• Thursday 21 October 2010
  • No. 4931
  • Vol 141

General notice

Corrigendum: Advanced German Translation 2011

Please note the following change in examining conventions in the Final Honour School for examination Trinity term 2011 onwards.

Paper XII: Special Subjects

Advanced Translation

The course will be examined by a portfolio consisting of three exercises:

1. A translation of a text (or excerpt of a text) of 2,500–3,000 words in length, selected by the student; the text should be of a certain difficulty in order to present challenges to the translator; it is not a requirement that the text not be already translated, but where a text has already been translated, the student will be expected to comment on the justification for a new translation and to address in her/his introduction the different approach adopted. The selected texts will normally be in German, for translation into English. However, students of native-speaker competence in German may opt to translate from English into German. (40% of the mark for the paper.)

2. An introduction of 2,000–2,500 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography) to the above translation, setting out the reasons for the selection of the text or excerpt in question together with an account of the approach adopted and detailing choices made in respect of specific identified problems and challenges. The purpose of the introduction will be to make transparent the decisions which lie behind the translation as submitted. Students will be encouraged to apply terminology learned in the course of the seminars for the paper and to incorporate such reference to their reading in translation theory as may be relevant to explaining their choices, but demonstration of knowledge of theories of translation is not the main object of the exercise. (30% of the mark for the paper.)

3. A comparative analysis, 2,000–2,500 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography), of two different published translations (German–English) of the same source text (or excerpt of a text), to be supplied as a common exercise for all participating students by the special subject tutor in week 5 of the term during which the paper is being taught. The text or excerpt, given in two translations, should be long enough to give a clear impression of the characteristics of each translator’s approach and choices: ca. 3–5 pages. (30% of the mark for the paper.)

The text for translation should not be by an author that forms the subject of an extended essay or that is offered as a prescribed author. The bibliography of the translation will include a list of existing translations of the text, or a statement that to the best knowledge of the student, there are no published translations of it. The course tutor will be permitted to read and comment on a draft of the introduction and a draft of the translation; the latter will normally have been presented for seminar discussion. As a formative exercise, a comparative analysis of two different translations of the same text (or excerpt), different from the one set for assessment, will be treated in one of the seminars for the paper in order to introduce techniques and terminology. The comparative analysis done for assessment will then be written without further input from the tutor. Examiners will have regard to accuracy and appropriateness of renderings in the translation, and the intellectual quality of the introduction and the comparative analysis.

Method of Assessment: B(3).

Visiting Professorships

Conferment and reconferment of the title of Visiting Professor

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Knowledge Management on Sir Muir Gray, MB ChB MD Glas; for a further period of five years from 1 January 2010.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor of Medical Oncology on B. Hassan, BSc Lond, BM BCh DPhil Oxf, MRCP (UK), currently Cancer Research UK Clinical Scientist and Medical Oncologist at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine; for a further period of five years from 1 January 2010.

The Medical Sciences Board has conferred the title of Visiting Professor in Experimental Haematology on T. Lappin, OBE, BSc MSc PhD Queen's, Belfast, currently Chair of Haematology, Queen’s University, Belfast and Deputy Director, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, QUB; for a period of one year from 1 October 2010.

Recognition of Distinction

The following title has been conferred on behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee:

Born, Georgina E. M., BSc PhD Lond, Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Music, Professor of Music and Anthropology, with effect from 1 October 2010.

Electoral Board

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

John G Winant Visiting Professorship of American Government

  Appointed by
Dr S. Mapstone Mr Vice-Chancellor
Master of Balliol ex officio
Dr S. Hazareesingh 
Director of the Rothermere American Institute ex officio
Professor J. Aberbach
Professor A. Brinkley Council
Professor P. Kemp Social Sciences Divisional Board
Professor D. King
Social Sciences Divisional Board
Dr S. Tuck Humanities Divisional Board
Miss G. Peele Co-opted by Social Sciences Divisional Board

Musical Events

Faculty of Music

Wednesday, 27 October, 11 a.m.: Oxford Lieder composition workshop. Holywell Music Room.

