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Bodleian Libraries

The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. They include the principal University library-the Bodleian Library-which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major research libraries; and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University. The combined library collections number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 30,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in other formats. The Old Bodleian is also a major visitor attraction, drawing over 300,000 visitors a year. More information about the Bodleian Libraries and their activities can be found at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Series associated with Bodleian Libraries

'Must it be a Man?' Women's contribution to the University of Oxford
A New Power: Photography, 1800-1850
BOOKNESS at the Bodleian Library
Centenary celebration of the first modern Spanish endowment at Oxford
Centre for the Study of the Book
Collecting COVID: Oral Histories
Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures
Designing English: Graphics on the medieval page
History of the Book 2017-2019
Let Us Now Praise Famous Women - Discovering the work of Female Photographers
Literatures of Multilingual Europe
Lyell Lectures
Medieval German Studies
Oxford Kafka24
Oxford Union Library Audio Tour
Oxford Women in Computing: An Oral History
Persian arts of the book conference 13-14 July 2021
Recollecting Oxford Medicine: Oral Histories
Recording the Reformation
Reformation 2017
Researchers at work in Bodleian archives and historic collections
Sheldon Tapestry Maps
Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology Oral Histories
Staging History, 1780 to 1840
Symposium: Agrippa (a book of the dead)
Textiles in Libraries: Context & Conservation series
The Bodleian Libraries (BODcasts)
The Oxford Seminars in Cartography: Women and Maps
The Paratexts Podcast
The UN at 70: witness seminar
Valentine's Day at Oxford
# Episode Title Description People Date
627 Hunger Artistry: Kafka and the Art of Starvation Kafka’s provocative story “The Hunger Artist” explores starvation, art, and the nature of human existence. Experts discuss the story and its reception. Peter Boxall, Ankhi Mukherjee, Meindert Peters, Karen Leeder 10 Jul 2024
626 Modernist Photobooks, Propaganda and the Everyday Associate Professor Donna West Brett gives a lecture on the collection of photobooks donated to the Bodleian Library in 2020 by Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey. Donna West Brett 03 Jul 2024
625 Some generalizations about the shape and geographical spread of Latin textual traditions Episode 4 of the Lyell lectures 2024 delivered by Professor Stephen Oakley. Stephen Oakley 20 Jun 2024
624 What happens when incunables replace manuscripts? Episode 4 of the Lyell lectures 2024 delivered by Professor Stephen Oakley. Stephen Oakley 20 Jun 2024
623 Cross-fertilization and the limits of the genealogical method: the case of Catullus Episode 3 of the Lyell lectures 2024 delivered by Professor Stephen Oakley. Stephen Oakley 20 Jun 2024
622 The transmission of the Corpus Cyprianum and Pontius’ Life of Cyprian Episode 2 of the Lyell lectures 2024 delivered by Professor Stephen Oakley. Stephen Oakley 20 Jun 2024
621 The transmission of Julius Caesar’s Civil War Episode 1 of the Lyell lectures 2024 delivered by Professor Stephen Oakley. Stephen Oakley 18 Jun 2024
620 ‘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
619 Tuberculosis: vaccines, diagnostics and experience  Kafka died in 1924 of tuberculosis, which remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. This talk looks at the various aspects of tuberculosis from candidate vaccines, the role of genetics in TB treatments and the perspective of a patient. Helen McShane, Philip Fowler 12 Jun 2024
618 Oxford Reads Kafka A collective public reading of 'Metamorphosis' to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Franz Kafka’s death. Bringing together literary figures, civic leaders and University academics and students, this event celebrates the power of Kafka’s voice today. Lemn Sissay, Ben Okri, Lisa Appignanesi, Helen McShane 12 Jun 2024
617 'Kafka's Ape' and 'Words and Music' Interview with the creatives behind two shows inspired by Kafka's story 'A Report for an Academy' which explore race, migration, ageing and "humanimal" agency. Ed Gaughan, Karen Leeder, Tony Miyambo, Wes Williams 07 Jun 2024
616 Exploring Chaucer Here and Now In this webinar, Professor Marion Turner introduces some of the themes of Chaucer Here and Now, the exhibition currently on view at the Weston Library. Marion Turner 05 Apr 2024
