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TORCH Newsletter Trinity Term

Weeks 5 & 6 (21st May – 3 June 2017)

The past few weeks here at TORCH have seen a range of events, activities and discussions engaging with many different people from academics and researchers to poets, performers and community leaders. The coming weeks will continue to build on this and this year’s Humanities & Identities’ series.  

On 1 June, TORCH will be co-hosting this year’s Annual Disability Lecture with the University of Oxford Equality and Diversity Unit. The lecture, entitled ‘Complexity in Our Multiple Identities will see Dr Marie Tidball, Dr Torø Graven and Dan Holloway speak about their individual approaches to disability in personal and professional spheres. Please see below for further information on how to register for the event.

We will be continuing our Book at Lunchtime series with ‘Britain’s History and Memory of Transatlantic Slavery’, discussions featuring Black and Asian British Writing through our ‘Great Writers Inspire at Home’ series, and looking at ‘Repositioning Women's Health Care: A Case Study on Women Who Survived Ebola in Sierra Leone’. As always, these events are open to all – please check for details on times and locations.  

Keep an eye out for videos of recent events on ‘Volcanoes: Natural Disaster Narratives and the Environment in Caribbean Literature’, ‘Migration, Memory and Identity’, and ‘Storming Utopia: More’s Utopia in the Age of Brexit’, and for updates from our Networks and Programmes.

Highlighted Events

Complexity in Our Multiple Identities: the 2017 Disability Lecture

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

Disability is one among our many possible identities, but it is one that is often hidden, necessitating constant choices about whether and how to share information. Marie Tidball, Dan Holloway and Torø Graven, who all work for the University, share their individual approaches to disability in personal and professional spheres.

The event will be chaired Dr Rebecca Surender (Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Advocate for Equality and Diversity, University of Oxford).

This will also be the launch for the Disability Narratives website, a research project to investigate the experiences of disabled staff at the University and share good practice on support.

There will be a drinks reception after the lecture.

This is a joint event arranged by TORCH and the Equality and Diversity Unit, as part of TORCH’s Humanities and Identities series.

Please click here for more information

News and Blogs

About Time!

On Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April 2017, graduate students, early career researchers, and established scholars met for the Thirteenth Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference held at Merton College, Oxford. As usual, the conference revolved around one word, one theme, chosen by the delegates of the OMGC held the year before. This year, it was about Time.

Read the blog post in full here

Video: InHabit: People, Places and Possessions

Central to human life and experience, habitation forms a context for enquiry within many disciplines. Co-editors Dr Antony Buxton (Continuing Education, University of Oxford), Dr Linda Hulin (Archaeology, University of Oxford) and Dr Jane Anderson (Architecture, Oxford Brookes University) joined this Book at Lunchtime event to discuss this collection. 

This event was chaired by Professor Elleke Boehmer (English, University of Oxford). 

Watch the video here

Part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite size book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines.

Podcast: The Rise of Endless War

The TORCH Crisis, Extremes, and Apocalypse network hosted a talk on 'The Rise of Endless War' with Professor Samuel Moyn (Harvard University). In this talk Samuel Moyn will discuss some alternatives within the reform of warfare and the path we have taken in the past few decades – suggesting that it may have been a mistake to opt to humanize war, rather than pacify the world. Professor Moyn also discusses ideas for future work.

Listen to the podcast here

Global and Comparative Feminisms in the Long Nineteenth Century

In January 2017 Marilyn Booth (Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, Oriental Institute) and Kathryn Gleadle (Professor of Gender and Women’s History, Faculty of History) organised two highly successful events on ‘Global and Comparative Feminisms in the Long Nineteenth Century’, funded by TORCH alongside support from the Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity and the Centre for Global History.

The aim was to provide an opportunity to explore how best to categorise the projects of female empowerment that began to crystallise and cluster across the globe during the long nineteenth century. The first event, held on the 23 January at 5pm, was a well-received lecture given by internationally renowned specialist of gender and empire, Professor Antoinette Burton, from Illinois University. The talk was entitled ‘The Scorpion’s Lash: Gender and the Making of an Imperial Anthropocene in Victorian Afghanistan’ and took place at the Blue Boar lecture theatre at Christ Church College.

 You can read more on these events here

New Opportunities

New Network Scheme

TORCH invites applications from colleagues seeking to establish, or consolidate, multi- or interdisciplinary research networks to be based at the Radcliffe Humanities Building.

Each academic term The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) will sponsor the creation and/or development of up to three multi- or interdisciplinary research networks by providing a venue, funding, a web presence and publicity. Funding will ordinarily be up to £2,500. Funding is for one year (renewable for a further year on application after first year). Applicants may also apply for funds from the John Fell Fund. The next deadline is midday Friday 26 May 2017.

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

Proposals are sought from Oxford researchers to facilitate new, or develop existing, relationships with external partners that further the reach and significance of research in all humanities disciplines at Oxford. The range of possible knowledge exchange activities and partners is deliberately broad; it is up to the applicant to make the case that what is proposed enhances their research, benefits the external partner(s), and has the potential to continue after the end of the Fellowship. All previous fellows have project descriptions on the TORCH website here: http://torch.ox.ac.uk/knowledge-exchange

Up to £10k is available to support each fellow.

Deadline Thursday 29 June 2017. 

Mellon 'Global South' Visiting Fellowships

TORCH is looking for applications from University of Oxford Humanities academics to host a visiting ‘Global South’ Fellowship during 2017 or 2018. 

These visiting fellowships cover travel, accommodation and hosting while the visiting speakers carry out a series of public events, student/graduate seminars and drop-in discussions, also including, if they wish, filming and live web-streaming.

We aim to appoint up to two Visiting Fellowships, per year (2017-18), in both cases from the Global South, broadly defined, and from across humanities subjects. We welcome suggestions for appointees from academics from all the Humanities Faculties at Oxford and are interested in world-leading individuals who both study and represent diversity, and who also have practical experience in promoting diversity in his/her university and country.

We will welcome participation from Visitors in our TORCH networks and programmes, including ‘Women in the Humanities’, ‘Medical Humanities’, and ‘Race and Resistance’. We will seek applications specifically from institutions in the Global South, including from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Philippines, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and across Southern Africa and the Caribbean.

The Mellon Global South Visiting Fellowships will be crucial in the work of providing role models and embedding expectations on diversity and inclusivity in the wider University. 

Applications should include a 4 page max CV for the proposed individual and a research outline explaining their contribution to your Faculty (teaching and research) in no more than 1000 words. Click here for details. 

Deadline 26 June 2017 

Mellon 'Global South' Visiting Professorships

TORCH is looking for applications from University of Oxford humanities academics to host a visiting ‘Global South’ Professorship during 2017 or 2018. 

These visiting professorships cover travel, accommodation and hosting while the visiting speakers carry out a series of public events, student/graduate seminars and drop-in discussions, also including, if they wish, filming and live web-streaming.

We aim to appoint up to two Visiting Professorships, per year (2017-18), in both cases from the Global South, broadly defined, and from across humanities subjects. We welcome suggestions for appointees from academics from all the Humanities Faculties at Oxford and are interested in world-leading individuals who both study and represent diversity, and who also have practical experience in promoting diversity in his/her university and country.

The Mellon ‘Global South’ Visiting Professorships and Fellowships will run May-June, or October-November, that is to say, in term. We will seek applications specifically from institutions in the Global South, including from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Philippines, Mauritius, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and across Southern Africa and the Caribbean.

The Mellon Global South Professorships together with the Mellon Global South Visiting Fellowships will be crucial in the work of providing role models and embedding expectations on diversity and inclusivity in the wider University. 

Applications should include a 4 page max CV for the proposed individual and a research outline explaining their contribution to your Faculty (teaching and research) in no more than 1000 words.Click here for details.

Deadline 26 June 2017.

Mellon 'Humanities & Identities' Workshop and Conference Funding

£500-£1000 sums available for conferences and workshops 

We welcome proposals from researchers in the humanities for workshops/conferences relating to the headline theme ‘Humanities & Identities’, funded by the VC Diversity Fund and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

The series will focus on multiple research areas relating to diversity including race, gender, sexuality, disability, poverty, class, religion and inequality. Deadline 26 June 2017.

TORCH Oxford Medieval Studies Small Grants

The TORCH Oxford Medieval Studies Programme invites applications for small grants to support conferences, workshops, and other forms of collaborative research activity organised by students at postgraduate (whether MSt or DPhil) or early career level from across the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford.

The activity should take place in Oxford at any time between November 2017 and February 2018. The closing date for applications is Friday of Week 3 of Trinity Term (12 May 2017).

Upcoming Events

Repositioning Women's Health Care: A Case Study on Women Who Survived Ebola in Sierra Leone

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Oxford Women in Politics (OxWip) and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities | TORCH welcome you to this event on 'Repositioning Women's Health Care: A Case Study on Women Who Survived Ebola in Sierra Leone' with Fatou Wurie (Blavatnik School of Government). This talk will explore designing a responsive health care system that places women's health at the centre - women and girls to be viewed for their potential and not as problem sets to be figured. There have been 28,616 Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and 11,310 people have died. The talk will explore: socio-structural determinants; sustained lack of investment; and physical and psychosocial effects experienced at the individual, community, and international levels. The epidemic is cross-cutting in impact, but women are disproportionately affected.

There will be a visual exhibition accompanying the seminar.

Please register to book your seat here

This event is part of the TORCH Humanities & Identities Lunchtime Series.

Please click here for more information

Great Writers Inspire At Home: D-Empress Dianne Regisford

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

St Luke's Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road

Local Oxford performance poet D-Empress Dianne Regisford will present a performance installation piece entitled ‘Hersto-Rhetoric? Na so today!!!’. The performance installation, which incorporates a series of seven sculptures, invites critical explorations of the notion of ‘la femme libre’ (the liberated woman) from an African feminist perspective. The works are inspired by what D-Empress describes as a ten-year initiation into the teachings and practice of the ancient West African Mandika badjenne tradition.

The performance will take place in the St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road.

Reserve your place here

Please click here for more information

Metamorphoses - Tales Of Transformation Reimagined Through Dance And Music

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Somerville College Chapel

You are invited to celebrate 2000 years since the publication of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with an event that brings together music and dance inspired by the Greek myths.

The programme will feature readings, short talks from undergraduates, musical performances, and a Roman pantomime choreographed by Emily May, who is currently studying at Trinity Laban. Thanks to TORCH, Emily came to Oxford for a week in February to work with Sophie Bocksberger and complete the professional placement required by her course. Sophie co-leads a research project (Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers) on ancient Roman pantomime, which seeks to understand better the workings of this art form.

The performance will be in Somerville Chapel from 5.30 to around 6.30 pm, which concludes with a reception and chance to chat with the performers and find out more about how classics is conveyed through the arts.

Please click here for more information

The Nordic Voice

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

St Luke's Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

The TORCH Nordic Network is hosting a one-day seminar on "The Nordic voice".

This day-long seminar explores the concept of the Nordic Voice, covering literature, music (song), politics, story-telling and other forms of representation.

All are welcome.

Please click here for more information

Language and the Problem of Female Authority

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Danson Room, Trinity College, Broad Street, Oxford

The Gender and Authority network, jointly supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute, is delighted to present a public lecture on ‘Language and the problem of female authority’, delivered by Professor Deborah Cameron and chaired by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

After the lecture, there will be some time for Q&A. The event will conclude with a drinks reception, starting at 7:30pm. Join us for what is sure to be an exciting and enlightening evening, to which all are welcome.

