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1 The Lure of Paris: The Republic of Letters and Eighteenth-Century Speed-Dating Final talk of the Besterman Enlightenment Workshop 2017, Laurence Brockliss explains the popularity of Paris as a place to visit in the 18th century and explores the opportunities for and obstacles to making contacts in the European Republic of Letters. Laurence Brockliss 22 Mar 2017
2 Law: Printing the Corpus iuris civilis in the Sixteenth Century Professor Rodolfo Savelli, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Università di Genova, gives a talk for the 15th Century Booktrade series on 10th March 2017. Rodolfo Savelli 13 Mar 2017
3 Theology: The Gutenberg Bible in the Context of Fifteenth-Century Manuscript Bibles Dr Paul Needham, Scheide Library, Princeton University Library gives a talk for the 15th Century Booktrade series on 3rd March 2017. Paul Needham 06 Mar 2017
4 Manuscript Studies: Greek Script and Type in the Fifteenth century. Demetrius Damilas between Milan and Florence Nigel Wilson, fellow of Lincoln College, reads a lecture written by Dr David Speranzi, Firenze, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento. Dr Speranzi was unable to attend the recording of this lecture so Nigel Wilson read in his absence. David Speranzi, Nigel Wilson 28 Feb 2017
5 The shock of the new: cultural amnesia, trans erasure, and what we can do about it Activist and author CN Lester talks about the need for queer/trans history in a world that too often forgets that variations in gender and desire have always been with us. CN Lester 24 Feb 2017
6 Economics: The Price of Books in Early Modern Europe: An Economic Perspective Dr Jeremiah Dittmar, Department of Economics, London School of Economics, gives a talk on 10th February 2017. Jeremiah Dittmar 22 Feb 2017
7 The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard The book's author Sondra Hausner (Professor of Anthropology, University of Oxford) will explore the issues raised in her book. Sondra Hausner, Bridget Anderson, Diane Watt, Antonia Fitzpatrick 10 Feb 2017
8 Lion Statue On whether there were ever lions in Egypt. Today, there are no lions roaming wild in north Africa, but evidence from ancient Egypt suggests that lions once did. David Whyte Macdonald 23 Jan 2017
9 Henry VIII Renaissance Medal On Henry VIII and the Founding of the Church of England Minted at London in 1545, this medal shows a bust of Henry VIII, with inscriptions in Hebrew and Greek on the reverse. Diarmaid MacCulloch 23 Jan 2017
10 Meissen porcelain chocolate cup and tea bowl On arranged marriages among royalty. Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly 23 Jan 2017
11 Arab robe worn by T. E. Lawrence On Lawrence of Arabia and wearing Arab robes. T. E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia was infamous for his scruffy appearance when in the British Khaki uniform, and wore it as little as possible. Eugene Rogan 23 Jan 2017
12 Silver-gilt carriage clock This travelling calendar carriage clock dates to 1747–1823. Why would such a clock need to have both lunar and sun time represented on it? With Professor Chris Lintott Astrophysics, University of Oxford. Chris Lintott 23 Jan 2017
13 Mummified Child On growing up and dying in ancient and modern populations. Sarah Harper 23 Jan 2017
14 Carved Stone Ball We still do not know why these stone balls were created. They date to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, between 3200 and 1500 BC. Marcus du Sautoy 23 Jan 2017
15 Tombstone of a Muslim girl On what were people’s feelings about death and the dead in North Africa a thousand years ago? What does this tombstone tell us? With Professor Julia Bray, Arabic, University of Oxford. Julia Bray 23 Jan 2017
16 Évariste Galois Oxford graduate students discuss the life and work of 19th century French mathematical prodigy Évariste Galois Aled Walker, Chris Nicholls, Benjamin Green. 18 Jan 2017
