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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, Natalya Din-Kariuki, and Julia Hartley brings together participants from disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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

We also host a blog and a series of podcast managed by our Podcast Co-ordinator Kira Allmann, which can be accessed through the University Podcast Channel here and on SoundCloud here

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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