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Early Career Opportunity: TALKING OBJECTS



 Expressions of interest are sought from Early Career Researchers (including MPhil and DPhil students) to deliver gallery talks on an object or objects of their choice in the following upcoming exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum:

Antinous: boy made god and No Offence: Exploring LGBTQ+ Histories in Gallery 8 (Lower Ground) which open from 25th September 2018 and lasts throughout Michaelmas term.

Further details on Antinous: boy made god  here and No Offence: Exploring LGBTQ+ Histories here

This is a chance to showcase your research to a public audience in the Ashmolean’s recently re-developed Gallery 8.

The talks will be featured in the Ashmolean’s What’s On Guide and visitors will be able to book in advance to attend

Themes might include (but are not exhaustive!):

LGBTQ+ Histories

The Sexual Offences Act and its legacy

Gender Diversity

Queer studies

Classical reception in 18th-21st C

The reception of Antinous’s cult worship

What to expect:

 - Working with another Early Career Researcher, you will design and deliver a research-based talk together lasting approximately 20 minutes (with 5-10 minutes for questions)

 - There will be a maximum of 6 pairs (12 researchers in total)

- You will be requested to choose one or two objects on display in Gallery 8 to anchor your research topic

-The talks will be delivered in the gallery next to the objects, to approx. 15 members of the public (no PowerPoint)


- You will deliver your talk at least twice (depending on your schedule) over the course of the exhibition, during the Ashmolean’s normal working hours (10-5pm)

-You will be asked to attend at least three preparation meetings with the Ashmolean team, where presentation training and research planning assistance will be given

 Key Dates:

-Deadline for expression of interest: 13th July 2018

- Chosen tour guides will be selected: 20th July

-Preparation Meeting 1: 24th September 11am-12.30pm

-Meeting 2: 1st October 11-12.30pm

-Meeting 3: 8th October 11-12.30pm

-from 15th October- BEGIN TALKING OBJECTS


If this opportunity is of interest, please sign up here by 13th July 2018.

If this opportunity isn’t for you, but you would like to be put on the Ashmolean’s Early Career mailing list for similar opportunities in the future, please sign up here.

Image: Researcher Aisha Mazin Stoby giving a gallery talk in the Ashmolean’s Egypt Gallery 27. Photo by: IWPhotographic