615 'The hooly blisful martir for to seke' Manuscripts with Chaucer’s pilgrims Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales tell the story of pilgrims 'from every shires ende / Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende’. Experience these journeys, both real and imagined, through medieval manuscripts from the Bodleian collection live under the visualiser. Alison Ray, Andrew Dunning 03 Apr 2024
614 We Rise (Together): Taking and Making Space for BIPOC Book Arts Creatives, Cultures, and Histories Tia Blassingame introduced her work leading the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective (aka Book/Print Collective) and shared methods for supporting and empowering BIPOC book and print artists Tia Blassingame 13 Feb 2024
613 Agrippa Symposium, closing remarks Closing remarks of the symposium and Q&A Jason Scott-Warren 22 Jan 2024
612 Book studies and book-arts In this session, speakers Gill Partington and Russell Maret share their perspectives on the relationship between book studies and book-arts Gill Partington, Russell Maret, Adam Smyth 22 Jan 2024
611 The Transmission event of Agrippa, 9 December 1992 In this session we hear about the original ‘Transmission’ event of Agrippa Lauren Amazeen, Chris Fletcher, John Maxwell Hobbs, Justine Provino 22 Jan 2024
610 Agrippa Scholars Roundtable In this session, scholars discuss their involvement with and research into Agrippa Caroline Bassett, Quinn DuPont, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Alan Liu 22 Jan 2024
609 Hybrid book tour of Agrippa In this session, librarians and archivists from a wide range of international public institutions share their copies of Agrippa Ivy Blackman, Douglas Dodds, Chris Fletcher, Elizabeth James 22 Jan 2024
608 Creative Commons S2 Ep2: BOOKNESS with Kevin Steele BOOKNESS talks to graphic designer and book artist Kevin Steele about his pop-up book ‘The Movable Book of Letterforms’, which is on display in the Bodleian’s exhibition ‘Alphabet’s Alive!’ until the end of January 2024. Alice Evans, Jo Maddocks, Kevin Steele 13 Dec 2023
607 The Dancing Master in Context: Playford’s publishing and music-making in 17th century England In this session, we explore what Playford’s publishing activities can tell us about how music was incorporated into different social environments in seventeenth-century English society and the role music played in peoples lives. Rebecca Herissone, Alice Little, Helen Cook 30 Nov 2023
606 A dance band for Playford? This talk will consider how and why the frontispiece to this edition was different from those in earlier editions and place the image in relation to other images of ballroom dance bands before and after 1728. Jeremy Barlow, Alice Little, Helen Cook 02 Nov 2023
605 S2 Ep1: BOOKNESS with Paul Johnson BOOKNESS talks to book artist Paul Johnson about his pop-up book ‘Dies Natalis’, which was created as a gift to the Bodleian library for the Gifts and Books exhibition. Alice Evans, Jo Maddocks, Paul Johnson 13 Oct 2023
604 Indian Encounters with Early Photography: Camera, Cannon, and the ‘Exhibitionary Complex’ Sean Willcox: Indian Encounters with Early Photography: Camera, Cannon, and the ‘Exhibitionary Complex’ Sean Willcox 20 Aug 2023
603 Materiality and ‘Substance’: Talbot’s experiments in photomechanical printing Francesca Strobino: Materiality and ‘Substance’: Talbot’s experiments in photomechanical printing Francesca Strobino 20 Aug 2023
602 The early history of photography in relation to three notions of “fixity”: chemistry, politics, and meaning Chitra Ramalingam: The early history of photography in relation to three notions of “fixity”: chemistry, politics, and meaning. Chitra Ramalingam 20 Aug 2023
601 Early descriptions of the process of photography Michael Pritchard: Early descriptions of the process of photography. Michael Pritchard 20 Aug 2023
600 The global engagement of two British photographers, James William Newland (1810-57) and Louisa How (1821-93) Elisa deCourcy: The global engagement of two British photographers, James William Newland (1810-57) and Louisa How (1821-93). Elisa deCourcy 20 Aug 2023
599 John Herschel’s earliest photographic trials in 1839 Olena Chervonik: John Herschel’s earliest photographic trials in 1839. Olena Chervonik 20 Aug 2023
598 Photographic images published in books and newspapers show how early British photographers represented racial and class differences in their work Geoffrey Batchen: Photographic images published in books and newspapers show how early British photographers represented racial and class differences in their work Geoffrey Batchen 20 Aug 2023
