Academic Staff

Book a place at the next Degree Day

We have a few spaces left at the Degree Day on Saturday 4 June for any alumni who have not yet had their degree conferred at a ceremony. If you would like to attend you would be required to be at the College for 11.00am and you can bring up to three guests. There is an optional lunch for you and your guests before the ceremony in the afternoon.

St Catz Alumni recognised with CBE and Q.C. honours

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the UK Economy and Sustainability.

Vivienne is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, she managed the development of new business in Central and Eastern Europe, before pulling together all of BP’s trading activities into a single organisation which she led until 2006.

Amanda Power

BA Sydney, MA Oxf, PhD Camb

Teaching

I teach British and European medieval history, concentrating on the period from 1000-1400, but also European history from late antiquity. I have considerable experience teaching aspects of medieval ‘global’ history, particularly the crusades and the Mongol empire.

About me

I was educated at the University of Sydney and Cambridge University. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, at the University of Sheffield, before arriving at St Catherine’s and the History Faculty in 2015.

Research

I am an historian of the religious, intellectual and cultural life of medieval Europe, with a particular interest in how it was shaped by engagement with the wider world. My first monograph, Roger Bacon and the Defence of Christendom (Cambridge University Press,  2012), was a revisionist study of the English Franciscan, Roger Bacon, his reform programme and his environment.

I am currently working on questions concerning the relations between religion, power and the construction of public rationality, principally through a study of the functioning of the early English Franciscans, but also through a series of articles on Europeans in the Mongol empire. A second, collaborative, project explores what it might mean for societies to conceive of themselves ‘globally’ in the medieval period, and what impact such a view of medieval thought might have on our current understanding of ‘globalisation’ as a specific historical process or a quality of modernity.

I have appeared on Radio 4’s In Our Time and contributed to Lapham’s Quarterly.

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/faculty/staff/profile/power/index.html

 and at https://oxford.academia.edu/AmandaPower

Graduate supervision

I have supervised doctoral research on a range of topics exploring intellectual, religious and community life between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. I would welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in later medieval thought, the religious orders, expansion of European horizons, inter-faith relations and ecclesiastical history.

Sullivan Fellow and Tutor in History
Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History

Catz Exchange Conference

Following on from a highly successful inaugural CatzExchange Conference in February 2015, which brought together over fifty Catz undergraduates, graduates and Fellows, the Catz Exchange conference will take place on Thursday 25th February 2016 (6th week) 3pm-6pm, followed by dinner in hall.
 
A bit of background about CatzExchange:
 

Apply for the Nick Young Award

The Nick Young Award offers a grant of £3,600 to a member or alumnus of St Catz for the purpose of undertaking a 9-week work experience placement from Monday 7 May 2018 to Friday 6 July 2018 with Director’s Cut Productions in London. The successful applicant will be part of the production team of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards – please see this flyer for more information.

Professor Eleanor Stride gains Red Women Award

Professor Eleanor Stride has been named as one of Red Magazine’s Women of the Year for her work on using tiny bubbles to improve the delivery of cancer treatment.

As a part scientist and part engineer, Professor Stride's work has the potential to change lives, by making better use of chemotherapy drugs to change the way cancer is treated.

Buy the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

You can still buy your copy of the 2016 Oxford Almanack!

It is only the second time in the Oxford Almanack's 340-year history that St Catz has been featured and this time it is portrayed in a beautiful painting by Cathy Read. The remainder of the sheet consists of a calendar for the year, which also includes information relevant to the university, as well as, for instance, sunrise and sunset times. Our inclusion in this year's Almanack will, in years to come, mark an important milestone in St Catz history and is a real tribute to the College community.

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Professor David Womersley granted D.Litt

The Master (reading the relevant Latin from inside his mortar board) presented Professor David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature, for the degree of D.Litt in the Sheldonian Theatre.
Professor Womersley works on English literature from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries, with a special focus on historical writing and a particular interest in Edward Gibbon. 

Catz Fellow speaks at V&A Friday Late

Catz Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Dr Ben Bollig, took part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event ‘Journeys from the South’ on 31 July 2015.

The July Friday Late event focused on Argentina, specifically the tradition of craftsmanship there, and how this has influenced the country’s contemporary art and design. In addition to a tapestry installation, there were a variety of events celebrating Argentina’s design, art, and music.

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