HRI Catalyse 2017-18

A series of provocations on the theme of Transformative Humanities

Following on from our 2016-17 theme of Interdisciplinarity, the theme for HRI Catalyse events in 2017-18 is the Transformative Humanities.
The Transformative Humanities is an approach to arts and humanities to research which is:
- future-oriented
- changes the world and our understanding of it
- innovative in its methods
- about the human lived experience.

Events during 2017-18 will tackle this through two themes: the Global Humanities and New Methods in Arts and Humanities:

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 4:30-6:30, G03 Jessop West
The Future of Gender in the Curriculum

with Professor Andrea Pető

Professor of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest.
Followed by panel discussion with Dr Julie Gottlieb, Professor Mary Vincent, Professor Jenny Saul, Dr Emma Moore.
Co-hosted with the Arts and Humanities Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee

Wednesday 28 November 2017, 13:00-16:00,
Empirical Methods in Emotion Research: Physiology of Musical Emotion

With Dr Hauke Egermann (University of York)

The Humlab hosts the first speaker in a new series introducing new methodologies for research in Arts & Humanities. Dr Hauke Egermann from the University of York will introduce physiological measurements, and provide examples of the use of these measurements for the investigation of music emotion and cognition. Physiological measures are of potential interest to anyone researching emotion, be it in the processing of music, language, literature, or film.

Lunch at 1pm (self-paid), small group consultation sessions 14:00-16:00, and research presentation 16:00. If you would like to join for lunch or would want to book a consultation slot, complete the form at:

Hosted by HumLab

Monday 4 December 5:30-7pm, HRI Conference Room.
The Eighteenth Century Speaks!

with Professor Joan Beal, Dr Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Dr Ranjan Sen and Dr Christine Wallis.

This event launches ECEP (The Eighteenth-Century English Phonology Database), the culmination of a project by the Universities of Sheffield and Vigo, in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Institute, Sheffield. The ECEP team discuss the development, first research outputs, and future potential of the database, and present a scene from Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer (first performed 1773) in Original Pronunciation. The project is an example of new methods used to meet the demands of the research community in historical phonology and changing the way we do and disseminate research.

All welcome, but numbers are limited. Registration is required for catering purposes:
Co-hosted with the Digital Humanities Institute

Tuesday 12th December 5-6:30pm, HRI Conference Room.
How is research in Arts and Humanities addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

with Professor Stuart Taberner (RCUK Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, and Professor in German, University of Leeds)

Sanitation, food security, gender equality, peace and conflict resolution… What can the study of religion contribute to improving hygiene? How can music studies impact on social inclusion? This event showcases work in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities which addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It asks how research in Arts and Humanities is or can be relevant to challenge-lead research goals. Brief examples from Sheffield scholars present provocations for the audience and panel, asks whether we are posing the right research questions, and explores the capacity of Arts and Humanities for international interdisciplinary research.

All welcome, but numbers are limited. Registration is required for catering purposes:

January 2018 t.b.c.
Engineering the Humanities, Humanising Engineering
An event exploring research themes and questions shared by Arts & Humanities and Engineering.