Lectures and seminars in Oxford

The Colin Franklin Prize Contest 

The Bodleian Libraries award the Colin Franklin Prize for book collecting to a student of the University of Oxford every year. The competition for 2017 is now announced. http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/csb/fellowships/the-colin-franklin-book-collecting-prize 

Georgian History and Heritage Lectures

Wednesday, 30 November, 5.00pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
'"Amiran Unbound": Christ's Last Foe in the Caucasus', Dr Nikoloz Aleksidze
Few may know that antiquity’s celebrated chained demigod, Prometheus, has a literary and folk twin in the Caucasus – Amiran, an epic hero who was chained to a Caucasian rock for challenging his own godfather, Jesus Christ. The saga of Amiran and his brothers also acts as a literary witness to actual historical processes, be it the centralization of Georgia’s royal court, the confrontation of paganism and Christianity in the highlands, the formation of Caucasian identities, or the drama of nineteenth century Georgian national movement. This lecture will illustrate the ways Amiran’s saga acts as a ‘memory-book’ of the nation.
Register for a free ticket for this lecture

‘Hakluyt and the Renaissance Discovery of the World’
A two-day international interdisciplinary conference to mark the quatercentenary of the death of Richard Hakluyt, England’s pioneering promoter of overseas exploration, commerce, and expansion, in November 1616. Supported by the Hakluyt Society, the Bodleian Library, Christ Church, Oxford, and the Society for Renaissance Studies, the conference will take place in the Bodleian Library’s Weston Lecture Theatre on Thursday, 24 November 2016 and in the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre at Christ Church College on Friday, 25 November 2016.

Twenty scholars, all leading specialists in different aspects of Hakluyt’s work, will speak on a variety of themes: ‘Hakluyt, Oxford, and Centres of Power’, ‘The Three Corners of the World’, ‘Encounters and Communication’, ‘Telling Tales’, ‘Influences and Legacy’, ‘Theatres of War, Near and Far’, and ‘Rival Ambitions’. The conference concludes with a Public Lecture by the renowned historian and broadcaster Professor Michael Wood. Displays of Hakluyt’s books will be on view at the Weston Library and at Christ Church College. Conference conveners: Professor Daniel Carey (NUI, Galway), Professor Claire Jowitt (UEA) and Anthony Payne.

Book tickets to this 2-day conference at the Weston Library and Christ Church College, Oxford: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on/upcoming-events/2016/nov/hakluyt-conference

Lunchtime Lecture: Art in Hebrew Manuscripts
'Crossing Borders and Building Bridges: Art in European Hebrew Manuscripts as a Source for Connected Cultural Histories', Wednesday, 23 November, 1.00pm-1:30 pm, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library
Dr Eva Frojmovic (University of Leeds), Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
The 2009-10 Bodleian exhibition 'Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures' presented a wide-ranging picture of cultural encounters across Europe, Africa and Asia. This inspired me to look for further ways to build bridges between this specialised area and the study of medieval European culture. In this lecture, I will use gender as a key term for thinking about Jewish presence and difference in medieval Europe.
All are welcome. Register here for a free ticket.

The Hakluyt Society Public Lecture
Professor Michael Wood, ‘Voyages, Traffiques, Discoveries’
Friday, 25 November 2016, 5.00pm, Examination Schools, 75–81 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG
The famous broadcaster and historian, Michael Wood, will tell three stories from the Age of Exploration, looking at meetings between civilisations in Mexico, India and China, with a coda on the coast of Sierra Leone. Exploring these cross-cultural encounters the talk will look at what they tell us about Western ways of seeing the world beyond Europe.

This lecture is organised by the Hakluyt Society and is free to all who wish to attend. No registration is required. See the Hakluyt displays at the Weston Library and at Christ Church College.

Bodleian Libraries Centre for the Study of the Book and Centre for Digital Scholarship Symposium
'Text, Reproduced: From Metal to Pixels' - POSTPONED

Thursday 23 February 2017 The Annual D.F. McKenzie Lecture

Professor Peter Kornicki (Cambridge) ‘Publish and perish in Japan: why manuscripts continued to circulate in the age of print’
5pm, Lecture Theatre 2, English Faculty, St Cross Building


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