Participants at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series 2011 Participants at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series 2011

In 2011, Professor Chris Gosden (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford), Professor Sarah Whatmore (School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford), and Dr Charlotte Bates (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford) organised a Mellon Foundation Sawyer seminar series on 'Human creativity: ecologies and practices of invention'. The seminars, which were strongly based in practice and activity, involved international visiting scholars and Oxford academics from philosophy to music participating in artist-led interventions and working collectively through the mediations of objects selected from the University's museum collections. The first seminar 'Creative ecologies: conditioning inventiveness' took place in May at the Pitt Rivers Museum, with the second seminar, 'Practising creativity: thinking/making-in-the-act', following in December at the Ashmolean Museum.

Invited participants: Dr Sebastian Abrahamsson (Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam), Professor Ash Amin (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge), Professor Andrew Barry (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford), Professor Jane Bennett (Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University), Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees (Sans Façon, Calgary), Professor Georgina Born (Faculty of Music, University of Oxford), Professor Eric Clarke (Faculty of Music, University of Oxford), Professor William Connolly (Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University), Dr JD Dewsbury (School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol), Dr James Dixon (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol), Dr Mark Doffman (Faculty of Music, University of Oxford), Dr Matthew Fuller (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths), Joe Gerlach (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford), Professor Graham Harman (Department of Philosophy, American University in Cairo), Thomas Jellis (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford), Martin Jennings (Sculptor, Oxford), Dr Lambros Malafouris (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford), Professor Lynn Meskell (Department of Anthropology, Stanford University), Wendy Morrison (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford), Professor Lucy Suchman (Department of Sociology, Lancaster University), Professor George Lewis (Department of Music, Columbia University), Dr Derek McCormack (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford), Dr Anders Munk (Department of Management Engineering, Danish Technical University), Angela Palmer (Artist, Oxford), Sefryn Penrose (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford), Professor Andrew Pickering (Department of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter).