Annual Report Summary 31 July 2018
Besides his duties as Warden, John Vickers worked further on banking reform, and gave keynote lectures at the BIS in Basel and at the annual meeting of the Association of Competition Economics in Madrid. He gave evidence to a House of Lords Committee on the implications of Brexit for competition policy, and a seminar at the European Commission in Brussels. He is working with Mark Armstrong on the economics of competition with captive customers, and gave the Laffont lecture at the CRESSE conference. He continued to chair the Finance Committee of OUP.
Senior Research Fellows
Susanne Bobzien is continuing to work on a book on the structure of vagueness and higher-order vagueness and another on elements of Stoic logic. She has authored a paper on Gestalt shifts and the Liar paradox, and another on modal logic and the Sorites paradox. She has co-authored papers on proof theory and Stoic Cut, and on Intuitionism and modal logic. She gave papers on vagueness and modality and on Gentzen normal form and Stoic analysis.
Francis Brown works on algebraic geometry and number theory with applications to high-energy physics. He continued to develop a theory of mixed modular motives and their associated modular forms, giving series of lectures on this and other topics in Bonn and Paris. He is presently studying a new and general theory of `single-valued’ integration, which unifies many classical functions in mathematics and resolves some problems in string theory. He has given lectures in Japan, Germany, Switzerland and France on these topics.
Colin Burrow has completed a 200,000 word monograph Imitating Authors: Plato to Futurity which will be published by OUP. He has written articles on Shakespeare and Cervantes and on Shakespeare and Epic, and has completed a substantial part of the work for an edition of the poems for the Oxford Edition of the Works of John Marston. He has worked on the Elizabethan volume of the Oxford English Literary History, a series of which he is a General Editor. He has acted as early modern editor of Review of English Studies, and has reviewed regularly for the London Review of Books.
Andrew Burrows delivered the 2017 Hamlyn Lectures on Thinking about Statutes: Interpretation, Interaction, Improvement. The three public lectures were given in November 2017 at Oxford, Manchester and London. The book of the lectures was published by CUP in August 2018. He published articles on the defence of illegality and on the meaning of ‘at the expense of the claimant’ in the law of unjust enrichment. He has been working on new editions of his contract casebook and his monograph on remedies in tort and contract. He was a plenary speaker at the international ‘Obligations’ conference in Melbourne and spoke on ‘Form and Substance: Fictions and Judicial Power’.
Cécile Fabre spent the first half of 2017-2018 finishing her new book, Economic Statecraft, which will be published by Harvard University Press in 2018. She has completed work on several articles, notably an article on children in war, and a piece on foreign electoral subversion. In March 2018, she became University Proctor. In that capacity, she is overseeing University examinations and student discipline, and taking part in the governance of the University.
Paul Fendley continued his research on condensed matter and mathematical physics, focusing on many-body physics in quantum systems with strong interactions. One current theme is developing mathematical tools to show how quantum computation may be possible away from ultra-low temperatures. Another is understanding why in certain special many-body systems exact computations are possible despite the strong interactions. He gave the Chern-Simons lectures in mathematical physics at Berkeley this year, and was a Simons Fellow at the Galileo Galilei Institute in Florence.
John Gardner published his book From Personal Life to Private Law (based on his Quain Lectures) as well as several articles on related themes. He worked intensively on a new book entitled Discrimination, Disadvantage, Diversity (based on his Diversa Lectures) and presented draft material from it in several venues, as well as publishing some initial arguments in article form. Two conferences were held on his work which meant that he also had to devote quite a lot of time to answering his critics!
Ruth Harris is examining how Swami Vivekananda became the ‘guru to the world’ after 1890. The work examines how Westerners sought to comprehend the foreign metaphysical ideas he presented about yoga, healing and the supernatural, and why Indian ideas became the favoured source of spiritual ideas in a post-Christian West. This book will be complemented by another on the connections between ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ thinkers between 1880 and 1940, especially in the realm of the ‘unconscious’, psychology, mysticism, and healing practices. She has presented papers in Cambridge and York and acted as a commentator for the Wiles Lectures in Belfast.
Cecilia Heyes’s book, Cognitive Gadgets, came out with Harvard University Press in April 2018. This year she laid the ground work for a major new project on the evolutionary and developmental origins of morality, and completed her first paper on the subject, on the role of learning in constructing neurocognitive mechanisms of empathy. She also wrote an essay on the cultural evolution of cognition, wrote and delivered the Chandaria Lectures at the University of London, and gave invited lectures in Cambridge, Canterbury, Jena, Kyoto, Leicester, Nottingham, St John’s Newfoundland, and Toulouse.
Neil Kenny published four articles (and a short piece on language policy). One of them was in a Festschrift that he also edited and introduced. He completed a book manuscript on literary families and social hierarchy in early modern France, and submitted it to a publisher. He wrote two articles, and gave papers in Lille, Cork, Durham (twice), Oxford, and Cambridge. Some of this work was towards two future book projects. He became Lead Fellow for Languages at the British Academy and spoke in this capacity at numerous events.
Angela McLean continued to work on the dynamics and evolution of infections. She started a new project combining epidemiology, geography and pathogen genetics to gain more comprehensive insights into the early spread of emerging infections. She taught a new course on mathematical modelling for public health for the FHS in biological sciences. She was a member of two Royal Society missions to the US to discuss the future of work and AI for social good in a data-enabled world.
Noel Malcolm published a short book on human rights law and the philosophical foundations of human rights: Human Rights and Political Wrongs: A New Approach to Human Rights Law. He completed his book Useful Enemies: Islam and the Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450 – 1750, which will be published in 2019, and continued to work on a volume of essays on Albanian history.
Catherine Morgan continued to work on a book entitled Histories in the Central Ionian Islands. She conducted study seasons on excavation finds from Meganisi and Leukas and presented aspects of her research in papers given in the Netherlands, the USA, Italy, and Oxford. She published an article on the archaeological activity of the British army on the Salonica Front in World War I, and completed the study of finds from the Kenchreai Quarries Project.
Ian Rumfitt published two papers. The first presents his solution to Burali-Forti's Paradox; the second investigates statements which are neither true nor false. He also wrote replies to critics in two symposia about his book The Boundary Stones of Thought (OUP 2015, pbk 2017). The first symposium has already appeared in Philosophical Studies; the second will soon come out in Inquiry. He collaborated with Susanne Bobzien on a paper about the modal logic of vagueness; this has been submitted to a journal. He has started serious work on a book about the relationship between truth and meaning and is finding no shortage of things to say.
