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27 October 2015

We bring you a range of events and opportunities this week, including funding schemes for graduate and early career scholars, a visiting fellowship for research on women's lives, and TORCH's termly new network scheme. Events include a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the publication of Lord of the Rings, bite-size talks at the Ashmolean Museum's DEADFriday, and the first meeting of our new Oxford Song Network. A full events calendar can be found at the end of the email. 

News

New Knowledge Exchange Fellows

We are proud to introduce our five new Knowledge Exchange Fellows appointed this term. They will collaborate with theatre companies, museums, film makers, and festivals on a wide range of innovative projects from Schumann to Shakespeare. Find out more.

Opportunities

New Network Scheme

Each term TORCH sponsors the creation and/or development of up to three interdisciplinary research networks by providing a venue, funding, a web presence and publicity. Funding will ordinarily be up to £2,500. Deadline: 13 November 2015.

More information

Women in Humanities Visiting Fellowship

A visiting fellowship worth £1,500 is available to scholars working on women’s lives, identities and representations in the humanities. Deadline: 15 January 2016.

More information

Graduate and Early Career Opportunities

- Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Studies Oxford (RECSO) Support Scheme
Funding and support for projects in eighteenth-century studies is available through our RECSO network. Deadline: 13 November 2015. More info.

- AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund
Funding available to run an interdisciplinary graduate conference, set up a student-led peer reviewed journal, organise a public engagement project and create student-led podcasts. Deadline: 27 November 2015. More info.

- Early Career Writers' Workshop
A friendly, constructive occasion to share ideas about research and writing. More info.

- Early Career Lunches
Join us every Tuesday from 13:00-14:00 during term time for free food, a short talk, and to meet other early career people. More information on the website shortly.

- Writing partnerships matching service
A chance to find a writing partner for the term to arrange regular writing meet-ups and set goals with. More info.

Highlighted events

The Lord of the Rings

Thursday 29 October, 17:00-18:00
Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s fantasy epic the Bodleian Libraries and TORCH will mount a display of original drawings from the Tolkien archive and host a panel discussion on reactions to Tolkien’s work, then and now.

Please note that advance booking for the panel discussion is now sold out, but we expect a small number of tickets to be available on the door on a first come, first served basis.

Please click here for more information.

DEADFriday

Friday 30 October, 19:00-22:30
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Over 25 TORCH academics give bite-size talks at the Ashmolean Museum's Halloween DEADFriday event on a range of topics related to Ashmolean collections, including gravediggers, Hong Kong death rituals, death masks, and Victorian children’s literature. 

This event is ticketed, please click here for more information.

Day of the Dead

Friday 30 October, 19:00
Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford

Shake Oxford’s dreaming spires awake and help bring Mexico’s Day of the Dead fiesta to the Pitt Rivers Museum. Explore traditions and crafts associated with this eclectic Central American festival and find out how communities across the globe celebrate, mourn and remember their dead.

This event is ticketed, please click here for more information.

Comparative Encounters Between Artaud, Michaux and the Zhuangzi

Wednesday 4 November, 13:00-14:00 (lunch from 12:45)
Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road, Oxford

Amy Li discusses her new book with Marina WarnerGeoffrey Lloyd and Michael Sheringham.

Please click here for more information.

Poetry and Performance

Friday 7 November, 14:00-17:00
Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford

The first meeting of the new TORCH Network 'The Oxford Song Network: Poetry and Performance', with talks, presentations and discussion.

Please click here for more information.

Watch Again

Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life

To celebrate the publication of Jonathan Bate's new biography Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life we were joined by Jonathan Bate, Seamus Perry, Oliver Taplin and Anne Farrar Donovan to discuss life-writing, poetry and the poet.

Watch the video here

Too Valuable to Die? The ethics of

Silke Ackermann, Liz Bruton and Nigel Biggar discuss the ethics of science and scientists going to war in response to the current Museum of the History of Science exhibition exploring the life and legacy of talented English physicist Henry Moseley.

Watch the video here

Events Calendar, Weeks 3-4

Week 3

Wednesday 28 October

Fiction and Other Minds seminar
4:30-6:30pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Speakers: Peter Garratt (Durham) and Helen Small (English, University of Oxford). Chair: Ben Morgan (German, University of Oxford).

A 'Heart Hard As A Nether Millstone': The Relational Dynamics Of Victorian 'Addiction'
5:30-7:00pm | St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HS
Speaker: Dr Madeleine Wood (Queen Mary University of London).

Fireside Tales
5:30-6:30pm | Old Library, University Church, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ
A creative writing workshop exploring the oral tradition in the pre-digital age


Thursday 29 October

Early Career Writers' Workshop
4:30-6:30pm | The Royal Oak, Woodstock Road
A friendly, constructive forum for sharing work-in-progress with other early-career academics from across the Humanities Division.

Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music
5:00-7:00pm | Wharton Room, All Souls College, Oxford, OX1 4AL
Speaker: Matthew Thomson (University of Oxford)

The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s Legacy
5:00-6:00pm | Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG
A display and panel discussion to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s fantasy epic


Friday 30 October

Writing on Race: roundtable discussion
12:45-2:00pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Seminar hosted by the Race and Resistance TORCH Network

Colliding Worlds

5pm | St Cross College, Oxford
'How Cutting Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art' with Professor I. Miller

Ashmolean Dead Friday
7:00-10:30pm | Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford
Over 25 TORCH academics give bite-size talks as part of the Ashmolean’s Halloween Live Friday

Saturday 31 October

Argentine Independent Film Event
10:00am – 6:00pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Argentinian director Raúl Perrone in Focus


Week 4

Monday 2 November

Adele Thomas and Rory Mullarkey in conversation
2:15pm | Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford
Discussing the Globe Theatre's Oresteia

Fireside Tales
5:30-6:30pm | Old Library, University Church, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ
A creative writing workshop exploring the oral tradition in the pre-digital age


Tuesday 3 November

The Sublime Meets the Grotesque: Caleb Williams And Frankenstein
2:00-3:00pm | New Douce Room, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford
with Lesley Thulin (Mst English Literature, University of Oxford)

Byzantium: Still Surprising in 2015?
5:00-7:30pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Inaugural event hosted by the British Byzantine Postgraduate Network

Sanctity and Society in Sixth-Century Antioch: The Cult Of Symeon Stylites the Younger
5:30-7:00pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Speaker: Lucy Parker (Lincoln College, University of Oxford)

Neurobiological Materialism Collides with the Experience of Being Human
6:00-8:00pm|Magdalen College, Longwall Street, Oxford
Part of the ‘Theoretical Challenge of Modern Psychiatry: No Easy Cure’ series


Wednesday 4 November

Comparative Encounters Between Artaud, Michaux And The Zhuangzi
12:45-2:00pm|Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Amy Li, Marina Warner, Geoffrey Lloyd, and Michael Sheringham.

OCCT Discussion Group
12:45-2:00pm | St Anne’s College, Oxford
Fortnightly meeting of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation discussion group

Barbarisms: Multilingualism and Modernity in Narratives of the Spanish-Speaking World
4:00-6:00pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Speaker: Laura Lonsdale (Queen's College, University of Oxford). Respondent: Jane Hiddleston (French, University of Oxford).


Thursday 5 November

Social Mobility as a Prescription for Obesity Prevention
12:00-1:00pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
An analysis of policy and popular media discourses. Speaker: Karin Eli (Anthropology, University of Oxford)

Practical Architectural History Seminar
5:00-7:00pm | Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
In partnership with Purcell

Poetic Battlefields: The First World War in Poetry
5:30pm | St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY
The two-part performance Poetic Battlefields brings together historical and contemporary perspectives on the poetry of the First World War


Friday 6 November

Presentation by Campaign For Racial Awareness And Equality (Crae)
12:45-1:45pm| Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Seminar hosted by the Race and Resistance TORCH Network

The Oxford Song Network: Poetry and Performance Seminar

2:00-5:00pm | Knowles Room, Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford
The first seminar hosted by the TORCH Network The Oxford Song Network: Poetry and Performance

Saturday 7 November

Silence in the Archives
All day | Wolfson College, Oxford
Censorship and suppression in Women's Life Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century

Dignity and the Novel since 1948
10:30-5:30pm | St Cross Building, Oxford
One-day interdisciplinary symposium to launch the Fiction and Human Rights TORCH network


Monday 9 November

Peter Wiseman in Conversation
2:15pm|Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford
Discussing Rhinthon and the Roman Audience


Tuesday 10 November

Exchanging Natural Objects
12:30-2:00pm| Department of History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbes
The Performance of Nature in Edwardian Natural History and Photography. Speaker: Damian Hughes (De Montefort University).