597 Professor Trudie Lang Georgina Ferry interviews Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health Research and Head of the Global Health Network, 13 April 2023. Trudie Lang, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
596 Siobhan Gardiner Georgina Ferry interviews Siobhan Gardiner, Clinical Research Nurse, 11 April 2023. Siobhan Gardiner, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
595 Professor Sara Khalid Georgina Ferry interviews Sara Khalid, Associate Professor, 31 March 2023. Sara Khalid, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
594 Professor David Eyre Georgina Ferry interviews David Eyre, Professor of Infectious Diseases, 28 March 2023. David Eyre, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
593 Yi-Chun Wang Georgina Ferry interviews Yi-Chun Wang, Research Scientist and PhD Student, 24 March 2023. Yi-Chun Wang, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
592 Dr Claas Kirchhelle Georgina Ferry interviews Claas Kirchhelle, former Honorary Fellow in Vaccine History (Oxford Vaccine Group/Oxford Martin School), 22 March 2023. Claas Kirchhelle, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
591 Elizabeth Stafford Georgina Ferry interviews Elizabeth Stafford, Clinical Research Nurse Manager, 22 March 2023. Elizabeth Stafford, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
590 Sam Foster Georgina Ferry interviews Sam Foster, former Chief Nursing Officer (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust), 22 March 2023. Sam Foster, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
589 Professor Mary Daly Georgina Ferry interviews Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, 20 March 2023. Mary Daly, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
588 Sumali Bajaj Georgina Ferry interviews Sumali Bajaj, DPhil student (Department of Biology), 17 March 2023. Sumali Bajaj, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
587 Dr Andrew Brent Georgina Ferry interviews Andrew Brent, Consultant in Infectious Diseases & General Internal Medicine and Deputy Chief Medical Officer (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), 17 March 2023. Andrew Brent, Georgina Ferry 01 Aug 2023
586 Creative Commons Persian lacquered bookbinding: A journey through its layers and conservation challenges Conservation Scientist Prof. Dr. Mandana Barkeshli looks at lacquered bookbindings made by Persian artisans in the 16th to 19th centuries. Mandana Barkeshli 17 Jul 2023
585 Dr Xin Xu Georgina Ferry interviews Xin Xu, Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) and Junior Research Fellow (Kellogg College), 15 March 2023. Xin Xu, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
584 Professor Kate Orkin Georgina Ferry interviews Kate Orkin, Associate Professor in Economics and Public Policy, 15 March 2023. Kate Orkin, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
583 Professor Daniel Prieto-Alhambra Georgina Ferry interviews Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, Professor of Pharmaco- and Device Epidemiology, 14 March 2023. Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
582 Dr Rajarshi Banerjee Georgina Ferry interviews Rajarshi Banerjee, CEO Perspectum and former student of Oxford Medical School, 14 March 2023. Rajarshi Banerjee, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
581 Tony Brett Georgina Ferry interviews Tony Brett, Director of Medical Sciences Division IT Services, 28 February 2023. Tony Brett, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
580 Professor Sheetal Silal Georgina Ferry interviews Sheetal Silal, Associate Professor (Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town) and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in Tropical Disease Modelling (Nuffield Department of Medicine), 28 February 2023. Sheetal Silal, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
579 Dr Ane Ogbe Georgina Ferry interviews Ane Ogbe, former Senior Immunologist (Frater Lab) and Group Leader (Evox Therapeutics), 23 Febrauary 2023. Ane Ogbe, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
578 Professor Nicole Zitzmann Georgina Ferry interviews Nicole Zitzmann, Professor of Virology and Principal Investigator (Department of Biochemistry), 22 February 2023. Nicole Zitzmann, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
577 Dr Chia Chen (Jane) Hsu Georgina Ferry interviews Chia Chen (Jane) Hsu, Chief Operating Officer (SimCell) and former postdoctoral researcher (Institute of Biomedical Engineering), 20 February 2023. Chia Chen (Jane) Hsu, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
576 Chris Price Georgina Ferry interviews Chris Price, Divisional Registrar and Chief Operating Officer for Medical Sciences, 8 February 2023. Chris Price, Georgina Ferry 05 Jul 2023
