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Oxford University Gazette, 30 July 2009: Notices


THE PUBLIC ORATOR delivered the following speeches in presenting the recipients of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in a Congregation held on Saturday, 18 July:

Professor Natalie Zemon Davis
Professor Emerita, Princeton University

μεγ&alpha βιβλιο&nu μεγ&alpha κακο&nu, inquit Callimachus, qui opera huius feminae quam hodie produco sine dubio laudaret; multum enim ea in parvo scit dicere. Si forte putas historias necessario grandes esse et verbosas et tam aridas quam pulverem in eorum paginis collectum, huius feminae scripta tolle, lege. In illo celeberrimo e commentariis suis, cui Martini Guerre Reditus inscribitur, narrationem melius disponit quam complures qui fabulas commenticias condiderunt: haud pauci sunt lectores, ut credo, qui id volumen sustulerunt nec deposuerunt quoad omne evolverint. Hoc in libro (pace Aristotelis liceat dixisse) parvam tragoediam explicat; nec de regibus nec de principibus disserit, sed vitas hominum pauperum e tenebris in lucem diei protrahit. At dum lectores delectat, simul consuetudinem hominum agrestium, advocatorum usus, causas quibus impellebantur mulieres examinat. Fontium e quibus sapientiam hausit magna est varietas: aliis in commentariolis suis ad mores Francogallorum sexto decimo saeculo melius intellegendos non solum tabulas publicas atque hominum doctorum libros sed versus populares et picturas lignea forma expressas scrutata est. Quamobrem constat principem hanc esse inter eos qui microhistoriam, ut vocatur, creaverunt. Multos coram erudivit, plurimos suis libris instruxit; bene igitur uni ex eis Donum est titulus, quia tantum beneficium reipublicae litterarum dedit. Itaque nos nostrum donum laeto animo hodie tribuimus.

Praesento rerum scriptricem oculatissimam, Nataliam Zemon Davis, nunc apud Torontonenses et quondam in Universitate Princetoniana professorem necnon apud Balliolenses quondam Professorem Eastmanianum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Femina docta et perspicax, quae calamo et acuto et eleganti vitas plebeias descripsisti, ego auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis admitto te ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris honoris causa.


A big book is a big pain: that was the opinion of Callimachus, who would undoubtedly have applauded the works of the lady whom I present today; for she knows how to say much within a small compass. If you suppose that history books are bound to be solemn, prolix and as dry as the dust that collects on their pages, then pick up her works and read them. In the most famous of her studies, The Return of Martin Guerre, she tells the story better than a good many professional novelists; a fair number of readers, I fancy, have taken this volume up and found themselves unable to put it down again until they had finished it. In this book she unfolds a small tragedy (if one may speak in such un-Aristotelian terms); she does not take kings and princes as her subject but draws the lives of common people out of their obscurity into the light of day. But while delighting her readers, she is also analysing the nature of peasant society, the culture of the lawyers, and the motives of women. Great is the variety of sources on which she has drawn: thus in her book of essays, Society and Culture in Early Modern France, she has not restricted herself to public records and the studies of other scholars but has investigated prints and folk rhymes. She is accordingly recognised as a pioneer among those who have developed what is now known as microhistory. She has had many pupils of her own, and taught many more people through her writings; it is appropriate, therefore, that one of her books should be called The Gift, as she has given so much to the republic of letters. And so it is with great pleasure that we offer her our own gift today.

I present a penetrating historian, Natalie Zemon Davis, Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Professor Emerita of Princeton University, and sometime George Eastman Professor at Balliol College, to be admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Learned and perspicacious historian, who have described the lives of ordinary people with a pen as keen as it is elegant, I on my own authority and that of the whole University admit you to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