17 Staging History: favourite objects and concluding thoughts The series concludes with each of the contributors discussing an object that particularly stands out for them from the exhibition items and what it reveals about staging history in this period. Michael Burden, David Kennerley, Susan Valladares 14 Dec 2016
18 History on stage In this episode, the contributors discuss why history so frequently featured on stage in this period, and the significance of the historical events that these dramas staged for contemporary audiences. Michael Burden, David Kennerley, Susan Valladares 14 Dec 2016
19 Theatre in the ‘Long Regency’ era This episode gives a brief introduction to the history of this period, beginning with the American War of Independence and culminating in the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria. Michael Burden, David Kennerley, Susan Valladares 14 Dec 2016
20 Concert at the Mariensee Convent with the Oxford Bach Soloists Concert at the Mariensee Convent with the Oxford Bach Soloists (A lecture-recital tracing the origins of Bach's Cantata 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' (BWV 4) at Mariensee Convent in Northern Germany. Henrike Lähnemann, The Oxford Bach Soloists, Alex Lloyd 05 Dec 2016
21 Singing the Reformation A film by Alex Lloyd about the Oxford Bach Soloists' recent tour to Northern Germany as part of the knowledge-exchange project 'Recording the Reformation', led by Prof. Henrike Lähnemann at the University of Oxford. Alex Lloyd 05 Dec 2016
22 Varieties of Resistance, Professor Margaret MacMillan: Adam von Trott Memorial Lecture 2015 Professor Margaret MacMillan’s Lecture, Varieties of Resistance was held at Mansfield College, Oxford on the 19th of November 2015 and was introduced by the Principal of Mansfield College, Baroness Helena Kennedy. Margaret MacMillan 25 Nov 2016
23 Visualising 150 Years of Correspondence between the US and Germany Felix Krawatzek (Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford) gives the fourth talk in the conference. Félix Krawatzek 02 Nov 2016
24 Celebrating Diversity: An LGBTQ+ Tour of Oxford University’s Museums and Collections Beth Asbury, Assistant to the Director and Administration Team, Pitt Rivers Museum, gives a short talk for Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. Beth Asbury 31 Oct 2016
25 Interacting with Artefacts, Oxfordshire Collections Project Stephen Barker, Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service, gives a short talk for Oxford University Museums Staff Conference. Stephen Barker 31 Oct 2016
26 The American election of 1896 Host Aled Walker is joined by DPhil students Nonie Kubie and Daniel Rowe to discuss the American presidential election of 1896, a fascinating and pivotal moment in American history. Aled Walker, Nonie Kubie, Dan Rowe 21 Oct 2016
27 Creative Commons Shakespeare and the Victorians Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Professor of English Literature, Oxford, gives a talk for Shakespeare Oxford 2016 series. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst 19 Oct 2016
28 ‘Exiled Children’ and the Easter Rising: America and Irish Independence Robert Schmuhl (Notre Dame) gives a talk on the Easter Rising as part of the American History Research Seminar series. Robert Schmuhl 19 Oct 2016
29 Women in Oxford's History: Rose Potter Clarributt Exploring the life of Rose Potter Clarributt: long-serving matron of the Radcliffe Infirmary Olivia Robinson, Alison Moulds, Hannah Newson 19 Oct 2016
30 Women in Oxford's History: Elizabeth Wordsworth Exploring the life of Elizabeth Wordsworth: founding principal of Lady Margaret Hall and founder of St Hugh's College Olivia Robinson, Alison Moulds 19 Oct 2016
31 Women in Oxford's History: Maria Czaplicka Exploring the life of Maria Czaplicka: Polish anthropologist of Siberian indigenous people Olivia Robinson, Alison Moulds, Jaanika Vider 19 Oct 2016
32 Women in Oxford's History: Ida Busbridge Exploring the life of Ida Busbridge: promoter of women's education at St Hugh's College Olivia Robinson, Alison Moulds, Bethany White 19 Oct 2016
