Notices

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INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

On the recommendation of the Anthropology and Geography Board, the General Board has appointed P.G. RIVIÈRE, B.LITT., MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of Linacre College and Professor of Social Anthropology, as deputy to D.J. Parkin, MA, Fellow of All Souls and Professor of Social Anthropology, as Head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology for Michaelmas Term 1998, during which Professor Parkin will be on sabbatical leave.

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ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

On the recommendation of the Visitors of the Ashmolean Museum, the General Board has appointed N.J. MAYHEW, MA, Fellow of St Cross College, Senior Assistant Keeper, and Reader in Numismatics, to be Acting Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room for the period from 1 October 1998 to 30 September 1999.

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DASTURZADA DR JAL PAVRY MEMORIAL PRIZE

The Prize has been awarded to CHRISTOPHER JONES, St Antony's College.

Proxime accessit: KONSTANTINOS MAGLIVERAS, Exeter College

Honourable mention: CAROLINE LOMBARDO, Balliol College

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BAPSYBANOO MARCHIONESS OF WINCHESTER PRIZE

The Prize has been awarded to DAVID MALONE, Magdalen College.

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CITY CENTRE TRAFFIC

This notice summarises recent city centre traffic developments.

Members of the University will be aware that proposals to effect a new transport strategy in Oxford were the subject of public inquiry in January and February this year. The strategy involves, for at least the greater part of each day, the pedestrianisation of Cornmarket and closure to through traffic (with the exception of buses, cycles, and taxis) of High Street and St Aldate's; other restrictions for virtually all other streets in the locale are necessary to enforce the main elements. The University had objected to the proposed closure to the High Street unless some restrictions were placed on the flow of traffic through the Science Area (i.e. between the High Street--Longwall Street and Parks Road--Banbury Road junctions); there were, of course, many other objectors to and supporters of the proposals. The reporting inspector concluded that the benefits of implementing the proposals for the general public outweighed the disadvantages for individual objectors, and the latest information is that Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are hoping to implement the proposals by April 1999.

Because the University's objections were not upheld at the inquiry, advice on the possibility of challenging the inspector's ruling was sought. In the light of this advice no further objections have been raised with the local authorities. Instead, members of the working party charged with advising Council on the Oxford Transport Strategy have engaged in fruitful discussions with officers of the local authorities on design improvements to the Science Area route, on the assessment of the impact on the route of the city-wide changes, and on remedial action which will be taken if any one of congestion, pollution, or accident rate increases to the detriment of people who live and work in the area. Proposed design improvements to the route include the introduction of new pedestrian crossings, speed cushions, mandatory cycle lanes (where possible), and traffic signals at the South Parks Road--Parks Road junction; some of the proposals require formal consultation, and a public exhibition is expected to be held about mid-November. With regard to impact assessment, pollution monitors have been in place for some time along the route and will continue to provide data, and traffic surveys will be conducted before and after implementation of the city-wide changes to enable the preparation of a report a year or so after the changes have been introduced. The University has received assurances about the action the local authorities will take should the changes have an unacceptable impact, and Council's working party will keep a watching brief both on the monitoring arrangements and on future developments.

Any queries arising from this notice should be directed to Mr C.E. Willis, University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70193, e-mail: chris.willis@admin.ox.ac.uk).

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INSTITUTE FOR CHINESE STUDIES

Chinese classes for members of the University

Non-intensive classes in Chinese at beginners and intermediate levels for members of the University will be held at the following times in the Oriental Institute (Lecture Room 2): beginners, 5–6 p.m. on Mondays; intermediate, 5–6 p.m. on Wednesdays. The tutor will be Song Yang, Instructor in Chinese, Institute for Chinese Studies.

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CIRCULATION OF FLYSHEETS

Ten or more members of Congregation may arrange to have a flysheet circulated with the Gazette (a) on matters before Congregation, or Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or (b) relating to matters of general interest to the University, subject to the following general conditions:

(i) no flysheet will be circulated which in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors might be defamatory or otherwise illegal;

(ii) the right is reserved on behalf of the University and its employees, without prior consultation with the signatories, to publish an apology in respect of any statement in a flysheet which is complained of as defamatory or otherwise illegal (whether or not the statement can be shown to be true);

(iii) the signatories shall jointly and severally indemnify the University and its employees against any costs or damages payable in respect of their flysheet and, unless a Queen's Counsel (to be mutually agreed on by the signatories and the University) shall advise within four months of the making of any claim in respect of a flysheet that any proceedings could be contested with the probability of success, such damages shall include any sum paid by the University in settlement of any claim arising out of the flysheet;

(iv) the flysheet shall consist of one leaf only (though text may appear on both sides of the leaf); the text shall include the name and college or department of each of the signatories;

(v) a copy of the text of the flysheet shall be delivered to the Registrar before 10 a.m. on the Monday of the week in which circulation is desired; it shall be accompanied by an indemnity in accordance with condition (iii) above drawn up on a form obtainable from the Registrar and signed by each of the signatories of the flysheet; the Registrar shall be informed at the same time which of the signatories is to be notified whether the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have authorised circulation;

(vi) the Registrar shall arrange for the production by the University Press of copies of a flysheet the circulation of which has been duly authorised.

Though every effort will be made to circulate on the day desired flysheets so received, it must be understood that this cannot be guaranteed.

(a) Matters before Congregation or Convocation

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is a formal agendum for Congregation, or for Convocation in regard to the election of the Professor of Poetry, or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the production costs will be met from university funds.