Stephen Smith continues writing his book on the comparative history of popular religion in the Soviet Union and Communist China. As 2017 was the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, he was busy giving lectures, talks and interviews in many different countries. Four articles emanating from various conferences will appear in edited volumes in 2019. His book Russia in Revolution: an Empire in Crisis won the English PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, 2018. The Cambridge History of Communism, of which he was a co-editor, appeared in September and won the PROSE award for a multivolume reference work.
Constantin Teleman continued his work on topological aspects of quantum field theory, with special application to gauge theories in 2 and 3 dimensions and to symplectic gopology. He revised one paper (with a view to publications) on the deformation theory of curved categories, and wrote preliminary versions of two others: one on Coulomb branches of the gauged linear Sigma model and one (joint with D. Freed) on dualities in statistical mechanical models of Ising type. He lectured on his work at Cardiff, at the Kavli IPMU in Tokyo and the RIMS in Kyoto. He also continued the supervision of three graduate students.
Lucia Zedner works on the intersection between criminal law, security and immigration laws. She wrote several papers on developments in UK counter-terrorism law and policy and chapters on preventive justice and on privatising punishment. She was Distinguished Visiting Mentor at the College of Law, Australian National University in July and delivered the University of Toronto Law Faculty 2017 Wright Lecture on ‘Counterterrorism on campus’. She gave talks in Oxford, Warwick, Canberra, Sydney, Toronto, and in Freiburg, where she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.
University Academic Fellows
Suzanne Aigrain continued work on the detection and characterisation of exoplanets and their host stars and published papers on exoplanet discoveries, radial velocity follow-up, stellar rotation, eclipsing binaries, and methods for extracting and detrending stellar light curves from space-based instruments. She lectured on Gaussian process regression at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation's Data Science Fellowship Program, took part in a workshop to prepare for the analysis of data from NASA's recently launched TESS spacecraft, spoke at one of the Royal Society's ‘You and AI’ series, took part in preparatory activities for the European Space Agency's PLATO mission, and served on the scientific organising committee for a number of conferences.
Mark Armstrong was on sabbatical leave from his university post for the year 2017/18, and spent several months in 2018 visiting economics departments in Rome and Florence. He was program chair for the December 2017 European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society, held in Barcelona. His paper ‘Ordered consumer search’ was published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, and he has been working with John Vickers on a new project on ‘competition with captive customers’. He continues to serve on the Council of the Econometric Society and as co-editor of the RAND Journal.
Diwakar Acharya published a Nepali monograph on the history of Tantric goddess Guhyeśvarī in Nepal, her scriptural tradition, and myths. He also published a short article on ‘A 17th-Century Debt-Clearance Certificate from Mithilã’ recovered from the back of a palm-leaf manuscript, which records that King Pratāpa Malla's court-poet Vaṃśamaṇi paid off his inherited share in his father's debt. He did considerable editorial work as the chief-editor of the Journal of Indian Philosophy. He continued his research on the early Upaniṣads and early Tantras. He was invited to give a weeklong intensive course on Vedanta in Kyoto University.
Hugh Collins has been developing his research in the field of philosophical foundations of labour law. He published an edited collection (with T Khaitan) on the Foundations of Indirection Discrimination Law, which included the essay ‘Justice for Foxes: justification in indirection discrimination law’. He gave invited lectures in the USA and Warsaw.
Vincent Crawford co-edited a special issue of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. He continued work on nonparametric estimation of behavioural models and behavioural game theory, and began a review article for the Annual Review of Economics. He gave keynote lectures at the University of Durham and the Oxford-Man Institute, and lectures at Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden; the University of Nottingham; the London School of Economics; Columbia University; and New York University. He serves as editor of Games and Economic Behavior and on the boards of other journals; and as a trustee of the Sanjaya Lall Memorial Foundation.
Wolfgang Ernst brought to near-completion a book manuscript with the working title D 18.104.22.168 v D 9.2.51, ca 1230 – 2017. He gave papers at various universities/conferences, inter alia. on the Roman law of arbitration, on parallel currencies in the Euro-area, and on judicial group choice in the Ius Commune. At the College he organized a seminar on ‘EU-Law After Brexit? – Interpreting Clause 6 and other legal issues’. He gave the Ernst von Caemmerer lecture at Freiburg University on ‘Board Members‘ Liability for Voting Acts’.
David Gellner was Head of Department in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography for 2017-18. An edited volume of 580 pages, Global Nepalis: Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora, was published by OUP Delhi; an earlier edited volume, Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal, came out as an Oxford India Paperback. ‘Politics of Buddhism in Nepal’ appeared in EPW, ‘Civilization as a Key Guiding Idea in South Asia’ in Arnason & Hann (eds) Anthropology and Civilizational Analysis, and ‘Sheldon Pollock and Max Weber: Why Pollock is More Weberian than he Thinks’ in Max Weber Studies.
Beata Javorcik published one article in The Economic Journal, one article in the European Economic Review, and two articles in the Journal of International Economics. She continued in her role as the Director of the International Trade Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. She served on the Council and the Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society Council. She also joined the DFID-CDC Evaluation & Learning Programme Steering Group. In the Economics Department, she headed the Recruitment Strategy Group, served as the Chair of MPhil Examiners and was responsible for post-graduate admissions.
Stathis Kalyvas joined the college in January 2018. His paper on ‘Jihadi Rebels in Civil War’ appeared in Daedalus (Vol. 147, 2018) and he co-edited the Oxford Handbook on Terrorism and Political Violence (Oxford University Press, 2019). He was keynote speaker at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Boston University, Tufts University, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), and Charles University. He delivered the Hugo Valentin Annual Lecture at Uppsala University and the Annual Keynote Address at the Foundation of Economic and Industrial Research, in Athens. He also participated in several workshops and conferences.
Ian Loader continued to work on a book on Ideologies and Crime Control: In Search of a Better Politics of Crime. He has also been researching for an article on deaths in police custody and preparing a new project on security in everyday life. He is Editor-in Chief of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.
Kevin O’Rourke continued to work on trade during the Great Depression. He had a paper on the impact of 1930s UK protection accepted by the American Economic Review, and wrote two papers comparing the trade collapses of the 1930s and 2000s. The first was published by the IMF Economic Review and the second is being resubmitted soon to an economic history journal. He also worked on the impact of interwar Indian protection, wrote a survey paper about the contributions that economic history can make to understanding the political upheavals of 2016, and is writing a short book on Brexit.
