A delegation of Ertegun scholars headed to the Ashmolean on Friday 27th January for a handling session with artefacts from the exhibition Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural. Most of use had already found time to explore the show, which addressed a range of material practices used in an Islamic context to ensure supernatural protection […]

‘We are going to the Oxford University Press Museum’: to what will it be devoted? To the history of book printing? To notable titles issued by OUP? To fine specimens of the art of pressing (flower presses, clothes presses, impressment gangs)? Though a preserved and fully operational impressment gang would have provided a more holistic […]

Un Roman Étranger What is a residence permit? A short-lived identity document or a pretext to write a novel? How to depict the administrative chaos, the continuous coming and going, the unbearable tension and the long wait to renew one’s residence permit? The narrator, an exiled stranger in a European capital, struggles to renew his […]

Mrs Mica Ertegun has been made an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), an award conferred by HM The Queen for her services to philanthropy, education, and British-American cultural relations. The award recognises Mrs Ertegun’s support for humanities postgraduate education in the UK, in particular her establishment of the Mica […]

Between Claire Foy’s Elizabeth II, Jenna Coleman’s Victoria, Damian Lewis’s Henry VIII, and the horde of kings—would-be, has-been, or regnant—on The Hollow Crown, our screens are crowded with British monarchs of every era. At the end of January, the Ertegun Scholars had the opportunity to witness the rise and fall (mostly the latter) of a […]

At the end of January, the Ertegun House hosted “In Search of the Golden Fleece. Linguistic and Cultural Interactions between Greece and the Ancient Near East”, a two-day international conference co-funded by Ertegun House, St Hilda’s College and the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. This interdisciplinary seminar featured eleven invited world-renowned specialists from European […]

First year Scholar Mayowa Ajibade reports on the Inaugural Ertegun House Seminar in the Humanities. Wole Soyinka’s visit to the Ertegun House, on October 20, 2016, was one of the liveliest episodes of my first term as a student at Oxford. Following the inaugural Ertegun House Seminar in the Humanities, where the Director and Elleke […]