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Academic year 2017-18
Weinrebe Lecture Series 2018
Life-Writing and Celebrity Conference – 4 November 2017
- Stella Tillyard - Celebrities and Heroines: Commercial Biography and Eighteenth-Century Women (podcast unavailable)
- Ruth Scobie - Pre-Truth Media and the Female Imposter: The Case of 'Elizabeth Harriet Grieve'
- Mary Luckhurst - Staging Lives: Celebrity Actresses Playing Real-Life Celebrities
- Oline Eaton - God Bless Jackie-The Only Thing that Can Make Us Forget the Bomb
- Hannah Yelin - Celebrity Performativity and Cultural Value: Reading Grace Jones' I'll Never Write my Memoirs
Weinrebe Lecture Series 2016
Academic year 2016-17
Dancing Lives Conference
- Michael Burden: "Mademoiselle Mercandotti, Hughes Balls Hughes, and the (Scandalous) Uses of a Green Room"
- Mike Webb and Jennifer Thorp: "Dancing All Night with Aphra Behn
- Jeffrey Boys's Almanack for 1667"
- Julia Bührle: "Marie Taglioni: The First Female Superstar of Ballet"
Plenary 1 - Jennifer Homans in conversation with Sue Jones on George Balanchine
- Jane Pritchard: "Julia Seale, Missing Dancer"
- Judith Mackrell: "Lydia Lopokova: A Twentieth-Century Life"
- Michael Huxley: "Presence and Absence: Kurt Jooss"
- Funmi Adewole: "Francis Nii Yartey: A Pioneer Practitioner-Researcher in African Dance"
- Ramsay Burt: "Berto Pasuka: A Dancing Life of Colonialism and Diasporic Culture"
Plenary 2 - Dame Monica Mason: "Travelling and Dancing"
The Lives of Houses, Colloquium Saturday, 27 May 2017
Daisy Hay: “Crenellations at Hughenden and a Nightmare in London: Writing Space in Mr and Mrs Disraeli and Dinner with Joseph Johnson” (podcast unavailable)
- Alexandra Harris: “Moving Home: Cowper, Clare and Woolf”
- Frankie Kubicki: “Re-presenting Dickens: Interpreting Dickens in the 21st Century”
- Nicola Watson: “Making Shakespeare’s New Place New”
- Gillian Darley: “A House for John Soane, a House for Julie”
- Lucy Walker: "‘The Man Himself’: Finding Britten at The Red House”
- James Grasby: “Edward Elgar: Curating a Life”
Simon Armitage and Bernard O’Donoghue: Poems of Life and Death – a reading – 15 May 2017
Self/knowledge: Autobiography and Research - 25 February 2017
Celebiography: Celebrity and Life-Writing in Dialogue. One-day workshop convened by Sandra Mayer, in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing - 19 November 2016
- Celebrity, Biblio-Biography, and Obituaries Emma Smith: “Shakespeare, Biblio-Biography, and the Life of the Celebrity Book” Tobias Heinrich: “Celebrity, Biography, and the Enlightenment: Friedrich Schlichtegroll’s Nekrolog”
- Cultural Icons in (Bio)Fiction and Film Julia Lajta-Novak: “From Celebrity 'Whore' to Romantic Heroine: Images of Nell Gwyn in Restoration Satire and Contemporary Biofiction” Ginette Vincendeau: “Brigitte Bardot and the French New Wave: Life-writing On and Off Screen”
- Celebrity and Life-Writing: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives Roundtable discussion featuring Hermione Lee, Philip Bullock, Ruth Scobie, and Lindsay Shapero, chaired by Sandra Mayer.
- Alexander Masters (Author of A Life Discarded and Stuart: A Life Backwards)
- Philip Carter (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
- Victoria Van Hyning (Oxford University)
Academic year 2015-16
‘Writing war, writing lives’ - 8 March 2016. Chair: Lara Feigel, panellists: Santanu Das, Hope Wolf, Kate McLoughlin, Sue Vice and Victoria Stewart.
Weinrebe Lecture Series 2016
Julian Barnes: 'Some of my best friends are biographers’ - 26 January 2016 [podcast unavailable]
Marcus du Sautoy: 'The life of primes: the biography of a mathematical idea' - 2 February 2016. Accompanying Powerpoint slides.
Adam Phillips: ‘Against Biography’ - 16 February 2016
Alexandra Harris: 'Tempered lives: Weathers, seasons and biography’ - 22 February 2016
Silence in the Archives Conference - 7 November 2015
- Keynote Speaker 1: Chair: Kathryn Gleadle. Speaker: Karen Hunt - ‘Censorship and Self-censorship: Revisiting the Belt Case in the Making of Dora Montefiore (1851-1933)’.
- Panel 1a: Representation, Reputation and Manipulation. Chair: Susan Civale. Speakers: Catherine Delafield, Sonia De Loreto and Baptiste Moniez.
- Panel 1b: Silencing Poetic Voices. Chair: Ana Parejo Vadillo . Speakers: Elaine Bailey, Jordan Lavers and Mary Breen.
- Panel 2a: Theatre and Performance. Chair: Luisa Calè. Speaker: Katherine (Kate) Newey.
- Panel 2b: Politics and Conflicts. Chair: Rhea Sookdeosingh. Speakers: Helen Mathers and Stephenie Woolterton.
- Panel 3a: Expressing the Private Self. Chair: Lorraine Paterson. Speakers: Kathryn Gleadle, Rhea Sookdeosingh and Lucy Ella Rose.
