Dr Jessica Goodman and Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr to take part in Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival 2017

Dr Jessica Goodman and Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr to take part in Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival 2017

Taking place on 29th September, Oxford's Curiosity Carnival will join hundreds of other European cities in celebrating European Researchers' Night, an evening of events dedicated to explaining research through fun, interactive learning. The Curiosity Carnival offers a chance to find out what research is really all about, meet researches, ask questions and discover how research affects and changes our lives.

As a part of the event, Dr Jessica Goodman, our Fellow and Tutor in French, along with her colleague Dr Helen Swift, Associate Professor of Medieval French and Fellow of St Hilda’s College, will be running You Are What You Leave, an interactive stall at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Bringing together their shared interest in the relationship between death, posterity and human identity, Drs Swift and Goodman aim to consider the composition of identity through objects. At the Curiosity Carnival, they aim to engage the public in discussion about how someone is defined and remembered when they die by the remains of their possessions.

Speaking about the event, Dr Goodman said ‘It’s so exciting to know that we’re part of this enormous showcase of all the fantastic research being done across the University – and to be flying the flag for Catz and for Modern Languages! I can’t wait to hear what the people who visit our stall have to say.’

You can also learn about ‘killer germs, superbugs, pestilent plagues and global pandemics’ in a collaboration between Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, our Fellow and Tutor in English, Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Professor of English Literature and Fellow of St Anne’s College, and Chipping Norton Theatre.

The session, entitled The Contagion Cabaret will be held at the Pitt Rivers Museum and offers the opportunity to join a cast of actors, scientist and literary researchers for an inventive illustration of infectious extracts from plays and music, past and present.

The night is a huge festival of curiosity - a city-wide programme of activities across the University of Oxford’s museums, libraries, gardens and woods. There will be a wide range of activities for all ages and interests, most of which are free of charge. Find out more here.