Annual Report Summary 31 July 2016
Besides his duties as Warden, John Vickers worked further on the economics of banking reform, and published a critique of the Bank of England policy on capital requirements for major retail banks in the Journal of Financial Regulation. Separately, he and Mark Armstrong completed a paper on the theory of multi-product pricing that attempts to unify and consolidate earlier lines of research. He continued to chair the Finance Committee of OUP.
Senior Research Fellows
Susanne Bobzien is working on the structure of vagueness and higher-order vagueness, on semi-decidabiliy, and on the history of post-Aristotelian propositional logic. She has published a paper on higher-order vagueness and a revised and updated version of her SEP essay on ancient logic. She gave the 2015-16 Keeling Memorial lecture, entitled 'Did Frege plagiarize the Stoics?', a master class on Stoic speech-act theory, and an invited paper on Neo-Platonist logic at the SAAP.
Francis Brown works on algebraic geometry and number theory with applications to high-energy physics. He is currently developing a Galois theory of periods and its relation to quantum field theory and wrote a series of papers on this topic. He also published papers on geometric interpretations of irrationality proofs and on the arithmetic of the infinitesimal Tate elliptic curve. He gave the Gergen lectures at Duke University, was a plenary speaker at the inaugural conference of the SMF and the Abel prize symposium, and gave several other lectures in France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Colin Burrow has published a number of articles on Shakespeare and his sources and on Shakespeare’s Sonnets. He has continued work on Imitation: A Literary History, and on a history of Elizabethan Literature for the Oxford English Literary History (of which he is one of the general editors). He has also started work on an edition of the poems for the Oxford Edition of the Works of John Marston. He has acted as Editor in Chief for the literature element of Oxford Handbooks Online and as early modern editor of Review of English Studies
Andrew Burrows completed the second of his 'Restatements of English Law' in which he has been assisted by an advisory group of judges, academics and practitioners. This was published as A Restatement of the English Law of Contract (OUP, 2016). He has given papers on private law or law reform at conferences in Brisbane, Sydney, Cambridge and London and produced new editions of four books (as sole author or editor or co-author). He has also written on the law of contract in Myanmar as part of the Oxford-Burma/Myanmar law programme. He was President of the Society of Legal Scholars (2015-16).
Cécile Fabre finished her book Cosmopolitan Peace (OUP, out in August 2016). She completed standalone papers on various aspects in the ethics of war and putting in place the foundations for her project on the ethics of foreign policy. The first part of the project is on the ethics of economic statecraft. She wrote two papers on economic sanctions, which will appear in 2017. The second part of the project focuses on the ethics of intelligence gathering. A paper on the ethics of war time espionage is in preparation
Paul Fendley continued his research on condensed matter and mathematical physics, focusing in particular on quantum matter with strong interactions. One current theme is developing mathematical tools to show that quantum computation is possible away from ultra-low temperatures. He wrote one solo paper on this topic and collaborated on two related ones. He gave series of lectures in Florence and in Les Houches, invited talks at conferences/workshops in Banff, Berkeley and the ICTP, and seminars in Princeton, Trieste, Durham, Dresden and Geneva.
Cecilia Heyes began work on Cognitive Gadgets: Cultural Evolutionary Psychology, a book proposing that distinctively human ways of thinking are, like artefacts and social practices, products of cultural rather than genetic evolution. She also published several articles questioning whether teaching is part of ‘human nature’, wrote essay reviews of two books on cultural evolution and gave invited lectures in Bethlehem, Cambridge, London, New York, Oxford, and Yokohama.
Simon Hornblower completed an edition of Herodotus book 6 for CUP (introduction, Greek text, commentary), co-authored with Chris Pelling: 120,000 words, forthcoming 2017. He has now written about a third of a monograph Lykophron’s Alexandra and the Hellenistic World, a sequel to his 630-page 2015 commentary on the poem (both OUP). Finally, he re-edited and wrote commentaries on fifty metrical inscriptions for the AHRC-funded Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions project (including an edition of a previously unpublished twelve-line epigram. This is about to be offered to a specialist journal.
Neil Kenny published a monograph Death and Tenses: Posthumous Presence in Early Modern France (OUP, December 2015) and an article. He saw through the press a co-edited volume on Montaigne (publication scheduled October 2016). He completed almost all the research for a monograph on the relation between families, literature and social hierarchy in early modern France, drafted half of it, and presented some of the research in London. He presented in Oxford a chapter he drafted for a collective volume on cognitive approaches to literature.
Angela McLean continued to work on the dynamics of infections. This year her work focused on understanding processes of viral dynamics inside people infected with HIV whose infection appears to be under control through drug treatment. She also continued to work on projects to produce “Restatements” of natural science evidence pertinent to debate in public policy. She lectured for the Biological Sciences undergraduate degree and for the Science and Public Policy core module in the Master of Public Policy Course at the Blavatnik School of Government.
Noel Malcolm finished work on two sections of a forthcoming volume of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes, and published articles on ‘Hobbes and Sexual Desire’ and ‘Thomas Hobbes: Liberal Illiberal’. During this year he mostly concentrated on completing his research for a book about Islam and the Ottoman Empire in early modern European political thought. He began writing the book in the summer of 2016.
Catherine Morgan joined the College in October 2015. She continued her research into the archaeology and history of the Corinthia and the Ionian Islands, submitting a series of articles and co-directing the Kenchreai Quarries Survey. She contributed to the publication of the British Salonica Force antiquities collection as part of a collaboration between the British Museum, the Musée du Louvre and Thessaloniki Museum on the archaeology of the Salonica Front in World War 1. She gave invited lectures in Bucharest, London and Oxford. In July 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
Nicholas Rodger continues work on the third volume of his Naval History of Britain, now written in draft up to the First World War. He was the leading editor of Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf, published this year. It will be followed in 2017 (by coincidence from the same publisher) by his edited volume The Sea in History: The Modern World, with sixty-four contributions drawn from all over the world covering diverse aspects of 19th and 20th century maritime history.
Stephen Smith published (with Paul Betts) Science, Religion and Communism in Cold War Europe (Palgrave Macmillan) and completed Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 for OUP (forthcoming 2017). He published articles on Mao’s China, on the historiography of the Russian Revolution, and the preservation of religious buildings in the Soviet Union and China. He continues his longer term project on the comparative history of popular religion in the Soviet Union and China.
