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Univ Virtual Book Club 9

Univ Virtual Book Club 9Univ Virtual Book Club
Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology by Frances Larson, facilitated by Elizabeth Adams, College Librarian
Saturday, 17 July 2021, 12pm (BST)

We are pleased to invite you to the ninth meeting of the Univ Virtual Book Club for Old Members and Friends of the College. One of the College’s members will propose an insightful read designed to encourage an exciting discussion. Participants will have time to delve into the book before convening virtually for a roundtable discussion, facilitated by the same member.

With few opportunities for travel over the past year, books about the wider world have been promoted to the top of many to-read lists. Dr Frances Larson’s book, Undreamed shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology, lets the reader travel vicariously through Siberia, New Guinea, Egypt, New Mexico, and Easter Island. The book sheds new light on the lives of five women who studied anthropology at Oxford in the early 20th century. Winifred Blackman, Beatrice Blackwood, Maria Czaplicka, Barbara Freire-Marreco and Katherine Routledge pushed the boundaries of a “woman’s place” and proved, contrary to widely-held assumptions, that women could excel as both explorers and scientists. Dr Larson’s book reframes the history of British anthropology in light of the contributions of these five remarkable Oxford women.

The book is available from Blackwell’s, Waterstones or Amazon.

Please click here to register for the virtual discussion on 17 July. As we would like to encourage interactivity, this event is limited to participants selected via a lottery system. Participants will be randomly drawn on 4 June, 5pm (BST), and informed of the outcome shortly after.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Univ Virtual Book Club.

Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth Adams
Following a number of gap years, Elizabeth studied Library and Information Science at Curtin University and Latin at the University of Western Australia. A voluntary position cataloguing pre-1800 books at the New Norcia Benedictine Community led to several years working on antiquarian projects based in the Bodleian Library. Having worked briefly at Univ in 2002 as part of the Early Printed Books Project, Elizabeth was pleased to return to take up the Assistant Librarian post during the long vacation of 2009, followed by that of Librarian in September 2011. Outside the Library Elizabeth spends time promoting and practising the inky craft of letterpress printing through her private press, Juxon Press, and as a committee member of the Oxford Guild of Printers.

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