33 Women in Oxford's History: Kofoworola Moore Exploring the life of Kofoworola Moore: first black woman to graduate from the University of Oxford Olivia Robinson, Alison Moulds, JC Niala 19 Oct 2016
34 Women in Oxford's History: C. Violet Butler Exploring the life of C. Violet Buter: philanthropist, social researcher, and educator Olivia Robinson, Alison Moulds, Kathryne Crossley 19 Oct 2016
35 Creative Commons Penicillin and the Legacy of Norman Heatley Dr Eric Sidebottom and Professor David Cranston talk about the story of penicillin and the legacy of Norman Heatley (1911 – 2004) who was a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. Eric Sidebottom, David Cranston 01 Sep 2016
36 Creative Commons Historian and Capability Brown expert, Dr Oliver Cox (Univ, 2006) Dr Oliver Cox shares his passion for England’s greatest landscape designer, Capability Brown, in an interview recorded for the tercentenary celebrations of Brown’s birth. Oliver Cox 15 Aug 2016
37 Shakespeare and Music Alice Harberd, Michael Dobson, Fleur Smith, Adriana Stoiber, and Simon Smith discuss Shakespeare and Music. Alice Harberd, Michael Dobson, Fleur Smith, Adriana Stoiber 25 Jul 2016
38 Alumni Day 2015 - Microscopic and Macroscopic. Rhythmic prose and historical themes in Plutarch's 'Lives' and Appian's 'Civil Wars' Gregory Hutchinson on rhythmic prose and historical themes in Plutarch's 'Lives' and Appian's 'Civil Wars' Gregory Hutchinson 20 Jul 2016
39 Creative Commons Cultural and historical implications of non-destructive analyses on mesoamerican codices Davide Domenici discusses cultural and historical implications of non-destructive analyses on mesoamerican codices. Davide Domenici 11 Jul 2016
40 Creative Commons An Evidence-based Assessment and Visualization of the Distribution, Sale, and Reception of Books in the Renaissance Cristina Dondi, (Modern Languages, University of Oxford) gives a talk for the 2016 Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. Cristina Dondi 08 Jul 2016
41 Creative Commons Is the Taj Mahal Pakistani? Teaching Pakistani History / Teaching Pakistanis History Akbar Zaidi speaks at the Intellectual History for Pakistan workshop on March 1st, 2016 Akbar Zaidi 06 Jul 2016
42 Creative Commons Cybersecurity and the Age of Privateering: An Historical Analogy DPhil research using a historical analogy to mercantile companies, privateers, and pirates to shed light onto the blurred boundaries between state and private interests. Florian Egloffs 05 Jul 2016
43 Life, death and astrology in Shakespeare's England Lauren Kassell (Reader in the History of Science and Medicine, Cambridge) gives a talk for the Bodleian libraries. Lauren Kassell 30 Jun 2016
44 Creative Commons Political wisdom and deep devotion: The introduction of the Reformation in Southern Lower Saxony by Elisabeth of Brandenburg, Duchess of Calenberg-Gottingen Ruth Gornandt gives a talk for the Women's responses to the Reformation, held in Oxford on 23rd June 2016. Ruth Gornandt 28 Jun 2016
45 Creative Commons 'Print therefore good Lord, and write these examples in my memory': The Forgotten History of Writing and Printing Lady Abergavenny's Prayers Louise Horton gives a talk for the Women's responses to the Reformation, held in Oxford on 23rd June 2016. Louise Horton 28 Jun 2016
46 Creative Commons Sin and Salvation: Churching as a disciplinary tool in Early Modern Denmark Mette Ahlefeldt-Laurvig gives a talk for the Women's responses to the Reformation, held in Oxford on 23rd June 2016. Mette Ahlefeldt-Laurvig 28 Jun 2016
47 Creative Commons The women behind the prophecies: A discussion of Ursula Jost and her printer Margarethe Prüss Nicola Deboys gives a talk for the Women's responses to the Reformation, held in Oxford on 23rd June 2016. Nicola Deboys 28 Jun 2016
48 Creative Commons Of Martyrs and Makhanas: Jesuits and Gender in the Seventeenth-Century Marianas Mission Prof Ulrike Strasser (UC San Diego) gives a talk for the Women's Responses to the Reformation conference. Ulrike Strasser 27 Jun 2016
