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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 interdisciplinary project was founded in 2016 and is now led by Adele Bardazzi, Alberica Bazzoni, Natalya Din-Kariuki, and Julia Hartley. We host seminars on a bi-termly basis featuring presentations of research in progress from scholars from Humanities and Social Sciences and from both within and outside the University of Oxford.

We also host a series of podcast produced by our Podcast Co-ordinator Kira Allmann, which can be accessed through the University Podcast site here and on SoundCloud here. All Network’s communications are managed by Vittoria Fallanca, our Communication Officer. Marzia D’Amico co-ordinates all our social media platforms. We also host a blog here.

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