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University of Oxford Faculty of English

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The Faculty of English Language and Literature is by far the largest English Department in the UK, with over 75 permanent postholders, a further 70 Faculty members, 900 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates. The Faculty has a very distinguished research and teaching record, covering all periods of English Literature.

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English Faculty Member Awarded Funding from TORCH

Dr Tessa Roynon, Lecturer at Merton College and  Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, has secured funding to set up a new interdisciplinary research network at TORCH (the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities). Her proposal on 'Fiction and Human Rights', formulated in conjunction with Natasha Simonsen, a Lecturer in Law at New College,  was one of three winners in the latest round of the TORCH New Network competition.

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Associate Professorship in English Literature, 1800 to the present day

Corpus Christi College and the Faculty of English seek to appoint an Associate Professor in English Literature, 1800 to the present day, with effect from September 2015.  This post is associated with a Tutorial Fellowship at Corpus Christi College.  The intention is to appoint an English Literature scholar with an outstanding record in research at international level and with a strong commitment to teaching.

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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme - 2015

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are designed to support scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers (defined as having been viva’ed no more than five years prior to the closing date), but  with a proven record of research. Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis. Further details about the scheme are available at:

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Upcoming Events

William Blake Apprentice & Master Conference

24 January 2015

10.00 - 18.00 (followed by a reception and private viewing of the exhibition)

To coincide with the exhibition William Blake Apprentice & Master, the Ashmolean is hosting a conference.  Leading academics in the study of Blake will come together to explore a variety of perspectives on the exhibition.  Speakers include Martin Myrone, Saree Makdisi and exhibition curator, Michael Phillips.

In collaboration with the University of Oxford's Faculty of English and Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies.

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Reconsidering Donne

23 March 2015 - 24 March 2015

Lincoln College, Oxford

An international conference to consider past, present, and future critical trends in Donne Studies. Plenary Speakers: Achsah Guibbory (Barnard College, Columbia University), David Marno (University of California, Berkeley). 

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25 March 2015 - 27 March 2015

The fourth international Symposium on Approaches to English Historical Lexicography and Lexicology (OX-LEX4) will be held at Pembroke College, Oxford on March 25-27, 2015. We hope to bring together international scholars with a range of interests in historical lexicography and lexicology, including professional lexicographers and historical linguists, who are interested in applying and developing new research methods in this area of English historical linguistics.

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