Deborah Oxley is currently working on several projects. A recent collaboration with Ewout Depauw (Ghent) suggests a new method for understanding the determinants of adult stature, concluding that puberty was critical (Economic History Review early online). A second major collaboration with scholars in South Africa and the US examines the impact of Europeans on indigenous welfare in the 19th century. A third collaboration with scholars at Goteborg examines household budgets and nutritional availability in Sweden in the 19th and 20th centuries. She taught Quantification in History, and Crime and Punishment.
Catherine Redgwell continued research on the international law of the sea as co-Director of the Oxford Martin School funded project on sustainable oceans governance, further supported by an award from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to address gaps in monitoring and enforcement of spatial management measures in high seas fisheries. She also continued work (with Alan Boyle) on the fourth edition of International Law and the Environment (OUP) as well as contributing to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law’s volume on Principles of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar).
Catriona Seth spoke on a wide variety of subjects at conferences, seminars and study days in the Canary Islands, Bordeaux, Paris, Göttingen, Luxembourg, Geneva, Oxford and Avignon. She gave keynotes on Maria-Theresa and her children in Brussels and on André Chénier in Clermont-Ferrand. She published several articles and book chapters. The anthology of Enlightenment texts she edited with R. von Kulessa came out in German (https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/651). In June she was made an associate member of the Académie Royale de Belgique and in July she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences by Queen’s University Belfast.
Julia Smith delivered the Birkbeck Lectures in Ecclesiastical History in Cambridge and was Professeure invitée in Paris at the EHESS. She published Relics and the Insular World, c. 600-c. 800, K W Hughes lecture for 2016 (Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, 2017). She also served as Research Director for the History Faculty.
Cecilia Trifogli completed three articles on the topics of medieval philosophy of perception and metaphysics. One of them was published in July 2018 in a peer-review journal and the other two will be published in the proceedings of conferences. She also started, in collaboration with Professor Lauge Nielsen, a new editorial project about the 14th century philosopher Thomas Wylton (texts on cognition). She served as Chairman of the British Academy Medieval Texts Editorial Committee.
Andrew Wilson continued to work on the archaeology of the Roman Empire and its economy. He co-directs (with Alan Bowman) the Oxford Roman Economy Project, (with Chris Howgego) the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire Project, and a project on Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa. He edited (with Miko Flohr) The Economy of Pompeii (OUP 2017), and (with Alan Bowman) Trade, Commerce and the State in the Roman World (OUP 2018). He also published chapters on Saharan trade, and, with Joe McConnell (former Visiting Fellow) and others, a paper on lead pollution in antiquity.
Peter Wilson published Lützen (OUP) and three book chapters, as well as Spanish and German translations of his monograph on the Thirty Years War, and and Italian translation of his Holy Roman Empire. He secured €2.5 million from the European Research Council for a five-year project on the European Fiscal-Military System c.1530-1870. Other research dissemination included TV programmes and interviews for ARTE, ÖRF, Czech TV, Croatian State TV, radio and print media in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, as well as papers and public lectures in the UK, US, Croatia, France and Germany.
David Addison continued his doctoral research on the social and cultural history of late antique Spain and Portugal. He presented aspects of this work at seminars in Oxford, and conferences in Cambridge and Leeds. An article on canon law and church property is nearing completion. He works on the Faculty of History’s access initiatives as a Graduate Ambassador, leading workshops in Oxford and York. Aside from historical matters, he is engaged with the Oxford Fabian Society and serves now as its treasurer.
Arthur Asseraf has been involved in teaching and administrative duties as a University Lecturer at Cambridge. He has finalised his first monograph under contract with Oxford University Press which will come out next year. This year he has published articles in French Historical Studies and Monde(s), one chapter in an edited volume, and several book reviews. He has participated in conferences in Algeria, Italy, Egypt and the UK.
Katherine Backler is in the second year of her DPhil exploring women’s social relations in classical Athens. This year she successfully underwent her transfer of status. She spoke at the Classical Association Conference on women’s textiles in Homer, and at an Oxford postgraduate seminar on Athenian women’s complex life stories. She published a blog piece for the London Review of Books and gave a public lecture to the Ancient World Breakfast Club. Both blog and lecture dealt with similarities between gender conventions in classical Athens and modern Saudi Arabia, and their implications for thinking about ancient history.
Sarah Bufkin continued to work on her DPhil in Political Theory. Her dissertation focuses on the ethics of racial subject formation in the contemporary United States. She also presented papers on Frantz Fanon, James Baldwin, and the politics of racial misrecognition to seminars and conferences in Oxford, Paris, and New York. Sarah has also written a book chapter, taken up a teaching position at another Oxford college, organized a seminar on Critical Theory, and continued to edit for Scalawag, a political quarterly focused on the American South.
Clare Bucknell spent a term at Yale’s Beinecke Library studying John Wolcot’s manuscript satires. She gave papers in Connecticut, Montreal and Brisbane and organised a major conference on Lord Byron’s poetry at All Souls. She worked as part of the Oxford Pope editorial team, published an article on country house poetry and continued to write for the London Review of Books.
Hasan Dindjer continued his doctoral work on reasonableness in public law, presenting parts of it at conferences at Rutgers and Dartmouth. He published a note in the Law Quarterly Review, completed a book review, and began work on two further papers. He taught undergraduate tutorials in Administrative Law and Jurisprudence and gave seminars in Moral and Political Philosophy. For a second year he was a convenor of the Jurisprudence Discussion Group and co-organised a conference in philosophy of law.
Claire Hall is close to submission of her DPhil on Origen of Alexandria, and will defend it in late 2018. In Trinity Term 2018 she wrote and delivered a lecture series on Ancient Greek Science for students from a variety of faculties, and a series on Greco-Roman Philosophy and Religion for undergraduate and graduate students in Theology.
Max Harris has proceeded through the confirmation stage of his DPhil research in the last year. He has also made two trips to New Zealand to talk about his 2017 book, gave a paper on love and trust as relational ethics at a workshop at the European Union Institute in Florence, contributed a text to an Amsterdam art project on friendship, and continued teaching at the Blavatnik School of Government and at Grendon Prison. He has also provided legal and economic policy research for various public life projects.
Tess Little continued working on her DPhil - an exploration of transatlantic ties in the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) of the 1970s - with archival trips and oral histories. These interviews of feminist activists will be archived at the British Library. She also co-organised a conference on the history of the British WLM, gave a seminar paper on feminist healthcare activism and a conference paper on the role of de Beauvoir’s writing in the movement, was a discussant at a 1968 fiftieth anniversary event, and supervised undergraduate theses.
