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1 ‘Franz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’: Insects and Disgust and Repulsion’ Franz Kafka exploited people’s disgust at insects as his protagonist, Greger Samsa, was transformed into a giant insect. Is this disgust innate, widely shared or justified and what are the consequences for our treatment of insects? Liam Crowley, Rosemary Gillespie, Clair Linzey, Geraldine Wright 12 Jun 2024
2 Kafka and Illness Using Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" as a starting point, this memoir of MS examines a range of lives and works to think through how illness challenges identity and how literature can help find a way through. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Karen Leeder 03 Jun 2024
3 Inspiring love for insects with Dino Martins In this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to Kenyan entomologist Dino Martins about his passion for insects, the importance of art, and his work engaging farmers in conservation. Dino Martins, Sofia Castello y Tickell, Julia Migne 16 Aug 2021
4 Creative Commons Much ado about mothing Dedicated to moths, this episode explores how and why these unsung heroes deserve more attention. Lindsay Turnbull, Doug Boyes, Ben Sheldon 30 Jun 2020
5 Creative Commons All that glitters Find out how birds, insects and plants exploit iridescence. Lindsay Turnbull 04 Jun 2020
6 Creative Commons Garden Safari: The Bug Five! Did you know that just five groups of insects dominate your garden? And can you tell the difference between bugs and beetles? Lindsey Turnbull 12 May 2020
7 Creative Commons Hot as mustard In this episode we look closely at Garlic mustard or Jack-by-the-hedge, a very common plant throughout the UK. Lindsay Turnbull 04 May 2020
8 What do water striders have in common with Game of Thrones? On this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Question’s podcast we visited Dr Jennifer Perry, evolutionary biologist and entomologist to ask: What do water striders have in common with Game of Thrones? Listen here to find out…. Jennifer Perry 17 Apr 2018
9 What would life be like if Parasitoid Wasps didn’t exist? Our Festive episode of our Oxford Sparks podcast follows the traditional Christmas story of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Christopher Jeffs 14 Dec 2016