MOH VI Oxford 2017, a brief conference report

We can all look back on what proved to be a very stimulating conference in Oxford. Next to three keynote lectures, there were over 120 papers presented during the conference spread over 32 sessions, covering the history of the humanities from all continents. We thank all participants for their contributions. We also thank the local organizers Helen Small and Hampus Östh Gustafsson who, basically on their own, did an admirable job of making all things run smoothly.

Christopher Bahl receives the graduate paper award

For the second time a prize of 500 Euro was awarded for the best Graduate Student paper. Out of 37 graduate papers Christopher Bahl (University of London) was selected as the winner for his paper “The Shaping of a Transoceanic Reading Community of Arabic Philological Texts.”

Here is also a personal impression of the conference by one of the participants.

We encourage all participants to submit their papers, presented at the conference, to our journal History of Humanities. Looking forward to 2018 we are happy to announce the venue and date for The Making of Humanities VII conference: it will be held in Beijing (China), Tsinghua University, from 29-31 August, 2018. The Call for Papers will be posted soon.

More pictures of the event:

succesful session on interactions between disciplines
succesful session on interactions between disciplines
St. Luke's Chapel
St. Luke’s Chapel
conference dinner
Helen Small’s speech during the conference dinner at Somerville College
enjoyable reception in the garden of Ertegun House
enjoyable reception in the garden of Ertegun House
garden reception
garden reception
analysis of all contributions
digital analysis of all MOH contributions by Rens Bod


MOH VI final conference booklet and travel information

The final programme and the conference booklet of the Making of the Humanities VI conference in Oxford can be accessed here.

Registration will take place in the Flora Anderson Hall at Somerville College (this will be clearly signed once you reach the college). Please note that the registration desk will open at 8.15 am on 28 September.  There will also be a detailed map with the conference rooms available at registration.

The address is:  Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HD

For anyone who wishes to come on foot from the centre of town, the college is easily walkable from the city centre. Follow St Giles until it becomes the Banbury Rd (the right hand road of the two that fork off from St Giles at its northern end). Go left there and continue on Woodstock Road. You will find Somerville on the left c. 200m on from the corner of St Giles and Little Clarendon St.

Click here for travel information about how to get to Oxford.

We look much forward to what promises to be an exciting and stimulating conference!

MOHVI pre-final conference booklet online!

We are proud to announce the conference booklet for the upcoming The Making of Humanities VI conference in Oxford, Somerville College, 28-30 September 2017. The booklet contains an updated program, all abstracts, a list of all participants and maps with the precise conference locations. Apart from possible minor changes we expect the booklet to be final. For any queries or comments please contact the local organising team through

Click here for the conference  booklet.

‘The Making of the Humanities VI’ (Oxford): Registration and Provisional Program

‘The Making of the Humanities’ (MOH) is the Society’s annual meeting. The forthcoming MOH-VI conference will be held at the University of Oxford, Somerville College, September 28-30, 2017. With 123 accepted papers for presentation and three keynote speakers this will be the largest MOH conference to date.

Registration: To register, please follow this link. Note that you have to register both as a member of the Society (if you are not a member yet) and for the Oxford conference.

Program: A provisional program has already been drafted based on the accepted papers and panels. You can find it here.

Graduate Student Paper Award: During the closing session on September 30 the winner of the Graduate Student Paper Award will be announced.

Contact: Information about the conference venue and ways to get there will be made available later this month. For all questions concerning registration, accommodation and scheduling please contact the local organising committee via