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OpenARC launch event

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 10:30 to 16:00
The Hub Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA and Online, Microsoft Teams

We’re delighted to invite you to the launch of OpenARC, the new school-wide research centre in Arts and Humanities at The Open University, on the 10th June 2024. With the theme of ‘Arts and Humanities research for the 21st century’, the event showcases and explores new directions in Arts and Humanities research, through an exciting mix of talks, stalls and an afternoon panel of high-profile external speakers. 

Please register by the 29th May for in-person attendance.

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Arrivals, with tea and coffee



Gemma Allen - (Director of Research, Arts and Humanities)
Kevin Shakesheff - (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation)
Adrienne Scullion - (Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences)


New Directions in Arts and Humanities research

Chair: Nicola Watson

Shafquat Towheed - ‘Engaging readers: addressing mental wellbeing through AI assisted reading’
Clare Taylor - ‘Gilt Leather Rooms: Why making matters’
Luc-Andre Brunet - ‘Global histories of peace and anti-nuclear activism’
Marie Thompson - ‘“None of us drew any bells, did we?”: tinnitus, aural difference and the arts’
Elton Barker - 'A digital journeying around. Or how a first-century CE writer is good to think with for doing research in a digital environment’


Broadcasting the Arts and Humanities

Chair: Helen Coffey

Joanna Paul - (Media Fellow, 2019-2024, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences)


Lunch and stalls


Afternoon welcome

Donna Loftus - (Head of School, Arts & Humanities)


Panel on ‘Arts and Humanities research for the 21st century’

Chair: Paul Lawrence - (Director of the Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP)
Helen Small - (University of Oxford; author of The Value of the Humanities)
Arlene Holmes-Henderson MBE - (University of Durham; Vice-Chair, Arts and Humanities, Universities Policy Engagement Network)
Matthew McCallum - (AHRC, Associate Director of Programmes)

From 15.25


Gemma Allen - (Director of Research, Arts and Humanities)

From 15.40

Tea, cake and networking

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