49 Empire and Identity: Imperial Rule and Peoplehood across Time and Place A round table discussion of empire's role in identity formation across time and place. Miles Larmer, Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Florian Schwarz 25 May 2016
50 Simon Schama on Public History What does hip hop have in common with Herodotus? In this lecture celebrated historian Simon Schama explores the tradition of public history drawing on Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Winston Churchill and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Simon Schama 20 May 2016
51 The Past and its Publics Simon Schama, Craig Clunas and Margaret MacMillan tackle the thorny question of how the past should interact with the public, or publics, who consume it. Simon Schama, Margaret MacMillan, Craig Clunas 20 May 2016
52 Medieval Song Oxford students discuss medieval songs. Aled Walker, Meghan Quinlan, Joseph Mason 13 May 2016
53 Rethinking Easter Island’s Mysterious Past Professor Terry Hunt, University of Oregon, gives the ASC Annual Lecture on Easter Island. Terry Hunt 11 May 2016
54 From the Crisis to Metamorphosis: History, Trauma and Loss in C. Oikonomou’s Kati tha ginei tha deis and D. Papamarkos’s MetaPoesis Vassiliki Kaisidou (University of Oxford) gives the third talk in the fourth panel; 'Continuities and Ruptures': The 'Crisis' as a new period in Greek history? Vassiliki Kaisidou 26 Apr 2016
55 Cicero's 'De Inventione'' Oxford students discuss roman senator Cicero. Aled Walker, Thierry Hirsch, Alice Harberd, Andrew Sillett 04 Apr 2016
56 Creative Commons The 'Unfortunate Mesopotamian Foetus' Pregnancy loss and miscarriage in the ancient Near East - a Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group seminar, 30 November 2015 given by Marie-Françoise Besnier (University of Cambridge) Marie-Françoise Besnier 14 Mar 2016
57 2016 Kolakowski Lecture - What makes Poland special: Polish Nationalism in Comparative Context Professor John Connelly (UC Berkeley) gives the 2016 Annual Kolakowski lecture for the Programme on Modern Poland. Chaired by Mikolaj Kunicki (St. Antony's College). John Connelly 19 Feb 2016
58 Creative Commons Discovering Traherne Conversation between Nam Rao and Julia Smith on 17th century poet, divine and Brasenose College member Thomas Traherne. Nam Rao, Julia Smith 10 Feb 2016
59 The Alfred Jewel and Kingship Amy Faulkner explores how Alfred’s translations question what it means to be a good king in this TORCH Bite-Size talk at the Ashmolean Museum LiveFriday Amy Faulkner 08 Feb 2016
60 Creative Commons The Automobile Club of Egypt A Conversation with Alaa Al Aswany with Eugene Rogan at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College on 19th January 2016. Alaa Al Aswany, Eugene Rogan 01 Feb 2016
61 Creative Commons Lecture 4: Spain and the World (1976-1992) Spain on the international stage. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
62 Creative Commons Lecture 3: Institutions of Democracy: King, President, Parliament, and Autonomous Communities Democratic institution building. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
63 Creative Commons Lecture 2: The Spanish Transition (1975-1978) Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the 1970s. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
64 Creative Commons Lecture 1: Development and Dissent in Franco's Spain (1959-1975) Economic development and political dissent in Franco's Spain. Marina Perez de Arcos 16 Dec 2015
65 Primo Levi and the Nature of Guilt Prof Alan Norrie, Professor at the School of Law, University of Warwick, gives a talk for the OTJR Seminar series on 25th November 2015. Alan Norrie 03 Dec 2015
66 The Silk Roads: A New History of the World Peter Frankopan discusses his new book with Averil Cameron, Robert Moore and Elleke Boehmer Peter Frankopan, Averil Cameron, Robert Moore, Elleke Boehmer 27 Oct 2015
67 Creative Commons History of Neuroscience at Oxford: Four Centuries of Discovery The second annual lecture for the Clinical Neurosciences Society, NDCN Zoltan Molnar 27 Oct 2015
