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Medieval English Research Seminar
Hilary Term 2022

Convenor: Daniel Wakelin 
Tuesdays at 11.30am   
Lecture Theatre 2, Faculty of English, St Cross Building, Manor Road

WEEK 1: Tuesday 18 January

Glenn Cahilly-Bretzin (Lincoln College) ‘Flickers of past practice: The poetic lexicon of cremation in Old English’; and Tom Revell (Balliol College), ‘The composition of Old English hagiographic verse: the Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium) as micro-library’

WEEK 2: Tuesday 25 January 

Francis Leneghan (St Cross College) ‘Beowulf and the hunt’

WEEK 3: Tuesday 1 February

Llewelyn Hopwood (Corpus Christi College) ‘“Sounding different” in medieval Wales according to its poets’; and Micah Mackay (Balliol College), ‘Song and space: movement, navigation, and the fifteenth-century English carol’

WEEK 4: Tuesday 8 February

Katarzyna Anna Kapitan (Linacre College) ‘Collecting and annotating Old Norse texts: on the library of Thormodus Torfæus’

WEEK 5: Tuesday 15 February

Michael Kuczynski (Tulane University) The true portrait of Christ: origins and afterlife of a medieval forgery’

WEEK 6: Tuesday 22 February

Peter Buchanan (Lady Margaret Hall), ‘Light metaphysics and contingent poetics in Chaucer’s House of Fame’; and Pamela Kask (Mansfield College), ‘The mythology of trauma in Chaucer’s Anelida and Arcite

WEEK 7: Tuesday 1 March

Jane Griffiths (Wadham College), ‘This word in Latyn: late-medieval religious macaronic lyric’

WEEK 8: Tuesday 8 March

Paul Acker (St Louis University), ‘Dragons in Old English’


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Old Norse Oxford Research Seminar
Hilary Term 2022

8 February 2022 – 5pm

Details TBC.

 Early Modern English Literature Seminar

Hilary Term 2022 

Tuesdays weeks 1,3, 5 and 7, at 5.15-7.15pm BST

Weeks 1 & 3: Zoom, 5.15 GMT. Link in CEMS email.
Week 5 & 7: T. S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton


Painting of The Death of Seneca by Peter Paul Rubens

18 January  

Esther Osorio Whewell, (Corpus, Oxford)
'Play the whole thing backwards: Radio Nashe’

1 February

Curtis Perry (Ohio) and Lorna Hutson (Merton, Oxford) 
‘Seneca, rhetoric, and the writing of character in early modern English drama’

15 February

Race and Drama, East and West : Interdisciplinary Roundtable 

Simon Park, (St Anne, Oxford): ’Talking Race in Gil Vicente’

Nandini Das, (Exeter, Oxford) ‘Middleton's Triumph of Honour and Industry: Race and Trade in English civic performance’

Ewan McDonald, (Oxford): ‘Sailing the Western Oceans- Encountering the Other in a Seventeenth Century Chinese Court Drama’ 

1 March

Brian Cummings 
‘Erasmus on Trust’

Abstracts available at

Any pre-circulated reading will be made available via the CEMS email. 
Organisers: Emma Smith, Katie Murphy, Joe Moshenska, Lorna Hutson 

Eighteenth-Century Literature & Culture Research Seminar
Hilary Term 2022

Week 2: Tuesday, 25 January, 5.30–7pm

Anne Thell (National University of Singapore)
'Art and Evanescence in Anson's Voyage Round the World (1748)'

Week 6: Tuesday, 22 February, 12.30–2pm

'Talking Things: Introducing Research with Eighteenth-Century Objects'
Flash talks by Helen Dallas, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, Lucy Powell, Madeleine Saidenberg, Ben Wilkinson-Turnball, Abigail Williams, Xiaofan Wu.
Respondent: Jim Harris (Ashmolean Museum)

Week 8: Tuesday, 8 March, 5.30–7pm

Kate Ozment (Cal Poly Pomona)
'The Marks of Character: Commodification of Difference in Eighteenth-Century British Print'

Weeks 2 & 6: Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College, Oxford (accessible via wheelchair). Please wear a face covering. Week 8: Zoom (Sign-up instructions on Twitter @EngFac18thC)

Seminar Leaders: Ros Ballaster, Christine Gerrard, Katie Noble, Nicole Pohl, David Taylor, Ben Wilkinson-Turnball, Abby Williams.


