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The Twelfth Annual William Pitt Seminar

This year's William Pitt Seminar brought macro-economics and mindfulness together to ask ‘Are we too busy to get anything done?’ Why, in a world with unprecedented technological advances, countless digital tools for boosting productivity, and numerous apps, courses and books to help individuals improve the way they work, are we so worried that we aren’t fulfilling our potential? The twelfth William Pitt Seminar – ‘The Productivity Paradox: Are we too busy…

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Diagram of the Muscles, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 399, fol. 22r. Courtesy of the Bodleian Library.

Medieval medical manuscripts

At our Graduate Seminar last week we were wowed by the range of research carried out by our graduate students. Here, Taylor McCall (2013) talks about her work on medieval…

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Studying satire

Even if you have never read Dante’s Divine Comedy, you will probably be aware of the basic plot. A character called Dante, a fictionalised version of the author himself, travels through the three realms of the dead: Inferno (hell), Purgatorio (purgatory) and Paradiso (paradise). Along the way Dante encounters souls, both living and dead, and wastes no time in ‘naming and shaming’ those who are in hell. How is he able to be so blunt in his assertions? Compared to his British near-contemporary, Chaucer, why are his caricatures so biting? How might we describe the kind of literature that seeks to deride and expose the people that it depicts? These…

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The statistics of Old Norse spelling

Our graduates study a wide variety of subjects. Here, Tam Blaxter (2013) explains his work on Old Norse. What are you studying? The broad area that I work on is…

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Research roundup 2014

For the last blog post of 2014, we give you a roundup of the year’s research and news at Pembroke. Throughout the year, fellows and students at Pembroke have continued to publish…

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In the line of fire

It seems fitting that, as a scholar of International Law, Dr Sarah Nouwen has spent much of her career travelling the world. Sarah grew up in the Netherlands, home of…

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