St John's Research Centre
...advancing knowledge through inter-disciplinary research and dialogue.
The Research Centre was established in 2001:
to provide focus and support for the College's intellectual and academic life as it already exists and to support new research, particularly of an interdisciplinary nature which might otherwise be unfunded, and to enhance the College's role in promoting first-class innovative research in the University of Oxford and the academic community at large.
The Research Centre programme includes projects, workshops, seminars and lectures, and a prestigious annual lecture series, as well as offering opportunities for visiting scholars to spend time in the Centre. In the last five years, the programme has included work on Arabic poetry, European law, plasma-astrophysics, European forests, Formal Darwinism, Urban youth, and Legalism, Anthropology and History, Eye Movement in Literary Reading, Publishers and Writers in Shakespeare's England and Interpeting Eddic Poetry. The Balzan project, jointly funded by the Balzan Foundation and by the College, is also part of the Research Centre. The current major project funded by the Centre is Data Sharing in Neuroscience.
The Centre is housed opposite the main College at 45 St Giles. The current director is Professor Georg Gottlob.
The 2014 Annual Lecture was given by Professor Dame Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, on 'Biographical Challenges' as part of the 2000 Women celebrations in College.