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  • Be prepared: Divine creation and linguistic creations: a conference in celebration of Professor Janet Soskice’s work

    Janet Soskice conference, 1 December 2017

    A conference on Janet Soskice’s work will take place at the Divinity Faculty on the 1st of December with speakers from Yale, Notre Dame and Cambridge. In anticipation of  this event, here are bibliographical details and links for a selection of publications by Professor Soskice available in print and online to Cambridge students and staff :

    Selected monographs and edited volumes:

    • Creation and the God of Abraham. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 (edited with David B. Burrell, Carlo Cogliati and William R. Stoeger). Available online   [Raven login required] and in the Divinity Library @ 10 BURR 10
    • The sisters of Sinai: how two lady adventurers discovered the hidden gospels. New York: Knopf; Chatto & Windus, 2009. Available in the Divinity Library @ 8 SOS
    •  The kindness of God: metaphor, gender, and religious language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Available online [Raven login required] and in the Divinity Library @ 10 SOS
    • Fields of faith: theology and religious studies for the twenty-first century. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ Press, 2005 (edited with David Ford and Ben Quash). Available online [Raven login required] and in the Divinity Library @ 9 FORD
    • Feminism and theology. London: Oxford University Press, 2003 (edited with Diana Lipton). Available in the Divinity Library @ 9 SOS
    • After Eve. Basingstoke: Marshal Pickering, 1990 (editor). Available in the Divinity Library @ 9 SOS
    • Metaphor and Religious Language. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985. Available online [Raven login required] and in the Divinity Library @ 10 SOS

    Selected recent Journal articles:

    •  “Speech bearers: The divine in the human.” The Christian Century 133, no. 8 (April 13, 2016): 32-34. Available online [Raven login required]
    •  “Speaking and seeking God.” Modern Theology 31, no. 4 (October 2015): 625-629. Available online [Raven login required] (Review of R. Williams’s ‘The Edge of Words’)
    • “Aquinas and Augustine on creation and God as ‘eternal being’.” New Blackfriars 95, no. 1056 (March 2014): 190-207. Available online [Raven login required]
    •  “Creation and the glory of creatures.” Modern Theology 29, no. 2 (April 2013): 172-185. Available online [Raven login required]
    • “Athens and Jerusalem, Alexandria and Edessa: is there a metaphysics of Scripture?.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 8, no. 2 (April 2006): 149-162. Available online [Raven login required]
    • “Monica’s tears: Augustine on words and speech.” New Blackfriars 83, no. 980 (October 2002): 448-458. Available online [Raven login required]

    Selected contributions to edited collections:

    •  “Imago Dei and sexual difference: toward an eschatological anthropology.” In Rethinking human nature: a multidisciplinary approach, 295-306. Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans, 2011. Available in the Divinity Library @ 19A JEEV 1
    • “Creatio ex nihilo: its Jewish and Christian foundations.” In Creation and the God of Abraham, 24-39. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Available online [Raven login required] and in the Divinity Library @ 10 BURR 10
    •  “Biblical trinitarianism: the purpose of being orthodox.” In Heresies and how to avoid them: why it matters what Christians believe, 122-130. London: SPCK; Hendrickson Pubs, 2007. Available in the Divinity Library @ 9 QUA
    • “Friendship.” In Fields of faith: theology and religious studies for the twenty-first century, 167-181. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Available online [Raven login required] and in the Divinity Library @ 9 FORD
    • “Philosophical theology.” In God’s advocates: Christian thinkers in conversation, 24-42. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2005. Available in the Divinity Library @ 9 SHO
    • “Naming God: a study in faith and reason.” In Reason and the reasons of faith, 241-254. New York: T & T Clark, 2005. Available in the Divinity Library @ 9 GRIF 8
    •  “Love and attention.” In Feminist philosophy of religion: critical readings, 199-209. London: Routledge, 2004. Available in the Divinity Library @ 10 ANDE 6
    • “The gift of the name: Moses and the burning bush.” In Silence and the word: negative theology and incarnation, 61-75. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Available online [Raven login required] and in the Divinity Library @ 9 DAV

    A fuller bibliographical listing of 107 titles, including books, essays in edited collections, journal articles and reviews, together with links to the full text of the university’s online holdings (all journal articles and reviews due to the ATLA Serials subscription), is available to members of the university on the ATLA database by performing an author search.

