Second Seminar of Michaelmas Term: Music and Dance

The second Gender and Authority Seminar of the term brings together papers on ‘women’s music’ and a feminist canon in ballet.

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Join us on Wednesday for the second seminar of term, at which we’ll hear from Katherine Watson on a feminist canon in ballet and Annika Forkert on the complexities of musical canonicity and ‘women’s music’.

We’ll be back in lecture room 2 at Christ Church, with a 5.15pm start and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Women’s Studies and Gender Studies: a Roundtable Event – Wednesday 2 November, 5.15 pm, Balliol College

A roundtable event on Gender Studies and Women’s Studies hosted by the Gender and Authority Network in collaboration with the Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity!

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Next week, we’ll be hosting a roundtable discussion on Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, co-sponsored by the Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity.

We’ll be joined by speakers from a range of Gender and Women’s Studies centres and programmes in Oxford to discuss the continuities, differences, and comparative advantages of framing one’s research in terms of ‘Gender studies’ or ‘Women’s studies’. The roundtable, featuring speakers from a range of University of Oxford faculties, programmes, and research networks, will aim to address a series of questions on the methodological continuities, divergences and complementarity of ‘Gender Studies’ and ‘Women’s Studies’.

Speakers will be invited to respond to a number of questions and the floor will be opened to further responses from attendants. The roundtable will be followed by a drinks reception at 6.45pm. This promises to be a great occasion to showcase research currently taking place in Oxford and also to…

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The BSR: A Second Century in Europe

Well, there’s one ray of light…

Life at the BSR

BSR Director Christopher Smith on the BSR’s place in Europe

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The British School at Rome is a leading international humanities research institute, proudly committed to our role in Italy and in Europe.

The BSR was founded in 1901 to be a bridge between British and Italian artistic and scholarly activity and we are continuing today our mission to be a centre for interdisciplinary research excellence in the Mediterranean supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences.

For over a century we have been deeply grateful for the hospitality of our Italian colleagues, and have sought to build and nurture the long friendship between our two countries.

Hundreds of artists and scholars work at the BSR every year.  Hundreds more scholars use our world-class Library.  We run over seventy public events every year showcasing leading intellectual and creative talents, from concerts to conferences, from lectures to exhibitions.

The British…

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Gender and Authority Seminar 3, Music/Film/Text

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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′

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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‘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.

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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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