Gender and Authority Seminar 3, Music/Film/Text

Gender & Authority

And of course our own seminar will be taking place on Wednesday, with refreshments from 5pm and papers beginning at 5.15 in the Vaughn SCR, Somerville College.

Our speakers will be:

Lyn Ellen Burkett (Western Carolina University) on ‘Teena and the Musical Canon: Music in Seventeen Magazine, 1944-1953′


Alexis Brown (University of Oxford) on ‘Lady Lazarus: Textual Authority in Christine Jeff’s Sylvia (2003)’

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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The HE White Paper Debacle: Letter

The Governments new HE White Paper is a disaster for higher education and an assault on the very idea of the University. It pursues a private model which will undermine education and research, turning the University into a corporate degree factory which inculcates a flattened model of learning and will ultimately undermine the UK’s standing in the higher education world.

This letter is an opportunity for academics and the wider public to respond. Please consider signing it.

Putting university values back at the heart of higher education Add your name The Government’s White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy, views Higher Education as if it were nothing more than an investment in human capital and a contributor to economic growth. It accepts that current universities are world-leading in teaching and research but then falsely asserts there is a problem of quality! The solution to this non-existent problem, the Government claims, is to open the sector to private for-profit teaching providers.

Source: Letter

Women and the Canon: An Interdisciplinary Conference 

Here are some reflections I wrote for the AHRC-TORCH Oxford Graduate Fund, who provided some of the financial support for our Women & the Canon Conference back in January.

Graduate Projects in the Humanities

David Bowe (Victoria Maltby JRF, Somerville College, University of Oxford) reflects on the recent conference ‘Women and the Canon‘, partly funded by the AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund.


Back in the summer of last year, planning was underway for a small study day, ‘Women and the Canon’, focussing on the intersections between gender and cultural authority. Julia Hartley, Adele Bardazzi, Natalya Din-Kariuki and I had sent out the call for papers and we were waiting with baited breath for the proposals to come in. And they kept coming in. At the final tally we had received over one hundred abstracts and as we set about making our selections, the high quality and number of proposals made it clear that we could, indeed should, hold a much larger event. As the conference grew in scope, into a two-day event with parallel sessions, we were grateful for the funding that was…

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