James Ivory In Conversation: Tales of Love and History

James Ivory (Oscar-winning filmmaker), Prof Richard Parkinson (Oxford), Prof Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham) & Dr Katherine Harloe
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17:00 - 19:00
Sheldonian Theatre
Broad Street
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Join us for this evening discussion exploring tales of Love and History, with Oscar-winning Director James Ivory in conversation with Prof Richard Parkinson (Oxford), Prof Jennifer Ingleheart (Durham) and Dr Katherine Harloe (Reading).

TORCH is thrilled to host Oscar-winning director, James Ivory as a Visiting Professor in 2018.


James Ivory:

Born in Berkeley, California, James Ivory is a multiple Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker—a prolific director, writer, and producer. He started his career as a documentary filmmaker before beginning his nearly six-decade journey in narrative filmmaking with The Householder (1963), a film that also began his decades-long partnerships with producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Among his films are Shakespeare Wallah (1965); Quartet (1981); Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990); Jefferson in Paris (1995); The Golden Bowl (2000); The White Countess (2005); The City of Your Final Destination (2009); Heat and Dust (1983); Surviving Picasso (1996); Maurice (1987), winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival; and three films for which Ivory received Best Director Oscar® nominations, A Room with a View (1985), Howards End (1992), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Most recently, he wrote the screenplay for Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of André Aciman’s novel Call Me by Your Name for which he was awarded the 2018 Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay and for which he won the BAFTA and the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Prof Richard Parkinson:

Richard Bruce Parkinson is a British academic. He is currently Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. He was previously a curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum.

Parkinson's main area of research in the interpretation and performance of Ancient Egyptian poetry of the classic period. As well as academic monographs and articles, he has written popular books on Egyptology. Drawing on his work on the 'subaltern' aspects of ancient literature, he has published on LGBTQ+ history across world cultures, including A Little Gay HIstory (2013), dedicated to his husband. Most recently, he has acted as consultant of The British Museum's touring exhibition at the Ashmolean 'No Offence' which includes a copy of the shooting script of Maurice.

Prof Jennifer Ingleheart:

Jennifer Ingleheart is Professor of Latin at the University of Durham, and is now head of the Department of Classics and Ancient History. Ingleheart is known for her work on Ovid, Classical reception, and the influence of Rome on the modern understanding of homosexuality.

Ingleheart has spoken frequently about her work on how modern cultures have responded to the phenomenon of Roman homosexuality, and the role which ancient Rome has played in modern ideas about sexuality. She ran a major British Academy funded conference in 2012, Romosexuality, on the subject which has shed considerable light on the differences between Roman and Greek conceptions of homosexuality, and differences from modern conceptions. Previously most work on classical homosexuality focused on Greek homosexuality and its modern reception, but Ingleheart's work has facilitated new research and interest in the Roman experience.

Dr Katherine Harloe:

Katherine Harloe is Associate Professor of Classics and Intellectual History in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. Her principal research interest is reception of classical antiquity in Europe from 1750 to the present, with particular focus on the history of classical scholarship in in relation broader political, cultural and intellectual currents. She is known for her work on the eighteenth-century German classicist and art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), about whom she published a monograph in 2013. She is currently funded by the British Academy (Mid-Career Fellowship Scheme) to write a book about Winckelmann’s homoerotic love letters and their reception across the long nineteenth century, including in the early homosexual emancipation movement. She has supervised several students working on LGBT history projects, including a digital exhibition about Winckelmann and Greek Love (available at www.curiosi.org) and a project to recover hidden queer histories of ordinary (non-celebrity) men from the archives of the Berkshire County Record Office.