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This public seminar forms part of the developing collaboration between the Ashmolean Museum University Engagement Programme and Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. 

Co-organised by Dr Jim Harris, Andrew W Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean and Dr Chrystalina Antoniades, Lecturer in Medicine at Brasenose College and Senior Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the evening will offer an opportunity to explore current research into the brain and the mind from a wide range of perspectives, from medieval literature to contemporary art and neuroscience.

The seminar is the second in a series initiated in 2013 by Jim Harris and Professor Robin Choudhury with 'Seeing the Human Heart'.


The seminar is open to all and free of charge. To ensure a place, please register by emailing


  • Professor Chris Kennard, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Nicholas Kurti Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Neurology, Brasenose College
  • Professor Glyn Humphreys,Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology and Head of the Department of Experimental Psychology, President of the British Neuropsychology Society, Fellow of Wolfson College
  • Professor David Lomas, Head of History of Art, University of Manchester
  • Dr Joshua Hordern, University Lecturer in Christian Ethics, Fellow of Harris Manchester College and Lecturer in Theology at Jesus College
  • Dr Ayoush Lazikani, University Lecturer in English Literature
  • Dr Matthew Broome, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry, Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Dr Chrystalina Antoniades, Lecturer in Medicine at Brasenose College and Senior Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences