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1 March 2016

This week we share blogs by researchers on the links between the arts and sciences, the twelfth century, and a new novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates. We also share a range of opportunities for academics, from calls for papers to writing workshops. Although term is coming to an end, there are still plenty of events to get involved with on interactive fiction, dance, women's equality, and more. All events are open to all, and we hope you can join us!

Featured Blogs

Two Cultures

Knowledge Exchange Fellow Barry Murnane explores the links between science and German. 
Read more.

The Twelfth Century

How long - and how great - was the twelfth century? Phillipa Byrne explores in this Medieval Studies blog. 
Read more.

Between the World and Me

Donald Brown and Mary Jean Chan review Ta-Nehisi Coates’s novel in the Voices Across Borders blog. 

Read more.


- Early Career Writing Support

Getting down to doing some proper writing can be difficult in the midst of a busy term. To help you, we have a range of different support schemes including an academic writing group, writing bootcamps and a writing partnership scheme. More info. 

- Call for Papers: 'Race' and the Academy since 1800

Papers are welcomed for the second Callaloo Graduate and Early Career Researcher workshop, which will take place on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to by 1 June 2016. More info.

- Humanities Poster Competition

An opportunity for early career academics (DPhils and postdoctoral researchers) to showcase their research and win prizes. Deadline: 11 March 2016. More info

- The Conversation Workshops

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, drawn from the research community and delivered direct to the public. Interested in finding out more? During this and next term there will be a series of introductory sessions, workshops and one-to-one drop in sessions. More info.

Highlighted events

Arcadia and Interactive Fiction

13:00-14:00 (lunch from 12:30), Wednesday 2 March 
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

We are joined by novelist Iain Pears to discuss his new book Arcadia and interactive fiction with Sophie Ratcliffe, Emily Short, Richard Beard and Alex Butterworth.

Please click here for more information

Steps, Stories and Style

17:30, Wednesday 2 March
Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford

DANSOX are pleased to present a guest lecture by Alastair Macaulay (Chief Dance Critic, New York Times) on celebrated dancer and choreographer Frederick Ashton.

Please click here for more information and to register

Song as Performance

14:00-17:00, Friday 4 March
Wadham College, Oxford

An afternoon study event exploring the question of song as performance from historical, biographical, theoretical, practical and pedagogical angles.

Please click here for more information and to register

Art and Action

10:00-18:00, Saturday 5 March
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

A symposium exploring the intersections of literary celebrity and politics across historical periods and media.

Please click here for more information and to register

Women in the Academy

17:00, Tuesday 8 March
Maplethorpe Hall, St Hugh's College, Oxford

What is the state of women’s equality in the academy and how can we promote it? A roundtable discussion in celebration of International Women's Day.  

Please click here for more information and to book

Watch Again

Future of the Professions

In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks what are the prospects for employment? 

Watch here

Humanities at Oxford

Discover the world of Humanities research at Oxford in this new 70 second video. Find out about the other Divisions here.

Watch here

Events Calendar, Weeks 7-8

Wednesday 2 March

12:30pm to 2:00pm | Arcadia

A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Iain Pears, Sophie Ratcliffe, Emily Short, Richard Beard, and Alex Butterworth

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Metaphysics of Entanglement Seminar

Speaker: Sophie Allen (University of Oxford)

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Gender and Interculturality

Part of the Intercultural Literature series

5:30pm | Frederick Ashton: Steps, Stories, Style

Speaker: Alastair Macaulay

Thursday 3 March

12:00pm to 2:00pm | German Song

Natasha Loges leads a workshop for undergraduates and graduate students registered at the University of Oxford for The Oxford Song Network

1:00pm to 2:30pm | Violence as Spectacle: Exhibiting the Great War in the British Empire

Speaker: Jennifer Wellington (University College Dublin)

Friday 4 March

Friday (All day) to Sunday (All day) | Oxford Lieder Festival

Be part of the 2016 Spring Weekend of Song

12:00pm to 1:30pm | Heidegger Reading Group

Graduate led reading group

12:45pm to 2:00pm | Philosophy and Race discussion: Dr Nathaniel Coleman and Dr Michael McEachcrane

Dr Nathaniel Coleman and Dr Michael McEachcrane lead a discussion

5:00pm to 7:00pm | Text, Shrine, and Supplicant in the Eastern Cult of Saints (5th – 7th centuries)

Speaker: Philip Booth (Trinity College, University of Oxford)

5:00pm to 6:30pm | Anglo-Norman Reading Group

A collaborative forum in which to read, translate and discuss a wide variety of Anglo-Norman texts.

Saturday 5 March

10:00am to 6:00pm | Art & Action: The Intersections of Literary Celebrity and Politics

A one-day symposium exploring literary celebrity and politics across historical periods.

Monday 7 March

12:45pm to 2:00pm | OCCT Discussion Group

Part of the Intermediality series

2:15pm | Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Seminar: Laboratory research in the British Empire

Sabine Clarke: ‘Circulating knowledge and colonial modernity: the symbolic function of laboratory research in the British Empire after 1945