Interdisciplinary Discussion Groups


The IDG allow students in fields which have often little contact to come together in an informal setting and discuss research, both within and without their own subject, from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints – a rare and valuable opportunity.


Academics, artists, authors, scientists, and experts from all fields are invited to spark up the discussion; in the past, we have welcomed Lord John Krebs, Lord Robert Winston, Edwina Currie, Philip Pullman, and Alice Smith – and more is yet to come.


Coffee, tea, and a free sandwich lunch are offered by the college, with both meat and vegetarian options. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for any other dietary requirement.


To ensure a cosy and lively discussion, places are limited to 20 students. To reserve a spot, click on the event’s title and add any dietary preferences in the comment box.


For questions, suggestions and further information, contact Valeria at



Trinity Term 2017 – Programme:


Week 2 – Wednesday 3 May, 12:45-2pm, Seminar Room 3
Dr Sarah Jackson, “Over-Hearing: Literature, Telephony and the Aesthetics of ‘Listening In’”

Sarah Jackson teaches English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. Her poetry collection, Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012), won the Seamus Heaney Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Sarah was selected as a BBC AHRC New Generation Thinker in 2016.


Week 5 – Wednesday 24 May, 12:45-2pm, Seminar Room 3

Mr. Antonios Tzanakopoulos, “Cyprus negotiations: the legal issues”


Antonios Tzanakopoulos is Associate Professor of Public International Law here at Oxford and fellow in Law at St Anne’s. He has worked as a researcher for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens and New York, and for the UN International Law Commission in Geneva.
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Week 6 – Wednesday 31 May, 12:45-2pm, Seminar Room 3

Dr. Kate Davison, “A history of humour: why and how?”


Kate Davison is a social and cultural historian of seventeenth and eighteenth century Britain. She is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at Merton College, Oxford.
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Week 7 – FRIDAY 9 June (NOTE THE DAY CHANGE), 12:45-2pm, Seminar Room 3
Prof. Glenn Most, ‘Philology as a Social Practice: Historical and Comparative Explorations in Scholarly Textual Procedures’


Glenn Warren Most is professor of Classics at the Scuola Normale in Pisa. He has worked and taught at Yale, Tübingen, Heidelberg, Princeton, Siena, Michigan, Innsbruck and Chicago. In 1994, he was the first classicist to receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
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