and 14 – 29 July Online
Our 2024 theme can encompass a wide array of disciplines and perspectives, ranging from art and the humanities through the physical, biological and social sciences, to the realms of the policy-maker and, especially, the practitioner laboring in the kitchen, orchard, or garden.
Symposiasts voted for “Gardens, Flowers, & Fruits” at the conclusion of our (exclusively online) 2021 symposium: it was an optimistic moment, with a fresh, almost spring-like sense of renewal as the pandemic was slowly receding, yet it was cast against the backdrop of how quickly our fragile lifestyles can change. Our selection of “Gardens, Flowers, & Fruits” reflects that precarious balance, celebrating the joys of the natural world while conscious of the significant stresses in our environment.
For those of you familiar with St Catz, this year’s meeting sites will be different from the ones you have previously experienced, as many of our usual spaces are undergoing essential renovations. New pavilions will take the place of the dining hall, lecture theatre, and seminar rooms, while the en-suite bedrooms remain unaffected and will be available for those choosing to stay at the College. Click the button below for more information.
Apply for a subsidised student place
The American Friends of the Oxford Symposium and the Julia Child Foundation subsidise 50% of the cost of a limited number of places at the Symposium for Students.
If you are interested in applying please fill out the form below.
What to expect
An immersive Weekend and beyond
The Weekend will be a full-time immersion in gatherings for keynote talks, papers, meals as well as educational and other inspiring activities. Online, recordings, additional content, panel discussions and social meetings will then follow during the Conference, until the Grand Online-Finale of the Symposium.
A symposium for everyone
We anticipate a high level of enthusiasm and while there is a limit to the number of places at the in person event we’ll strive to make sure all voices are heard. If you can’t make it to St Catz, then join us at the unique online conference which follows.
The Symposium has always been a coming-together and admission to the in person event will be, as usual, first-come first-served closing on 14th June and with no academic qualifications required.
Awards, grants & prizes
We have a number of assisted places, student rates, awards, grants and prizes that all applicants should endeavour to consult before registering their place.
St Catherine’s, affectionately known as St Catz, is our spiritual home
We are happy to be back at St Catz, and you can read about the physical campus below.
Paper proposal submissions have now closed, but you can find out more details about the process and key dates on the Give a paper page.
For further information on the Symposium, including activities, meals, dress, Symposium etiquette and more.
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