Selina Siak, former Fellow, publishes new book

When the Future Comes too Soon

Selina Siak, who was an Atlas Research Fellow at St Catherine’s from 1989 to 1992, has published her second novel. The book is called When the Future Comes too Soon (AmazonCrossing, 2017) and follows her critically acclaimed debut, The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds, which was published last year. Selina’s writing has been likened to Amy Tan, Pearl S Buck and Arthur Golden, and When the Future Comes Too Soon is an intensely emotional story, blending an exotic setting with eternal questions of life, love and loss that cross cultures and time.

Professor Philip Torr features on BBC Horizon

St Catz are proud to see our very own Professor Philip Torr appearing on a fascinating BBC documentary about driverless cars. Being at the forefront of research in Computer Vision, an intriguing area of AI technology, his contribution to this exciting project cannot go unacknowledged.

Announcing the Maison Française/St Catherine's College Visiting Fellows in Modern and Medieval Languages

St Catherine’s is pleased to announce that from Michaelmas 2017, the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages will welcome the first Maison Française/St Catherine's College Visiting Fellows in Modern and Medieval Languages. They will lecture in the Faculty, be housed at the Maison Française Oxford (MFO) and be Research Associates at the College. The MFO was founded as a research institute after the end of the Second World War as a way to maintain links with French universities and encourage Franco-British academic collaborations.

Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy

Professor Sheryll Cashin (1984, Law)

Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy (Beacon, 2017)

This book was released in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down bans on interracial marriage. In it Cashin explores the history and future of interracial intimacy and its potential impact on American culture and politics.

Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Dr Michael Vatikiotis (1980, Anthropology & Geography)

Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017)

‘The gun is never far removed from the political arena in Southeast Asia,’ writes Michael Vatikiotis in his part memoir and part political study of the dynamics of modern Southeast Asia, a frontline of two of the most important global conflicts: the struggle between a declining West and a rising China, and that between religious tolerance and extremism.

Bird's Milk

Jana Bakunina (1999, Economics & Management)

Bird's Milk (Matador, 2017)

In Bird’s Milk, Jana Bakunina tells the story of her childhood in the Soviet Union from the early days of perestroika to the collapse of the USSR, offering a unique insight into the lives of ordinary Russians. Bird’s Milk reveals a period of turbulent political and economic changes but also a heart-warming world of blini and pelmeni, weekends spent at the family dacha and summer camps on the Black Sea.

Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer

Professor David Mabberley (1967, Botany)

Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer (NewSouth Publishing, 2017)

Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. This fascinating new study of Bauer’s work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia. Written by one of the world’s foremost botanical scholars, Painting by Numbers reveals Bauer’s innovative colour-coding technique for the first time.

Catz Glory in Summer Eights 17

We are pleased to report that another Summer Eights campaign brought blades home for two Catz crews. From Wednesday to Saturday, the sun shone, the crowds cheered, and 5 Catz crews took on the eights challenge, with both M1 and M2 bumping every day to earn blades, the first time both men’s crews have done so since 1982. The M3 squad also secured a bump on the final day, bumping New III and finishing a place up from where they started.


Despite its modern foundation, St. Catherine’s College has an important Archive, which is looked after by Barbara Costa, College Archivist, on two afternoons per week, currently Monday and Wednesday between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. The role of the College Archive is to preserve a record of the life of the College – both an institutional record, and a less formal picture of the life of the College community. The Archive contains a small number of records related to the Delegacy and a larger number related to the foundation of the College, in addition to administrative records. There is a variety of media, primarily paper, but also videos and cassettes, photographs, slides, paintings, and sporting memorabilia. It receives external enquiries, currently between 20 and 30 per year, which are usually either about the architecture, or family history. In addition to administrative documents, the Archive primarily collects material relating to students, events in college, and commentary on the architecture. Developing and expanding the archives is one of the Archivist’s priorities at present, as is the preservation or copying of material in formats that are rapidly becoming obsolete, like VHS, audio cassettes and reel tapes.

For enquiries and appointments, contact:

Barbara Costa, College Archivist

01865 (2)81588 (Monday and Wednesday 2.30pm-5.30pm)

 Celebration dinner 1931- St. Catherine’s Society   
 Jacobsen telegram
  Student publication, The Wheel

Some projects:

2013, 2016
"Keep the Damned Women Out":  The Struggle for Coeducation, by Nancy Weiss Malkiel Professor of History Princeton University, published in 2016.

Keep the Damned Women Out

The Archives provided Professor Malkiel with copies of written records and photographs related to the co-education at St. Catherine’s from 1974,  with respect to the discussions and debates that led up to the decision, as well as to the arrival of women students and their subsequent integration into the academic and non-academic life of the college. 

Community project '66 Men of Grandpont', researching the lives of men on the first world war memorial in St  Matthew's Church in Grandpont, Oxford.

66 Men of Grandpond 

The Archives provided Liz Wolley and Emma Hill with records and photographs about Ernest William Brooks, one of the many students matriculated with the Delegacy of Non-Collegiate students, later St. Catherine’s Society and then St. Catherine’s College, dramatically affected by the war.


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