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27 May 2016

This week we feature blogs from researchers on cognitive approaches to literature, the global middle ages, and Tom Stoppard's playwrighting through the lens of his recent lecture. We also welcome applications for Knowledge Exchange Fellowships, contributions to the 'Humanities and Identities' series, and other opportunities.

We look ahead to a wide-range of events on crowdsourcing, philosophy and therapy, and the value of the humanities, as well as sharing videos of recent events, including Simon Schama's lecture on the tradition of public history.

Featured Blogs

Thinking about Thinking with Literature

Emily Troscianko reflects on cognitive approaches to literature in response to the recent discussion of Terence Cave's new book. Read more here

Grappling with the 'Global Middle Ages'

Globalisation can prompt medieval historians to approach their own work from new angles and to ask new questions, argues Eliza Hartrich in the Medieval Studies blog

Tom Stoppard: Text and Performance

Leah Broad and Kanta Dihal explore the relationship between page and stage, and the playwright’s authorial voice in their review of Tom Stoppard's recent events.


Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Literatures of the Black Americas
A two year fellowship for a scholar doing comparative work on Black writing in the Americas and/or the Caribbean in English and one (or more) additional language(s). Deadline: 27 June.

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships 2016

Proposals are sought from Oxford Humanities researchers to facilitate new, or develop existing, relationships with external partners. Deadline: 30 June.

Facing the Future
Nominate someone who makes a difference to feature in a new University portrait as part of the Diversifying Oxford Portraits project. Deadline: 8 July. 

Reminder of Opportunities

'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

The Global Pursuit of Equality

11:00-17:00, Tuesday 31 May
St Luke's Chapel, Woodstock Road, Oxford

A workshop with nine papers exploring how networking drove forward women's equality between 1800 and 2000.

Please click here to register

Crowdsourcing Workshop

11:00-12:30, Tuesday 31 May
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

Would you like to set up your own crowdsourcing project? This session will cover some crowdsourcing basics and use the free Zooniverse  project builder to create projects.

Please click here for more information

Can Philosophy be Therapy?

17:00-18:30, Wednesday 1 June
Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities

Christina Lopes explores the linguistic and the phenomenological ways of considering whether philosophy can be therapy. 

Please click here for more information

Why We Need the Humanities

13:00-14:00 (lunch from 12:30), Thursday 2 June
St Luke's Chapel, Woodstock Road

What is the value and impact of the humanities in the 21st century? Donald Drakeman discusses his new book with Stefan Collini (English), Richard Ekins (Law), Jay Sexton (American History) and Helen Small (English).

Please click here for more information

Oxford Translation Day

10:00-19:00, Saturday 11 June
Venues across Oxford

A celebration of literary translation consisting of workshops and talks throughout the day, culminating in the award of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.

Please click here for more information

Watch Again

Simon Schama Lecture

What does hip hop have in common with Herodotus? In this lecture Simon Schama explores the tradition of public history drawing on Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Winston Churchill and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Watch here

Digital Cultural Heritage

A discussion exploring whether digital cultural heritage is more elitist than democractic with Emma Cunliffe, Mark Graham and Dominic Oldman. Chaired by Kathryn Eccles. 

Watch here

Friday 27 May

17:00 – 19:00 | Thinking about saints with Gregory of Tours

A Cult of Saints seminar

17:00 – 18:30 | Anglo-Norman Reading Group

Details of sessions during Trinity Term 2016

Tuesday 31 May

11:00 – 12:30 | Digital Humanities Training

Would you like to set up a crowdsourcing project?

11:00 – 17:00 | The Global Pursuit of Equality

Women, Networks, and Networking 1800-2000

12:00 – 13:00 | Indian ‘Suffragettes’ and the Imperial Hierarchies of Race

With Dr Sumita Mukherjee (King’s College London)

12:30 – 14:00 | The Correspondence of David Hume

Speaker: Felix Waldmann (University of Cambridge).

13:00 – 14:00 | Altered senses, excited brains and ageing grey matter

 A seminar investigating the brain basis of autism, schizophrenia and dementia

Wednesday 1 June

17:00 – 18:30 | Teena and the Musical Canon: Music in Seventeen Magazine, 1944-1953

 A Gender and Authority network seminar

17:00 – 18:30 | Can Philosophy Be Therapy?

 An Oxford Phenomenology Network talk with Dr Christine Lopes.

