Oxford and Empire Network: Travel and Translation series

Chair: Dr Ben Grant


The relationship between Oxford and Empire has recently been the subject of considerable attention, both within and outside the institution, and the intersecting areas of travel and translation are ones in which Oxford has played a particularly prominent role. The University of Oxford was a leading institution for the teaching of Orientalism and Oriental languages, and the training of imperial administrators. It was also instrumental in the development of anthropology as an academic discipline. This close relationship between Oxford and Empire is embodied in the many prominent translators and travelers who have studied and worked here, including William Jones, Edwin Arnold, Max Müller, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, and Amitav Ghosh.


This series will bring together researchers in Oxford and elsewhere to foster interdisciplinary communication and a more consolidated examination of Oxford's imperial legacies. It will therefore include a diversity of scholars and students who are working in this area in different disciplines and fields.

Seminars in this series:

12.30-2.00pm GMT, Wednesdays | Online via Zoom 


20th January, 'Translating Education'


27th January, 'Oxford and the Americas'


3rd February: 'Oxford and Oriental Studies': 


10th February: 'Voyages and Voyagers'


17th February: 'Oxford City and Empire'


24th February: 'Forced Migration and Colonial Legacies'