A series of programmes on France Culture about the study of and research in philosophy at Oxford, featuring interviews with a selection of tutors on topics including John Locke, philosophy of language, analytic philosophy, and philosophy of mind. The programmes are broadcast 3-6 June, with podcasts downloadable from the France Culture website.
A feast of narrative imagination and directorial invention!
With 179 entries from across 42 schools, the University of Oxford’s second French film essay competition received over three times more entries than in 2012, and from a greater number of schools and colleges. Equal to last year, though, was the very impressive range and richness of responses to the two set films: Comme une image (Years 10-11) and Un air de famille (Years 12-13). Entrants re-wrote the closing chapter, picking up narrative threads left hanging by each film’s ambiguous ending. So rich were the responses that, in addition to the winner and runner-up in each category, a selection of further entries were offered special commendation. To read more about the re-writings of each film, click here.
Professor Viala’s Histoire de la littérature – Le Moyen Âge which is box-set of 5 CDs with readings by Daniel Mesguich, won the “Coup de cœur” 2013 de l’Académie Charles Cros/Union européenne des Maisons de la poésie. He and Daniel were awarded the prize at a ceremony on Sunday 9 June at the Marché de la Poésie in the Place Saint-Sulpice.
On Tuesday 18 June languages teachers from across Oxfordshire joined languages lecturers from Oxford University to share their expertise in Oxford’s first ever MFL teachmeet. A teachmeet is a bit like a conference but each presentation lasts for a short period of time – usually two or five minutes. Each presenter explains an activity or technique which has worked well for them. It’s about sharing best practice, inspiring others and making connections with other educators.
The event was organised by Helen Swift, University Lecturer in Medieval French and Schools Liaison Officer for the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, and the heads of languages in the OCL (Oxford City Learning) schools: Cheney, Wheatley Park, Matthew Arnold, St. Gregory The Great and Oxford Spires. These schools work together to share ideas, challenge and support each other. 35 teachers and lecturers attended the event. Most of the teachers were from OCL schools but there were also representatives from Henry Box, Bartholomew and Didcot Girls.
Professor Terence Cave, Emeritus Professor of French in the Faculty of Mediæval and Modern Languages at Oxford and Emeritus Research Fellow of St John’s, is to be congratulated on being appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Literary Scholarship. Author of major works of criticism, including The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance (1979), Recognitions: a Study in Poetics (1988), Pré-Histoires (1999, 2001) and, most recently, Mignon’s Afterlives: Crossing Cultures from Goethe to the Twenty-First Century (2011), Professor Cave was recognised by the award of the International Balzan Prize (2009) “for his outstanding contributions to a new understanding of Renaissance literature and of the influence of Aristotelian poetics in modern European literature”. He used the prize to set up a research project, the Balzan Interdisciplinary Seminar, based at the St John’s College Research Centre, to address the question “What are the nature and value of literature as an object of knowledge in the interdisciplinary spectrum?” The Modern Languages Faculty is delighted at…
The impact of the introduction of the EBacc performance measure can be felt in this year’s GCSE numbers, with modern foreign languages up by 15.8%.
French numbers are up from 153,436 to 177,288 (up 15.5%). German up from 57,547 to 62,932 (up 9.4%). Spanish up from 72,606 to 91,315 (up 25.8%). Other languages up from 29,843 to 31,368 (up 5.1%).
The figures show a change in market share: Spanish now represents over a quarter of GCSE entries (25.2%), taking one percentage point each from German (17.3%) and other languages (8.6%), while French retains just under half of total entries (48.9%).
The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities – Taylor InstitutionNovember 1-2, 2013Conveners: Martin McLaughlin and Javier Muñoz-Basols
The first of three annual EHRC workshops on translation will be held on 1-2 November 2013 in TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities), Woodstock Rd, and in the Taylor Institution, St Giles.
Conveners: Martin McLaughlin and Javier Muñoz-Basols, with the assistance of Dr Elisabetta Tarantino
writing brecht is an international research and translation project devoted to extending and developing the corpus of Brecht’s works in English, led by Tom Kuhn. It incorporates a major AHRC-funded project, ‘Brecht into English’, which proposes a parallel critical appraisal of the transmission of Brecht’s writings and ideas and a historical assessment of the reception of Brecht in the English-speaking world. … more information
There will also be a cultural programme of workshops, performances and recitals starting with:
Dr Neil Kenny’s workshop ‘Researching and Writing a Thesis: Problems, Method’ is designed for the Faculty’s DPhil students. All are welcome to attend, at any stage of the year, whatever year they are in, and whether or not they attended in previous years. Over the year we discuss a wide range of problems, techniques, and methods that tend to arise in both the researching and the writing of the kinds of doctorates that are done within the Faculty (with the exception of linguistics, to which the workshop is less well geared).
Each week includes a short presentation (maximum 15 minutes) by a student, that describes how their project came about, its current state, and some of the problems and challenges arising. Presentations do not go into specialist detail; they are not like ones given at a research seminar. Dr Kenny does not give feedback of a specialist nature; he makes clear to students that, in the unlikely event that he inadvertently contradicts a supervisor’s advice, they should follow the latter. Apart from perhaps giving one presentation during the year, students do no other preparation: they just turn up.
An Oxford undergraduate, Dulcie fforde (SEH), has won the prize in the 2013 R.H.Gapper Undergradute Essay Competition for the Society of French Studies. The subject of her essay was ‘“L’image n’a pas de sens propre” (Compagnon). Discuss the pertinence of this claim in relation to Renaissance poetic practice.’ This is the second year in a row that an Oxford undergraduate has won this prize, for which essays are judged anonymously.