Constantin Teleman continued his work on topological quantum field theories, with special attention to gauge theory and categorical representations of Lie groups and is preparing several papers on the subject. He lectured on this work at the Clay Research conference in Oxford, a String Geometry conference in Paris, and research seminars in Oxford, Tokyo, Kyoto, Austin, Texas and the University of Pennsylvania. He co-organised a one-month programme on Boundary conditions in Quantum Field Theory at the Physics Centre in Aspen, Colorado.
Michael Teper continued his research in theoretical high energy physics on the strong coupling behaviour of quantum field theories. He has produced and submitted two articles. The first, on deconfinement in SO(N) gauge theories, has already been published. The second, on confining flux tubes, has been submitted for publication. He also gave a lecture course on 'Non-perturbative Methods' in the new Oxford Master Course in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.
University Academic Fellows
Diwakar Acharya is currently working on the Vāsudevakalpa, an unpublished Tantra centred on a composite form of Viṣṇu and Lakṣmī, and and aims to prepare a critical edition and study of this text by 2017. He is also engaged in a slow and deep reading of the Bṛhad Āraṇyaka Upaniṣad, and the Chāndogya Upaniṣad, and aims to shed new light on the development of various strands of philosophical thought in India.
Suzanne Aigrain worked on the discovery of exoplanets and on the impact of stellar variability on exoplanet studies. She developed new methods to analyse photometric data from the K2 space mission, to find transiting planets, and to mitigate the impact of stellar activity on radial velocity searches for planets, which were published in the 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society', and which she presented at international conferences in Uppsala and Davos. She contributed to the first major survey of hot Jupiter atmospheres with the Hubble Space Telescope, the final results of which were published in the 'Astrophysical Journal'.
Mark Armstrong has completed overview articles about “nonlinear pricing” and “ordered consumer search”, and the latter will be presented as a lecture to the European Economic Association. His papers on “search deterrence”, “search and ripoff externalities” and “which demand systems are consistent with discrete choice” (the latter with Vickers) have been published this year and he has completed a new working paper on multiproduct pricing (also with Vickers). He was elected to the Council of the Econometric Society, and continues to act as co-editor of the Rand Journal and as Director of Graduate Studies in the economics department.
Hugh Collins organised (with others) four conferences on the topics of European Contract Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Indirect Discrimination Law, Relational Contracts, and Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law, which will lead to publications in due course. Recent publications include chapters on ‘Implied Terms in the Contract of Employment’, ‘Human Rights and the Contract of Employment,’ and ‘Conformity of Goods, the Network Society', and the 'Ethical Consumer'.
Vincent Crawford completed work on a think piece on the state of game theory for the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a research paper on behavioural mechanism design. He continued work on two papers on nonparametric estimation of models of the behaviour of reference-dependent consumers and other papers on various topics in behavioural game theory. He gave invited lectures and seminars in Chengdu, Beijing, and Princeton. He continues to serve as editor of Games and Economic Behaviour and on the editorial boards of several other journals.
Wolfgang Ernst came to the College in October 2015. At that time the volume Money in the Western Legal Tradition (OUP), co-edited with David Fox, went into print. A book launch was held in the Old Library on 23 February 2016. Another year-long project came to an end with the publication of a book in German dealing with the comparative legal history of decision-making procedures in collegiate courts, from the Roman centumviri and the Senate (Pliny epist. 8,14) to 20th century collegiate courts and arbitral tribunals (Rechtserkenntnis durch Richtermehrheiten, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck).
David Gellner did fieldwork in Kaski and Parsa districts in Nepal in 2015 and in Gorakhpur, eastern Uttar Pradesh, India, in January 2016. The work in Kaski related to the ‘Caste, Class, and Culture’ project. 'New Identity Politics and the 2012 Collapse of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly: When the Dominant becomes “Other”' (co-authored with Krishna Adhikari) was published by Modern Asian Studies. The Gorakhpur research has resulted in a paper, co-authored with Sanjay Pandey and Shashank Chaturvedi, on the evolution of politics in the city. A substantial co-edited volume, Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal was prepared for publication by OUP Delhi.
Jane Humphries published two articles in leading economic history journals and a chapter in an edited collection. Her current research on the history of wages is reflected in two recent working papers in the Oxford series, one on spinners’ wages (with Ben Schneider) and one on annual wages (with Jacob Weisdorf). Both have important implications for mainstream narratives and will shortly be submitted to leading journals. In January she received an honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University. In February-March she gave the Ellen McArthur lectures in Cambridge, the first women to deliver this prestigious series.
Beata Javorcik published a paper in 'The Economic Journal' documenting the contribution of services reforms to India’s economic growth. She gave a keynote speech at a conference organized jointly by the National Bank of Poland and the National Bank of Austria. She made presentations at the Central Banks of France, Italy and Turkey, as well as at the OECD, WTO and EBRD. She was elected a member of the Royal Economic Society Council and the Executive Committee. In the Economics Department she headed the Recruitment Strategy Group, served as the Chair of MPhil Examiners and was responsible for post-graduate admissions.
Ian Loader is working on a project concerned with the relationship between crime control and democratic politics. The next plank of this project is a study entitled ‘In search of a better politics of crime’ funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation. He also continues to research and write about markets in security.
Kevin O’Rourke submitted a manuscript entitled 'The Spread Of Modern Industry to the Periphery Since 1870' (co-edited with Jeffrey G. Williamson) to Oxford University Press. He delivered the Keynes Lecture to the British Academy, on the history of the doctrine of secular stagnation and published three chapters in books. He also worked on the relationship between trade and war, and on the impact of interwar protectionism.
Deborah Oxley is currently a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow researching historical body mass, ageing and gender inequality, this year with a focus on child stature. In an article co-authored with Sara Horrell (Cambridge) in Economics and Human Biology, they propose a suite of theoretical growth curves that act as a baseline for measuring historical populations and identifying gender discrimination. Deborah continues to work on penal history for the AHRC Digital Panopticon project, and recently gave a keynote address on the ‘Antipodean Advantage’ in Hobart, Australia. She continued to supervise and teach an advanced paper.
Catherine Redgwell started work on a five-year interdisciplinary project on sustainable oceans governance funded by the Oxford Martin School. Her research on international energy law in transition continued, with several book chapters published and an international workshop co-hosted with the American Society of International Law and the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab. She also contributed a chapter on intra-and inter-generational equity to The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change Law (OUP 2016). Research is now underway for the fourth edition of International Law and the Environment (with Alan Boyle, OUP).
