Arts, Classical/ Ancient

“Keep your whore with her wool baskets!”: Sulpicia answers back

By Susannah Darby Roman elegy was a very one-sided conversation. Male poets would write to women, both in praise, and in criticism, of them. Although they demanded that their girlfriends be “doctae puellae”, educated girls, and although Sappho was celebrated as the Ninth Muse, we rarely hear the other side of the story. Many, if… Continue reading “Keep your whore with her wool baskets!”: Sulpicia answers back

Humanities, Medieval

Commitment to poverty and commitment to Christ: The spirituality of Saint Clare as revealed in her letters to Agnes of Prague

By Charlotte King Saint Clare was born in the small northern Italian town of Assisi in 1194 to a noble, wealthy family. When she was 18 she resisted pressure from her family to marry and secretly ran away to join St Francis and his followers. She was unable to follow the itinerant lifestyle of the… Continue reading Commitment to poverty and commitment to Christ: The spirituality of Saint Clare as revealed in her letters to Agnes of Prague

20th century, Arts

Gabriele Münter: The Yellow House and Boating

By Maria Villalonga Gabriele Münter’s role in the History of Art is no longer limited to her partnership with Wassily Kandinsky: she is now accepted as an artist in her own right. Das Gelbe Haus and Boating exemplify Münter’s contribution to Art, reflecting both her style and her most intimate concerns. The link between Münter’s… Continue reading Gabriele Münter: The Yellow House and Boating

20th century, Humanities

“At the beginning there was the deed.” Rosa Luxemburg and the Theory of Mass Strike

By Hannah Kuchler   Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg lived her life by this motto, organising, protesting and campaigning for revolution. Not content with founding and leading the Polish Social Democratic party she moved to Germany to be at the industrial heartland of Europe. Fiercely opposed to German militarism, she campaigned for a general strike to… Continue reading “At the beginning there was the deed.” Rosa Luxemburg and the Theory of Mass Strike

Medieval, Science

Hildegard of Bingen

By Sophie Johnston There has been a resurgence of interest in the figure of Hildegard of Bingen, particularly in female religious circles. But despite increased knowledge of her ecstatic religious visions and contribution to medieval music, few are aware that Hildegard also wrote extensively on the subjects of medicine and natural science. These ‘scientific’ works… Continue reading Hildegard of Bingen

20th century, Science

Rosalind Franklin: Beyond the Helix

By Dan Hudson “As a scientist Miss Franklin was distinguished by extreme clarity and perfection in everything she undertook” - J. D. Bernal, Nature 1958 Dr. Rosalind Franklin (1920-58) is famously accredited with the original evidence for the B-DNA double helix (the most common form), a monumentally important revelation which served as the basis for… Continue reading Rosalind Franklin: Beyond the Helix

20th century, Contemporary, Humanities

Morality and Art: the fiction of inescapability

By Clare Barnard Philippa Foot’s academic career has spanned arguably the most changeable time of the twentieth century. She has now returned to Oxford, after being made Griffin Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991. Foot began her studies in a very different world as a PPE student at… Continue reading Morality and Art: the fiction of inescapability

20th century, Science

Jocelyn Bell and the Lighthouses of the Sky

By Maddie Geddes-Barton In 1967 Bell was working on her PhD in astronomical physics: the study of outer space. The specific aim of her research was to test a new radio telescope designed mainly by her supervisor Anthony Hewish. The Cavendish team of astronomers working on the project were specifically interested in searching for quasars.… Continue reading Jocelyn Bell and the Lighthouses of the Sky