On April 12th-14th, 2018 international seminar Balzac et l’Angleterre / Balzac and England will be taking place at Maison Française d’Oxford.
The seminar will be conducted in both English and French, with speakers arriving from across Britain and France, but also Morocco, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and United States. Over the course of three days this international gathering of scholars will explore the nature of Balzac’s engagement with Britain, but also of Britain’s — and the world’s — engagement with Balzac.
Congratulations to Dr Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard who has been awarded the Doctoral Publication Prize for 2017, by the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI) and the Spanish Embassy. The Prize will cover Dr Bolorinos’s thesis publication by Tamesis Books.
A new article by Dr Huw Grange has been published by The Conversation: ‘In medieval Britain, if you wanted to get ahead, you had to speak French’ tells about the influence of the Normans, and of the early textbooks used to teach French to English speakers.
Dr Grange proceeds to tell about the difficulty of learning a foreign language without leaving one’s home country, and about the shifts in the linguistic preferences of the British. In Oxford, French was once so popular that it was formally forbidden to neglect Latin in its favour.
To celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, President of Patrimonio Nacional, and Carole Souter, Master of St Cross College, University of Oxford, will talk about the challenges faced by the preservation of heritage, both in Spain and in England.
Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán is the current president of the Patrimonio Nacional Board; before that, he was Deputy General Director of Culture of UNESCO and has held different public positions in the field of Spanish cultural heritage.
The talk will take place in West Wing Lecture Theatre, St Cross College from 5.15 pm on March 23rd. This event is free and open to the public.
Earlier today members of our Schools Liaisonteam, together with enthusiastic volunteers, visited Tees Valleyto meet local students and speak to them about language study. Students received taster sessions in French, German, Spanish, and Italian and learned about life at the University of Oxford.
This Language Day is part of the larger Outreach programme undertaken by the Faculty to engage with young people in regions that are historically under-represented at Oxford. We encourage talented students across Britain to follow the opportunities and careers opened up by a degree in languages — and we are here to answer any practical questions.
The fourth screening in the Galician Film Series, jointly organised by The John Rutherford Centre for Galician (University of Oxford) and the Galician Film Forum (GFF)-London, is taking place this Thursday,March 15th. This installment in the series will consist of five short films which will take you to Galicia, stopping by in London and Sweden.
The showings will take place at the Taylorian Institution; the event is free and open to the public upon registration.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded a network grant to ‘Dreaming Romantic Europe’, a project led by Catriona Seth, the Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature here at Oxford, as co-investigator, and by Professor Nicola J. Watson of the Open University as Principal Investigator.
The award will make it possible to draw together individual academics, but also scholarly associations and cultural heritage institutions across Europe, which are devoted to the study and presentation of Romanticism.
On Thursday, March 15th we present Lilian Thuram in conversation with students and members of the public. The famous football defender, who helped France win the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 championships, is a UNICEF ambassador and promotes education as a way to battle racism. He will be speaking about his initiatives, which include a book My Black Stars, used in French schools.
This conversation will be convened byDr Michael Abecassis and take place in the Holywell Music Room.
The event is free and open to all, and will be in French.
We are pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Oxford German Graduate Symposium will take place at New College on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. The theme for the Symposium is Performing Philosophy.
Our keynote speaker is Stephen Mulhall, Professor of Philosophy at Oxford and Fellow and Tutor at New College. The Symposium offers an opportunity for graduate students and Faculty members to come together and share their research in a friendly, productive setting. We particularly encourage graduate students of all stages (Master’s and DPhil) to apply to present.
On Friday, March 2ndDr Jonathan Patterson, together with Dr Jonathan Williams (Director of College Music, St Hilda’s College) and the Faculty of Music, will present a unique seminar: ‘Musical and Literary Approaches to the Operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau’.
Dedicated to the works of the 18th-century French composer and music theorist, the seminar will explore Rameau’s legacy through the integration of literary and musical analytical techniques.