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Interdisciplinary Research

The Ottoline Club

The Ottoline Club at NCH is a faculty club for interdisciplinary discussion, which meets roughly fortnightly during term. All members of the academic staff at the College belong to the club. Meetings, usually in the late afternoon and lasting around ninety minutes, typically comprise a short talk by a colleague on a research interest of theirs, and an extended resulting conversation.

A principal aim of the club is to foster free and relaxed interdisciplinary exchange. The topics of the talks are therefore often germane to several of the humanities subjects, and occasionally the talk is itself multidisciplinary in manner and/or concerned with the methodology of teaching or research. Frequently, the colleague who speaks will be airing new ideas or expounding research which is at a fairly early stage of development. Discussion at meetings thus serves as a source of preliminary informal feedback for projects which may then be taken to other forums.

The Club is named after the celebrated Bloomsbury figure Lady Ottoline Morrell, by way of affectionate tribute to her activity as a facilitator of intellectual companionship. An account of each meeting is subsequently written by the secretary (currently Dr David Mitchell), so there is a cumulative repository of write-ups of all meetings since the first one took place in December 2012 available here on the NCH Academic Blog.

The Cognitive Science Research Group

The Cognitive Science Research Group (CSRG) at NCH is an interdisciplinary group, comprising faculty members in philosophy and psychology, devoted to the investigation of theoretical issues surrounding the mind and brain, and the explanation of cognition and action. Areas of interest of the group include: perception (especially vision); intentionality; language; knowledge representation; computation and information processing; artificial intelligence; conative states; action.

The CSRG runs a fortnightly seminar discussing research pertaining to the cognitive sciences, occasionally in conjunction with the Philosophy Society and/or the Psychology Society, and has organised the NCH Mind and Brain Conference and Judgment: Act and Object, an NCH workshop in 2016. They also organised the ‘Numbers, Minds, and Magnitudes’ conference that ran in 2019.

The group also contributes to the NCH Academic Blog.

Previous speakers at the Cognitive Science Research Group seminar include: Dominic Alford-Duguid, Brian Ball, Vanessa Carr, Sam Clarke, Daniel Dennett, Jake Dunn-Quilty Kate Fisher, Marie Guillot, Alison Hall, Raamy Majeed, Jonathon McIntosh, Fintan Nagle, Philip Newell, Charles Ross, Christoph Schuringa, Ioannis Votsis, Darrell Jaya- Ratnam, Emmanuel Viebahn, Peter Vickers, Elmar Unnsteinsson, Chris Fox and Sam Wilkinson.

The Centre for Identity, Cooperation and Crisis (CICC)

NCH has formed a new Transdisciplinary research group, entitled the Centre for Identity, Cooperation and Crisis (CICC). The Centre is a platform for NCH researchers across diverse faculties to identify common areas of research activity and to develop research projects and partnerships based on a set of key sub-themes or research clusters. For more information on key sub-themes please go to the CICC website:  Centre for Identity, Cooperation and Crisis


NCH is also the host institution for the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed International Social Science Journal. Our group also regularly contributes to the NCH Academic Blog.

NCH Working Paper Series

NCH has inaugurated a working paper series which presents research that NCH Faculty are either currently developing or pre-proof manuscripts of already published articles and chapters.