Fitzroy Morrissey completed his doctoral thesis on the Sufi thought of ‘Abd al-Karīm al-Jīlī, and has since been working on revising the thesis for a book. He wrote an article on ‘Abd al-Karīm al-Jīlī’s Sufi View of Other Religions’ for The Maghreb Review, taught papers for the BA in Oriental Studies and the MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, gave lectures at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Wycliffe Hall, co-organised the Sufism reading group at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, and had book reviews published in Standpoint and History Today. He is working on an article on Ibn Khaldūn’s treatment of Sufism.
Marius Ostrowski began postdoctoral research on socialist thought in late-Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany. In June 2018, he published Eduard Bernstein on Social Democracy and International Politics, an edition of Bernstein's WW1-era writings, and secured contracts for two further books, Eduard Bernstein on the German Revolution and Eduard Bernstein on Socialism Past and Present, forthcoming in 2019 and 2020. He wrote articles on various themes in early-C20th German political thought, the first of which will appear in Renewal in October 2018. He taught and examined graduate and undergraduate politics modules, including creating new courses in social theory, political ideologies, and nationalism.
Frederick Wilmot-Smith worked on a draft of a book, forthcoming with Harvard University Press. He published various academic papers, ran a number of graduate seminars on specialist topics in the philosophy of law and taught on various BCL courses. He also gave talks at universities in the UK, USA, Singapore and Australia.
George Woudhuysen received his D.Phil., published one journal article, two book chapters, and one review, spoke at three conferences and taught a number of undergraduate and graduate papers.
Andrew Wynn Owen has continued to write his doctorate on epic poetry and the Romantic era. A collection of poetry, The Multiverse, was published by Carcanet in May 2018.
Ross Anderson investigated the emergence of complex life. He published Mongolian Fossils at the Dawn of Animals, also beginning analysis of new material and seeking major funding. In Svalbard, he initiated a study of rocks preserving some of the earliest eukaryotes, undertaking fieldwork funded by the Royal Society. Additionally, he published a blueprint for Burgess Shale fossilisation and tested this on older assemblages. He presented at conferences in Seattle, London, and Paris, gave seminars in Lyon and Cambridge, and chaired a session at the GSA meeting. He won the President’s Prize of the Palaeontological Association and lectured two Earth Sciences courses.
Tessa Baker published a paper using the first direct detection of gravitational waves from a binary neutron star merger to constrain modifications to Einstein’s General Relativity. She also published a paper calculating how the phenomenon of lensing by cosmological voids can be used to probe the nature of gravity, and began work on testing these predictions. She participated in strategic decisions for the future work programme of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Euclid satellite, and lectured in the cosmology module of the MMathPhys course.
Dmitri Levitin continued research on early modern history. As well as completing essays on the history of comparative religion and late seventeenth-century political thought, he has almost completed a monograph on the shifting place of philosophy in the intellectual culture of the period, with a particular focus on Pierre Bayle and Isaac Newton. He has also written essays for the Literary Review and the LRB.
Lisa Lodwick has published two co-authored monographs on The Rural Economy of Roman Britain and Life and Death in the Countryside of Roman Britain, and articles on Roman cereal exchange and ritual practice. Publications have been submitted on post-human approaches to weeds, and isotopic analysis of prehistoric and Roman cereals. She has presented papers at seminars in Oxford and Cambridge, at a conference in Bonn, and convened a seminar series in college on Reproducible and Open Research. She has undertaken archives visits across Britain and fieldwork in Italy to sample material for ongoing isotopic studies of Roman agriculture.
Matthew Mandelkern published papers on modals and conditionals, including his main dissertation chapter on epistemic modals and a number of papers on triviality results in the logic of conditionals; a paper on the proviso problem; and a paper on commands. He (co)wrote and submitted papers on neg-raising, e-type anaphora, and incrementality in presupposition projection; and has a number of papers (on conditionals, impersonal pronouns, and ‘force’ ascriptions) and a book manuscript (on dynamic semantics, with Daniel Rothschild) in progress. He gave a seminar on conditionals and gave talks in London, Belfast, New York, Boston, St. Andrews, and Utrecht.
Jasmine Nirody continued research on fluid biolocomotion, primarily on the ion-powered motor that drives swimming in flagellated bacteria. She co-authored papers in PNAS and WIRES Systems Biology and completed an article on the mechanics of water-walking by lizards, currently under peer review. She won a Fellowship from the James S. McDonnell Foundation and a Dissertation Award from the American Physical Society. She organized two events on Reproducible and Open Research: a workshop at Berkeley and a seminar series at All Souls with Lisa Lodwick; and gave several invited seminars, including talks at Oxford, Harvard, and Cornell.
Philipp Nothaft completed work on his fifth book, a critical edition and translation of Robert Grosseteste’s Compotus (in collaboration with Alfred Lohr). He co-edited and contributed to a forthcoming special issue of ‘Erudition and the Republic of Letters’ on the fourteenth-century mathematician Jean des Murs. Other work completed in the past year include a book chapter on the mathematics of calendar reform and four new journal articles on various aspects of medieval astronomy. He presented his work at conferences and seminars in Princeton, Paris, Oxford, Galway, and Leeds. His monograph Scandalous Error (OUP) appeared in February 2018.
Erik Panzer continued and published with Thomas Bitoun, Christian Bogner and Rene Pascal Klausen the work which relates the number of master integrals to the Euler characteristic of a hypersurface. He also continued work with Brent Pym and Peter Banks, which resulted in a program and preprint that compute the weights in Kontsevich's quantization formula. A new project emerged with Raimar Wulkenhaar that gives an exact solution to a non-commutative 4-dimensional quantum field theory, which produced a preprint. In his spare time, Erik continued his work on the Hepp bound for Feynman periods and several other projects.
Péter-Dániel Szantó is currently finishing two monographs. The first is a co-authored volume centred on the earliest text of the haṭhayoga tradition, the Amṛtasiddhi. The second consists of a re-formatted editio princeps of the Sarvabuddhasamāyogaḍākinījālaśaṃvara accompanied by an introductory study. He has published three papers and has about ten more publications under press. He has, while teaching and supervising for the Oriental Institute, also lectured and presented papers at Harvard, Taishō University, L'Orientale, University of British Columbia, and SOAS. He will spend Michaelmas Term in Leiden as a Numata Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies.
