A Dialogue on Funding

Chair: Professor Sarah Churchwell, University of London


Sir Drummond Bone, Balliol College, Oxford

Professor Rick Rylance, University of London

‘It’s the economy, stupid’ is a well-known political adage, adaptable to many forms of publicly-funded organisation but rarely recognised in discussions about the way the humanities are situated in the UK. This session will look at some of the issues around this. In the form of a conversation between Drummond Bone (Chair of AHRC, Master of Balliol College Oxford, and former Vice Chancellor of Liverpool and Royal Holloway) and Rick Rylance (Director of the Institute of English Studies, University of London and former CEO of the AHRC and Chair of Research Councils UK). It will be chaired by Sarah Churchwell, Professor of the Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London. All three are academics in English. After opening remarks by the speakers, the session will be in the form of a discussion between them, the chair and members of the audience. It can go anywhere participants choose to take it in terms of topic. Among issues raised will be: current funding, imminent changes, the international situation, and university sources of revenue and their impact on the humanities.

Thursday 6th July, 5.00