Inaugural Rhodes Humanities Forum – “Narratives of Change”

The inaugural Rhodes Forum on the Humanities will convene to discuss the role of stories in shaping the collective imagination. The stories we tell ourselves shape our identities, change our material realities, and transform our world: narrative can make and break borders, can perpetuate and repair injustice, and can build and divide communities.

The forum calls upon a deliberately broad group of leaders from diverse fields – from artists to academics, and from poets to politicians – to join in conversation around the (f)utility of the humanities. We recognise the need to discuss the humanities as both a powerful instrument for change, and as more than a means to an end.

The organisers invite you to a weekend of collaboration and dialogue that not only theorises, but also practices the humanities’ unique ways of seeing the world. Please join us for a weekend of speeches, panels, conversations, workshops, and creative immersion. Together, we will push the boundaries of the traditional conference form to meaningfully engage with the stories we tell about ourselves, each other, and the world.


  • Prof Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and (International Relations, International Development), University of Sussex
  • Rebecca Boggs (Kentucky & Trinity 1995), Senior Program Officer, National Center for the Humanities
  • Jung Chang, Writer and novelist
  • Prof Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
  • Sagarika Ghose (India & St Antony’s 1987), Consulting Editor, The Times of India
  • Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington (Tasmania & Merton 1992), Professor of History, Australian National University
  • Prof David Jones, Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Harvard University
  • Prof Adeel Malik (Pakistan & St Peter’s 1999), Globe Fellow in the Economies of Muslim Societies and Associate Professor, Oxford University
  • Edward Mortimer, Distinguished Fellow, All Souls College
  • Prof Evelyn O’Callaghan (Jamaica & Wolfson 1978), Professor of West Indian Literature, Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature, University of the West Indies
  • Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, former chief editor of the Guardian
  • Maria Sachiko Cecire (Virginia & Keble 2006), Associate Professor of Literature and Director of the Center for Experimental Humanities
  • Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Humanities and Human Rights
  • Michele Warman (New York & Magdalen 1982), Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, Mellon Foundation
  • Dr Naomi Wolf (Connecticut & New College 1985), CEO, DailyClout, Author and Journalist


Register for the Rhodes Inaugural Humanities Forum

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