Srikanth Toppaladoddi completed and published his work on penetrative convection of a fluid with a temperature of maximum density. In addition, he has submitted two other manuscripts for publication. He continues his work on the large-scale evolution of the Arctic ice cover and the inclusion of his statistical mechanics-based theory into the Global Circulation Models, and the effects of fractal surfaces on turbulent flows. He co-supervised the research projects of two students in the Department of Physics. He also attended a winter school in Stockholm and presented his work at a conference in Vienna.
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.
Tim Besley worked mostly on the political economy of institutions. He used his leave from the LSE and fellowship at the college to complete the groundwork for a book provisionally titled Elements of Political Economy and wrote his Presidential address to the Econometric Society on ‘State Capacity, Reciprocity and the Social Contract’. He started a number of new projects including one that investigates how machine learning methods can be used to study the economic impact of terrorism. He has also completed two papers studying how credit frictions affect the macro-economy. He continues to serve on the National Infrastructure Commission.
Fraser Campbell, alongside practice as a barrister in London, presented various papers to professional bodies, and organised a seminar in College on the recent landmark IBM v Dalgleish decision in the Court of Appeal. He was also re-appointed as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, in which capacity he gave evidence on his report into the use of the 'Maxwellisation' process in public inquiries.
John Drury occupied himself with arrangements for the symposium in the chapel of the college, assisted by the Fellows’ Secretary. It was a success and arrangements for its publication impend.
Justine Firnhaber-Baker is senior lecturer and chair of the department of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews, where she works on late medieval violence and power, especially in France. In 2017-18, she wrote four articles or book chapters, gave papers in France, Scotland, Spain, Belgium, and the USA, and worked on her book about the Jacquerie peasants’ revolt of 1358. She edits The Mediaeval Journal, the St Andrews series in French History and Culture, and sits on the editorial board of French History.
Anthony Gottlieb continued to work on Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophy in the Age of Airplanes, a book about Wittgenstein’s life and conception of philosophy, to be published in Yale University Press’s Jewish Lives series, and prepared a series of multi-disciplinary seminars on nature and the concept of the natural. He also published an essay on Descartes and Princess Elisabeth, and worked on an article for the New York Review of Books about optimism and human progress.
Simon Green published chapters on 'All Souls' in Louis (ed.), Effervescent Adventures with Britannia, and 'Religion and Politics' in Crowcroft et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, and a tribute to G.C.F. Forster, in 'Northern History'. He continued work on the College History (vols. 2-3), and delivered ‘Reaction or Renewal: The Politics of Ecclesiological Restoration in All Souls’, to the Chaplain's College Chapel History Symposium; he has published essays for the AHRC-funded project producing a digitalized/annotated edition of Hensley Henson’s Journals; he is completing a CUP book extending his Cambridge Birkbeck Lectures.
Launcelot Henderson has continued to sit as a full time member of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), hearing appeals and writing judgments on a wide variety of subjects, particularly tax law. He has also attended conferences and workshops in London and Oxford, and chairs an advisory body of trust lawyers and academics called the Trust Law Committee.
Peregrine Horden wrote parts of his history of the College from the foundation to 1700. With Robin Darwall-Smith he organised a year-long weekly seminar on the history of Oxford University in the eighteenth century, and he edited a volume of memorial addresses about Fellows delivered in the period 1995-2015.
Jonathan Katz continued in his second year as Public Orator, speaking at Encaenia and for three honorary MAs. He lectured, examined and taught Classics and Sanskrit language and literature for the University and for St Anne’s, Brasenose and other colleges. He completed a paper on a musical theme in Mughal art and continued with his translation work from German. He is one of the three editors of a volume of Dante studies in preparation under the auspices of the Oxford Dante Society.
Colin Kidd co-edited a volume of essays entitled Literature and Union: Scottish Texts, British Contexts (Oxford University Press), spoke at the Muriel Spark centenary conference in Glasgow, organised a public life event at All Souls on Brexit and Ireland, and delivered the Raleigh Lecture at the British Academy, subsequently published in the Journal of the British Academy, on ‘The Scottish Enlightenment and the Matter of Troy’.
George Molyneaux continued practice as a barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London. He also saw through to publication the paperback edition of his monograph The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century (OUP), and co-wrote a book chapter on the law relating football stadia and policing.
Edward Mortimer travelled to Lebanon to present the Arabic edition of Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring (OUP, 2016); gave a talk to the British Studies seminar at University of Texas (Austin) on ‘Past Crimes and Present Arguments’; spoke on ‘Is the United Nations in crisis?’ at a conference on ‘International Institutions in Turbulent Times’ (St Antony’s); and convened symposia on ‘Contested Legacies in Public Spaces’ and ‘New Ways to Use Knowledge in the United Nations System’ at All Souls.
Alex Mullen is Associate Professor in Classics at the University of Nottingham and Principal Investigator of the ERC project, the Latinization of the north-western Roman provinces (www.latinnow.eu), which is based at CSAD, Oxford. She has written a book with Olivia Elder (Cambridge), The Language of Letters, to be published with Cambridge University Press and has published Gaulish: language, writing, epigraphy (University of Zaragoza Press) with Coline Ruiz Darasse (CNRS, Bordeaux). She has given multiple papers, including a keynote in Edinburgh, serves on the board of editors of Journal of Roman Studies and is President of the Nottingham branch of the Classical Association.
David Pannick continued in practice at the Bar. He also worked as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, serving on the Constitution Committee. He wrote a fortnightly article on the law for The Times. He gave a lecture in Hong Kong on ‘Brexit and the Law’, and he gave the Sultan Azlan Shah Lecture in Oxford on ‘Religion and the Law’.
John Redwood has researched and delivered a series of talks on the independence of central banks, the Italian budget crisis, the trade wars and the Brexit negotiations. He has published a daily commentary on political and economic events on www.johnredwood.com, written monthly articles for the FT about a demonstrator global investment fund, delivered a lecture on the battle of Trafalgar, and written a twice weekly investment blog for Charles Stanley. He is currently working on a longer piece on populist parties and politics.
Daniel Rothschild is the Head of the Department of Philosophy at University College London. In addition to working on a book on dynamic semantics (with Matthew Mandelkern), last year he completed two articles on the relationship between probability and belief and two articles on the semantics of pronouns. He also gave invited talks at the University of Amsterdam, MIT, NYU, and Princeton.