575 Creative Commons Analysis of Pigments on Painted Byzantine and Japanese Manuscripts An introduction to the analysis of painted Byzantine and Japanese manuscripts by the Bodleian Libraries' new Heritage Scientist. Kate Fulcher 04 Jul 2023
574 Daniel Meadows - 50 years of The Free Photographic Omnibus Daniel Meadows is a pioneer of contemporary British documentary practice. A photographer, documentarian and digital storyteller. He returns to the Bodleian library to muse on his life and archive and the power of photography. Daniel Meadows 27 Jun 2023
573 Queer Bibliography: A Discussion What is queer bibliography? How does it intersect with other critical bibliographies, (feminist, Black and liberation bibliography)? How does it relate to traditional bibliographic practice? What opportunities might queer methods and approaches provide? Sarah Pyke, James Sargan, Adam Smyth 26 Jun 2023
572 The New Nature of the Book: Publishing and Printing in the Post-Digital Era In this lecture, Matthew Kirschenbaum considers textual stability, a concern of publishers and readers since before the advent of printing, in the post-digital era. Matthew Kirschenbaum 13 Jun 2023
571 Professor Brian Marsden Georgina Ferry interviews Brian Marsden, Associate Professor for Data Management and Research Informatics, 3 February 2023. Brian Marsden, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
570 Omar El Muhanna Georgina Ferry interviews Omar El Muhanna, Senior Operations Manager (Clinical BioManufacturing Facility), 2 February 2023. Omar El Muhanna, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
569 Dr Alex Mentzer Georgina Ferry interviews Alex Mentzer, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, 25 January 2023. Alex Mentzer, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
568 Dr Lennard Lee Georgina Ferry interviews Lennard Lee, Academic Clinical Lecturer and Medical Oncologist, 19 January 2023. Lennard Lee, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
567 Dr Helen Salisbury Georgina Ferry interviews Helen Salisbury, GP and Senior Medical Education Fellow, 19 January 2023. Helen Salisbury, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
566 Professor Neelika Malavige Georgina Ferry interviews Neelika Malavige, Academic Visitor and Professor (University of Sri Jayewardenepura), 18 January 2023. Neelika Malavige, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
565 Dr Edward O'Neill Georgina Ferry interviews Edward O'Neill, Postdoctoral Researcher (Department of Oncology) and vaccine volunteer, 12 January 2023. Edward O'Neill, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
564 Dr Emma Flint Georgina Ferry interviews Emma Flint, former medical student (Oxford Medical School), 5 January 2023. Emma Flint, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
563 Professor Stanley Ulijaszek Georgina Ferry interviews Stanley Ulijaszek, Professor of Human Ecology, 15 December 2022. Stanley Ulijaszek, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
562 Dr Thomas Kirk Georgina Ferry interviews Thomas Kirk, Former DPhil student (Biomedical Engineering), conducted by Georgina Ferry, 6 December 2022. Thomas Kirk, Georgina Ferry 12 Jun 2023
561 Shaping legacies Lecture 5 of the 2023 Lyell lecture series Ann M Blair 01 Jun 2023
560 Complicating attributions Lecture 4 of the 2023 Lyell lecture series Ann M Blair 01 Jun 2023
559 Mechanical and intellectual Lecture 3 of the 2023 Lyell lecture series Ann M Blair 01 Jun 2023
558 Invisible and visible Lecture 2 of the 2023 Lyell lecture series Ann M Blair 01 Jun 2023
557 Amanuenses in the longue durée Lecture 1 of the 2023 Lyell lecture series Ann M Blair 01 Jun 2023
556 Dr Sile Johnson Georgina Ferry interviews Sile Johnson, former medical student (Oxford Medical School), 15 December 2022. Sile Johnson, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
555 Dr Cristian Roman Georgina Ferry interviews Cristian Roman, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 14 December 2022. Cristian Roman, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
554 Dr Andrew Kwok Georgina Ferry interviews Andrew Kwok, Former PhD student (Functional Genomics in Sepsis), 3 December 2022. Andrew Kwok, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
553 Dr Janelle Winters Georgina Ferry interviews Janelle Winters, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Faculty of History), 2 December 2022. Janelle Winters, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
552 Emma Bolam Georgina Ferry interviews Emma Bolam, Head of Production (Clinical BioManufacturing Facility), 24 November 2022. Emma Bolam, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
