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Gender and Authority

The Gender and Authority project, jointly supported by TORCH and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute, aims to explore and question received notions of social and cultural authority, specifically as they intersect with issues of gender. Provoked initially by the idea of the canon, ‘the list of works considered to be permanently established as being of the highest quality’ (OED), we wish to consider three points: how do social and gender norms determine ‘quality’? How permanent is authority? What is ‘work’? We propose an expansive definition of work that includes all forms of cultural production, individual or collaborative. We also seek to examine spaces in which gender, as it intersects with other vectors of power, has led to the marginalisation of intellectual and artistic creation or labour. This project, led by Adele Bardazzi, David Bowe, Natalya Din-Kariuki, and Julia Hartley will bring together participants from disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

We will be hosting seminars on a bi-termly basis featuring presentations of research in progress from scholars both within and outside the University of Oxford.

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We also host a blog and a series of podcast which can be found on the Gender & Authority website.

This TORCH Network is also supported by the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute (BII). Click here to find out more about the BII.

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