Journey to Women and the Canon

Julia reflecting on the journey to our conference back in January and looking forward to the ongoing work of our new TORCH & Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute Research Newtork

Gender & Authority

‘Women and the Canon’ was a two-day interdisciplinary conference held in January 2016 at Oxford. The conference was attended by over a hundred people, coming from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, and it gave birth to Gender & Authority, a research network sponsored by TORCH and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Fund. In this blog post Julia Hartley goes over the journey that led to the creation of this exciting new research platform.


The idea of ‘Women and the Canon’ came first as an intuition, and I did not realize back then the project’s importance, the collaborators it would attract, nor the interest and enthusiasm it would elicit.

My interest in the intersection of gender and artistic and intellectual authority began with a canonical male author, Marcel Proust. In spring 2014 I was re-reading the chapter of In Search of Lost Time entitled ‘Autour de Mme Swann’ when I noticed…

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