The College has a long and rich tradition in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences (HASS), with a highly varied and interdisciplinary group of scholars in the domain. This diversity includes Prof Mary Buckley who has research interests in the field of Soviet and post-Soviet politics, foreign policy, society and history and the College’s Senior Tutor, Dr Philip Johnston, who has a primary teaching and research focus on the Old Testament.
Other senior members include Dr Alastair Lockhart who works in the field of contemporary religion and 20th century religious history; Dr Charles Pigott, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies whose focus is on the indigenous cultures and languages of Latin America; Dr Corinne Roughley with research interests focusing on approaches to understanding the prehistoric landscapes of Northwest Europe; and Dr Elizabeth Swann, Research Associate on the European Research Council funded project ‘Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern English’ at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the Faculty of English. Drs Lockhart and Roughley are also College Tutors.
Alongside undergraduate and taught postgraduate students from across the HASS departments and faculties, there is a lively student research culture. Recent research degrees have been written, for example, on ‘the literary and the sublime in Bolaño’s “Los detectives salvajes” and Vila-Mata’s “Trilogy of the writer”‘ (2015); ‘localized nationalisms in postrevolutionary America’ (2014); ‘a Hegelian alternative to naturalism’ (2014); and ‘sacred space in Latium Vetus’ (2014).
The HASS Group hosts an annual symposium dinner event where an invited speaker presents on a topical subject of academic and interdisciplinary interest to students and the senior membership; the annual Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lecture on a theme in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies; and an annual HASS Dinner – amongst other events.