Darcey Andrea Bussell
Formerly Principal Ballerina, Royal Ballet

Poetae fingunt Orphea musicam tam pulchram invenisse ut et bestias domaret et arbores atque alta montium cacumina de loco moveri cogeret. Quae fabula, licet incredibilis sit, aliquid veritatis per allegoriam habet; nam sonis musicis cum mulcentur animi nostri tum simul ita commoventur ut nostra corpora agitare atque artus vibrare gestiamus. Ars enim saltationis, quae et oculos delectat et aures, intima humani cordis penetralia attingit; nec mirum est Romanos magno gaudio nomen exsultationis dedisse, quia nisi saltando meram laetitiam plene significare vix possumus. Haud igitur sine causa Graeci adfirmabant Musam saltationis praesidem nomen Terpsichores habere; et haec femina quam nunc produco, sive illum cycnorum lacum viserit sive Gisellae dolorem expresserit, quamvis nos spectatores miseratione afficiat, tamen illud gaudium angore profundius (verbis Frederici Nietzsche utor) nescioquo pacto repraesentat. Omni quidem saltatrici magnae artis opus est, sed haec femina peritiae praestantissimae ingenium addit et leporem, ita ut decus et motionis et suae indolis exhibere videatur; quare non solum permultorum admirationem sed etiam amorem recepit. Praeterea, vult eos qui altas Odei Regii portas fortasse reformidant voluptatem quam dat ars sua capere; quamobrem cum cantatrice Cambrensi satis nota novum genus spectaculi excogitavit, cui nomen Vivat Diva dedit. Quibus verbis eam ipsam maximo plausu salutamus.

Praesento saltatricem lepidissimam, Darcey Andream Bussell, Excellentissimi Ordinis Britannici Commendatricem, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Motionis venustae magistra, quae sine verbis pectora spectatorum tetigisti, ego auctoritate mea et totius Universitatis admitto te ad gradum Doctoris in Litteris honoris causa.


The poets feign that Orpheus made music so beautiful that he tamed the wild beasts and compelled the trees and the mountains to move from their places. Unbelievable though this story is, it contains a measure of symbolic truth, for although the sound of music soothes our spirits, at the same time it moves them in such a way that we feel the urge to shake our limbs and let our bodies sway. Indeed, the art of dancing, which delights both eyes and ears, reaches the innermost depths of the human heart, nor is it surprising that the Romans called great happiness 'exultation' ('exsultatio', literally 'dancing' or 'jumping about'); for we are scarcely able to give full expression to pure joy without dancing. The Greeks had good reason, therefore, to declare that the Muse who was patron of dancing bore the name Terpsichore (a name which indicates the pleasure of the dance); and the lady whom I now present, whether she is visiting Swan Lake or interpreting the sufferings of Giselle, for all the sympathy that she excites in us the spectators, nevertheless in some intangible way expresses what Nietzsche calls the 'joy deeper than heart's woe'. Every ballerina needs a fine technique, but she adds to technical mastery charm and imagination, in such a way that she seems to reveal the grace of her personality as well as the grace of movement; and this has earned her both the admiration and the affection of a great many people. Moreover, she wants those who are perhaps put off by the grand portals of the Royal Opera House to enjoy the pleasures that ballet affords, and so with the singer Katherine Jenkins she devised a new kind of entertainment, entitled Viva la Diva. We can welcome and applaud her too with those selfsame words.

Admission by the Vice-Chancellor

Mistress of lovely movement, who have wordlessly touched the hearts of those who have watched you, I on my own authority and that of the whole University admit you to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

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Proposed Establishment of Professorship of Israel Studies

Council, on the recommendation of the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee and the Social Sciences Board, has approved regulations to establish a Professorship of Israel Studies, subject to confirmation of the donation and the name of the donor. It is anticipated that the regulations will be published in the Gazette early in Michaelmas Term.

Audit and Scrutiny Committee

Full opinions from reports issued by the Internal Auditors

The following full opinions from reports issued by the Internal Auditors were accepted by the Audit and Scrutiny Committee on 22 June 2009:

  • Departmental Review—Education
  • Faculty of History
  • Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Departmental Review—Sir William Dunn School of Pathology
  • Departmental Review—Psychiatry
  • Disaster Recovery
  • ORACLE Database Security
  • Oxford University's Computer Emergency Response Team (OxCERT)
  • Oxford Colleges—UUK SCOP Code of Practice
  • These opinions have now been posted on the intranet at

    Additional material associated with the opinions may be consulted by members of Congregation at the University Offices by arrangement with the Head of the Council Secretariat, Ms Emma Rampton (e-mail:, telephone: (2)70002).

