The Faculty is delighted to report that Neil Kenny and Patrick McGuinness have been announced as the joint winners of the prestigious R. Gapper Book Prize for their publications Death and Tenses: Posthumous Presence in Early Modern France (Oxford: OUP, 2015) and Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siècle France (Oxford: OUP, 2015) respectively.
The MFO is hosting a two day conference jointly organised by Sophie Lefay (Université d’Orléans), Laurent Turcot (Université du Québec à Trois Rivières) and Catriona Seth (University of Oxford) on walking and social rituals in the 18th century. It will include papers on national characteristics of walks, literary and educational walks, royal progresses and botanical collections, garden fashions and commercial activities for walkers. All welcome.
Prize-winning French author and film producer, Delphine de Vigan, will be in conversation with Henriette Korthlas Altes (MFO) and Catriona Seth (All Souls) at Jesus College, in the Harper Room at Jesus College at 5.15 P.M. on Wednesday 26th April.
Oxford academic Professor Catriona Seth is interviewed on French radio by philosopher Adèle van Reeth. They discuss Germaine de Staël (1766-1817), a ‘thinker without borders’, whose works include essays, novels and political pamphlets and whose ideas often show preoccupations with themes which are still present in contemporary debates, from the role of fiction to the way culture can serve to unite people.
The Faculty of Philosophy will be holding an open day on Saturday 6th May 2017, which may be of particular interest to anyone considering studying Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford, especially those thinking of applying for the 2018-19 academic year.
“Walter Benjamin and Method: Re-thinking the Legacy of the Frankfurt School”
The conference, at the University of Oxford, 25th-27th September 2017, will be organized in six thematic strands with two convenors each. Panels in each strand will consist of three 20-minute papers. Proposals (250 words) for 20-minute papers in either English or German should be submitted by 7th April 2017.
The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of national, spiritual, and intellectual identity. In literature, the figure of the fool – and the voice of the fool – has carried additional appeal as an enduring source of comic and stylistic innovation. Never has this appeal been stronger than in the past half-century, whether as a reaction to the «scientific atheism» and official culture of the late-socialist era, or as a response to the intellectual and moral disorientation that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC) and, to celebrate the occasion, the Humanities Division are featuring a different research project each day to highlight some of the different endeavours that the ERC are supporting at Oxford. On Tuesday, the 15cBOOKTRADE project, led by Cristina Dondi, was chosen to showcase ERC-funded research at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.