Monday, 1 November, 8 p.m.: Quadro Melante. Holywell Music Room. Tickets £12/£6,

Thursday, 4 November, 1 p.m.: Nepali Folk Melodies. Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's. Free and open to the public.

Friday, 5 November, 8 p.m.: Rhodes Piano Trio Concert. Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's. Tickets £12/£10/£5,

Saturday, 6 November, 5.30 p.m.: Concert with Pieter van Dijk. St John's College chapel. Entrance free with retiring collection.

Saturday, 6 November, 7.30 p.m.: Contrapunctus Concert. Queen's College chapel. Tickets £12/£8,

Monday, 15 November, 7 p.m.: A lecture by the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, followed by a concert of his works at 8 p.m. Holywell Music Room. Tickets £12/£8,

Friday, 26 November, 7.30 p.m.: Bate Collection concert: 'Triptych'. Holywell Music Room.

Harris Manchester College Thursday lunchtime recitals

All recitals 1.30–2.10 p.m. in Chapel. Admission free, with retiring collection. For additional information, please email:

21 October: 'Disdain me still'. Songs of unrequited love from Late Renaissance England & France. Nancy-Jane Rucker, Soprano; Matthew Faulk, Lute.

28 October: 'Celebrating Chopin'. Polish Songs by Chopin, with Lieder & Russian Romance, for the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth. Tatiana Soloviova, Soprano; Myles Hartley, Piano.

4 November: 'Fireworks & Chorales'. Festive music for State and Church, featuring works by Handel & Ives. Terence Crolley, Organ.

11 November: 'Sounds African'. HMC musicians perform music from and inspired by Africa.

18 November: 'Sounds of the Sonata'. The Solo Sonata across the ages, with works by Bach & Hindemith. John Hawarth, Violin.

25 November: 'Un voyage à travers l’Europe'. A pleasant musical journey across Europe, featuring works by Bach, Couperin, Lang & Peeters. John Buckley, Organ.

2 December: 'Bid the Virtues'. Arias for Soprano and Oboe by Bach & Purcell. Helen Maxey, Soprano; Margaret Malpas, Oboe.


St Hilda's College Lunchtime Concert Series

The following 30-minute concerts will take place at 1.15 p.m. in the Jacqueline du Pré music building on Thursdays from week 2. For more details please see Admission is free.

21 October — Dina Duisen (piano): Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Bach-Busoni

28 October — Alex Knight: Bach Sonata No. 1 for solo violin

4 November — Dr Anna Stirr, Ram Kumar Singh & Ashtok Basnet: Folk Melodies of Nepal

11 November — Benjamin Lindley: Music for baritone

18 November — Ravel Introduction and Allegro

25 November — Mark Kahn: Mozart Sonata in B flat, KV. 333


Museum of the History of Science

Al-Mizan: Sciences and Arts in the Islamic World, Special Exhibition Gallery from 26 October.

A guide to the special exhibition led by curator, Stephen Johnston, takes place on Saturday 27 November at 2 p.m. and Saturday 11 December at 2 p.m.

Anvilled Stars: The Meteoric Mirrors of Matthew Luck Galpin, Top Gallery from 20 November

Early Science In Broad Street, Basement Gallery to 23 December

Conservation: Securing the past, Entrance Gallery from 19 November

The Secret Life of the Museum, Entrance Gallery to 14 November

St Anne's Art Gallery

James F. Lynch: Children of the Medina – Paintings of Morocco. Precise, moving images of street scenes in Larache, a port fifty miles south of Tangier. The exhibition is open daily, 23 October to 15 December, 9 a.m–6 p.m. subject to College commitments. Visitors may enquire at the College Lodge (telephone: Oxford 274800) in advance. Admission is free and the paintings are for sale.