Changing faces: Jane Garnett

23rd March 2016

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Visitors to the Knowles Room will see a new face looking down from the wall, that of History Fellow and Tutor Jane Garnett.

  • Jane Garnett

This newly commissioned photographic portrait is one of a series of images going up around College. The sitters have been chosen following nominations from staff, students and alumni, as inspirational members of the Wadham community.

Jane Garnett joined Wadham as Fellow and Tutor in History in 1987, having previously been an undergraduate and graduate student at St Anne’s, a Junior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s and a teaching Fellow at Lincoln.

Her research is on intellectual, cultural and religious history, principally of the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, and on themes of gender and visual culture over longer periods. Jane was Consultant Editor for Women on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (1994-2004).

Jane teaches British and some European and world history from the eighteenth century onwards.  She has also supervised a wide range of graduate work in the Faculties of History (including History of Art) and Theology, and also for the interdisciplinary MSt in Women’s Studies.

Her book (co-authored with Gervase Rosser), Spectacular Miracles: transforming images in Italy from the Renaissance to the present (Reaktion, 2013) was jointly awarded the 2014 ACE/Mercers' International Book Award 'for a book which makes an outstanding contribution to the dialogue between religious faith and the visual arts'.  A further joint project is planned.  Over the last five years she has been involved in a major collaborative and interdisciplinary Leverhulme-funded project on the impact of diasporas, within which her focus is on Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures in East London since 1880.  A co-authored book, contracted with Historic England, is nearing completion.  She has co-edited two collections of essays on religion in diaspora, and a book about diaspora in the arts.  She also continues to study the history of debates about social and economic ethics and moral philosophy.

Warden Ken Macdonald QC is spearheading this project to showcase a more balanced selection of images of Wadham’s alumni and fellows: “I wanted to address the predominance in Hall and around College of portraits of white men. The Wadham community is a diverse and inclusive one and, until now, this has not been reflected by the portraits which adorn its walls. Over the coming months we hope to go some way to provide our students with inspirational images which reflect today’s Wadham community.”

Photographer Sophia Spring was commissioned to capture this image, one of nine which will be featured individually on the website over the coming weeks.

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