    If you have any difficulty accessing any of these titles, or would like further information, please contact the Divinity Library (


  • Doctor Who – the Cambridge connection

    A few days ago I heard the news that Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) had been posthumously awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University. I’d known her name for many years, but hadn’t realised that she was a Cambridge alumna, attending Girton … Continue reading →
  • Contention: the multidisciplinary journal of social protest

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Contention : the multidisciplinary journal of social protest.

    From the publisher website for the journal:

    Contention is dedicated to research on and about social protest and political behavior. The journal advances essential knowledge of a comprehensive range of collective actions, social movements, and other forms of political and social contention. By providing a multidiscipinary forum to scholars within and across the social sciences and humanities, it seeks to promote scholarly exchange and knowledge sharing among them.

    While recognizing the importance of the contribution that the increasing specialization of knowledge has brought to the understanding of political behavior and collective action, Contention aims to reconstruct the fragmentation of the scientific discourse by offering in each issue a coherent but diversified range of articles from different theoretical, methodological, and philosophical approaches.”

    Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2013) to present.

    Access Contention via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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  • Patron Driven Acquisition scheme for Italian ebooks: an update

    We have been expanding our provision of Italian language ebooks in collaboration with our Italian suppliers. A couple of years ago we set up a facility whereby readers can recommend such titles for purchase, and as new ebook titles appear, … Continue reading →
  • The Hollow Crown

    The University of Cambridge now has access to The Hollow Crown, filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges , on the Drama Online platform.

    The first series of The Hollow Crown brings together Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play.

    In Series 2, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of ‘The Wars of the Roses’, an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge, these exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and powerful language.

    The series was executive produced by Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris under Neal Street Productions in association with NBC Universal.

    The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses – Gloucester (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Margaret (SOPHIE OKONEDO), Richard III (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Cecily (JUDI DENCH), Henry VI (TOM STURRIDGE) © BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd/Robert Viglasky

  • Reckoning the lost and found: tally sticks re-discovered at the UL

    In an institution that’s been collecting archives for centuries it’s almost impossible to know about everything that you hold – therefore there are always lovely surprises.  Since starting work in the Department of MSS and University Archives at the UL in January 2017 I’ve been surveying a number of collections to assess and distil their cataloguing requirements.  In reality this means having a good rummage around on shelves and opening boxes to see what’s inside.  Over the next few months I will be talking about some of the intriguing and fascinating documents I’ve come across but I want to start with the wonderful tally sticks that turned up recently in an uncatalogued box in the Cholmondeley (Houghton) collection (best known for containing correspondence and political papers of Robert Walpole (1676-1745), Britain’s first Prime Minister).

    Tally sticks were used in England from the 12th century up to the early 19th century to record payments and obligations.  Notches denoting specific sums of money were cut into the stick, which was then split into two with each party to the agreement retaining one piece.  This was an effective technique against fraud because only the originals could be put back together perfectly.  Details of the transaction were usually written on the sticks, as can be seen here.

    I came across the tally sticks in an unlabelled box at the end of the uncatalogued sequence of the collection.  They were hidden underneath a number of deeds that relate to various transfers of ownership.  While they would have been known about on the arrival of the collection in the 1950s, they do not appear in any catalogue and I cannot find a reference to them anywhere.  I am always careful about the use of words like “found” and “discovered” in relation to archives but I think it’s safe to say that these items were as good as lost!

    Thomas Littleton’s name appears on each tally stick

    After a bit of digging around I established that these tally sticks were issued by the Exchequer to Sir Thomas Littleton (1647-1709), Speaker of the House of Commons and Treasurer of the Navy, under a 1704 Act to raise money to help fund Britain’s continued participation in the War of the Spanish Succession.  Sir Thomas died a few years later without heirs so it is possible that the tally sticks came into the possession of Robert Walpole, the owner of the Houghton estate, when he became Treasurer of the Navy in 1710.

    Over the centuries it is likely that millions of tally sticks existed but most have been lost.  They are relatively fragile and once the sum of money they referred to had been paid they were of no further use.  (Notoriously, it was a mass burning of tally sticks in 1834 that caused the fire that almost completely destroyed the Houses of Parliament.)  I had never actually seen one in real life so it was genuinely thrilling to open this box and find several at the bottom.  Oddly, what struck me most about them was how weightless and insubstantial they seem.  I’ve had a big response on Twitter (@SianECollins) to a picture of the tally sticks so I don’t think I’m the only one to be fascinated by them!

    A few of the tally sticks will temporarily be on display during the Lost and Found event at the UL on Saturday 25 November, which is part of the Being Human Festival.