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11 February 2016

This week we share a selection of blogs from our networks and programmes as well as videos of bite-size talks on heroes and villains in the Ashmolean's collections and presentations on new Knowledge Exchange projects. We also look ahead to a full few weeks of events, including Oxford Afterlives at the Museum of Natural History, which explores three of Oxford's most celebrated storytellers. We hope you can join us!

Featured Blogs

Being a Woman Byzantinist

Adele Curness reflects on this recent event in the Oxford Medieval Studies blog
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Interdisciplinary Reflections

We hear from Michelle Degli and Jono Taylor about the Childhood Adversity and Lifetime Resilience project.
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Still Dignified

Jonathan Herring explores human dignity in the novel Still Alice in the Fiction and Human Rights blog
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African Writers Imagining Children

In the latest Voices Across Borders blog Tamara Moellenberg explores Anglophone West African novels.

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Do you research diversity? 
If you are a researcher working on diversity who would be interested in developing collaborative projects through TORCH please get in touch. We are at the formative stage of a new programme of research-led activity around diversity and would welcome your ideas. 
Please email by Friday 11 March 2016

Do you research dance? 
Our Dance Scholarship Programme is looking for researchers from any subject area and career stage across all divisions to join the Programme as part of a working group to share ideas and explore new collaborations. 
Please email by Friday 11 March 2016

More opportunities are available on our website. Applications are also open for our network scheme and the Race and Resistance graduate/early career research grant

Highlighted events

Dante, Mysticism and Poetic Craft

12:30-14:00, Wednesday 17 February 
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

A talk by David Bowe (Victoria Maltby Junior Research Fellow) as part of the Medieval and Early Modern Mysticism seminars.

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Rhodes Must Fall

12:45-14:00, Friday 19 February
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

Tadiwa Madenga, Dalia Gebrial, and Brian Kwoba will lead a discussion about the movement and what decolonisation means in a context like Oxford.

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Friendly Enlightenment

17:00, Monday 22 February
Voltaire Foundation, 99 Banbury Road

Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary University of London) gives a lecture exploring creativity and textual production among the young.

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Are the Humanities More Digital than the Sciences?

13:00-14:00 (with lunch from 12:30), Tuesday 23 February
Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Woodstock Road

An interdisciplinary discussion with Howard Hotson (History), Andrew Prescott (Digital Humanities), Dave De Roure (e-Research) and Heather Viles (Geography).

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Oxford Afterlives

17:30-19:00, Wednesday 24 February 
Museum of Natural History, Oxford

Join us to celebrate Oxford storytellers Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman, and explore how their stories have been reimagined across different media.

Please click here for more information and to book

King of All Balloons

17:30, Thursday 25 February 
Doctorow Hall, St Edmumd Hall, Oxford

The launch of Mark Davies' biography of James Sadler (1753–1828), Oxford pastry cook and first English aeronaut. Refreshments provided.

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Watch Again

Heroes and Villains at the Ashmolean Museum

Watch the TORCH bite-size talks on Ashmolean collections from LiveFriday: 

Heroes and Villains in Indian Paintings
Anaesthesia on Turner's High Street
The Alfred Jewel and Kingship
Live and Let Die - in Greek Epic
Heroes and Villains in Game of Thrones
Great Men and Fallen Heroes

Knowledge Exchange Showcase

Short talks by academics on their new Knowledge Exchange Projects:

- Pharmacy as a Laboratory of Modernity
Staging Nahum Tate's King Lear
Compassion in Healthcare
Demons Land: A Poem Come True
Unlocking Late Schumann
Vehicles: Children's Opera

Events Calendar, Weeks 4-6

Week 4

Friday 12 February

Friday (All Day) to Sunday (All Day) | German Song Onstage 1770-1914
Collaborative conference

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

Graduate led reading group

12:45pm to 2:00pm | The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature
Lloyd Pratt (Associate Professor of English, Oxford) will speak about his new bookThe Strangers Book

2:15pm to 3:45pm | The Latitudes of Twilight in the North
Speaker: Professor Peter Davidson (University of Oxford)

Saturday 13 February

9:30am to 4:45pm | Life-Writing Workshop: Emotional Lives
A workshop with Hermione Lee and Patrick Hayes.

11:00am to 6:00pm | Wadham Race Symposium
Confronting the White Institution

Week 5

Monday 15 February

(All Day) | Calendars in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

ERC Project Workshop 7

2:15pm | Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Seminar: Nocturnal Emissions
William MacLehose: ‘Mind, body and soul in medieval discussions of nocturnal emissions’

5:00pm | (Re)Building The Image of the East India Company
Besterman Enlightenment Workshop with Rosemarie Dias (University of Warwick).

Tuesday 16 February

12:30pm to 2:00pm | Enlightenment and Conservatism In the Correspondence of the Verri Brothers

Speaker: Pierre Musitelli (ENS, Paris)

2:00pm to 6:30pm | Lgbt History at The Faculty of History, Oxford

An afternoon of presentations and discussion with scholars working on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer histories.

