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Termly Newsletter

12 May 2016

This week we share a wide-range of opportunities to contribute to upcoming events, exhibitions and online trails, as well as funding schemes for Medical Humanities and Women in Humanities projects.  

We look forward to a busy few weeks of events exploring a richly diverse range of topics, from the history of portraiture at the Ashmolean LiveFriday to the Bildungsroman at a seminar hosted by our Fiction and Human Rights network

We also share videos from our recent Book at Lunchtime events, which explored the evolution of the English language and the cultural afterlife of East Germany.

Featured Blogs

Interview: Planned Violence Exhibition

Elleke Boehmer and Dominic Davies tell us about their new exhibition of photographs of cities around the world.
Read more here.


Liv Robinson stands up for the moral subtlety and modern relevance of the medieval Everyman play.
Read more here.


FrightFriday at the Ashmolean Museum
We welcome ideas for activities to take place at a special TORCH late night event at the Ashmolean exploring the art and science of hope and fear. Deadline: midday, 23 May.

Medical Humanities Programme Grants
Applications are open for two funding streams: up to £2,000 for a workshop or conference grant and up to £1,000 for a collaborative research project. Deadline: 27 May.

'The Gaps Between' Display
Call for contributions for an exhibition of images representing Oxford’s alternative, and often hidden, stories as part of the 'Humanities and Identities' series. Deadline: 2 June. 

Oxford Alternative Stories: Online Trail
We seek ideas for an online trail of lesser known stories relating to people and places in and around Oxford as part of the 'Humanities and Identities' series. Deadline: 2 June.

Women in Humanities Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship
We invite applications from early career researchers working on women’s lives, experiences and/or representation for this fellowship. Deadline: 10 June.

Highlighted Events

Framed! LiveFriday

19:00 - 22:30, Friday 13 May
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford

TORCH presents a series of bite-size talks at the Ashmolean's LiveFriday exploring the theme of portraiture, including on the death masks of Macbeth, David Garrick’s wigless celebrity and card portraits. 

Please click here for more information and to book

Beyond the Bildungsroman?

12:45-14:00, Monday 16 May
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

How might modifications to the conventional Bildungsroman constitute new paradigms for human rights? Novelists Elleke Boehmer and Irenosen Okojie discuss how selfhood and autonomy are represented in their latest works. 

Please click here for more information

Is Digital Cultural Heritage More Elitist than Democratic?

13:00-14:00 (lunch from 12:30), Wednesday 18 May
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

Speakers: Emma Cunliffe (Research Associate, Endangered Archaeology Project), Mark Graham (Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute) and Dominic Oldman (Head of ResearchSpace, British Museum). Chaired by Kathryn Eccles (Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute).

Please click here for more information

Embodied Spaces, Embodied Minds

17:00-19:00, Wednesday 18 May
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

Richard Walsh (University of York) and Tim Chesters (University of Cambridge) explore the rich interplay between the rhetorical details of literary texts and the way they draw on and appeal to our embodied experience beyond literature.

Please click here for more information

Sérgio and Odair Assad

17:00, Wednesday 25 May
St John's College, St Giles, Oxford

The Brazilian-born brothers, who have created a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression, will be in conversation with Jason Stanyek about their work.

Please click here to register

Watch Again

How English Became English

How has English evolved? Susie Dent chairs a discussion of Simon Horobin's new book with Faramerz Dabhoiwala, Martin Wynne and Philip Durkin.

Watch here

Rereading East Germany

A discussion tracing the cultural afterlife of East Germany in the decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall with Karen Leeder, Dennis Tate, Sara Jones, Marc Silberman and chaired by Tom Smith.

Watch here

Events Calendar, Week 1-2

Thursday 12 May

14:00 - 17:00 | Rethinking the Nordic Fairy Tale
A Nordic Network panel discussion

14:30 – 16:30 | The Indian Sepoy in Cultural History: Words, Images, Music
A discussion with Dr Santanu Das

Friday 13 May

09:00 – 17:00 | Rulers and Saints
Concepts of “dynasty” and “sanctity” from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages

12:00 – 13:30 | Heidegger Reading Group
Graduate led reading group

12:45 – 14:00 | Islamophobia
A Race and Resistance panel discussion

13:00 – 14:30 | What Happens to Literature if People are Artworks?
Speaker: Eric Hayot (Penn State). Chair: Ben Morgan (University of Oxford).

