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Dr Suzan Meryem Rosita Kalayci and Professor Kate Mcloughlin awarded £4,000 for their project 'Into Silence'
13th February 2019
Pembroke Junior Research Fellow in History and British Academy Newton Fellow, Dr Suzan Meryem Rosita Kalayci and Professor Kate McLoughlin (Harris Manchester College and the English Faculty) have been awarded £4,000 from the University of Oxford's Public Engagement Research Seed Fund for their project Into Silence that took place at Pembroke college last November.
The evening event was constructed of silent performances by the US-based performing artist Cori Olinghouse (The Portal House Project), and Oxford-based pianist Maki Sekiya, cellist Bruno Guastalla, dancer Macarena Ortuzar and light installationist Dariusz Dziala. The purpose of the event was to bring together members of the public, academics from a range of disciplines and creative practitioners to share different kind of performed silences together and to reflect on what they have experienced.
Audience members were encouraged to write down their experiences of the evening, below are a few of their comments:
‘A chance to think and to dream.’
‘Thank you for a fascinating and awareness-expanding performance. The silence created an acute attentiveness in which every detail counted and achieved max impact: brilliant! ’
‘A much appreciated focus on the power and fertility of silence.’
‘What a gorgeous performance bred of a serendipitous meeting of talents! I look forward to future performances!’
‘From my perspective the three very different, each equally beautiful performances could be understood as a prelude to silence …’
Following on from last term's inaugural event in the Pichette Auditorium, future events will provisionally include the body percussion troupe KeKeÇa performing in the Ashmolean Museum and a whirling dervish performance in an outdoors venue.
Dr Kalayci's book Reading Silences: Essays on Women, Memory and War in 20th Century Turkey is due to be published in Autumn 2019 while Professor McLoughlin is writing a literary history of silence with the support of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.
This project is part of the Globalising and Localising the Great War (GLGW) research network based in the Faculty of History, University of Oxford. To find out more about the ground breaking work of scholars affiliated with GLGW, click here.