Please click here for more information

Looking back

As we move swiftly through the new academic year, we look back at some of our past highlights. 

Empathy

Dr Jeremy Howick (Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford) discusses empathy in healthcare as part of an event organised by the Oxford Healthcare Values Partnership.

Watch here

Chris Fletcher On Libraries In The Digital Age

Chris Fletcher (Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) explores the continuing interest in the analogue form of the word, the vibrant cultures of the digital in libraries, and the importance of rising to the challenges of digital preservation.

Watch here

Events Calendar, Weeks 5-6

Monday 22 May

17:30 | IS SEEING BELIEVING? LENSES AND LIES

Tuesday 23 May

10:00 | MID-20TH CENTURY BRITAIN - IN OR OUT OF EUROPE?

Part of the 'Brexit in Historical Perspective' series

12:30 – 14:00 | VIEWS ON A PHOTO STUDIO IN A SMALL TOWN IN CAMEROON

Obsessions and High Fashion as a Response to Insurrection

13:00 – 14:00 | LIFE WRITING LUNCH

Faith Biographies

17:15 | ALL-NEW/ALL-DIFFERENT: UNDERSTANDING THE MARVEL STUDIOS PHENOMENON

Speakers: Martin Flanagan, Mike McKenny and Andy Livingstone

18:15 | "DEVOTION OR A LANGUAGE LESSON? THE REVISION OF ROLLE’S ENGLISH PSALTER’ AND ‘ENGLISHED LATIN OR THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE? THE REVISION OF THE WYCLIFFITE PSALTER’"

Speakers: Professor Anne Hudson and Dr. Elizabeth Solopova 

Wednesday 24 May

12:30 – 14:00 | CRITICAL VISUALIZATION LUNCHTIME SEMINAR

A TORCH Critical Visualization Network event

12:30 – 14:00 | BRITAIN'S HISTORY AND MEMORY OF TRANSATLANTIC SLAVERY

Book at Lunchtime event

17:00 | REFLECTIONS ON STUDYING AND TEACHING LAW IN A POST-COLONIAL WORLD

Speaker: Justice Dikgang Moseneke (South African Constitutional Court)

17:15 | TORCH GENDER & AUTHORITY SEMINAR

Speakers: Matthew Hurley (Oxford Brookes University) and Jessica Frazier (University of Kent)

17:15 -19:15 | FICTION AND OTHER MINDS: ENACTING FICTIONAL SPACE

Speaker: Merja Polvinen

17:30 – 19:00 | ON THE STRATIFICATION OF LANGUAGE

Speaker: Dr James Emmott, (Oxford Brookes University)

19:30 – 20:30 | READING THE CHURCH THROUGH 12TH-CENTURY EYES

Speaker: Karl Kinsella

Thursday 25 May

09:00 | CULTIVATING VIRTUE IN THE UNIVERSITY

14:00 – 17:00 | BEYOND ENTANGLEMENT: CRITICAL APPROACHES TO A RECENT TREND

Part of the 'We Stand with CEU: New Directions in History' Series

16:00 – 17:30 | UNDERPERFORMING OR OVERACHIEVING? THE FRENCH ARMY IN 1917

Speaker: Professor William Phillpott (King's College, London)

17:00 – 19:00 | GREAT WRITERS INSPIRE AT HOME: D-EMPRESS DIANNE REGISFORD

Part of the Postcolonial Writing and Theory seminar series Trinity Term 2017

Friday 26 May

10:00 – 12:30 | DIGITAL RESEARCH WITH OUP DATA: A WORKSHOP

A workshop

12:45 – 14:00 | WORLD LITERATURE MST

Dissertations-in-progress seminar

13:00 – 14:30 | HEIDEGGER READING GROUP

Discussing “Building Dwelling Thinking”