Katherine Rundell wrote her seventh novel for children, and worked on a non-fiction account of Donne's life and work for Faber. She presented a television documentary about the child actors of the Elizabethan stage for BBC4, and spoke on Radio4 on several occasions, discussing Renaissance poetry and fiction. She also wrote, alongside other journalism and reviews, a short quarterly animal column for the LRB, covering, thus far, pangolins, lemurs and wombats.
Andrew Scott’s research addressed issues of private international law and in particular jurisdiction, applicable law, and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in the fields of commercial law, competition law and employment law, insolvency and restructuring. He edited the 'Private International Law' chapter of the British Yearbook of International Law.
Thomas Seaman is a Trustee and member of the Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. As Honorary Treasurer, he chairs the IISS Investment and Audit Committees. He is a Fellow of Eton College, where he also chairs both the Investment and Audit Committees.
Amia Srinivasan teaches philosophy at University College London and is an editor of the philosophy journal Mind. In the past year she has been working on a monograph, supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, on the genealogy of belief. She has presented parts of the manuscript at NYU, Yale and Basel. Her public writing appeared in the London Review of Books (of which she has been made a contributing editor), The New York Review of Books and Harper's.
William Waldegrave remains Chancellor of Reading University and provost of Eton College. He has contributed reviews and articles to the press.
Benjamin Wardhaugh is the PI on an AHRC-funded project looking at Euclid's Elements of Geometry in the early modern world, which has involved several research workshops and a network of exhibitions and will produce two collections of essays. He has published a number of other papers about the culture of early modern mathematics, organised seminars on the history of mathematics in college, and serves as editor of the Bulletin of the British Society for History of Mathematics.
Honorary and Emeritus Fellows
James Adams has been engaged in three projects. His book, Asyndeton and Latin Literature is well advanced but has required a reading of the whole of republican literature and a lot of Greek texts of comparable genres. He works with a team on newly discovered Latin writing tablets from Vindolanda (south of Hadrian’s Wall). He is a joint editor of a volume on early Latin (with 28 contributors from 11 countries), under contract with CUP. His chapter (on the language of early prayers) is written. A conference on the subject, organised by the editors, was held in St Andrews in the summer.
Andrew Ashworth has co-authored two papers, one on preventive justice for the Annual Review of Criminology 2019 (with Zedner), and one on the preventive role of the criminal law in labour law enforcement for a book of essays (with Jennifer Collins of Bristol University). He has published two articles on criminal liability for omissions, in the Law Quarterly Review and in the Criminal Law Review. His current research centres on the use of the concept of deterrence in criminal justice. He gave lectures in Queensland and Tasmania and has been invited to lecture in Leicester and in Valencia in November 2018.
Margaret Bent continues to run her seminar series in Medieval and Renaissance Music and to undertake research on many fronts. She has given papers in Venice, Florence and two in Oxford. Details are on the College website of publications that appeared this year: ‘What next? Recent work and new directions for English medieval music’, Early Music 45; Review-article on John Nádas and Andreas Janke (eds.), The San Lorenzo Palimpsest Plainsong and Medieval Music 26; ‘Machaut’s motet 10 and its interconnections’, in ed. Jared C. Hartt, A Critical Companion to Medieval Motets.
Paul Brand has continued work on his long-term project for editing and translating the substantial quantity of unedited law reports of the reign of Edward I. He was awarded the Donald W. Sutherland Prize of the American Society for Legal History for his paper on 'Judges and Juries in Civil Litigation in later medieval England'.
Robin Briggs has continued to work on his general history of North-Western Europe. He has two articles currently in the press. One is a chapter on 'An Untrustworthy Reporter: Nicolas Remy and his Daemonolatreiae libri tres' for a collective volume called The Science of Demons. The other is entitled 'Catholiques et protestants: les languages du mal', and will appear in a French collection.
John Cardy works as a research physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, on aspects of quantum field theory as applied to condensed matter and high energy physics. In the last two years he published several articles, developing a deformation of field theory in which the concept of locality no longer makes sense. Recently he was an invited plenary speaker at the International Congress on Mathematical Physics in Montreal.
Guy Goodwin-Gill studies and works on the challenges presented by the movements of people between States. He gave talks and contributed to panels in Australia and the United States, provided comment to different media, co-authored a legal opinion on Myanmar’s obligations under the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, contributed to the International Journal of Refugee Law, and finalised two chapters for forthcoming OUP publications. From July 2017-June 2018, he was Acting Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales, where he continues to teach and research as Professor of Law.
Christopher Hood continued to work (as principal investigator) of a Nuffield Foundation-funded three-year study of public expenditure control in the UK (with comparative elements) from 1993 to 2015. He presented early papers from the study at two academic conferences in Cardiff and Berlin. He wrote a paper for the Economic and Social Research Council in 2018 on future directions for research in public services, and in November 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam for his research in public administration.
Roger Hood has continued to write and work as a consultant on the death penalty in its international context. He published an article (with Carolyn Hoyle) entitled 'Towards Global Elimination of the Death Penalty', in Alternative Criminologies (ed. Carlen and Franca, 2018) and contributed a paper to a seminar at Berkeley which analysed significant findings from surveys of public opinion on capital punishment in eight countries. He has begun a study of attitudes of political leaders towards abolition of the death penalty in the Eastern Caribbean.
Jane Humphries continues to research the living standards of families over the very long run and has several papers published or in press at leading economics and economic history journals. She has given plenary lectures at several scholarly meetings, most recently the World Economic History Congress in Cambridge Massachusetts in August. In the Queen’s New Year Honours List, she was awarded a CBE, and in June she received an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield University, particularly gratifying given her South Yorkshire origins. The London School of Economics has appointed her to a Centennial Professorship which she will take up in September.
Vaughan Lowe sat as an EU-appointed arbitrator in the Croatia/Slovenia boundary case, and as the Ukraine-appointed arbitrator in the Ukraine v Russia arbitration under the Law of the Sea Convention, as well as sitting in international investment tribunals and practising before the International Court of Justice. He was also part of the small team that produced the new edition of the volume on International Law in Halsbury’s Laws of England and lectured at the National University of Singapore on international dispute settlement. He was awarded the Grand Cross, Order of El Sol Del Perú.
James Malcomson has continued 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 with Timothy Besley concerns competition in provision of public services resulting in the publication of ‘Competition in public service provision: the role of not-for-profit providers’ in the Journal of Public Economics. He was re-appointed to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, which advises UK governments on pay for doctors and dentists in the NHS for a further 3-year term.
