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19 February 2015

This week we turn our attention to the relationship between arts and science, with the next in our "Humanities and Science" series looking at the representation of science through theatre and the visual arts. This week's "Book at Lunchtime" also explores this theme, as we feature Omar Nasim's Observing by Hand: Sketching the Nebulae in the Nineteenth Century.

We are also pleased to announce that applications are invited for two DPhil studentships as part of an interdisciplinary project on childhood maltreatment and lifetime resilience. There are also opportunities to pursue an individual research project at the Cini Foundation in Venice, and to develop an interdisciplinary research network at TORCH.

Funding Opportunities

Collaboration with Cini

An opportunity for Oxford researchers to pursue individual research projects at The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, one of Venice’s principal cultural and research institutions.

Deadline: 11 March

For more information please click here.

New Network Scheme

The scheme provides seed funding of up to £2,500 for new research networks that will develop an interdisciplinary research agenda.

Deadline: midday Friday 20 February

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Doctoral Studentships

Applicants are now sought for two DPhil studentships as part of an interdisciplinary project on ‘Childhood maltreatment and lifetime resilience’. One student will work in the Faculty of History on ‘Child abuse and neglect in mid-twentieth-century Britain’. The other student will work in Department of Experimental Psychology on ‘Child maltreatment and psychopathology: an investigation of risk and resilience’.

These studentships are part of TORCH's Humanities and Science programme, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Deadline: 13 March 2015

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Watch again

Humanities and Science: Mental Health

Pyschiatrists and humanities scholars discuss how mental health and the humanities can, or should, re-engage, and the challenges that relationship may bring.

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The Stressed Sex: Men, Women and Mental Health

An interdisciplinary panel of scholars discuss Daniel Freeman's book, which explores the relationship between gender and mental health.

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Humanitas: How Playwrights Collaborate

A conversation with playwrights David Edgar, Howard Brenton and Bryony Lavery about how playwrights collaborate with directors, performers and each other.

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Featured events

All these events seek to bring together people from different disciplines who are interested in the same research area, and they actively welcome new people to come along. These are just a snapshot of the many fantastic events taking place, so please visit our events calendar for a full listing.

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Perspectives on Poetry

Sunday 22 February, 19:30

Acclaimed German poet Ulrike Sandig is joined in conversation by the artist Sebastian Reuter and her UK translator Karen Leeder (TORCH KE Fellow).

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Representing Science

Tuesday 24 February, 13:00 - 14:00 (lunch from 12:45)

A "Humanities and Science" seminar, with an opening presentation by Kirsten Shepherd Barr (Professor of English Literature) and responses from an artist, a neuroscientist and an art historian. Chair: Dan O'Connor (Wellcome Trust)

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Observing by Hand

Wednesday 25 February, 13:00 - 13:50

Omar Nasim (Lecturer in History, University of Kent & TORCH Research Fellow 2013-14) discusses his book with: Stephen Johnston (Director, Museum of the History of Science), Martin Kemp (History of Art, University of Oxford) and Chris Lintott (Astrophysics, University of Oxford). Lunch available from 12:45.

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Voltaire and the Newtonian Revolution

Saturday 28 February, All day

This conference explores how Voltaire and Emilie du Châtelet (his long-time companion and leading woman scientist of her era) promoted Newtonian theory.

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Feminism and Modernism in Norway

Friday 6 March, 14:00

An Ibsen Network event with Janet Garton, “Amalie Skram: ‘A Woman Who Writes Like a Man’”; Eveliina Pulkki, “Women and modernity in Knut Hamsun’s Sult”; Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, “What Ibsen Really Said about Women”.

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International Women's Day 2015

Friday 6 March, 17:15 - 19:15

Reflect on feminism's achievements and future path. With only two months to the General Election, this is your chance to hear about the state of women's rights and feminism from informed and diverse speakers.