Catriona Seth gave papers in in Rome, Neuchâtel, Rotterdam, Basel, Nancy, Toulouse and Oxford. She edited Polier de Bottens’ 1798 novel Mémoires d’une famille émigrée and a set of essays on Laclos après Laclos. She continues to be President of the Société française d’étude du dix-huitième siècle. She was one of the co-founders of En attendant Nadeau, an online literary journal. She is currently working on Germaine de Staël (1766-1817) and involved in preparing publications and events for the bicentenary.
Cecilia Trifogli completed three articles on topics from medieval natural philosophy and metaphysics to be published in proceedings of conferences, and contributed a chapter on the unity and diversity of space and time to the volume Space and Time in the Middle-Ages (forthcoming Brepols). She corrected the first proofs of the edition of the Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics by Geoffrey of Aspall (Auctores Britannici Medii Aevi vols. 26-27, ca. 1260 pages). She served as Chairman of the British Academy Medieval Texts Editorial Committee and Director of Graduate Studies for the Philosophy Faculty.
Andrew Wilson continued to serve as Head of the School of Archaeology and to work on the archaeology of the Roman Empire and its economy. He edited (with Miko Flohr) Urban Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World (OUP 2016), and published several chapters on his excavations at Aphrodisias and on the Roman economy. He co-directs (with Alan Bowman) `The Oxford Roman Economy Project’, (with Chris Howgego) 'The Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project' and (with Bob Bewley and David Mattingly) a project on 'Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa'.
Peter Wilson joined as Chichele Professor of the History of War in October 2015. His book The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe’s History was published by Allen Lane and Harvard University Press in January/April 2016. He completed another book, Lützen 1632, for OUP in April and is currently researching the mobilisation of resources for war in Europe c. 1580-1850.
Arthur Asseraf successfully completed his DPhil on news in colonial Algeria, he passed his viva in June. He has begun work to turn the thesis into a monograph and will be conducting Arabic-language work and further primary research in Lebanon before taking a position as University Lecturer in French History in Cambridge in October 2017. He continued work on several articles and presented at conferences in Italy, France, Britain, and Greece, and organised two major conferences in college, one on 'Imperial Comparisons' with a keynote by Professor Ann Laura Stoler and one on Christopher Codrington and legacies of slavery (with Harris).
Clare Bucknell continued to work on eighteenth-century satire and classical reception. She presented papers at literary and classics conferences in Oxford, gave talks at Sussex, Cambridge and the Institute of Historical Research in London, published an article on Byron and Churchill, and completed a revised version of her entry on early modern satire for OUP. She organised a special issue of `Critical Quarterly’ on satire and the social classes (forthcoming, 2017) and was appointed to the CQ editorial board. She continued to teach the English Faculty Romantics paper at Magdalen, and gave second-year lectures. Recently, she began a book project on eighteenth-century women Grand Tourists.
Hasan Dindjer began his DPhil on reasonableness in public law, passing Transfer of Status in July 2016. He gave papers and commented on others’ work at various conferences and seminars in Oxford and one in Madrid. He wrote a book review for the Cambridge Humanities Review, and has taken over as a convenor of the Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group.
Arthur Downing has been working as a full time consultant in the Boston Consulting Group focussing on oil and gas and financial institutions. He received his D.Phil in January and has continued to research the history and economics of friendly societies in the English speaking world; migration in the late 19th century, economic globalisation, social policy and late 19th to early 20th century institutions providing pensions, sickness insurance and medical cover. He has also been working on the relationship between endogenous money growth and rising inequality.
Max Harris is close to completing the manuscript of his book, The New Zealand Project, about which he spoke at an ideas festival in New Zealand in April 2016. He had an essay: 'The Politics of Love', published in the book The Interregnum and wrote articles for a general audience in The New Statesman (online), OpenDemocracy, and PopMatters. He delivered a talk in Cambridge on 'Law and Activism', co-taught Law for Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, facilitated the ‘Alternatives’ discussion group in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, and helped set up the Oxford Climate Migration Network.
Tess Little spent the last academic year beginning her DPhil on the transatlantic origins of Second Wave Feminism. She completed her initial review of the literature, passing Transfer of Status at the end of Hilary, and began preliminary archival work in the UK and in the US. Tess gave a paper entitled ‘The Unknown Wife and the Beauty Queen: Transnational Origins of Women’s Liberation, c. 1967-75’ at the IHR Anglo-French conference, began her methodological training and also continued with her non-academic writing.
Marius Ostrowski has worked towards finishing his DPhil, entitled 'A Social Theory of Mass Opinion', which he will submit in October 2016. He has sharpened his research focus onto analysing the effect of social class on the formation and expression of mass opinion, viewed through the lens of Marxian, Althusserian, and Bourdieusian social theory. He has secured a book contract for a edition of the later writings of the social-democratic thinker Eduard Bernstein, forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. He has also taught and examined several undergraduate politics modules and has started to prepare ideas for possible postdoctoral research projects.
Amia Srinivasan continued her work in philosophy. She published two articles and prepared two more for publication, wrote pieces for the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement, gave several talks in the UK and US, taught both undergraduate and graduate classes, and supervised a number of BA, MA and MPhil dissertations. She was also awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to support her in-progress monograph.
Frederick Wilmot-Smith spent the bulk of the academic year at New York University working on a book on the philosophy of access to justice issues. He published a number of academic articles and a co-edited book, as well as work for a more general audience; he also presented papers at universities in the USA, Australia and the UK.
George Woudhuysen continued his research on the Roman Empire under Constantine, his sons, and successors. He published a paper in Early Medieval Europe, spoke at conferences in Nijmegen and Princeton and to two seminars in Oxford; he prepared three other articles and a book chapter for publication, and continued to work on several collaborative projects. He also taught a variety of papers in the Faculty of History, and supervised undergraduate theses.
Tessa Baker has spent the past academic year as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. There she has begun two new projects: i) studying the properties of exceptionally empty regions of the universe ('voids') and their sensitivity to theories of gravity, and ii) multi messenger astronomy using gravitational waves and neutrinos. She has also published an article with collaborators in Oxford, applying the formal technique of effective field theory to modified theories of gravity.
Ellen Clarke has written six new research articles and one co-authored book review essay this year. They treat topics including evolutionary adaptations, biological individuality’ the status of evolutionary explanations and cultural selection theory. They have all been accepted for publication in a philosophy journal or book. She organised several talks as part of her interdisciplinary TORCH-funded 'Inheritance and Cooperation' network. She also gave papers, one at a meeting on personal identity and one to a gathering of philosophers of physics before going on maternity leave.