14:00 – 16:00 | LOSS OF SELF

Seminar run by TORCH Oxford Phenomenology Network

17:30 – 18:30 | METAMORPHOSES - TALES OF TRANSFORMATION REIMAGINED THROUGH DANCE AND MUSIC

Seminar

Saturday 27 May

10:00 – 17:30 | THE LIVES OF HOUSES

Convened by Oliver Cox & Sandra Mayer, and hosted by the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) in collaboration with TORCH

Monday 29 May

12:45 – 14:00 | OCCT DISCUSSION GROUP: READING OUT OF CONTEXT

Discussion Group

Tuesday 30 May

10:00 | ELIZABETH I AND THE FORGING OF AN ENGLISH IDENTITY

Part of the 'Brexit in Historical Perspective' Series

11:30 – 13:00 | THROUGH CURTAINS AND LATTICE SCREENS

Female Scholars and Poets in Mughal India

12:30 | CLOUD-CAPPED MOUNTAINS AND VAPOROUS FENS

Hostile Landscapes and Unhealthy Atmospheres in Romantic-Era Britain. Speakers: Erin Lafford and Rhys Kaminski-Jones

12:30 – 14:00 | PICTORIAL PRINTS

Eduard J. Steichen's Rodin - Le Penseur, 1902 to 1906

17:00 | FANON TRANSFORMED? THE NEW WRITINGS

Talk by Professor Robert Young 

17:30 – 19:00 | FILM DIRECTOR CLIO BARNARD

A discussion and screening of her film The Selfish Giant

18:00 – 19:30 | RAINBOW JOURNEYS – LGBT+ EXPERIENCES THROUGHOUT THE DECADES

Oxford Pride Micro Talk

Wednesday 31 May

13:00 – 14:00 | WOMEN IN THE CIVIL WAR

Part of the Reading Images Seminar Series TT 2017

19:30 – 20:30 | HOLY PLACES, HOLY PEOPLE, AND HOLY TIME: SACRED SPACE AND THE MEDIEVAL SOCIAL IMAGINARY

Speaker: Mark Clavier

Thursday 1 June

ACT UP THIRTY YEARS FIGHTING AIDS

Keynote speaker: Dr. Monica Pearl (University of Manchester)

09:15 | PROFESSIONS IN MOTION: CULTURE, POWER AND THE POLITICS OF MOBILITY IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY INDIA

2-day conference

12:30 – 14:00 | REPOSITIONING WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE

Women Who Survived Ebola in Sierra Leone

16:00 – 17:30 | WOMEN IN IRELAND DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Speakers: Dr Fionnuala Walsh (Trinity College Dublin) and Professor Senia Paseta (University of Oxford)

17:00 | FASCISM, FAKE NEWS, AND THE NATURE OF SOCIAL EXTREMOPHILIA

Speaker: Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford)

17:00 – 19:00 | GREAT WRITERS INSPIRE AT HOME: NADIFA MOHAMED

Part of the Postcolonial Writing and Theory seminar series Trinity Term 2017

17:30 | THE FUTURE OF HERITAGE

Part of the 'MOVING, TEACHING, INSPIRING: The National Trust & University of Oxford in the 21st Century' lecture series.

18:00 – 19:45 | COMPLEXITY IN OUR MULTIPLE IDENTITIES: THE 2017 DISABILITY LECTURE

2017 Disability Lecture

Friday 2 June

09:00 – 17:00 | THE NORDIC VOICE

One-day seminar

10:00 – 18:00 | THE CHANGING COLOURS OF 19TH CENTURY ART AND LITERATURE

One-day symposium

13:00 – 14:30 | HEIDEGGER READING GROUP

Discussing “Building Dwelling Thinking”

14:00 – 16:00 | THE BODILY UNCONCIOUS

Seminar run by TORCH Oxford Phenomenology Network

Saturday 3 June

11:00 – 20:00 | OXFORD TRANSLATION DAY

Workshop, Talks and Readings

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