Dr Julia Hartley became interested in questions of gender and artistic authority when writing her D.Phil. thesis on literary vocation in Dante's Divine Comedy and Proust's In Search of Lost Time, in which she highlighted the gendered nature of both protagonists' journeys to literary creation. In 2015 she initiated the Women and the Canon conference project, which would later lead to the creation of the Gender and Authority research network, which she steers with Adele Bardazzi and Natalya Din Kariuki. She has devoted an article to female creativity in Proust ('Is Odette an Artist?' French Studies 70.3, 2016). From October she will be devoting herself full time to studying Persian and researching a new project on Iran in French nineteenth-century literature as a Laming Fellow.