Dmitri Levitin published his monograph, Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science, an article on Newton and scholasticism, and several reviews. He continued editorial work on a collection of essays, Confessionalisation and Erudition in Early Modern Europe, and on two monographs: An age of Erudition, on the relationship between theology and scholarship in England, c.1580–1750; and The Kingdom of Darkness, a comparative account of the rejection of metaphysics by Newton and Bayle. The latter will form a short lecture series to mark Levitin being awarded the inaugural Leszek Kołakowski Prize in Intellectual History.
Philipp Nothaft completed his book Walcher of Malvern: ‘De lunationibus’ and ‘De Dracone’, to be published by Brepols in September 2016. Next to writing various new articles and editing medieval Latin texts, he continued work on a book, Scandalous Error: Calendar Reform and Calendrical Astronomy in Medieval Europe. Publications of the past year include seven journal articles (e.g. for English Historical Review and Journal of the History of Ideas) and two contributions to essay volumes. He gave invited talks at conferences and seminars in Oxford, Rome, Belfast, Odense, Paris, and Galway.
Erik Panzer finalized a paper (with Oliver Schnetz) to appear in 'Communications in Number Theory and Physics' on a surprising interplay between mathematical structures (the Galois group of motivic periods due to Francis Brown) and particle physics (Feynman integrals of phi^4 theory). This work also motivated a proof of the parity theorem (to appear in the 'Journal of Number Theory'). He also developed a new technique to compute divergent Feynman integrals and applied it to calculate the 6-loop beta function of phi^4 theory (with Mikhail Kompaniets). He attended numerous seminars and conferences and gave 14 talks about his research.
Jørgen Vold Rennemo joined the college in October 2015 and is working on derived categories in algebraic geometry. Together with Ed Segal at Imperial College, he has worked on a project which interprets a new duality of gauge theories at the level of derived categories. He has given lectures on his thesis work and this new work in Paris, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Lausanne. He has also finished and submitted two previously written papers on the enumerative geometry of singular curves, which are due to appear in 'Geometry & Topology' and the 'Journal of the European Math Society'.
Judith Scheele was on maternity for most of the academic year. She has nonetheless published an edited volume (on Legalism: Rules and Categories, OUP), completed and submitted four full-length papers and worked towards the completion of her most recent monograph The Value of Disorder, which is currently under review by CUP.
Claudio Sopranzetti send to press his monograph Owners of the Map: Mobility and Mobilization in Contemporary Bangkok, published articles about the 2014 military coup in Thailand, contributed a chapter on urban mobility to Rutledge’s new Reader of Urban Anthropology, sent to press a think piece for Theatrum Mundi’s intervention at the Rio Olympics and continued work on his ethnographic graphic novel on Thailand. He presented his work internationally and took part in a workshop on austerity measures and social responses at LSE. He was awarded a Fell Fund for his upcoming project on emerging forms of politics in the context of the expanding precariat.
Justin Stover has continued working on the history of classical scholarship in the Middle Ages. His first book, A New Work by Apuleius, finally appeared with OUP this year, as well as four articles on medieval manuscripts of the classics in a variety of journals. He also received a contract to edit a major reference work on the transmission of the Latin classics, also for OUP. He taught for the history faculty, and gave papers in the US, Edinburgh, Munich, and Orleans.
Péter-Dániel Szántó has continued his research on texts and social history of tantric Buddhism. He has published two articles, a review, and four accepted but forthcoming papers. Besides teaching and supervising two MPhil theses, he has delivered several lectures in Haifa, Vienna, London, Zürich, and Leiden. He is currently working on two major texts from the early period (ca. 8-9th c. CE) of mature esoteric Buddhism: the Sarvabuddhasamāyoga, a scripture and the Sāramañjarī of Samantabhadra. A monograph is being jointly prepared with James Mallinson on the Amṛtasiddhi, the earliest haṭhayoga text.
Sarah Beaver is the Domestic Bursar and Academic Administrator and responsible for the management of the College operational expenditure. She supports the Warden in the administration of the College.
Fraser Campbell, alongside practice as a barrister in London, has addressed professional meetings on topics including recent developments in judicial review. He has also been appointed a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and in that capacity is currently conducting a review of the use of the 'Maxwellisation' process in public inquiries.
John Drury is at present engaged on the reredos in the college chapel, assembling expert opinions on its material state, particularly the fifteenth century stonework, colour and gilding. When photography and analysis have been completed, a conference will discuss its full context, architectural, social and religious, from its medieval origin through reformation iconoclasm and restoration classicising to Victorian restoration.
During his research leave in the academic year 2015/16 funded by the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize by the Leverhulme Trust, Patrick Finglass completed his edition of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King as well as a number of articles and chapters, including one on a newly-discovered papyrus of Sophocles’ Tereus.
Justine Firnhaber-Baker edited a book of essays on popular revolt in the Middle Ages, wrote a chapter for The Cambridge History of Violence and an article for Desperta Ferro, joined the editorial board of The Mediaeval Journal, continued working on her second monograph and did the usual teaching and supervision.
Simon Green published articles on: 'Isaiah Berlin in his Letters', 'Asa Briggs and Northern History' and 'Tocqueville in his English Correspondence'. He delivered a paper on 'The Visiting Fellowship Scheme at All Souls, 1966-2016', to the Visiting Fellows Colloquium. He continued to work on a book, revising and extending his 2013-14 Birkbeck Lectures at Cambridge, for publication by CUP. He also continued to work on Volume Three of the College History. He completed twenty years as co-editor of `Northern History’. He will be Visiting Professor of History at Ashoka University, New Delhi, between August and December 2016.
Birke Häcker continued to work on various private law topics, many with a comparative focus. Amongst other projects, she contributed a chapter entitled ‘Minority and Unjust Enrichment Defences’ to a book analysing Defences in Unjust Enrichment and another entitled ‘What’s in a Will?—Examining the Modern Approach Towards the Interpretation and Rectification of Testamentary Instruments’ to a conference volume dealing with Current Issues in Succession Law, of which she is a co-editor. At the end of last year, she was appointed Linklaters Professor of Comparative Law with effect from 1 September 2016 and will then become a Fellow of Brasenose College.
Launcelot Henderson has continued to fulfil his duties as a full time judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court, hearing a wide range of civil cases. He has also sat for a period of three weeks in the Court of Appeal, Civil Division and has attended conferences and seminars on legal topics related to his work in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
Peregrine Horden brought to near completion his archival work and writing on the early history of All Souls from the foundation to c. 1700.