Ian Maclean continued to work on theological interpretation in the late Renaissance, on intellectual history in the seventeenth century, and on the history of the learned book in the period 1560-1750. He has published four articles and given invited papers in St Andrews and at seminars in Oxford. He has been appointed an honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. He has been the co-convenor of the Early Modern German Seminar in Oxford, has continued as co-editor of the Oxford-Warburg Studies, and has served on various other editorial boards and international review bodies.
Avner Offer’s main activity has been to prepare a set of public lectures for Cambridge next year on ‘Time horizons as market boundaries’, intended also to be published as a book. Several talks on this topic were given in the UK, and overseas in Paris, Stellenbosch and Tel-Aviv. An article was published on credit liberalisation and home ownership since the 1970s in UK and European political economy. Preliminary work was done on incorporating identity and culture in measures of well-being. He continues to supervise masters and doctoral students.
David Parkin’s book, Shenchu Dangdai Shijie De Renleixue (Anthropology Situated in the Contemporary World) was published by Peking University Press in 2017, being an anthropological and language-informed perspective on the nature of ‘soft power’. He continues his interest in multi-modal communication through workshops and publication. He has just started collaborating with Charles Briggs on a proposed National Science Foundation project aimed at studying the role of language and general communicative practices in medical encounters and interaction. An article on bibliographic influences was published in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2018).
Nicholas Rodger has continued to work on the third volume of his Naval History of Britain, which will cover the 19th and 20th centuries. He has also been preparing the 2018 Lees-Knowles Lectures, to be delivered in November 2018 in Trinity College Cambridge on the theme of ‘The Culture of Naval War, 1850-1950’. In July 2017 he organised a conference on ‘Economic Warfare and the Sea, 1650-1950’, in All Souls College, and in April 2018 he spoke at the ‘Navies in a Multipolar World’ conference at Yale University. He is still supervising a limited number of doctoral students and undergraduate dissertations.
Graeme Segal has continued to work on the foundations of quantum field theory and its relations to the geometry of space-time. Most recently, he has completed a work with Kontsevich on how the positivity of energy is best formulated in field theory. He has also been writing about how space-like and manifold-like structures emerge ‘spontaneously’. This involves not only the specific setting of quantum theory but also other pure-mathematical contexts, where often - as was the theme of his 2016 Kan Lectures - homotopy-types seem more fundamental than spaces themselves.
Boudewijn Sirks continued his work on the colonate, Roman law in general and legal history; published two book contributions and gave papers in Pavia (CEDANT), Oxford, Tours (Giordano Bruno: Will, Power, and Beyond), Milan (corso di dottorato) and Heidelberg (keynote speech at the Centenary of the Institut für geschichtliche Rechtswissenschaft).
Eva Margareta Steinby co-edited an anthology of Pekka Suhonen's essays on modern Finnish architecture and design and wrote an article on the interpretation of the much debated monuments of the Hateri. She is revising the edition I bolli doliari romani dell'Italia centro-occidentale (www.bollidoliari.org) on the basis of new findings, with special attention to the dating of the stamps and the comments.
Hew Strachan has continued to be very busy with the commemorations of the First World War Centenary. He organised a major conference on the British Home Front 1914-1918 funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Scottish Government in June 2018. The network project on 'Hunger draws the map', on hunger in Europe 1914-23, for which he is the principal investigator, held its final workshop in May and the book which will follow is nearing completion.
Michael Teper has continued his research on quantum field theories using lattice techniques. He produced a paper showing how to improve some earlier calculations of the spectrum of SO(N) gauge theories as well as a paper pointing to some puzzles in the comparison between some orthogonal and unitary gauge field theories. His current work is largely focused on resolving these puzzles.
Keith Thomas spent much of the year on the preparation of two separate versions (British and American) of his book, In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England. It was published in June 2018. He then resumed work on a three-volume edition of his collected essays. He published review articles in the New York Review of Books and London Review of Books and contributions to the Balliol College Annual Record and the Corpus Christi College Pelican Record. He continues to serve on the Leverhulme Advisory Panel and various editorial boards.
Charles Webster, since his last report, has published an enlarged and greatly revised edition of his study of Paracelsus, now entitled Paracelso Magia, medicina e profeszia alla fine dei tempi (Hoepli, Milan). His main current activity is preparation of an extensive study of the work of Samuel Hartlib and his closest associates. He is also completed some connected studies relating to the holocaust in Eastern Europe and is undertaking further work in this area. He continues to intervene in policy engagements relating to the NHS.
Chris Wickham has been working on the 11th-century economy of the Mediterranean, and has completed first drafts of two substantial chapters, on Egypt and Byzantium. He has also written an article on Fatimid land tenure, accepted by the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, and has co-written a comparative article on early medieval urban processions, east and west.
Andrew Wilkinson is co-Chair of the National Neonatal Data Analysis Unit and Board member of the National Neonatal Audit Programme. Both aimed at raising standards of medical care of the new-born. He is editor of annual reports and publications on the use of these data for research and quality improvement. He is chair of research data monitoring committees and member of the International Vermont Oxford Network Advisory Board. He supervised a DSc student on improving management of blinding Retinopathy of Prematurity and examined for various universities. Recently he has taught in Madagascar and Gaza.
Visiting Fellows (Terms in residence and parent academic institution)
David Ben-Zvi (Trinity Term, University of Texas Austin, Mathematics) worked on geometric aspects of quantum physics. In lectures at the Mathematics Institute and Imperial College and in consultation with numerous Oxford faculty he articulated the precise noncommutative or "quantum" geometry captured by the topological (or coarse) aspects of quantum field theory. He also put finishing touches on a paper ‘Secondary products in supersymmetric field theory’ with a group of string theorists elucidating the subtle algebraic structures underlying the composition of observables in the presence of supersymmetry.
William Burns’ (Michaelmas Term, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, International Relations) main focus was completion of his forthcoming book, entitled: Backchannels: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and Why It Matters. The book will be published by Random House in early spring 2019. Drawing on his experiences over nearly 35 years as an American diplomat, Backchannels argues that diplomacy matters more than ever on today's crowded, complicated and contested international landscape, at a moment when the United States is no longer the dominant power, but still the pivotal power in world affairs.
