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, and European forests, among other issues. Current projects funded by the Centre include research on reading, formal Darwinism, and global youth. The Balzan project, jointly funded by the Balzan Foundation and by the College, is also part of the Research Centre.
The Centre is housed opposite the main College at 45 St Giles. The current director is Professor Linda McDowell.
The Centre hosts an annual lecture. The 2012 lecture was given by Professor Margaret MacMillan on the subject of Why are we still trying to understand the outbreak of World War One?
Visiting Research Associate Scheme
The Research Centre welcomes applications from academic members of staff in universities other than Oxford who wish to spend a period of sabbatical leave in Oxford. Find out more in our Vacancies section.
Legalism: Anthropology and History
Edited by Paul Dresch and Hannah Skoda
368 pages | 234x156mm
978-0-19-966426-9 | Hardback | 30 August 2012