Dr Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, Commerce and heirtage

Dr Shahana Chattaraj,  Blavatnik School of Government, Heritage, patrimony and government  policies

Dr Oliver Cox, Sustainable heritage: balancing footfall and income generation


Week 4 November 3 Global heritage – environment and sustainable development

In this session we will explore the ways in which environmental change, conflict and development affect global heritage and how academics work with others to address these problems.

Professor Heather Viles, Head of the School of Geography and the Environment, Professor of Biogeomorphology and Conservation Title

Dr Shuaishuai He, School of Geography and the Environment Title


Week 5 November 10 Digital Cultural Heritage

A selection of current cross-divisional University research using digital technologies to transform how we capture and disseminate data about heritage.

Professor Kurtz, Beyond digitization: global research and public benefit

John Miles, title

Clare Bloomfield and Kevin McGlynn, Network mapping


Week 6 November 17 Research Case Study: Digital Cultural Heritage, India and China

The AHRC Network, Digital Cultural Heritage ( focuses on two global powers with a rich heritage and dynamic IT industry.

Professor Kurtz, From CLAROS ( to Digital Cultural Heritage with Linked Open Data (

Sebastian Rahtz, the University’s Chief Data Architect, India: historical photographs in the American Institute of Indian Studies ( )

Joshua Seufert, the Bodleian Library’s HD Chung Chinese Studies Librarian, China: paintings in the China Academic Digital Associative Library (


Week 7 November 24

Research Case Study: Endangered Archaeology (

Recording and making available information about endangered archaeological sites and landscapes in the Middle East and North Africa ( )

Robert Bewley

Professor David Kennedy


Week 8 December 1 Heritage Launchpad

The concluding session takes you to the Launchpad.Building on a successful workshop at the LaunchPad in Trinity Term 2015, this session brings together the strands of the previous weeks and encourages you to think about project proposals that could be developed in Hilary Term.


Professor Kurtz, Dr Harrison and others









Archived 15/6/15

Tuesdays at 11


The Class is open to research students in the University of Oxford. It introduces them to the University’s resources for studying tangible cultural heritage – sites, monuments and objects. Senior members from Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences, Museums and Collections give brief presentations to allow time for questions and discussions. The class has no written work and no examination. It does, however, have a social network community that was created specifically to enable students to share experiences and discuss research opportunities.


Classes take place in the University’s e-Research Centre (7 Keble Road) on Tuesdays at 11 in Weeks 1-7 of Michaelmas Term except the class on 21 October that takes place on Tuesday at 11 in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art.



TUESDAY 14 OCTOBER Introduction

Professor Donna Kurtz (Humanities and e-Research): The Cultural Heritage Programme

Dr Oliver Cox (Humanities and History): University Knowledge-Exchange Programme, The Thames Valley Partnership

Professor Ed Herzig (Oriental Studies): cultural heritage research in Oriental Studies

Dr Paul Wordsworth (Oriental Studies): post-doctoral research opportunities


TUESDAY 21 OCTOBER Archaeological Science

This class will be held in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and Art

Professor Mark Pollard and post-docs: archaeological science and cultural heritage


TUESDAY 28 OCTOBER Heritage Science

Professor Heather Viles (Geography) and post docs: heritage and the environment


TUESDAY 4 NOVEMBER Conservation of the University’s grounds, buildings and collections

Isobel Hughes (Director of Conservation, University Estates), Mark Norman and Daniel Bone (Ashmoleam Museum Conservation)


TUESDAY 11 NOVEMBER Management of heritage resources

Dr Pegram Harrison (Saïd Business School) and MBAs



Professor Donna Kurtz: Digital Cultural Heritage and Linked Open Data

Jessica Suess: Digital and the Visitor Experience (Oxord University Museums, Partnership Officer)

Aruna Bhaugeerutty: Eastern Art Online (Ashmolean Museum)


TUESDAY 25 November International collaboration

Dr Christopher Young (Formerly Head of International Advice, English Heritage): national and international heritage organizations

Dr Fiona Whitehouse (University Careers Office): Oxford University internship Programme, opportunities for students






Other Classes directly related to the Programme:

Engaging with the Humanities,  lunchtime talks MT2014 in Said Business School

History Faculty Research Seminar, Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

Transcultural Objects: Exchanges of Ideas and Identity, c. 1000-1800

15 October - Professor Partha Mitter (Wolfson College)

An Exotic Encounter: the Gift of the first Hindu Sculpture to the Ashmolean
22 October - Dr Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science)
Instruments between England and Morocco: Mathematical Exchange in 1600
29 October - Professor Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick)
Cotton Textiles as Luxuries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northern Europe in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
5 November - Dr Linda Baez (Warburg Institute)
New Hispanic Folding Screens: Image Generating Artifacts as Forgers of Identity
12 November - Dr Marta Ajmar (V&A)
Seeing into Things: Understanding Materiality and longue durée cross-cultural Connections in Early Modern Objects
19 November - Professor Nigel Llewellyn (Tate)
The ‘Court, Country, City’ Research Project: Britain and the World
26 November - Professor Martin Kemp (Trinity College)
The Swastika: Violated Vision
3 December - Professor Anna Contadini (SOAS)
Questions of Identity: The Ambo of Henry II and Other Complex Objects


Dr Matthew Landrus (Wolfson College and Faculty of History)

Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus (Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology)



Material Culture of South Asia Hilary Term 2015

Modern Asian Studies

Material and Visual Culture of South Asia

(class leader: Mallica Kumbera Landrus)

Patterns of patronage that developed under Mughal and European rule in South Asia had significant consequences for visual material and culture on the Indian subcontinent.
Aware of the potential of art and architecture as means of self-representation, political powers asserted their status in diverse ways. To express multiple identities, they drew ideas from regional and trans-regional cultures. Objects and architectural sites will be examined in light of their cultural, political and socio-economic context, as well as stylistic developments, and the emergence of new ideas produced under the political authority exercised by the different religious groups. Using the collections in the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the classes will be held in an Eastern Art study room with opportunities for students to handle and view objects that represent the period and are relevant to the topic discussed each week.

