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9 June 2016

This week we share the winners of our Shakespeare Play in a Tweet competition, catch up with the founder of our new network on comics, and announce a new digital project with the Pitt Rivers Museum

In May our researchers gave bite-size talks exploring portraiture at the Ashmolean Museum's late night LiveFriday event. We are pleased to bring you the videos of the talks on subjects as diverse as Macbeth's death masks and Andy Warhol's fag hags.

Term is coming to an end, but there are still plenty of events to explore. Our partners at the Oxford Festival of the Arts have put together a dazzling programme of events and our networks invite you to join them at their wide-ranging seminars and workshops. 

News and Blogs

TORCH and the Pitt Rivers Museum Awarded IT Innovation Funding

The project will create two mobile apps to tell Oxford's diverse stories through objects and places. Read more here.

Shakespeare Play in a Tweet

Brevity really is the soul of wit! With the Bodleian Libraries we asked you to summarise a Shakespeare play in 140 characters or less. Read the winning tweets here!

New Network on Comics

We speak to Dominic Davies about the new network and the complexities of bringing critical approaches to the comic and graphic novel form. Read more here

Alice in the Asylum

Franziska Kohlt explores Wonderland and the real mad tea parties of the Victorians in response to the new animated Disney film. Read more here.

Opportunities

Collaborations between Oxford Humanities and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini (Venice)
We invite Oxford researchers to submit applications to pursue individual research projects at the Cini’s new Vittore Branca Center for visiting scholars. Deadline: Friday 24 June.

Gender and Authority Roundtable Discussion
Opportunity for Oxford researchers to share their work related to Women's Studies or Gender Studies and participate in discussion. Deadline: Friday 24 June.

Share Your First World War Research with an International Audience
We welcome proposals for new perspectives on the War and its impact through either a blog post or short (audio/video) podcast. Deadline: Monday 1 August.

Reminder of Opportunities

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. 

Highlighted Events

#Brexit or #StrongerIn?

13:00-14:00, Tuesday 14 June, Bodleian Libraries

Yin Yin Lu (Oxford Internet Institute) examines the rhetoric of EU referendum hashtags.

Please click here for more information and to book your place

Performing Time, Cruising Epic Worlds

17:15, Tuesday 14 June, Taylorian Institute, St Giles

Ulrike Draesner, German author and writer in residence at New College and TORCH, on writing the 12th and 21st centuries.

Please click here for more information

Oxford Festival of the Arts

17 June - 2 July, Venues across Oxford

A wonderful programme of high quality events, with a colourful mix of music, literature, theatre, art, speaker events, workshops and much more.

Please click here for more information and to buy tickets

Speaking in Absence

Thursday 21 June, Weston Library, Oxford

A conference exploring digital correspondence with panel discussions, a practical demonstration of the digitisation of letters, an exhibition and poster presentations. 

Please click here for more information and to register

Watch Again

Portraits Across the Ages

A series of bite-size talks given at the Ashmolean Museum's late night event exploring portraiture, faces and celebrity across the Museum's collections.

David Garrick's Wigless Celebrity
Ruth Scobie explores a portrait of David Garrick by Johan Zoffany
Useful Frames and Dead Pasteboard
Sarah Hook on loving and burning card portraits in nineteenth-century literature
Chasing Butterflies: Capturing the Transience of Childhood
Emily Knight talks about eighteenth-century portraits of children
The Death Masks of Macbeth
Simon Palfrey discusses the deaths and afterlives of Oliver Cromwell and Macbeth
Andy Warhol's Girls
Eleri Watson explores Andy Warhol's relationships with women
Messages through Ashmolean Portraits
Victoria McGuinness on the hidden meanings of objects from the Ashmolean's collections

Watch here

Events Calendar, Weeks 7-8

Thursday 9 June

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


Friday 10 June

All Day | ‘Great Expectations? Childhood and Social Mobility’
A Rags to Riches Workshop

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

All Day | 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

All Day | Literary Journalism and Latin-American Wars
‘Revolutions, Retributions, Resignation'

All Day | The environmental NGOs at a crossroads
Critical choices in response of environmental challenges


Tuesday 14 June

All Day | Literary Journalism and Latin-American Wars
‘Revolutions, Retributions, Resignation'

All Day | The environmental NGOs at a crossroads
Critical choices in response of environmental challenges

All Day | Making and Rethinking Renaissance
Between Greek and Latin in C15th and C16th Europe

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
Research Uncovered - Bodleian free lunchtime talks!

17:15 | Performing time, cruising epic worlds - writing the 12th and 21st centuries
Interdisciplinary seminar with Ulrike Draesner

 

Wednesday 15 June

All Day | Making and Rethinking Renaissance
Between Greek and Latin in C15th and C16th Europe

17:30 – 19:00 | Moods, emotions and Befindlichkeit
Speaker: Francesca Brencio (Western Sydney University)

 

Thursday 16 June

09:30 – 18:00 | 500 Years of Orlando Furioso
An international conference to celebrate the anniversary of Ariosto's poem.

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

 

Friday 17 June

Women Create Change
An outdoor exhibition celebrating Oxfordshire’s pioneering women from 17 June – 2 July

09:00 – 19:00 | Writers, Rights, Institutions
A one-day conference on the institutional relationships between literature and human rights

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

21:30 | Furious Folly
An outdoor theatre performance of art, war, and insanity on a grand scale

 

Saturday 18 June

All Day | Image as Vortex
An interdisciplinary conference on the question of what makes an image 

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
A Panel Discussion

14:00 – 17:00 | Soapbox Science
Part of Oxford Festival of the Arts

17:00 – 18:00 | Shakespeare's Sonnets
Part of Oxford Festival of the Arts

17:30 – 18:30 | Photographic Portraiture
A Panel Discussion, Part of Oxford Festival of the Arts

21:30 | Furious Folly
An outdoor theatre performance of art, war, and insanity on a grand scale

 

Sunday 19 June

17:00 – 18:15 | Shakespeare's Oxford
Part of Oxford Festival of the Arts

 

Monday 20 June

All Day | And you shall be unto me a Kingdom of Priests, a Holy Nation
Chosen Peoples from the Bible to Daesh

16:30 | And All This Time It Dwells Behind the Door
Annie Freud, the award-winning poet and artist, and Sowon Park (Corpus Christi, English) will chart the relations between the unconscious, creativity and memory

All Day | Speaking in Absence: Letters in the Digital Age
One-day, interdisciplinary, student-run conference

 

Tuesday 21 June

All Day | And you shall be unto me a Kingdom of Priests, a Holy Nation
Chosen Peoples from the Bible to Daesh

19:30 – 21:00 | Poetry Live with Ben Okri
Part of Oxford Festival of the Arts

 

Wednesday 22 June

All Day | Romantic Voices, 1760-1840
Early career and Postgraduate Conference

17:00 – 18:00 | Maggi Hambling
In Conversation with Dr Xa Sturgis

 

Thursday 23 June

All Day | Romantic Voices, 1760-1840
Early career and Postgraduate Conference

09:30 | Women's Responses to the Reformation
An interdisciplinary workshop to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.

10:30 – 19:15 | Moving Performances
Exploring the politics and spaces of voices and unruly emotions

17:15 – 18:45 | Is there a Humanities in India?
A special postcolonial seminar

18:00 – 21:00 | Game On!
Part of Oxford Festival of the Arts

 

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