Classes, lectures and seminars in Oxford


Apr-Jun 2016 

Lyell Lectures 2016Professor Teresa Webber (Cambridge).
The Lyell Lectures will be given on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weeks 2-4 of Trinity Term, at 5 pm in the Lecture Theatre, Weston Library. Details to follow.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016: Shakespeare Festival Lecture. Steven Gunn, 'Everyday death in Shakespeare's England'
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 1 pm. Register for free tickets.

Monday, 9 May 2016:OBS Lecture. Juan-Carlos Conde (University of Oxford) Lost and found: the fifteenth-century manuscript of João I of Portugal’s ‘Livro da Montaria’
5:15 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

Friday, 13 May 2016 Museums at night: opening of the Bibliographical Press, Schola Musicae, Old Schools Quadrangle, 7 - 9 pm 

Monday, 16 May 2016: OBS Lecture.Dennis Duncan (University of Oxford) ‘Filthy talk, p. 2’: handwritten indexes in early modern printed books
5:15 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016: Katherine Duncan Jones, 'Venus and Adonis'
In 1592-93, with London playhouses closed because of plague, Shakespeare wrote his most technically perfect work. Venus and Adonis (1593) is a highly original 'take' on the ancient Greek myth of the doomed Adonis - presented here as a pubertal boy incapable of responding to the goddess's amorous advances. It was a tearaway success with Elizabethan readers.
1 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
Registration is appreciated, see event listing

Tuesday, 24 May 2016: Book talk: Joseph Sassoon, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics
5.15pm, Weston Library 
By examining the system of authoritarianism in eight Arab republics, Joseph Sassoon portrays life under these regimes and explores the mechanisms underpinning their resilience. How did the leadership in these countries create such enduring systems? Why did these seemingly stable regimes begin to falter?
Joseph Sassoon is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University and holds the al-Sabah Chair in Politics and Political Economy of the Arab World. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St Antonys College, Oxford. 
All welcome. Email to attend

Wednesday, 25 May 2016: Emma Smith, 'Memorialising Shakespeare: the First Folio and other elegies' 
Ben Jonson wrote in 1623 that Shakespeare 'art a Moniment, without a tombe/ And art alive still, while thy Booke doth live'. Centuries later Jorge Luis Borges observed that 'when writers die, they become books', adding, 'which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation'. This lecture considers Shakespeare's First Folio as a literary memorial to Shakespeare, alongside other elegies, epitaphs and responses to the playwright's death.
1 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
Registration is appreciated, see event listing 

Thursday, 26 May 2016 Rebecca Kingston, 'Eloquence vault mieulx que force': Vernacular Translations of Plutarch and Political Argument in Renaissance France (The Royal Bank of Canada Foundation Lecture)
5.30pm — 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
Registration is appreciated, see event listing 
A surprising number of early Renaissance thinkers were also translators of Plutarch. This lecture explores the rise of vernacular translations of Plutarch in France and the links between humanist scholarship and political argument through the lens of Plutarch with special reference to the works of Geoffroy Tory, Guillaume Budé, Desiderius Erasmus and Claude de Seyssel.
Dr. Rebecca Kingston is Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, and Royal Bank of Canada Foundation-Bodleian Visiting Fellow

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 Lecture:  Mirjam Foot, Emeritus Professor of Library & Archive Studies at UCL.'Collector, dealer and forger: the perils of collecting bindings in the 19th century'
3:30 pm - 5 pm,3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, NOTE CORRECTED TIME Lecture Theatre, Weston Library. Register for free tickets.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016  Material Text Seminar: Amanda Golden, 'Annotating Modernism'.
5:15 pm, Visiting Scholars' Centre, Level 2, Weston. Registration is required; email

Friday, 17 June 2016, Lecture: S. Blair Hedges (Temple) 'The science of woodblock illustrations'
5:15 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library. A reception will follow at the Bodleian Bibliographical Press (Old Bodleian Library). Register for free tickets.

27 June to 1 July 2016: Summer school in the history and practice of hand-press printing. Claire Bolton and Richard Lawrence, course leaders. For more information and registration, see listing.

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