St Anne’s Gaudy (part of the University of Oxford’s “Meeting Minds” Weekend)

Thank you to everyone who has booked to attend an element of the 2023 St Anne’s Gaudy, part of the University of Oxford’s ‘Meeting Minds’ weekend. A full programme of the Gaudy is below. Please do visit the Porter’s Lodge upon arrival where a member of the Development Team will be on hand to check you in, provide you with a name badge and give you directions:


– 12pm: SAS AGM guest speaker, Birtan Demirel MA MSc : Spread the Word: Eliminating Stammering during Presentations‘. As a person who stammers, I developed a method last year, and since then I have delivered my public speeches without stammering, using this method. We are collecting data on this method during the summer to assess its effectiveness for others who stammer. Therefore, I expect to have ample data to present to the alumnae at that time. I hope this will ultimately benefit millions of people who stammer worldwide.

– 2pm: Gaudy lecture given by Professor Tim Schwanen‘Changing Urban Transport: Why Oxford and Other UK Cities Are Experimenting With Controversial Policies’Tim’s research concentrates on the geographies of the everyday mobilities of people, goods and information. It is international in outlook, interdisciplinary in scope, informed by the thinking in various sub-disciplines within Geography, and organised around five more general concerns: Low-carbon mobilities and cities – innovation and experimentation, transformations, politics and governance, justice; Futures and temporality – sociotechnical transitions, path dependency, habit, rhythm, resilience, vulnerability; Social and spatial inequality – age, gender, the role of mobility and infrastructure; Well-being – conceptualisations, relationships with mobility and place, politics; Philosophy of transport and mobility – history of thought and praxis, new concepts and modes of thinking.

– 5pm: Gaudy lecture given by Dr Tinashe Mushakavanhu : ‘Seeking the Cosmic Secrets’. In this talk I will present my journey as a researcher and the purpose of the work I do on African literary cultures. My work exists in the cracks between creative and critical methods, and writing genres, in order to imaginatively reconfigure the strictures that conventionally separate the poetic and the theoretical. The desire for this mode of thinking was born out of an uncomfortable tension with the authoritarian politics of my home country, Zimbabwe, an environment which made it difficult to be fully expressive as an intellectual and writer. But here I am in Oxford in pursuit of knowledge.

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