- Panel 3b: Rewriting the Self. Chair: Alexis Wolf. Speakers: Susan Civale, Elizabeth Denlinger and Ceylan Kosker.
- Panel 4a: Memoir and Mortality. Chair: Lyndsey Jenkins. Speakers: Wendy Jones, Sophie Coulombeau and Joetta Harty.
- Panel 4b: Documenting Displacement. Chair: Dave Miller. Speakers: Molly Mann, Carrie Crockett and Lorraine Paterson.
- Keynote Speaker 2: Chair Laura Marcus. Speaker: Janet Todd - ‘Male memory, female subject: the case of Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft’.
Academic year 2014-15
Disputed Lives workshop - 16 May 2015
- Kate McLoughlin: Hemingway
- Jacob Dahl and Noa Lavi: Family histories
- Rebecca Abrams: Writing disputed histories
- Michael Flavin: Disraeli's 'Venetia': Death of a Poet?
- Oliver Cox and Rob Bandy: Working with Hughenden Manor: Solving the Statesman's Rooms
- Michel Pharand: Rediscovering Disraeli - One Letter at a Time
- Sandra Mayer: Pegasus and Carthorse: The Many Shades of Disraeli's Celebrity
- Helen Langley: Scenes from Disraeli's Extraordinary Life: Curating the Bodleian 2004 Exhibition and Widening its Reach
- Megan Kearney: 'A Jew in his heart': The Reception of Disraeli's Judaism
Academic year 2013-14
- Lyndall Gordon: 'Writing Family Memoir' - 19 May 2014
- Tom Couser (Hofstra), ‘The Work of Memoir, or, Why Memoir Mattters’ - 4 March 2014
- David Amigoni (Keele): 'Writing lives, inscribing familial distinction: inheritance, science and culture in life writings by the Darwins, the Huxleys, and the Batesons' - 19 November 2013
- 'War Veterans: Memory and Storytelling'. Seminar convened by Kate McLoughlin (Birkbeck) and Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Nottingham): Kate McLoughlin, 'The End of the Story: Veterans in Wordsworth and West'; Celeste-Marie Bernier, 'Tracing a "Ghost-Like Memory": The Afterlife and Afterdeath of World War I in Black Combat Veterans' Writing and Art' - 13 November 2013
- Hermione Lee and Ray Monk in conversation - 24 October 2013
- Kathryn Hughes, ‘George Eliot’s Milk Churn’ - 22 October 2013
Panel: Museums (I) – Chair: Susan Walker (Ashmolean); Elizabeth Crooke (Ulster), ‘Autobiography and Contested Histories in Museums', Kristen Treen, ‘‘Sorry Objects’ and ‘Sad Glass Cases’: Mourning the Lost Cause at the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA’, 20 September 2013
Panel: Oddities – Chair: Rachel Hewitt (Oxford); Elizabeth Abel (Berkeley), ‘The Death of the Object’; Tracey Potts (Nottingham), ‘Gnomes Behaving Badly: Social Distinction and the Twisting of Taste’, 20 September 2013
Panel: Metaphor – Chair: Rick Hauser (International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies); Lucy Razzall (University of Cambridge), ‘Curious Statues so Cunningly Contrived': The Early Modern Afterlife of Plato's Silenus'; Steven Wingate (South Dakota State University), ‘Electronic Lives of Physical Objects: Weaving daddylabyrinth’, 20 September 2013
Panel: Archives – Chair: Laura Marcus; Daisy Hay (University of Exeter), 'Locks of Hair and Other Stories'; Pamela Clemit (Durham University), 'Objects of Value: The Afterlives of Letters'; Béatrice Mousli (University of Southern California), ''Into the Writing Zone': Writing Susan Sontag's Biography’, 21 September 2013
Panel: Photography – Chair: Alexi Baker; Becky Roach (University of Oxford), ‘‘Writers’ Rooms’: Auto/biography through Objects’; David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford), 'The Short, Uncertain Lives of Photographs in Cameroon'; Christine Fouirnaies (University of Oxford), 'The Life of a Family Album: Private Photographs in Literary Memoirs', 21 September 2013
Panel: Museums (II) – Chair: Seb Falk; Susan Faine, 'The Life Lived: Nina Zyk and the Detritus of a Life'; Deborah Smith (Kennesaw State University), 'Shapeshifter/Sensemaker: The Multiple Meanings of One Memento', 22 September 2013
Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing
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Networking24 - 24Apr AprTri-Innovate Pitch EventTuesday 24 April -5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tri-Innovate 2018 finalists will pitch their ideas at The Foundry for £8,000 first prize and title of Innovation of the Year. Come support Wolfson finalists as they compete against finalists from Hertford, Jesus, New, and Pembroke Colleges.Courses and Workshops28 - 28Apr AprIndo-Iranian Philology Study DaySaturday 28 April -9:00am to 5:00pm
A study day in Indo-Iranian philology, with opportunities to take lessons in subjects such as Avestan, Vedic Sanskrit, reading Old Persian cuneiform, and Indo-Iranian and Indo-European comparative philology. There will be taster sessions for beginners and brush-up sessions for those who once studied the subject. For further information or to book a place, please email Philomen Probert (email@example.com).Concert and Plays01 - 01May MayInauguration of Tim HitchensTuesday 1 May -8:00am to 11:00am
All members and friends of Wolfson College are invited to a May morning welcome event for Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as the new President of Wolfson.
8.00–8.40 am Musical entertainment by members of the College
All are welcome to drop in
8.40–9.00 am Break
Morning pastries will be available
9.00–9.30 am Formal inauguration of the new President
Please take your places by 9 am