Jonathan Katz attended sessions of the Chennai winter classical music season in January. In Hilary Term in Oxford he delivered graduate seminars in South Asian music and convened and led a weekly series of open seminars on Indian musical cognition. His translation of Stefan Zweig’s Impatience of the Heart was published by Penguin in January. He continued to lecture and teach classical languages and literature for St Anne’s, Brasenose other colleges. In Trinity Term he was a judge for the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and in March was elected Public Orator of the University, to take office from October.
Colin Kidd completed his book on The World of Mr Casaubon, which he is currently seeing through the press along with two edited collections on the topics of 'Literature and Union' and the achievement of the Scottish novelist John Galt. He also authored articles on the history of anthropology, on the Ayrshire Enlightenment and on the idea of ‘British literature’. He gave a talk in Cambridge on the theological context of the Union of 1707.
Jeremy Lever continues to do a substantial amount of work on the implications and practical consequences of British exit from the European Union, including in particular the application of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
Ian Maclean continued to work on theological interpretation in the late Renaissance and on the history of the learned book in the period 1560-1750. The French translation of his book on Renaissance legal interpretation has appeared, and he has completed and submitted a number of articles. He has been the co-convenor of the Early Modern German Seminar in Oxford, has given lectures in Oxford and Halle, continued as co-editor of the Oxford-Warburg Studies, and served on various other editorial boards.
George Molyneaux was a pupil barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London. He also continued his work in medieval history, publishing an article about the formation of the English kingdom in History Today, writing a short piece on the notion of English exceptionalism for the Oxford University Press blog and drafting an essay on a tenth-century Anglo-Latin chronicle.
Edward Mortimer contributes to the All Souls & Public Life programme. In October 2015 he convened a 'Witness Seminar on Britain and the Humanitarian Work of the UN', held in the Weston Library, as one of three marking the 70th anniversary of the UN. He also played an active part in organizing the third in the series, on the UN's work for international peace and security, which was held at Church House Westminster in January. In April he convened a workshop at All Souls, held jointly with the Académie Diplomatique Internationale, on the protection of cultural heritage in times of conflict.
David Pannick continued in practice at the Bar and also played an active role in the House of Lords as a Crossbencher specialising in legal and constitutional issues. He continued to write a fortnightly column in The Times on legal issues. He gave the Hochelaga Lecture at the University of Hong Kong in April 2016 on Non-Violent Extremism. He spoke on behalf of the United Kingdom legal system at the 400th Anniversary of the Bermuda Courts in Hamilton, Bermuda in June 2016.
Hanna Pickard continued to work as a therapist for the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Complex Needs Service and as a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. She published numerous articles at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science and law, and continued her collaboration with Professor Nicola Lacey on importing clinical models of responsibility and accountability to criminal justice contexts, and with Professor Serge H. Ahmed on addiction. Together with other Fellows, she co-organised an interdisciplinary workshop at All Souls in April 2016 'Beyond the Prison'.
John Redwood has spent much of the last year researching the trade, investment and legal links between the EU and the UK in the run up to the referendum. He has written extensively on www.johnredwood.com, in many newspapers and magazines, and given lectures and speeches in debates on the topic. He has developed the past work he had done on the future of the Euro. He has also recently revisited his book seeking a new taxonomy of public and private sector activity, seeking to show how many hybrids there are and how many different ways of join and collaborative working.
Daniel Rothschild teaches philosophy and linguistics at University College London. His research focuses on semantics and its connections to psychology. This past year he has published articles in philosophy and linguistics journals and has been writing a book on dynamic semantics for an AHRC-funded project.
Thomas Seaman is a member of the University’s Investment Committee and chairs the University’s Property Advisory Group. Outside the University he is a Trustee, member of Council and Honorary Treasurer of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, where he also chairs the Investment and Audit Committees.
Andrew (James) Scott’s research addressed issues of private international law and in particular jurisdiction and applicable law in the field of commercial law, competition law and employment law. He edited the 'Private International Law' chapter of the British Yearbook of International Law. He also contributed a chapter on cross-border employment issues to P. Goulding (ed.) Employee Competition (2016, OUP).
Andrew (John) Scott
Keith Thomas has been completing a book on ideas about civility and civilization in early modern England. During the year he also wrote a chapter on English social history for a Festschrift, published several review articles, and served on a number of editorial boards. He lectured at the Folger Library in Washington DC and, at the invitation of the Japan Academy, gave lectures and seminars in Tokyo and Kyoto. He continues to advise the Leverhulme Trust.
William Waldegrave has written various articles and reviews.
Benjamin Wardhaugh completed his AHRC-funded project on the eighteenth-century mathematician Charles Hutton, producing the first full-length biography of Hutton as well as an edition of his letters and two published research papers. He organised a research workshop on mathematics in Georgian England, and has secured external funding for a new project on the early modern reception of Euclid's Elements of geometry.
Honorary and Emeritus Fellows
James Adams’ book, An Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC–AD 900: Fifty Texts with Translations and Linguistic Commentary (CUP), has been through two stages of proof correction and publication is imminent. The first proofs of his co-edited volume, Early and Late Latin: Continuity or Change? (CUP) have also been corrected. His new project, on asyndeton bimembre from Indo-European into most genres of republican and Augustan Latin literature, is advancing well.
Andrew Ashworth worked on aspects of sentencing and criminal law theory. He wrote six papers on sentencing – two overviews of the shape and direction of English sentencing, two critiques of prominent interpretations of recent sentencing trends, and two on sentencing for multiple offences and on the role of deterrence). A draft paper on criminal liability for omissions (in particular, failures to report suspected wrongdoing) will be finished soon. He gave invited lectures in Cambridge, London and Florence, and planned and hosted the All Souls workshop ‘Beyond Imprisonment’ in April 2016 with Fabre, Harris, Loader and Pickard.
Margaret Bent continues to work on late-medieval music. Two articles were published: 'The Emiliani Chapel in the Frari: background and questions', in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari: Immagini di Devozione, Spazi della Fede (Devotional Spaces, Images of Piety) Carlo Corsato and Deborah Howard (eds.) (Padova: Centro Studi Antoniani, 2015) pp. 177–186 and plates 74-81, and 'Orfeo: dominus presbiter Orpheus de Padua', Anna Zayaruznaya, Bonnie Blackburn and Stanley Boorman, (eds.) “Qui musicam in se habet”: Essays in Honor of Alejandro Planchart (American Institute of Musicology, 2015), pp. 231-256. She also runs an ongoing seminar series in All Souls on Medieval and Renaissance Music.
Paul Brand continued working on English medieval legal history and its sources. He gave papers in London (Ontario), Dublin, Paris, Williamsburg (Virginia) and in St Andrew’s. He published papers on judicial control of civil juries in later medieval England, the judicial interpretation of legislation c. 1300, and in the use by merchants of the action of account in the period down to the early fourteenth century
Robin Briggs has continued work on his history of North-Western Europe. A chapter on 'Social Problems and Social Policy in the Later Years of Louis XIV', will shortly appear in a volume on France in that period. Another chapter on 'Emotion and Affect in Lorraine Witchcraft Cases' will appear in a second collective volume on the history of emotions in relation to witchcraft. He is also preparing a chapter on the Lorraine demonologist Nicolas Remy.
Guy Goodwin-Gill lectured widely in Europe, the USA and Australia on challenges arising from the movements of people between States and participated in an American Academy of Berlin forum in Washington D.C., which focused on the Syrian crisis. He expanded his research into the work of the League of Nations on refugee issues in the 1920s and 1930s, looking particularly at the pioneering work of Fridtjof Nansen and his successors. With an eye on the UN’s September 2016 ‘summit’ on large-scale movements of refugees and migrants, he proposed a number of institutional reforms to improve the situation of those displaced and without protection.
Christopher Hood (together with Ruth Dixon) was awarded the Brownlow prize for best book published in public administration in 2015 by the United States National Academy of Public Administration for A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less? (OUP 2015). Together with Rozana Himaz, he completed a book manuscript entitled A Century of Fiscal Squeeze Politics, to be submitted to Oxford University Press in autumn 2016.
Roger Hood has continued to work on death penalty issues. He was consultant to the World Coalition against the Death Penalty in preparing for the 6th World Congress held in Oslo in June 2016 and spoke at the closing session. He completed his consultancy to the Attorney General on `The Death Penalty in Malaysia: the Way Forward’ and wrote two articles on capital punishment, both to be published in the autumn of 2016.
James Malcomson has continued his research into the economics of relational contracts, on-going relationships in which not all details are fully specified in a legally enforceable way. (Standard examples are employment, commercial supply relationships and purchase of services.) Other research this year concerns the role for competition in provision of public services. He was appointed to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, which advises UK governments on rates of pay for doctors and dentists in the NHS, for 3 years from August 2015. Publications this year include a paper in Econometrica.
Avner Offer published an Oxford Handbook chapter which reviews new research confirming a previous finding (with co-authors, 2010) of strong association between obesity and market liberal welfare regimes. The achievement of All Souls economic historian Charles Feinstein is appreciated in a book on Cambridge economists. A book on the social impact of economics is on the verge of publication. Presentations were given in Moscow and Cologne. Dissertations supervised encompassed three doctoral students, two masters’ candidates, and one undergraduate.
Derek Parfit has completed Volume Three of his book On What Matters, which will be published by Oxford University Press.
David Parkin worked mainly on linguistic anthropology and published two papers: ‘Revisiting: key words, transforming phrases and cultural concepts’. In Rampton Urban languages and literacies Kings London (2015); and ‘From multilngual classification to translingual ontology’. In Arnaut et al. Language and Superdiversity (2016). He set up a network on Anthropology and Language with the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA); Spoke on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Chengdu, China. October 2015 and at an international conference at Oxford University on Indexicality and Belonging. April 2016; and was Peking University Global Fellow and Lecturer at Peking University May-June 2016.
Since his retirement Alexis Sanderson has been lecturing, principally in Japan and Portland (Oregon), and has begun work on a seven-year project to edit, translate, and write a commentary on, the Tantrāloka, the monumental summation of the Śaiva tradition, the dominant religion of early mediaeval India, composed by Abhinavagupta in the tenth century. The first volume is well underway. His ongoing lectures on this text, begun in March of this year, are being video-recorded and will be made available online. He has also published a study of tolerance and persecution in early mediaeval Indian religion.
Dan Segal has been working on two projects. (1) Finiteness conditions for modules over soluble minimax groups in connection with a long-standing conjecture about groups of finite upper rank (joint work with P. H. Kropholler). (2) Study of the properties of strongly complete profinite groups that are not finitely generated, in particular the question of whether the power subgroups are necessarily open (joint work with N. Nikolov). Neither problem is completely solved but there has been significant progress.
Graeme Segal has continued work in two fields. First, the topological and homotopic structure of spaces and manifolds, on which his recent ideas were presented as the Kan Memorial Lectures in Utrecht in June 2016. Secondly, the mathematics of quantum field theory: primarily two projects, one leading to a joint paper with Maxim Kontsevich 'Wick rotation and the positivity of energy in quantum field theory' which is now ready for submission and the other with Dan Freed on boundary conditions for field theories and their relation to moduli spaces of vacua, which is progressing more slowly.
Boudewijn Sirks co-edited a book on Equity, published an article on negotiable papers in Roman antiquity, several papers on classical Roman law (on the lex Aquilia), while continuing to work on a book on the Roman colonate. He has presented a key-note speech and been invited to give papers at conferences in Turkey, Germany and China.
Eva Margareta Steinby has continued to work on the edition of the Roman brick stamps from Central Italy, which is published on the website of the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, www.bollidoliari.org, and the commentary on the owners of the brick yards and the contractors. The published sections of the edition now comprise the brick stamps found in Rome, corresponding to Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum XV 1-1731. She also acted as referee and consultant for periodicals and monographs.
Hew Strachan is the Principal Investigator for a Leverhulme Fund network project, ‘Hunger makes the map’, which is based in Oxford, and addresses food shortages in central and eastern Europe in the First World War. Both this and the ‘Globalising and Localising the Great War’ programme, which he set up in 2013 to promote international research output to mark the centenary of the war, will run until 2019. As a member of the national committees for the centenary of the UK, France and Scotland, he has been heavily engaged with the commemorations of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme.
Guenter Treitel has continued his work on new editions of legal texts. In the academic year to 31 July 2016 his main publication consisted of three chapters in the 32nd edition of Chitty on Contracts, a book that is generally regarded as the leading English practitioner’s work on the subject. It may be of interest to record that he has been a contributor of chapters in this book for 47 years.
Charles Webster continues working in his long standing fields of interest. With respect to his book on Paracelsus dating from 2008, he has completed a new introduction and revisions for an Italian edition, scheduled for imminent publication. With respect to the National Health Service, he continues active work as a commentator on relevant issues, including production of an essay review on the recent topical book by Tom Bowers on the Blair administration.
Chris Wickham: I have completed a book called Medieval Europe, which will come out with Yale in September; it is an interpretation rather than a textbook. I have done most of the research for a public lecture, and then article, on the origins of the commune of Bologna in the twelfth century. Apart from that, an administrative role has got in the way of anything except short survey pieces, but I am now beginning the work for a study of the Mediterranean in the eleventh century, my next large project.
Andrew Wilson continued to serve as Head of the School of Archaeology, and to work on the archaeology of the Roman empire and its economy. He edited (with Miko Flohr) Urban craftsmen and traders in the Roman world (OUP 2016) and published several chapters on his excavations at Aphrodisias, and on the Roman economy. He co-directs (with Alan Bowman) the Oxford Roman Economy Project, (with Chris Howgego) the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project, and (with Bob Bewley and David Mattingly) a project on Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa.
Visiting Fellows (Terms in residence and parent academic institution)
Christopher Allton (Michaelmas Term, Swansea University) made progress in his work on particle physics. Quarks are normally bound together into hadrons such as protons and neutrons, however, at extreme temperatures this interaction changes nature, the force becomes weaker and the quarks are freed. This new phase is called the quark gluon plasma. By using computer simulation, he analysed the proton and its “parity partner” in both phases of matter. He found that, whereas the proton and its partner have different masses in the usual confined phase, they are identical in the quark gluon plasma. Furthermore he studied hadrons composed of strange quarks and found a similar pattern in their masses.
Mads Andenas (Hilary Term, Oslo University) completed an article on the way in which international courts make use of decisions by other international courts as ‘secondary sources’ of law. He argued that coherence and effectiveness require the development of a method, and that this will have consequences for the legitimacy of international law. He also completed an article on human rights in customary international law, maintaining that customary international law plays an increasingly important role in human rights. He gave papers on the mechanics of secession (at the All Souls Brexit seminar series) and on torture by soldiers abroad (Visiting Fellows Colloquium).
Alexander Bird (Michaelmas Term, Bristol University) made progress with his two-part project 'Knowing Science, Knowing Medicine' looking at the explanatory and normative role of knowledge in science and in medicine. This led to (i) a paper on the relationship between explanatory power, probability and knowledge; and (ii) a draft of a book on the history and philosophy of medicine. The latter was aided by a weekly seminar in college on the philosophy of medicine, organised in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Primary Health Care.
Patrick Cheney (Michaelmas Term, Penn State University) made significant progress on a monograph, English Authorship and the Early Modern Sublime: Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, under contract with CUP. Using the Codrington and Bodleian Libraries, he succeeded in completing a draft of the monograph, a detailed study of ‘the sublime’ in English Renaissance literature. On 3 November he presented the project at the Visiting Fellows Colloquium. He also continued to work on two editing projects for OUP: The Oxford Edition of the Collected Works of Edmund Spenser; and The Oxford History of Poetry in English.
Dermot Coleman (Hilary Term, Independent Researcher) researched the British leg of a comparative study he hopes to develop into a book. The work, which explores the cultural formation of stock markets in Britain and America around the turn of the twentieth century, progressed significantly in both form and substance. His knowledge of the social, economic and institutional history of the period was enhanced through access to Oxford’s departmental and interdisciplinary communities in these fields. However, his main focus was on literary and other written representations of markets and their participants, which included wide reading of now obscure financially-themed novels from the period.
Joan Connelly (Hilary term, New York University) wrote two chapters for her edited volume The Island Beyond the Island: Eco-Archaeologies of Yeronisos off Cyprus as well as a first draft of a co-authored article 'Keeping Track of Time in Hellenistic Cyprus and Thrace: New Parapegmata from Yeronisos and Abdera'. She also completed a first draft for a new book project titled Moving Pictures: Image and Imagination in Ancient Greek Art. She engaged in fruitful research collaborations focused on the Ptolemaic Mediterranean with colleagues at All Souls College, the Institute of Archaeology, and the Oxford Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents.
Penny Fielding (Hilary Term, University of Edinburgh) continued her research on legal and fictional responses to a culture of secrecy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, exploring how legal theories of evidence and testimony change historically and are adapted in fiction. Her work compares the narrative of espionage in the novel with testimony in trials for treason and sedition in England and Scotland in the period following the French Revolution. She presented some of this work at a workshop for the North American Association for Romantic Studies conference, University of California, Berkeley.
Charles Gammie (Michaelmas Term, University of Illinois) had a productive term studying the accretion of hot, diffuse plasmas onto black holes, completing a total of six papers. He also studied the origin of the moon and the transport of cosmic rays in the interstellar medium. He gave talks at Queen Mary, Cambridge, two talks in Oxford Physics, and one at the Visiting Fellows’ Colloquium. He attended conferences in Berkeley, New York, and Geneva.
Gerd Haverling (Michaelmas Term, Uppsala University) worked on the relationship between written and spoken Latin in the Late Latin period (ca. 200 AD - ca. 600/800 AD) and now plans a monograph on the topic. A number of articles and papers connected to this work were finished during her period in Oxford -and after it, as a result of work done there. Most of these are on aspects of late Latin (indirect discourse, negative conjunctions, Greek terms in late Latin medical texts). But she also wrote a chapter on ‘Indirect tradition’ (for a Handbook on ancient textual criticism).
Irad Malkin (Hilary and Trinity Terms, Tel Aviv University) worked on a new book Lottery among the Greeks. The lot is attested in myth (the cosmos divided among the gods), in epics (spoils of war divided “equally” by lot), in tragedy, in ritual (sacrificial meat distributed by lot), in colonization (equal portions of land distributed by lot), etc. The lot implies notions of fairness, justice and “equal portion” that transforms into equal law. The Athenian democracy was partly run on the basis of the lot. He also gave talks in Oxford on hybridity in Greek colonization and on networks, and a paper at the Nostoi conference at All Souls.
Hamish McCallum (Michaelmas Term, Griffith University) worked on models of infectious disease dynamics in wild populations. He completed several chapters on a book on infectious disease and conservation biology for OUP. He developed and expanded his work on a novel approach for modelling infectious disease (integral projection models) and worked on modelling the relationship involving within-host dynamics and between-host transmission. He presented invited seminars at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool and Paris.
Stephen Menn (Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, McGill University) revised two chapters of his book-manuscript The Aim and Argument of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. In revising his chapter on Metaphysics Θ, he worked on concepts of power (δύναμις) in Greek philosophy, medicine and music theory, and on connections between Greek music theory, Euclid’s number theory and Aristotle's Analytics. He co-edited an exchange between the 10th-century Christian Arabic philosophers Yaḥyâ and Ibrâhîm ibn ‘Adî, forthcoming in Arabic Sciences and Philosophy. He also worked on Fârâbî's On the Philosophy of Plato and translated from Latin two philosophical dissertations (1734) by Anton-Wilhelm Amo, the first black African to teach in a European university.
Anna Nagurney (Trinity Term, University of Massachusetts Amherst) co-edited, Dynamics of Disasters: Key Concepts, Models, Algorithms, and Insights and finalized Competing on Supply Chain Quality: A Network Economics Perspective, written with Dong Li. She co-authored A Generalized Nash Equilibrium Network Model for Post-Disaster Humanitarian Relief and worked on Quality in Competitive Fresh Produce Supply Chains with Application to Farmers’ Markets, with one of her doctoral students. Anna gave invited seminars on supply chains at Imperial College London and Lancaster University, and four talks for the 28th Operations Research Conference (EURO 2016) in Poznan, Poland, on topics of the Braess paradox, cybersecurity investments, food supply chains, and freight service provision for disaster relief.
Su Fang Ng (Trinity Term, University of Oklahoma) began research for her book project on the interpreter as a key mediating figure between Europeans and Asians, Literary and Other Lives of Interpreters: Captives, Converts, and Scribes in the Early Modern East Indies. The project examines several case studies of seventeenth-century Asian and European interpreters before the professionalization of the role. She has also been researching a collection of manuscripts in the Codrington to write an article on the collector, Mark Wilks, and early nineteenth-century British colonial historiography of India.
Cheryl Praeger (Michaelmas Term, University of Western Australia) worked on several projects involving symmetric structures –notably generalised polygons, oriented graphs, and Conway groupoids– and studied the influence of local finiteness conditions on the structure of infinite permutation groups. She completed and submitted articles on all these topics. The project on infinite groups provided the theme for Oxford Algebra Research Seminars given with Peter Neumann of Queen’s. At Oxford, she gave a VF colloquium paper and took part in a panel discussion on female role models at the Mathematical Institute. She gave research seminars in Birmingham, Bristol, Lancaster, Manchester, London, St Andrews and Princeton.
Paul Salzman (Trinity Term, La Trobe University) undertook archival research for a book entitled Constructing the Renaissance Canon: Editing in England, 1825-1910, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. He was also able to spend time with his co-editor, Dr Sarah Ross, completing their collection of essays Editing Early Modern Women, which will be published by CUP in September 2016. He gave three talks on his research: to the Centre for Early Modern Exchanges, University College London, the early modern postgraduate research seminar at Oxford University; and to the Birkbeck College/University of Kent combined research day.
Larry Samuelson (Hilary and Trinity Terms, Yale University) pursued a project in economics using techniques from convex analysis to identify and characterize the underlying common structure of matching models (used to study the allocation of specialized resources, such as skilled labour or human organs) and principal-agent models (used to study incentive problems, such as the design of information and remuneration flows within complex organizations). He gave a presentation on this work in the Visiting Fellows Colloquium, the Economic Theory Workshop, and the Theoretical and Experimental Evolutionary Biology series. This research will lead to a series of journal articles.
Nicholas Shakespeare (Trinity Term, Independent Researcher) made significant progress on his book Six Minutes in May: The Norway Debate and how Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister. He gave a paper on this subject to the Visiting Fellows’ Colloquium series and a talk in the Sheldonian to the Friends of the Bodleian about his 25 years’ experience in the Special Collections, when researching his biography of Bruce Chatwin. Of particular value to his present research were the private papers of Harold Macmillan, Clement Attlee, Arthur Greenwood, John Simon, Geoffrey Dawson, Walter Monckton, Harry Crookshank, Euan Wallace and Lord Woolton – all lodged in the Bodleian.
Theodore Sider (John Locke Lecturer, Trinity Term, Cornell University) was Visiting Fellow at All Souls, and John Locke Lecturer in the Philosophy Faculty at Oxford. His Locke Lectures were titled “The Tools of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Science”. He also ran a weekly seminar on the lectures, gave a talk on “Asymmetric Personal Identity” at Oriel College, and a talk on Theoretical Equivalence at the University of Leeds.
Glenda Sluga (Hilary Term, University of Sydney) was able to make significant progress on her book on the emergence of international politics in the early nineteenth century and to complete an essay on economic actors and themes in one of the most iconic episodes in international history the Congress of Vienna, which she has since submitted an article to the American Historical Review. While at All Souls she was also able to take advantage of invitations to give keynotes at UK and European universities, and participate in the unique intellectual life on offer at Oxford.
Sebastian Sobecki (Hilary Term, University of Groningen) completed his two volumes for Oxford’s edition of Richard Hakluyt’s early modern anthology of travel accounts, The Principal Navigations, and undertook research for his new monograph project, The Material Politics of England’s Fifteenth-Century Literature (OUP). He also wrote a chapter on travel and pilgrimage in Chaucer’s works, for the New Companion to Chaucer (Blackwell). The Codrington Library’s collections on law and history have led to a discovery that may modify our literary understanding of The Canterbury Tales: he has found out that Chaucer’s presentation of the various medieval professions is modelled on taxation documents.
Richard Vokes (Trinity Term, University of Adelaide) conducted primary archival research on the history of photography in Uganda. He made discoveries in the Bodleian, at libraries in Cambridge and London, and at a London commercial picture-agency. These will form the basis for several publications, including a monograph. He gave research presentations in Oxford, including the Visiting Fellows Colloquium series. He co-hosted a workshop in the Old Library on the 2016 Ugandan Elections. The resulting papers will be published by the Journal of Eastern African Studies. He also a completed a book manuscript, Media and Development and wrote a book chapter on ‘African Perspectives on Development’ for a Handbook.
Joseph Ziegler (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms, University of Haifa) made significant progress on his book on the rise of medieval and early renaissance learned physiognomy. In addition, he wrote and submitted for publication three essays, to be published in 2017: on pre-modern learned physiognomy (including a study of ‘The ruler’s body pre-1500’), on Jewish physiognomic treatises (for a Handbook on Jewish magic), and on pre-modern theories of longevity (with particular reference to Engelbert of Admont). He acted as convener of the Visiting Fellows colloquium, and gave a paper in the series.