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Latest news from the Humanitas Programme

We are pleased to announce that John McLaughlin will visit Oxford in Trinity Term as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Intelligence Studies. John MacLaughlin is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence in the Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and served as Acting Director of Central Intelligence from July to September of 2004 and as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 2000 to 2004. Further information will be available shortly. You can find out more about the series here: http://torch.ox.ac.uk/themes/intelligence-studies.

All of the events from the celebrated playwright David Edgar's Visiting Professorship are now available to watch again. Please click here to view the videos.

From the archive...

With the announcement of our new Intelligence Studies Visiting Professor, we look back at a lecture given by General Hayden, Former Director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency, on "My Government, My Security and Me”.

Events Calendar, Weeks 5 - 7

Friday 20 February

12:30 - 14:00 | History of Capitalism Reading Group

"The Philosophy of Railways: The Transcontinental Railway Idea in British North America", A. A. den Otter

12:30 - 14:00 | Music in Anti-Colonial Movements

Part of the "Critical theories and world politics" interdisciplinary student discussion group

12:45 - 14:00 | Research Presentations

By members of the 'Race and Resistance' network

13:00 - 15:00 | The Role of Epigenetics in the Major Transitions

Guest speaker Professor Eva Jablonka (Cohn Institute, Tel Aviv).

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

This group provides a relaxed and collaborative forum in which to hear about, read, translate and comment upon a wide variety of Anglo-Norman texts.


Sunday 22nd February

19:30 | Perspectives on Poetry: Ulrike Almut Sandig performs in London

Acclaimed German poet Ulrike Sandig is joined in conversation by the artist Sebastian Reuter and her UK translator Karen Leeder (TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellow).


Monday 23rd February

12:15 - 13:30 | 90 Seconds, 5 Questions

With Hannah Kinney, DPhil Candidate History of Art, University of Oxford

12:30 | Between 'Progress' and 'Grandeur': The Circulation of Brazilian Culture During the Early Decades of the Cold War

With guest speaker Professor Darién Davis (Middlebury College)

14:00 | History of Medicine seminar series

Picturing the unusual: Medical photography from plague to AIDS

17:00 | Besterman Enlightenment Workshop

John Stevenson (University of Oxford), ‘William Cobbett: a Child of the Enlightenment?’


Tuesday 24th February

12:00 - 13:00 | Gender, Women and Culture Seminar

Susan Grayzel (University of Mississippi) – ‘Did women have a Great War?’

13:00 - 14:00 | Representing Science

A "Humanities and Science: In Coversation" discussion with Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Jason Gaiger, Annie Cattrell and Daniel O'Connor

14:15 - 15:30 | Humanities and Science at the Ashmolean: Ideas and Objects

An object handling session around the theme "Representing Science"

17:00 | ‘Collecting Paintings in late Victorian and Edwardian England: the Brocklebank Family and the Story of their Art Collection'

Dr Tim Hunter, Fine Art Consultant

17:30 | Cartographies of the Anthropocene: Considering jellyfish, reconsidering the bio/geo divide

Elizabeth Johnson (Geography, Exeter)


Wednesday 25th February

12:30 - 13:30 | Embodiment and Materiality Reading Group

Michael Wheeler: 'Is Cognition Embedded or Extended? The Case of Gestures

12:45 - 13:45 | Observing by Hand

A Book at Lunchtime discussion with Omar Nasim, Stephen Johnston, Chris Lintott and Martin Kemp

13:30 - 14:30 | Myth and the Senses

An interdisciplinary discussion group

17:00 | War Crimes Trials and Investigations seminar series

Andreas Hilger (Independent Commission on the History of the German Intelligence Service) "Crime and Punishment? German crimes and Stalin's justice during and after World War II"

17:00 | The Cheap Print

Part of the Slade lecture series on "The Print Before Photography: The European print in the age of the copper plate and wooden block"

17:00 - 19:00 | Phenomenology Network Seminar

With Dr Ariane Mildenberg

19:00 - 20:30 | Poetry Workshop: Rewriting History

A discussion of the poetry of science using John Radcliffe as a starting point


Thursday 26th February

12:30 - 13:30 | Gender, Identity and Subjectivity

Graduate-led reading and discussion group

12:30 - 14:00 | The Discoveries of Portuguese Female Mystics, 1500-1755

Joana Serrado (Oxford)


Friday 27th February

12:30 - 14:00 | Suffering bodies: beyond humanitarianism

Part of the "Critical theories and world politics" interdisciplinary student discussion group

12:30 - 14:00 | History of Capitalism Reading Group

"Banking in Crisis: The Rise and Fall of British Banking Stability, 1800 to the Present", John D. Turner

12:45 - 14:00 | Law and Race

Panel led by Michelle Kelly (English)

Saturday 28th February

All day | Voltaire and the Newtonian Revolution
A one-day conference on Voltaire and how he was influenced by Newtonian science


Monday 2nd March

14:00 | History of Medicine seminar series

Recipe books and networks of medicinal knowledge in eighteenth-century England

17:00 | Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Seminar

Sarah Kay (Medieval and Modern Languages, NYU)

17:00 | Besterman Enlightenment Workshop

Alexander Iosad (University of Oxford), ‘The Linguistic Challenges of Cultural Transfer: Translating the “New Sciences” in Eighteenth-Century Russia’

17:00 | Cutting the Skin: From Sacrifice to Slaughter in Medieval Bestiaries

A Medieval Studies lecture by Professor Sarah Kay, NYU


Tuesday 3rd March

12:30 | Photography at the Institute of Archaeology

With Sally Crawford and Katharine Ulmschneider in conversation with Mirjam Brusius

14:00 - 15:15 Victorian Fiction and Medicine

Part of the Literature and Science Early Career Researchers’ Forum, with Alison Moulds

15:30 | Dante at 750

Event marking the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth

17:00 | ‘Theorising Abstraction and Sculpture before 1914'

Professor Michael White, University of York

17:30 - 18:30 | Early Career Writers' Workshop

A chance for Oxford Researchers to receive constructive feedback before submitting an article to a high-profile journal.

17:30 - 19:00 | Lost in Translation: Scientific Naturalists and Their Language Games

Bernard Lightman, Professor of Humanities, York University, Toronto


Wednesday 4th March

15:00 | The Tyranny of the Perfect: Competitive Femininity in Neo-­liberal Times

Professor Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths, University of London)

17:00 | War Crimes Trials and Investigations seminar series

Nikita Petrov (Memorial, Russia) "A Matter of Justice or a Political Show?"

17:00 | The print and the art historian

Part of the Slade lecture series on "The Print Before Photography: The European print in the age of the copper plate and wooden block"


Thursday 5th March

12:30 - 13:30 | Gender, Identity and Subjectivity

Graduate-led reading and discussion group

12:30 - 14:00 | Baptismal Requirements and Routine Infanticide in Western Europe, 1500-1800

Gregory Hanlon (Dalhousie)

13:00 - 14:00 | Globalising and Localising the Great War Seminar

Dr. Gabriela Frei - "Freedom of the Seas and the First World War"

17:00 | Folia Voices: A Tribute to Elizabeth Travassos

With guest speaker Professor Suzel Ana Reily (Anthropology and Ethnomusicology, Queen's University Belfast and Universidade de Campinas)

19:00 | Nick Hennessey: The Ruined House of Skin

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Nick Hennessey performs stories and songs


Friday 6th March

12:30 - 14:00 | History of Capitalism Reading Group

"The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism", Harriet Ritvo

12:30 - 14:00 | Resisting Neoliberal Globalization: Local Struggles and Transnational Networks

Part of the "Critical theories and world politics" interdisciplinary student discussion group

12:45 - 14:00 | Curriculum Diversity

Led by Ruby Seresin and CRAE (Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality)

14:00 | Feminism and Modernism in Norway

An Ibsen Phenomenon seminar

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

This group provides a relaxed and collaborative forum in which to hear about, read, translate and comment upon a wide variety of Anglo-Norman texts

17:15 - 19:15 | International Women's Day 2015
Reflect on feminism's achievements and future path