Anthony Corbeill (Michaelmas Term, University of Virginia, Classics) began writing a historical and philological commentary on Cicero's speech De haruspicum responsis (On the Responses of the Etruscan Soothsayers; co-authored with Andrew Riggsby, University of Texas). Delivered in 56 BCE, the oration features Cicero analysing a priestly response to recent earth tremors. Although several texts allude to the treatment of such prodigies, this speech uniquely provides a vivid, contemporary account, and offers the only text of a response to a prodigy worked up by a college of priests. He completed commentary on roughly one-quarter of the speech and gave talks at Oxford and Mainz.
Bill Emmott (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms, Independent Researcher, History) completed a book about the importance of women for the future of Japan. He laid the groundwork for his longer-term project of a history of post-1945 Japan, consulting experts in Oxford on Japan and China and establishing relationships with the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies and the Oxford China Centre. In addition, he organised, chaired and spoke at two public seminars at All Souls, one on Italian politics and the other on North Korea-USA relations, and spoke in an Oxford Union debate on Europe’s policy of fiscal austerity.
David Feldman (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms, Birkbeck, University of London, History) completed work on the project ‘Immigration and Antisemitism in Western Europe Today. Is there a Connection?’ This project gave rise to a final report and to five national reports dealing with the cases of Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He also undertook research towards his forthcoming book on the history of the concept of anti-Semitism. Connected with this project, an essay that was revised and completed in his time at All Souls will appear in the American Historical Review in October 2018.
Simon Gleeson (Hilary Term, Clifford Chance, Law) completed the third edition of Gleeson on International Regulation of Banking, forthcoming with OUP, which describes the new global bank regulatory structure agreed by the Basel Committee in the final Basel III settlement. He also researched the history, economics and legal status of virtual currencies, in an attempt to answer the questions of how quasi-currencies such as bitcoin can be dealt with within the existing law of money. His book on this topic, The Legal Concept of Money: what is money and why does it matter? will be published by OUP this year.
Hilla Halla-aho (Michaelmas Term, University of Helsinki, Classics) worked on Latin papyri, preparing three different projects for publication: 1) The editio princeps of two Latin papyri from the Tebtunis Temple library (P. Carlsberg 671 and 555); 2) Re-editions of eight Latin papyri in the Bodleian Library, the Sackler Library and the British Library, to be published in a new corpus of Latin papyri; 3) An article on the scribes in Latin papyri. In addition, she finalized an earlier article on the proleptic accusative in Latin.
Jennifer Hornsby (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms, Birkbeck, University of London, Philosophy) carried out research on agency in all its varieties, and on teleological explanation, emphasizing its irreducibility to causal explanation. This was background to work on specifically human agency, material from which she used in graduate classes in Oxford in Trinity Term entitled ‘Self-Consciousness, Agency and Time’. She also prepared two papers for volumes on the philosophy of G.E.M. Anscombe. This work was all done with a view to developing a metaphysics more humanistic than that which is mostly encountered in present-day philosophical literature.
Eva Jakab (Michaelmas and Hilary Term, NKE and SZTE University, Classics/Legal History) worked on researching and writing a book on Roman Law and Provincial Legal Culture in the Roman Empire, including case studies focused on documentary texts on papyrus and wooden tablets. She finished a significant paper in German for the Zeitschrift der Savigny Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, a book manuscript in Hungarian and eight shorter papers in English, German and Hungarian. She delivered three talks in Oxford (plus a Visiting Fellows’ Colloquium talk at All Souls) and three more at other universities.
David Malone (Trinity Term, United Nations University, Politics) carried out basic research for his project ‘The UN and its Discontents’, the output of which is intended to be a OUP monograph. He drew heavily for input and advice on the Oxford academic community (and also expert colleagues in London, Manchester and elsewhere in the UK), benefited from the help of a research assistant currently studying at Oxford, and co-convened a symposium on the project’s key questions at the College attended by relevant academic, policy and UK government experts.
Juan Antonio Quirós Castillo (Trinity Term, University of the Basque Country, Archaeology) investigated rural settlements, field systems, social agency, communities and social mobility in early medieval Western Europe. As part of his book on the archaeology of local societies in Iberia, he has been working on the contrast between the moral and political economy in terms of social power in different archaeological contexts. He presented his work at a special seminar at the Institute of Archaeology, wrote two papers analyzing historical landscapes and edited a book about Medieval Archaeology in Spain.
Peter Railton (Locke Lecturer, Trinity Term, University of Michigan, Philosophy) gave the John Locke Lectures in Philosophy under the title, ‘Learning and Doing’. The lectures drew upon philosophical arguments and contemporary research in psychology and neuroscience to develop models of belief and desire that give a central place to affect and learning, and help us explain how thought and action can be responsive to reasons - while escaping the forms of regress that have bedeviled theories of action and inference. The lectures are expected to be published as a book by Oxford University Press.
Lydia Schumacher (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms, Kings’ College London, History) organised five 2-day workshops for her European Research Council project. In May 2018, she completed a monograph entitled, Early Franciscan Theology: Between Authority and Innovation. During the year, she also obtained a contract for two edited volumes to be published with Brill in 2019 and one for a translation of selected early Franciscan texts to be published in 2020. She contributed to editing the 4th edition of the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church; wrote or published seven articles/chapters and gave eight seminar/conference presentations.
Alexandra Walsham (Ford Lecturer, Hilary Term, University of Cambridge, History) delivered the Ford Lectures in British History on ‘The Reformation of the Generations: Age, Ancestry, and Memory in England, c. 1500-1700’. These explored how the family and human lifecycle were implicated in the theological and cultural upheavals of the era and how the Reformation recast assumptions about history, memory and time. She consolidated her research on this theme in the Bodleian and Queen’s College libraries and wrote and delivered a paper on Quaker attitudes to education for the Ecclesiastical History Society.
Peter Wilson (Hilary and Trinity Terms, University of Sydney, Classics) completed a book, co-authored with Eric Csapo, A Social and Economic History of the Theatre to 300 BC Vol. II: Theatre beyond Athens, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. He also began a new project on the relationship between theatre and autocracy in Ancient Greece, published an article on Attic theatre festivals and worked on another on Pindar's Hyporcheme for Hieron of Syracuse.
Nuala Zahedieh (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms, University of Edinburgh, History) continued work on a book on the economic development of early British Jamaica with extensive use of archival sources in Oxford. She completed journal articles on trust in Jamaica’s contraband trade; Anglo-Dutch rivalry in the Caribbean; an eighteenth-century coppersmith who connects the Caribbean with British economic development; and the role of free women in early British Jamaica. She presented three papers at seminars and conferences in All Souls College and gave invited talks at conferences in Dublin, Yale, Falun, Boston, and the Museum of London.