Papers, music manuscripts and recorder with yellow wash

Romantic Research Seminar

Hilary Term 2022

Convenors: Fiona Stafford and Seamus Perry
When: Tuesdays
5.30pm (weeks 1, 3, 5)
12.15pm (week 7, incl. lunch)    
Venue: Massey Room, Balliol College


WEEK 1: Tuesday 18 January 

Matthew Ward (University of Birmingham)
‘Keats’s Melodious Chuckle’

WEEK 3: Tuesday 1 February 

Erin Lafford (University of Oxford)
‘Careless John Clare’

WEEK 5: Tuesday 15 February

Nicholas Roe (University of St Andrews)
‘John Keats and the London Cavalry’

WEEK 7: Tuesday 1 March

Helen Dallas (Trinity College, University of Oxford)
‘Personation: Character, Actor and Performance on the Romantic Stage’


Nineteenth Century Research Seminar Series

Hilary Term 2022

Mondays of Week 2,4,6, and 8 at 5.15 pm GMT over Zoom

These seminar will take place online. To join, please email Harry Daniels ( or Lauren Cullen (

Week 2 – Monday, 24 January 2022

Paul Young (University of Exeter) 

Carnivorous Castaways and Colonial Meat: The Robinson Crusoe Story and Victorian Structures of Feeding 

Week 4  Monday, 7 February 2022

Talia Schaffer (Queens College, CUNY) 

Victorian Bodies Before the Normate: Convalescence and Community

Week 6  – Monday 21st February 2022

Audrey Jaffe (University of Toronto) 

Seeing Daggers: Scenes of Clerical Life and the Genealogy of Eliot's Realism

Week 8 - Monday 7th March 2022

Alisha Walters (Penn State) 

The “Sallow Mr Freely”: Sugar, Appetite, and Unstable Forms of Whiteness in George Eliot’s “Brother Jacob”


Old advert for corned beef with people serving corned beef on island with shipwreck in background

Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar Series
Hilary Term 2022


Seminars are taking place online via Zoom from 5:30-7pm. If you wish to attend, please contact Dr George Potts ( ) to be sent an invitation with the link. 


Week 2 (Wednesday, 26 January)

Professor Kate McLoughlin  

‘Henry James and What They Didn’t Say’, with responses by Dr Rachel Bryan and Damian Maher


Week 6 (Monday, 21 February)

Professor Susan McCabe (University of Southern California) 

‘H.D. & Bryher: An Untold Love Story of Modernism’, with a response by Professor Susan Stanford Friedman (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Week 8 (Wednesday, 9 March)

Professor Mary McLeod and Professor Victoria Rosner (Columbia University) 

‘Radical Domesticity’


Postcolonial Writing and Theory Seminar

Hilary Term 2022

Venue: Online, with the kind help of TORCH. See the links below each talk title.

Date and Time: Tuesdays – weeks 1, 5 and 8 at 5:00 pm.

Convenors: Elleke Boehmer (Wolfson, Oxford); Ankhi Mukherjee (Wadham, Oxford) 

Tuesday 18 January (week 1)

‘Imagining Manila’

Tom Sykes (Portsmouth) in conversation with Ann Ang (Oxford) about his book Imagining Manila (Bloomsbury) and Filipino world literature.

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Tuesday 15 February (week 5) 

Postcolonial Criticism today--the state of the art

An international panel discussion with: Elleke Boehmer, Ankhi Mukherjee, Rob Nixon (Princeton), Ato Quayson (Stanford), Poulomi Saha (Berkeley), Jennifer Wenzel (Columbia), and Robert Young (NYU).

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Tuesday 8 March (week 8)

‘Forms of Enclosure: Tsitsi Dangarembga and Kojo Laing'.

Penny Cartwright (Queen’s College)

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The aim of the seminar is to foster a dynamic and interdisciplinary postcolonial research culture supportive of individual scholarship. Finalists, M.St. and D.Phil. students, lecturers, fellows, scholars from across the university community – all are welcome.

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American Literature Research Seminar

Hilary Term 2022


17 January 17:00

Play is the thing: affect and affordances in Alice, William, and Henry James
Jane Thrailkill (UNC Chapel Hill)

31 January 17:00
Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, OX1 3UB

Daring Love: Ivan Turgenev and Henry James
Michael Jonik (Sussex)

14 February 17:00 
Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, OX1 3UB

The Ghost as Pedagogue
David Hering (Liverpool)


Please note that some seminars will be held online and some in person at the Rothermere American Institute. To receive Zoom links and pre-circulated readings, please join the ALRS mailing list by sending a blank email to: