Pembroke Postcards - Hilary 2021

Welcome to Pembroke Postcards, where we celebrate and showcase our amazing community during this virtual Hilary Term.

Pembroke is all about its people, so while we face many challenges right now, not being in the same place doesn’t stop the College from being a supportive and dynamic community.

We hope you enjoy seeing how members of Pembroke are adjusting to virtual College life, and finding out about their work and other interests. 

If you are a current student or staff member please get involved - just send us a photo of yourself, your work station and short piece of content discussing what you're working on this week and how you've adapted.

Duanran Feng, BA History and Politics

I’m Duanran, a visiting student from the University of Hong Kong reading history and politics. The pandemic has condemned me to virtual learning for the whole academic year, and it’s a terrible pity that I can’t personally visit Pembroke and meet the incredible community. I’m now in Hong Kong, living in college accommodation at my home institution. My desk has been flooded by readings as usual, but recently there’s been a new addition. Last October, I bought a bust of Cicero when I started doing my first paper at Oxford, Cicero and Catiline (shout-out to Dr Cohen and Dr Gregory). Writing essays on Cicero with the man himself gazing at you has proven to be a huge productivity booster!

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Hakan Ozoran and the JCR Welfare Reps

This term the delivery of welfare provision has had to move virtually meaning Tigs, Jacques, Maddie and I have been looking at new ways of reaching out. The welfare team has undertaken new approaches to promote wellbeing, including: the virtual Pembroke library, a free year long headspace subscription for JCR members and joining with the MCR welfare team to provide virtual martial arts sessions and compost kits to those in college. In a time of uncertainty and general anxiety we believe that supporting one another is more important than ever. We encourage anyone with any concerns over their wellbeing or that of their friends to reach out to us. - Hakan Ozoran, JCR Welfare Rep

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Tobias Cremer, Junior Research Fellow

Hi, I’m Tobias, a Junior Research Fellow with the Religion and Frontier Challenges Programme. My research focusses on how and why right-wing populists use religion in their rhetoric and how religious communities respond. Usually, I'd be out interviewing politicians and faith leaders in Europe and the US. As lockdown has made this difficult, I have instead spent my time writing and giving talks on the topic. An upside of lockdown is that I can now contribute to international discussions as easily as to ones here in Oxford. For instance, I delivered a talk this week on the future of faith in American politics after Trump. However, I can’t wait to get back to in-person discussions and college life soon.

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Hannah McIntyre, DPhil Medieval and Modern Languages

I’m Hannah, a third year DPhil Student in Italian & English. Over the past year I’ve been writing, researching, and teaching from this desk in my Cowley flat. Not much has changed except for the monstera plant gradually taking over the space (he was rescued just before the first lockdown from my flatmate’s lab in Experimental Psychology).  

Gardening is my latest pandemic hobby after short-lived forays into crochet, calligraphy, and watercolours. When I’m not procrastinating though, I’m writing my thesis on Surrealism, embodiment, and autobiography, comparing two post-war women writers.  

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Dr Will James

I’m Will, a research fellow in the Changing Character of War Centre, where I work on transatlantic defence and security issues. Working from home has given me time to focus on writing (and my cooking skills!). I've made steady progress on a few articles and my book project. Meanwhile, our virtual CCW seminars have seen a surge in interest - We had over 180 people attend a recent event. Lockdown hasn’t been all bad, but I am eager to get back to Pembroke. The virtual moment has advantages, but I've found that the most fruitful conversations happen at seminars and conferences. I’m also looking forward to catching up with friends and colleagues at the Bear!  

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Allie Hexley, DPhil Experimental Psychology

I’m Allie, a DPhil Student in Experimental Psychology and a Marie-Cure Early Stage Researcher. Before Covid, I spent most of my time in the Lab playing with various set-ups to develop tests of human colour vision and perception. Now, most of my work is from home and is focused on simulations, modelling, and data analysis. I’ve enjoyed exploring the parks in Oxford and letting my creativity bloom in hobbies that I wouldn't have had time for pre-pandemic. I’ve now learned how to make brownies without burning them, and have taught myself the basics of quilting. Before the pandemic, I don’t think I ever used my ironing board, but it’s been set-up daily since!

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