The NTU Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series brings together some of the most eminent thinkers, writers, and intellectuals from around the world to share their insights and perspectives on a wide range of topics. From literature and philosophy to art, history, and linguistics, these lectures provide a unique opportunity to engage with some of the most important ideas and issues of our time. The series emphasizes the critical contribution of the humanities to education, research, and matters of pressing global significance. The speakers will advance our understanding of key questions within the various disciplines of the humanities and across a broad range of related fields. All lectures are free and open to the public and are available – where possible – in a hybrid format, providing an opportunity for both in-person and virtual attendees to engage with the speakers and their ideas. Don't miss this chance to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the human experience.

Past Distinguished Lectures


Professor Nick Hopwood, University of Cambridge

The many births of the test-tube baby: Proof and publicity in claims to a breakthrough

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Professor Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma

The Haptic Arts: The Aesthetics of Worldliness.

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Professor Shih Shu-mei, University of California - Los Angeles

Empires of the Sinophone

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Professor Melissa Macauley, Northwestern University

Distant Shores: Colonial Encounters on China’s Maritime Frontier

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Professor Ben Rampton, King’s College London

Localising Linguistic Citizenship

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Professor Derek Attridge, University of York

Literature, Art, Craft

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Mieke Bal, Independent theorist, art writer, critic; filmmaker, video artist, curator

Multi-Tentacled Time: Contemporaneity, Heterochrony, Anachronism for Preposterous History through Semiotic Thinking

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Professor Tim Bayne, Monash University

Organoids, Androids and the Consciousness Club

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