17: 00 – 18:30 | Gender and Authority Seminar

 A seminar with Lynn Ellen Burkett and Alexis Brown

18:45 | Imagination in the Middle Ages

 A talk at the University Church on literature and theology, with Louise Nelstrop and Helen Appleton


Thursday 2 June

12:00 – 13:00 | On the Move

The Job Market, Summer Holidays, and British Elementary Teachers, 1846-1902

12:30 – 14:00 | Why We Need the Humanities

 A discussion of Don Drakeman's new book on the value and impact of the humanities in the 21st century with Stefan Collini, Richard Ekins, Jay Sexton and Helen Small

16:00 – 18:30 | Fashionable Diseases of Georgian Life

Literature, Medicine and Culture in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond


Friday 3 June

12:00 – 13:30 | Heidegger Reading Group

Graduate led reading group


Sunday 5 June

10:00 | Seeing the Psalms

 An Oxford Psalms Network event


Monday 6 June

15:00 | Questioning the relevance of the Multilevel Selection 1

Multilevel Selection 2 Distinction in Evolutionary Transitions in

16:30 | Authenticity

An Unconscious Memory seminar, with three speakers discussing authenticity


Tuesday 7 June

12:45 – 14:00 | Discussion Group: Multilingualism

Hosted by Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation

13:00 – 14:00 | Research Uncovered

Free lunchtime talk at the Bodleian


Wednesday 8 June

18:45 | ‘We say God and the imagination are one’: W. B. Yeats, Wallace Stevens and Atonement

 A talk at the University Church on literature and theology, with Dr Edward Clarke.


Thursday 9 June

14:00 – 16:30 | Comparative History of the First World War: Current Challenges; Future Horizons

 A discussion with Dr Heather Jones

17:15 | Exploring Mark Morris’s L’Allegro ed Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato

Talks on the poetry, music and ballet

18:30 – 20:00 | Translations of Ulrike Almut Sandig poetry shortlisted for PEN Translation prize

Six books by contemporary European writers which have not yet been translated into English will be pitched live

All Day | Modernity and the Shock of the Ancient: The Reception of Antiquity in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

A one-day interdisciplinary conference


Friday 10 June

All Day | ‘Great Expectations? Childhood and Social Mobility’


09:45 – 16.45 | Risk and Reward

Enabling a Culture of Innovation

10:15 – 14:15 | Italy and the Classics

An APGRD conference

12:00 - 13:30 | Heidegger Reading Group

Graduate led reading group

17:00 – 19:00 | The burials ad sanctos

A Cult of Saints seminar

17:00 – 18:30 | Anglo-Norman Reading Group

Details of sessions during Trinity Term 2016


Saturday 11 June

10:00 – 19:00 | Oxford Translation Day

Day of workshops, talks, and readings


Monday 13 June

Literary Journalism and Latin-American Wars

‘Revolutions, Retributions, Resignation'

Monday, June 13, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (All day)

The environmental NGOs at a crossroads

Critical choices in response of environmental challenges

Monday, June 13, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (All day)


Tuesday 14 June

12:00 – 13:00 | Rethinking the politics of race and gender in England after 1968

With Dr Natalie Thomlinson (University of Wolverhampton)

13:00 – 14:00 | #Brexit or #StrongerIn? The Rhetoric of EU Referendum Hashtags

Free lunchtime talk at the Bodleian

17:15 | Performing time, cruising epic worlds - writing the 12th and 21st centuries

Interdisciplinary seminar with Ulrike Draesner


Wednesday 15 June

17:30 – 19:00 | Moods, emotions and Befindlichkeit

Speaker: Francesca Brencio (Western Sydney University).

Thursday 16 June

12:00 – 13:00 | Rags to Riches 2016-17

Planning ahead

Friday 17 June

09:00 – 19:00 | Writers, Rights, Institutions

A one-day conference with Rachel Potter, Lyndsey Stonebridge and David Attwell among others.

12:00 – 13:30 | Heidegger Reading Group

Graduate led reading group


Saturday 18 June

All Day | Image as Vortex

An interdisciplinary conference on the question of what an image is by examining what it does

09:30 – 18:45 | Imagining Apocalypse

A conference and showcase exploring responses to the idea of apocalypse produced during the ‘long’ eighteenth century

14:00 – 15:00 | Women: A Century of Change

Oxford Festival of the Arts

14:00 – 17:00 | Soapbox Science

Oxford Festival of the Arts

17:00 – 18:00 | Shakespeare's Sonnets

Oxford Festival of the Arts

17:30 – 18:30 | Photographic Portraiture

Oxford Festival of the Arts

11:00 – 16:00 | Test Drive the Future
Oxford Festival of the Arts

17:00 – 18:30 | Shakespeare's Oxford

Oxford Festival of the Arts