551 Professor Matthew Snape Georgina Ferry interviews Matthew Snape, Visiting Professor (University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics), 22 November 2022 matthew snape, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
550 Dr Stephanie Tierney Georgina Ferry interviews Stephanie Tierney, Health Services Researcher, Departmental Lecturer, 15 November 2022. Stephanie Tierney, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
549 Dr Marion Watson Georgina Ferry interviews Marion Watson, Head of Operations, Clinical Trials (Jenner Institute), 14 November 2022. Marion Watson, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
548 Dr Raha West Georgina Ferry interviews Raha West, Principal Investigator on the RECOVERY Trial, 10 November 2022. Raha West, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
547 Dr Annette von Delft Georgina Ferry interviews Annette von Delft, Translational Scientist (Centre for Medicines Discovery), 16 June 2022. Annette von Delft, Georgina Ferry 22 May 2023
546 What is Photography For? Social documentary photographer Jim Mortram and photographer and publisher Craig Atkinson ponder why should we care about photography? Why take photographs? Why preserve them. Helen Cooke, Jim Mortram, Craig Atkinson 05 May 2023
545 Making wood type then and now Thomas Gravemaker explores the history of wood type printing as well as his own recent manufacture using digital design and a CNC router. Thomas Gravemaker 19 Apr 2023
544 Modern Times: Photography in Britain 1800–1850 Geoffrey Batchen explores the first fifty years of photography in Britain. Geoffrey Batchen 06 Apr 2023
543 Professor José Villar Georgina Ferry interviews José Villar, Professor of Perinatal Medicine, 8 November 2022. José Villar, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
542 Dr Adam Ritchie Georgina Ferry interviews Adam Ritchie, Senior Vaccine Programme Manager, 31 October 2022. Adam Ritchie, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
541 Professor Martin Landray Georgina Ferry interviews Sir Martin Landray, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, 27 October 2022. Martin Landray, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
540 Professor Richard Cornall Georgina Ferry interviews Richard Cornall, Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, 26 October 2022. Richard Cornall, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
539 Professor Marian Knight Georgina Ferry interviews Marian Knight, Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, 13 October 2022. Marian Knight, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
538 Tracey Mustoe Georgina Ferry interviews Tracey Mustoe, University Biological Safety Officer, 21 September 2022. Tracey Mustoe, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
537 Professor John Bell (part three) Georgina Ferry interviews Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, 21 September 2022. John Bell, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
536 Professor Lisa White Georgina Ferry interviews Lisa White, Professor of Modelling in Epidemiology at the Big Data Institute, 13 September 2022. Lisa White, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
535 Dr Max Roser Georgina Ferry interviews Max Roser, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development, 2 September 2022. Max Roser, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
534 Dr Carina Joe Georgina Ferry interviews Carina Joe, Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Vaccine Development, 1 September 2022. Carina Joe, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
533 Professor William James Georgina Ferry interviews William James, Professor of Virology, 18 August 2022. William James, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
532 Professor Alain Townsend Georgina Ferry interviews Alain Townsend, Professor of Molecular Immunology, 16 August 2022. Alain Townsend, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
531 Professor John Bell (part two) Georgina Ferry interviews Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine, 28 April 2022. John Bell, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
530 Professor Aris Katzourakis Georgina Ferry interviews Aris Katzourakis, Professor of Evolution and Genomics, 27 January 2022. Aris Katzourakis, Georgina Ferry 30 Mar 2023
529 ARCHiOX - Seeing the Unseen in Bodleian Collections A research collaboration between the Bodleian Libraries and the Factum Foundation John Barrett, Adam Lowe, Jorge Cano, Andrew Irving 17 Feb 2023
528 Professor Lucie Cluver Georgina Ferry interviews Lucie Cluver, Professor of Child and Family Social Work, 7 July 2022. Lucie Cluver, Georgina Ferry 04 Jan 2023