Oxford Minds

Event series for postgraduate students led by the Social Sciences Division- New series starts 27 April 2021

Providing social science graduate students with an inspiring, interactive, and inter-disciplinary educational experience

Oxford is built on people, and the way they engage with pressing global issues within and across disciplines. People matter more than ever. This new series will convene the great minds of Oxford and beyond to discuss the issues that matter to our graduate students. It aims to provide all our graduates with an educational experience that transcends disciplinary boundaries. Serving as a graduate enrichment programme during extraordinary times, Oxford Minds is based upon three eight-week pillars: themes, theory and methods. The series will unfold on a fortnightly cycle. Four times per terms, a globally recognised speaker will give a public lecture on a specific topic. Our overarching goal is to create an interdisciplinary space in which we can collectively rethink social science for a changing world.

Each fortnightly issue will pose questions that matter both globally and here in Oxford. The four 'themes' for Michaelmas Term were 'race', 'sustainability', 'justice', and 'protection'. 

In Hilary Term, the focus was on ‘Theory’. The four themes were ‘power’, ‘space’, ‘belonging’ and ‘identity’.

In Trinity Term the focus will be on ‘Methods’, with the themes of ‘interviews’, ‘numbers’, ‘archives’, and 'ethnography'.

Previous Speakers


Press and media enquiries: Esme Wilks, Senior Communications Manager

Student enquiries: please contact the series convenors, Professor Alexander Betts and Professor Susan James Relly.