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    Creweian Oration 2009


    It is regretted that in the Public Orator's introduction to the Crewieian Oration, a reference to a gift in memory of Mr Wing Tat Lee was misplaced. The gift was not, as stated in the Oration, for the Gray Institute of Radiation Oncology and Biology, but for the expansion and refurbishment of Osler House, at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

    The relevant paragraph, corrected, reads as follows (Supplement (1) to No. 4887, 26 June 2009, p. 1329, left-hand column):

    Our part in the fight against cancer gets deserved recognition, and in the past year there have been generous gifts from the Oak Foundation, for the Institute of Cancer Medicine and the Oak Scientific Leadership Fellows, from Dr Terrence Donnelly, also for the Institute of Cancer Medicine, and from the Sir Samuel Scott of Yews Trust, for the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology, to support clinical work. An anonymous donor has also made a very substantial gift for the expansion and refurbishment of Osler House for the benefit of medical students at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in memory of Mr Wing Tat Lee; and we have received a liberal benefaction from the Pharsalia Charitable Trust for the refurbishment of the Gastroenterology Laboratories, to be dedicated to the work of Professor Derek Jewell.

    A corrected version of the Supplement may be found at

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    Queen's College

    THE CHOIR OF SANTA MARIA DE BELEM will give a concert of Portuguese sacred music at 1.30 p.m. on Sunday, 2 August, in the chapel, Queen's College. Works by Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo, Diogo Dias Melgaz, and others, will be performed. Admission is free.

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    Royal Society Professorship and Dr Lee's Professorship-elect of Chemistry

    CAROL V. ROBINSON, M.SC Wales, D.PHIL Camb, Professor of Mass Spectrometry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Senior Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Society Research Professor, has been appointed Royal Society Professor in the Department of Chemistry with effect from 1 October 2009. She will assume the Dr Lee's Professorship of Chemistry upon expiry of the Royal Society Professorship.

    Professor Robinson will be a fellow of Exeter College.

    His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani Professorship of Contemporary Islamic Studies

    TARIQ RAMADAN, M.PHIL PH.D Geneva, Research Fellow of St Antony's College, Research Fellow of the Lokahi Foundation, London and of Doshisha Universityu in Kyoto, Japan, and Visiting Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, has been appointed His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies with effect from 1 October 2009.

    Professor Ramadan will be a fellow of St Antony's College.

    American Standard Companies Professorship of Operations Management

    DAVID M. UPTON, BA M.ENG Camb, D.PHIL Purdue, Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, has been appointed American Standard Companies Professor of Operations Management in the Saïd Business School, with effect from 4 January 2010.

    Professor Upton will be a Student of Christ Church.

    Professorship of Musculoskeletal Sciences

    UDO CHRISTIAN THOMAS OPPERMANN, B.SC M.SC PH.D Philipps University, Marburg, Professor in Molecular Biology, Principal Investigator: Dehydrogenases and Metabolism, Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), Botnar Research Centre and University Research Lecturer, University of Oxford, has been appointed to the Professorship of Musculoskeletal Sciences in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences with effect from 1 July 2009.

    Professor Oppermann will be a fellow of St Catherine's College.

    Reconferment of the Title of Visiting Professor

    The Humanities Board has reconferred the title of Visiting Professor on PROFESSOR JAMES HIGGINBOTHAM, BS PH.D Columbia, MA Oxf, Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Southern California, for Trinity Term 2010 and Trinity Term 2011.

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    The composition of the electoral board to the post below, proceedings to fill which are currently in progress, is as follows:

    Taylor Professorship of the German Language and Literature

                                        Appointed by
        The President of St John's          Mr Vice-Chancellor [1]
        The Provost of Queen's              ex officio
        Dr M. Minden, Cambridge             Council
        Professor L. Olschner, Queen Mary   Council
        Professor S. Shuttleworth           Humanities Board
        Professor K. Leeder                 Medieval and Modern Languages
        Professor J. Ryan, Harvard          Medieval and Modern Languages
        Professor H. Watanabe-O'Kelly       Medieval and Modern Languages
        Dr C. Louth                              Queen's College

    [1] Appointed by Mr Vice-Chancellor under the provisions of Sects. 10 and 11 of Statute IX (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 108).

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