15:00 – 18:00 | ‘The Bearer-Beings’: Portable Stories in Dislocated Times
A Two-day workshop

17:00 – 18:30 | Egypt Over the Longue Durée
Oxford Centre for Global History Keynote Lecture

17:00 – 18:30 | Anglo-Norman Reading Group
Details of sessions during Trinity Term 2016

17:00 – 18:30 | Ulrike Almut Sandig & Ulrike Draesner
A Reading in German from recent work and discussion

19:00 – 22:30 | Framed! Ashmolean Live Friday
Come to the TORCH hotspot for bite-size talks

Saturday 14 May

09:00 – 18:30 | Egypt Over the Longue Durée
Oxford Centre for Global History Workshop

All Day | Digitally Reconstructing Tudor Music Manuscripts
A Public Open Weekend

10:30 – 18:30 |  Reading and rewriting ancient texts in the long eighteenth century
A one-day colloquium

10:00 – 18:00 | ‘The Bearer-Beings’: Portable Stories in Dislocated Times
Two-day workshop

19:00 – 21:30 | The Dynamics of War and Peace: Drama, Poetry, Music and Dance
Based on real-life experiences with war-affected populations

11:00 – 18:00 | Novel Curiosity 2016
TEDxOxbridge event

Monday 16 May

12:45 – 14:00 | Beyond the Bildungsroman?
Creating Free Agents Today

13:30 – 16:30 | Silence(s) and the Great War
A roundtable symposium organised by GLGW and Oxford Brookes

17:30 – 19:00 | ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Travel Writing and Memoir, a reading and discussion with Simon Armitage

Tuesday 17 May

10:00 – 11:30 | Wellcome Trust Research Funding Talk
A chance to discuss research funding opportunities

12:00 – 13:00 | Becoming Global Race Women: Travel, and Networks in the long 20th Century
With Dr Imaobong Umoren (University of Oxford)

13:00 – 14:00 | Crowdsourcing and Humanities Research
Research uncovered – a free lunchtime talk

Wednesday 18 May

12:00 – 14:00 | Public Engagement with Research – What the Funders Want
Hear directly from the Research Councils UK, The Wellcome Trust and Research Councils

12:30 – 14:00 | Is Digital Cultural Heritage More Elitist than Democratic?
With speakers: Dr Emma Cunliffe (Research Associate, Endangered Archaeology Project, University of Oxford), Professor Mark Graham (Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford) and Dominic Oldman (Head of ResearchSpace, British Museum)

12:30 – 13:30 | Writing for Duran Duran; or, Complicating the Creative Process
An Engaging with the Humanities seminar with Toby Young, at the Said Business School

17:00 – 19:00 | Embodied Spaces, Embodied Minds
A seminar as part of Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation programme

17:30 – 19:00 | Tom Stoppard Lecture
A public lecture by award-winning playwright

18:45 | ‘Coming into our Inheritance’: theological debate in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
A talk at the University Church on literature and theology, with Margaret Kean.

Thursday 19 May

12:00 – 13:00 | The history of social mobility research
A Rags to Riches seminar with Chris Renwick (History,York)

13:30 – 15:00 | Tom Stoppard Q&A
A Q&A session with Tom Stoppard and Dame Hermione Lee

Friday 20 May

All Day | Calleva Events On Make-Believe In Drama
One-day colloquium

12:00 – 13.30 | Heidegger Reading Group
Graduate led reading group

Saturday 21 May

09:30 – 14:00 | Metamorphoses with Le Marchepied
Workshop and performance

15:30 – 16:00 | Calleva Events on Make-Believe in Drama
Public Event

Monday 23 May

13:30 – 14:00 | Royal Society Research Funding Talk
Representatives from the Royal Society will give a grants presentation

Tuesday 24 May

12:00 – 14:30 | First-year students working in Women’s History and Gender History present their work
DPhil workshop

12:45 – 14:00 | Discussion Group: Multilingualism
Hosted by Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation

13:00 – 14:00 | Digital Wildfires: the challenge of provocative content on social media
Research uncovered – a free lunchtime talk

Wednesday 25 May

17:00 – 18:30 | Can Philosophy Be Therapy?
An Oxford Phenomenology Network talk with Dr Christine Lopes.

17:00 – 18:30 | Sérgio and Odair Assad In Conversation
With Professor Jason Stanyek (St John's College, University of Oxford)

18:45 | William Blake’s Visionary Christianity
A talk at the University Church on literature and theology, with Susanne Sklar.