Reading list

List of examination essay questions (to become available at 12.00 noon on Friday of Eighth Week of Hilary Term)




Cultural Heritage Graduate Class, Hilary Term 2014

During Hilary Term the University Engagement Programme will offer a number of museum sessions for Students of the Cultural Heritage Programme.

The Ashmolean Museum’s University Engagement Programme (UEP) was established in 2012 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further the partnership between the Ashmolean and the University’s faculties, and to enhance the impact of cross-disciplinary teaching and learning at Oxford. Building on the rich tradition of object teaching at Oxford in traditional subjects such as Archaeology and History of Art, the programme’s Teaching Curators foster innovative course collaborations across a wide range of departments, teaching with objects from the Museum’s world-class collections to offer valuable additional perspectives to students as they develop critical understanding of their chosen topics. The UEP is keen to engage students and faculty in the Museum, which is a great resource for almost any period of study. 


In Hilary Term classes will be offered by 


Dr Senta German


Friday 21 February 2 to 4 - Ancient Near East

Friday 28 February 2 to 4 - Aegean Bronze Age


Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus


Thursday 6 March 2.30 to 4 - Indus Vallery (Pakistan)


Friday 14 March 3.15 to 4.45 - Gandhara (Afghanistan & Pakistan)


The size of the Study Room in the Ashmolean limits the number of students to ten. Please meet in the Randolph Sculpture Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum (on your left as you enter the museum).


Cultural Heritage Graduate Class, Michaelmas Term 2013
The Cultural Heritage Graduate Class will take place in Michaelmas Term. Senior members will invite graduate students to visit their offices to learn about the University’s many resources for the study of cultural heritage. The class has no written work and no examination. Each session will be led by one or more senior members and have two parts. In the first part students will be taken around the faculty or unit to see its facilities, in the second they will meet as a class to ask the senior member/s questions about the Programme. 
The Programme as of 25 Septmber is:
1. Introduction to the Cultural Heritage Programme                            Wednesday 16 October, 10am                        OeRC, Keble Road
Donna Kurtz, Co-ordinator of the Programme
Ed Herzig, Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies, Faculty Oriental Studies
The Programme belongs to the Humanities Division and Oriental Studies is the lead faculty. The first part of the class will be in OeRC, 7 Keble Road, the second in the Oriental Institute in Pusey Lane.
2.  Archaeology and Research Laboratory Institute of Archaeology       Tuesday 22 October, 2pm                             Research Laboratory, Dyson Perrins Building
Mark Pollard, Director of the Research Laboratory and Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science
The School of Archaeology is comprised of the Institute of Archaeology on Beaumont Street and the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History Art in the Dyson Perrins Building on South Parks Road. 
3. Anthropology Pitt Rivers Museum                                      THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED                                  Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road
Dr Dan Hicks, Lecturer in Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology
The School of Anthropology is at 51-53 Banbury Road and Museum of Ethnography is in the Pitt Rivers Museum.
4. Conservation (sites and monuments)                                                       Tuesday 5 November, 3 pm                        Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road
Heather Viles, Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation
The School of Geography and the Environment is in the Oxford University Centre for the Environment (OUCE) on South Parks Road.  
5. Conservation (objects)                                                                             Thursday 14 November, 10 am                    Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Mark Norman, Head of Conservation, and Daniel Bone, Deputy Head, Ashmolean Museum
David Howell, Head of Conservation Research, Bodleian Libraries
6. Law                                                                                                           Monday  17 November, 2pm TIME CHANGE   Law Faculty, Manor Road
Dr Emily Hudson, Career Development Fellow  in Intellectual Property
The Law Faculty is in the same building as the Law Library. Its Centre for Research in Intellectual Property Rights is in St Peter’s College.
7. Digital Technologies                                                                                 Wednesday 27 November, 11am                   e-Research Centre, Keble Road
Professor Kurtz, Senior Research Fellow,  with Dr Jonathan Moffett (Ashmolean Museum) and Rahim Lakhoo (OeRC)
OeRC, the University’s e-Research Centre leads digital research, drives innovation in technology, and connects disciplines. 
8.  Management and Leadership                                                                   Monday 2 December, 2.30pm                     Said Business School, Park End Street
Dr Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship
The Said Business School is fully integrated into the University, collaborates with many of its faculties and is committed to engagement with the Humanities.
An addiitonal class for those who will be in Oxford
International cultural heritage organisations                                          Monday 16 December, 11am                            OeRC, 7 Keble Road
Professor Kurtz and Dr Christopher Young (DPhil Oxon), Head of International Advice at English Heritage
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