Jonathan Lawrence


Wadham College


DPhil Oriental Studies


E-mail: / Twitter: @JonnyLawrence10

Educational Background:

BA French and Arabic (2016) at University of Oxford (Somerville College)

- Amnesty International Media Award for Student Journalism (2015)

- Mustafa Badawi Prize for Modern Arabic Literature (2016)

- Principal's Prize (2016 - Somerville College)

MSt Oriental Studies (Islamic Studies) (2017) at University of Oxford (Somerville College)

- Nizami Ganjavi Scholarship funding

- Archibald Jackson Prize (2017 - Somerville College)

- Principal's Prize (2017 - Somerville College)

PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages Education (2018) at University of Brighton

DPhil Oriental Studies (2019-Present) at University of Oxford (Wadham College)

Recipient of the Nizami Ganjavi Scholarship for my DPhil.

Research Interests:

My DPhil research centres around the texts of Arabic love theory, focusing on the embodiment of love and the engagement of the senses with creating and manifesting love within bodies.

In the academic year 2018-19, I have participated with the Talking Sense research group, hosted by TORCH and the Ashmolean Museum. For the working group, I have also produced a series of podcasts, available to listen here or on Apple Podcasts. Talking Sense involves a series of gallery talks about objects in the Ashmolean Museum presented in TT2019.

Conference Papers:

"Drunk in Love: Intoxication and Ingestion" at The International Symposium of the Taste of Islam, held at Utrecht University, 6-7 June 2019

"Ilyās al-Mawṣilī: an Arab in the New World's Identity Manipulation" at the 8th Congress of the European Society for Comparative Literature Conference, held in Lille, 26-31 August 2019

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