68 Creative Commons The Aftermath of World War II and the New Political Geography of Europe Modern European History Professor Paul Betts reflects on the legacy of World War II and its relevance to conflicts and crises today. Paul Betts, Félix Krawatzek 25 Oct 2015
69 British Philanthropy: Past and Present A talk by Dr Frank Prochaska at the Inaugural seminar of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. Michael Earl, Frank Prochaskha   14 Aug 2015
70 Creative Commons Refugees – what’s wrong with history? Peter Gatrell gives a talk for the Refugee Studies Centre podcast series. Peter Gatrell 23 Jun 2015
71 Henry Adams, Henry James, and Minnie Temple: The Pursuit of the Real at the Turn of the 20th Century A lecture by Amy Hollywood. Amy Hollywood 18 Jun 2015
72 Suffering History: Phenomenology at the Intersection of Disease and Illness A presentation by Austin Argentieri. Austin Argentieri 10 Jun 2015
73 Editing the Corpus Methods and approaches to establishing the texts, linguistic difficulty, history of transmission, literary character, audience. Michael Cooperson leads discussion with Julia Bray, Joseph Lowry, and Devin Stewart. Michael Cooperson, Julia Bray, Joseph Lowry, Devin Stewart 29 May 2015
74 Remembering the Corpus [Part 3] LAL’s importance to comparative literature and ways of reading. Marina Warner leads discussion with Dominique Jullien, Ros Ballaster, Wen-chin Ouyang and Matthew Reynolds. Marina Warner, Dominique Jullien, Ros Ballaster, Wen-Chin Ouyang 29 May 2015
75 Remembering the Corpus [Part 2] Different genres embraced by LAL and modes of writing. Julia Bray and James Montgomery lead discussion with Beatrice Gruendler and Shawkat Toorawa. Julia Bray, James Montgomery, Beatrice Gruendier, Shawkat Toorawa 29 May 2015
76 Remembering the Corpus Overview of the project, difficulties, ideals, scope, historical context. Speakers: Philip Kennedy leads discussion with Geert Jan van Gelder, Ferial Ghazoul, and Joseph Lowry. Philip Kennedy, Geert Jan van Gelder, Ferial Ghazoul, Joseph Lowry 29 May 2015
77 Rationality versus emotionality in the century of extremes Professor Ute Frevert discusses rationality vs emotionality with a response from Professor Barbara Rosenwein Ute Frevert, Barbara Rosenwein 19 May 2015
78 How can there be a history of emotions? Professor Barbara Rosenwein explores the history of emotions Barbara Rosenwein, Ute Frevert 19 May 2015
79 Generations of Feeling Barbara Rosenwein discusses the generations of feeling Barbara Rosenwein 18 May 2015
80 Creative Commons Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences Professor Robin Wilson, author of Alice's Adventures in Numberland, gives a talk on the history of studying Mathematics at Oxford, which is as old as the University itself. Robin Wilson 06 May 2015
81 Creative Commons Scottish Referendum Panel discussion on the Scottish Referendum. Calum Miller, David Torrancem, Adam Ramsay, Ben Jackson 28 Apr 2015
82 Cultural Frontier: Early 20th Century Vienna Re-visiting the time of Freud, Klimt and Schönberg, the Alumni Weekend panel surveys and analyse this unique period in Vienna’s history and in Western culture. Bethany Bell, Shearer West, Ritchie Robertson, Jonathan Cross 28 Apr 2015
83 Infant feeding and child health and survival in early twentieth-century England A seminar for the Fertility and Reproduction Group by Alice Reid of the University of Cambridge (24 November 2014) Alice Reid 13 Apr 2015
84 Creative Commons Breastpump technology and 'natural' motherly milk in Enlightenment France In this Fertility and Reproduction Seminar Margaret Carlyle (Cambridge) discusses developments in breastpump technology in 18th-century France (27 October 2014) Margaret Carlyle 13 Apr 2015
85 Creative Commons Hiring a wetnurse in seventeenth-century England In this Fertility and Reproduction Seminar Leah Astbury (Cambridge) discusses the increase of maternal breastfeeding in 17th-century England (20 October 2014) Leah Astbury 13 Apr 2015