(b) Matters of general interest to the University

If the flysheet deals with a matter that is not a formal agendum for Congregation or the subject of a report published in the Gazette, the Vice-Chancellor will decide whether it is of sufficient general interest to warrant circulation with the Gazette; the production costs for such a flysheet will be the responsibility of the signatories.

Oxford University Student Union

The Executive and the Graduate Committee of the Oxford University Student Union may have flysheets circulated with the Gazette under the arrangements and subject to the conditions set out above, provided that:

(1) the number of names to be included on the flysheet under condition (iv) shall be not less than a majority of the total number of members of the Executive or the Graduate Committee of OUSU, as the case may be, and each of the persons named shall sign the indemnity required under condition (v);

(2) the maximum number of flysheets to be circulated as of right, whether on matters before Congregation (to be paid for by the University) or on matters of general interest to the University (to be paid for by OUSU and to be subject to the Vice-Chancellor's decision as prescribed under (b) above) shall be three per term for each of these bodies, save that the Vice-Chancellor shall have discretion to permit further flysheets.

Subject to proviso (1) above, the Executive and the Graduate Committee of OUSU may also support flysheets signed by not less than ten members of Congregation.

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FACULTY OF MUSIC

Weekend of Contemporary Music

A Weekend of Contemporary Music will take place on Friday, 16 October, and Saturday, 17 October, with the Faculty of Music, the Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Oxford University Contemporary Music Group.

Jacob's Room, a chamber opera by MORTON SUBOTNICK, will be performed by the composer and other musicians at 8 p.m. on Friday, 16 October, in the Holywell Music Room (tickets £6/33 from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or at the door); also a performance of Variations IV by John Cage. The performance will be preceded by a lecture by Morton Subotnick, open to the public, at 6 p.m.

ShamanSong, a film-score for voice and electronics by JOAN LA BARBARA, will be performed by the composer and other musicians at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 17 October, in the Denis Arnold Hall, the Music Faculty (tickets £6/33 from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or at the door); also works by John Cage. The performance will be preceded by a lecture by Joan La Barbara, open to the public, at 6 p.m.

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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

Closure of reading rooms in the Old Library

Duke Humfrey's Library is now closed for major renovation and is scheduled to reopen on Monday, 19 July 1999. Alternative arrangements for the consultation of the rare books and manuscripts usually read there have been made. Details are available in the Upper Reading Room and in the Schola Astronomiae et Rhetoricae (the Bullard Room) of the Old Library quadrangle.

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Closure of the whole of the Old Library

As a further stage of the Bodleian Old Library Development Project, renovation work will also be carried out in the Upper and Lower Reading Rooms. In preparation for this renovation it has become clear that the whole of the Old Library Building (the Upper and Lower Reading Rooms, the shop, the exhibition room and the Divinity School, as well as Duke Humfrey's Library) will have to be closed for a period of three weeks from Monday, 28 June, to Sunday, 18 July 1999, inclusive. Although all other parts of the Bodleian will be open as usual, the service to readers requiring materials housed or read in the Old Library will be seriously curtailed. Details will be announced as they become clearer by notices in the Library, the Gazette and the Library's Web pages. Further details will also be announced on the possibility of keeping the Library open between Tuesday, 31 August, and Saturday, 4 September 1999 inclusive, the traditional August Closed Week.

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Closure of the Upper and Lower Reading Rooms

The Library wishes also to alert all readers to the likelihood of the Upper Reading Room being closed for the whole of the Long Vacation of the year 2000, and the Lower Reading Room for the whole of the Long Vacation of 2001. Alternative arrangements will be made for consultation elsewhere on the central site of material on the open shelves in each reading room in turn. These will be announced as soon as they have been made.

The Library regrets this disruption to its services to readers and the inconvenience these essential building works will cause. Every effort will be made to minimise their impact on users of the Old Library.

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CENTRE FOR HUMANITIES COMPUTING

Wilfred Owen Multimedia Digital Archive

This archive, to be found at http://firth.natcorp.ox.ac. uk/jtap/, contains digital facsimiles of all of the war poetry of Wilfred Owen; a selection of his letters and photographs; and his personal records held at the UK's PRO.

The archive, which is aimed at teachers of the history of the First World War, also contains about 50 video clips from the 1916 films The Battle of the Somme and The Battle of the Ancre: The Advance of the Tanks (QuickTime and MPEG); 100 audio clips from interviews with veterans from the Great War (requires a RealAudio player); 250 photographs of the Western Front (1914--18); 250 modern photographs of the Western Front; about thirty modern video clips of the Western Front (most of these were taken from the collections of the Imperial War Museum, which has supported the project throughout).

The notice of users is drawn to the innovative `Path Creation Scheme' which allows lecturers/students, etc., to create personalised annotated paths through the archive. This was developed by Chris Stephens and is available from the main archive page.

New users may like to look at the existing four on-line tutorials which have been available since October 1997 to teach First World War poetry. In addition there is a complete run of the journal The Hydra produced at the Craglockhart War Memorial Hospital.

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MAISON FRANÇAISE

Film-showings

Pluralité du cinéma français

The following French films, with English sub-titles, will be shown, on behalf of the Maison Française, at 6.30 p.m. on Mondays in the Phoenix Picture House, 57 Walton Street. The cost of admission will be £3, on presentation of a form obtainable from the Maison Française (telephone: Oxford (2)74220).

For details of this term's lectures and other meetings at the Maison Française, see `Lectures' below.

12 Oct.: La belle et la bête (Jean Cocteau, 1946)

19 Oct.: Un air de famille (C. Klapisch, 1996)

26 Oct.: Un héros très discret (J. Audiard, 1996)

2 Nov.: Le mari de la coiffeuse (P. Leconte, 1990)

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