2:00pm to 3:00pm | Customer Development & an Introduction to the Business Model Canvas

Part of the ‘Building a Business’ lecture series for Humanities and Social Sciences researchers

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Reading Group
Title of the book:What There Is? The Fundamental Ontology of the Natural World

5:30pm to 7:00pm | Against Biography
Adam Phillips gives a Wienrebe Lecture for the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

5:30pm to 7:00pm | Against Biography

Pyschotherapist and essayist Adam Phillips gives a lecture as part of the 2016 Weinrebe Lecture Series

Wednesday 17 February

(All Day) | Escr Workshop: Re-Imagining Professionalism in Mental Health: Towards Co-Production

Seminar 2: Enacting co-production

12:30pm to 2:00pm | Dante, Mysticism, and Poetic Craft

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 -

12:30pm to 2:00pm | ‘What’s Aught but as ‘Tis Valued?’: Shakespeare’s Value

Engaging with the Humanities: Emma Smith

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Essence as Generalized Identity and Real Definition

Speaker: Fabrice Correia (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

5:00pm to 6:30pm | The Power of the Desire in Nicomachean Ethics

Speaker: Magdalena Bosch Rabell (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain)

5:30pm to 8:00pm | Women of Achievement: Inaugural Lecture

With Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, as part of the Oxford Diversity Lectures 2016.

5:30pm to 7:00pm | Medical & Technological Limits: Adult Hearing Loss up to the Great War

A Science, Medicine & Culture in the Nineteenth Century Seminar with Graeme Gooday

6:45pm | Translating Bach: Theory and Practice

Part of the Plain Song: A Short History of Music in the Church series

Thursday 18 February

12:00pm To 2:00pm | Russian Song

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

1:00pm To 2:30pm | Performing Propaganda: Music and National Identity in Paris and London, 1914-1918

Speaker: Rachel Moore (New College, Oxford University)

Friday 19 February

9:30am to 6:00pm | What Is Politics? Exploring the History of a Concept Across The Euro-Islamic World

A workshop to explore changing understandings of ‘politics’ in Europe, the Ottoman and Arab worlds and South Asia, from the sixteenth through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

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

Graduate led reading group

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.

5:00pm to 7:00pm | Art as Evidence for the Joint Cult of Saints: John The Baptist And John The Evangelist In Early Medieval Rome And Byzantium
Speaker: Maria Lidova (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

5:30pm | Falling for Edward Lear

Speaker: Dr Matthew Bevis (University of Oxford)

Week 6

Monday 22 February

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

Part of the Intermediality series

2:15pm | Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Seminar: 17th-Century England

Jonathan Healey: ‘Old age, sickness and poor relief in seventeenth-century England’

5:00pm | Friendly Enlightenment: Creativity and Textual Production Among the Young

Besterman Enlightenment Workshop with Tessa Whitehouse (Queen Mary University of London).

5:30pm to 7:00pm | Tempered Lives: Weathers, Seasons, and Biography

Alexandra Harris gives a Wienrebe Lecture for the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

5:45pm | Women in Publishing

Roundtable discussion session

6:00pm | Green Templeton Lectures 2016: Big Data and Biomedical Research

A lecture by Professor John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford

Tuesday 23 February

1:00pm to 2:00pm | Are the Humanities More Digital than the Sciences?
A panel discussion with Howard Hotson, Andrew Prescott, Dave De Roure and Heather Viles

2:00pm to 3:00pm | Anorexia Through Time: Changing Faces, Changing Paradigms

Rhea Sookdeosingh (DPhil History) delivers a seminar as part of the "Reading Images" series

6:00pm | A Great Unrecorded History: Lgbt Heritage in World Cultures

Oxford University Annual LGBT History Month Lecture

Wednesday 24 February

2:00pm to 3:30pm | The Relation of Literature and Learning to Social Hierarchy in Early Modern Europe

Papers by Emma Whipday (King’s College London) and Tom Hamilton (Trinity College, Cambridge)

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Reading Group

Title of the book: Barbara Vetter:Potentiality

4:30pm to 6:30pm | Korean Literature and Translation in Dialogue with the Circulation and Translation of Indian Language Texts in South and East-Asia in the 19th Century

This is part of the Inter-Asian Comparison series

5:00pm | Pierre Bonnard, Painting Beyond the Boundaries of the Body

Speaker: Lucy Whelan

5:30pm to 7:00pm | Oxford Afterlives

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Margaret Kean and Stuart Lee discuss how the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and Philip Pullman have been reimagined across different media

6:45pm | Pre-Reformation Hymns In Bach Cantatas: The Case of 'Christ Lag in Todesbanden'

Part of the Plain Song: A Short History of Music in the Church series

Thursday 25 February

12:00pm to 1:00pm | Discussion Session

Join the "Rags to Riches" network discussions - Experiences of Social Mobility since 1800

1:00pm to 2:30pm | China’s New Culture Movement In 1919 – A Roundabout Ramification of World War I

Speaker: Elisabeth Forster (Oxford China Centre, Oxford University)

2:00pm to 3:30pm | Language and Anthropology Seminars Hillary Term 2016

A brief introduction to early Chinese oracle bone script, using online materials for illustration

5:00pm to 7:00pm | Philippe de Vitry at Meaux

Part of the medieval and renaissance music seminar series

5:30pm | Launch Event: 'King of All Balloons'

The launch of Mark Davies' biography of James Sadler (1753–1828), Oxford pastry cook and first English aeronaut.