86 Party Games: Coalitions in British Politics Professor Angus Hawkins gives a talk about the history of coalitions in British politics as well as the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. Angus Hawkins 23 Feb 2015
87 Creative Commons Exile, refuge and the Greek polis: between justice and humanity Seminar given on 18 February 2015 by Dr Benjamin Gray (University of Edinburgh), part of the RSC Hilary term 2015 Public Seminar Series Benjamin Gray 23 Feb 2015
88 One century, three Polands: the Second Republic, People’s Poland, and the Third Republic Prof Dariusz Stola, Director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, gives a talk for the Programme on Modern Poland on 4th February 2015. Dariusz Stola 16 Feb 2015
89 Creative Commons Refugees and the Roman Empire Seminar given on 21 January 2015 by Professor Peter Heather (King's College London), part of the RSC Hilary term 2015 Public Seminar Series Peter Heather 26 Jan 2015
90 Common People: The History of an English Family An interdisciplinary panel of scholars discuss Alison Light's book Alison Light, Lyndal Roper, Laura Marcus, Selina Todd 11 Dec 2014
91 Alison Light on "Common People" The author discusses her new book, exploring the interplay between fiction and history, the redefinition of the common, and family history Alison Light 08 Dec 2014
92 Irish Nationalist Women, 1900-1918 An interdisciplinary panel of scholars discuss Dr Senia Paseta's book Senia Paseta, Tara Stubbs, Desmond King, Roy Foster 03 Dec 2014
93 Creative Commons Senia Paseta on Irish Nationalist Women Dr Paseta explores women's history and the nationalist narrative in Ireland. Senia Paseta 01 Dec 2014
94 Take jellyfish for headaches: language, print and presentation in early 17th-century medical manuals Professor Peter Kornicki, emeritus professor, Cambridge University, gives a talk for the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies seminar series. Peter Kornicki 01 Dec 2014
95 ‘True Enlightenment can be both achieved and beneficial.’ The German Enlightenment and its Interpretation Professor Joachim Whaley, Professor of German History and Thought, Cambridge, gives the 2014 Besterman Lecture, hosted by The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment and the TORCH Enlightenment Programme. Joachim Whaley, Richie Robertson 20 Nov 2014
96 CAF 2013 Report Presentation by Daniel Ortega: Enhancing Productivity in Latin America: from Subsistence to Transformational Entrepreneurship On Thursday, 1st May, 5pm Daniel Ortega, Senior Research Economist, CAF Development Bank of Latin America Presented the CAF 2013 Report “Enhancing Productivity in Latin America: from Subsistence to Transformational Entrepreneurship”. Daniel Ortega 12 Nov 2014
97 Images of the United States in Latin America, 1850-1900 On March 7th, Professor Nicola Miller and Dr Adam Smith from the University College London gave a lecture on the historical relations between the United States of America and Latin America. Nicola Miller, Adam Smith 12 Nov 2014
98 Choice or Accident? The outbreak of the First World War The causes of the First World War have long been controversial and remain so. The Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, and author of The War that Ended Peace (2013) brings us up to date on the debate. Margaret MacMillan 04 Nov 2014
99 Getting your Research Noticed: Public Engagement and History of Medicine Third talk given at the Half Day Workshop for Post-Graduate and Early Career Historians of Medicine. Lindsay Fitzharris 14 Jul 2014
100 The past is never dead: Balkan legacies of the First World War part two Speakers include: Ivo Banac (Yale University), Richard Crampton (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), Basil Gounaris (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Margaret Macmillan (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Eugene Rogan (St Antony’s College, Oxford) Ivo Banac, Richard Crampton, Basil Gounaris 19 Jun 2014