Monthly Archives: May 2014

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebrations!

On 26 April, a sizeable contingent of Ertegun Scholars piled into a private coach, headed directly to Stratford-upon-Avon; still slightly sleepy, we wended our way through the gentle hills of the Costwolds, admiring the yellow fields and the lush spring greenery. In all honesty, we could not have asked for better weather to fete the […]

Cezanne Private View at the Ashmolean Museum

On March 24, we were fortunate to receive a much-needed break from the post-term flurry of work, escaping to late 19th-century Europe in a viewing of the Ashmolean Museum’s Cézanne and the Modern exhibition. Leaving Ertegun House, we arrived at the Ashmolean for a reception held in the sumptuous Mica and Ahmet Ertegun East Meets […]

Interpreting Experience – Experiencing Interpretation

In close co-operation with the St Benet’s Hall, the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities hosted the international and interdisciplinary conference Interpreting Experience – Experiencing Interpretation: Im/Possibilities of a Hermeneutics of Religious Experience, 3-6 April 2014. Funded by Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung, the conference engaged about 50 scholars from Europe, the UK and […]

The Vanity of Small Differences

With Hilary Term recently ended, the Ertegun Scholars left Oxford behind for a day-trip to Birmingham, where we visited Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry’s exhibition, ‘The Vanity of Small Differences”. The exhibition is the fruit of Perry’s travels through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells, and the Cotswolds, where he spent time meeting and speaking to people from the working, […]

Tamsin Waley-Cohen performs Mozart’s Turkish Concerto

And so it came to pass that, on a mild spring’s day, a clutch of Ertegun Scholars ventured out of Oxford, directly through the Cotswolds, and towards the green-grey pastures of the Midlands. Welcome, the breeze whispered, to the birthplace of the industrial revolution; to the historic core of Britain’s wartime efforts; to the largest […]

Embodied Cognition and Theological Methodology.

On Wednesday 7 May Ertegun Scholar Tobias Tan presented work related to his dissertation to the weekly Ertegun reading group. His thesis seeks to deploy recent scientific insights into the embodied nature of cognition to re-evaluate theological methodology. According to the classical Anselmian definition, theology is ‘faith seeking understanding’. This has typically been taken to […]

Hedonism Conference

Hedonism Conference 6-7 March 2014 Hedonists about well-being believe that the extent to which a person’s life goes well is determined by the balance of the enjoyable over the unpleasant experiences she undergoes over the course of her life. Although the theory has played a central role throughout history, it fell out of fashion in […]