2023 Octavia Elfrida Saunders Memorial Lecture Announced for 23rd March

21 March 2023

This lecture will draw on Dr Janina Ramirez’s (Reader in Art History, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford) best-selling book, Femina, to ask the question: can rediscovering women of the medieval period help shape how we see the present, and build a better future? Through close examination of artworks, archaeological discoveries, texts and archives, Janina will show how our perception of nearly 1000 years of history has shaped modern attitudes towards gender. Ranging from Britain to Poland, individuals like Hildegard of Bingen, King Jadwiga and the Birka Warrior Woman will reveal a new Middle Ages, rich in individualism, creativity, and diversity.

The Saunders lecture will take place in School 3 on the 23rd March at 6pm.