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Annual Ethel M Woods lecture

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Annual Ethel M Woods lecture

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Location: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King's College London

This year's Ethel M Wood Lecture will be given by Professor Jorunn Økland, Director of the Norwegian Institute in Athens. Her title is 'Paul Translated: A Seismogram of Changes in 20th Century Understandings of Gender'.

The Ethel M Wood Lecture is a University of London annual lecture which was endowed in 1947 by Mrs Ethel M Wood. It is hosted jointly by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, King's College, and the Department of Theology at Heythrop College.

Professor Jorunn Økland was previously Professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities at the University of Oslo and Director of its Centre for Gender Research, before which she spent some years in the Department of Biblical Studies at Sheffield. She became Director of the Norwegian Institute in Athens at the start of 2016. 

Professor Jorunn Økland’s lecture springs out of a long-term fascination with translation. She is currently engaged in translating the Apocrypha for the official ecumenical Norwegian Bible Translation. It is texts from Paul that she will focus on in the lecture. Among her many previous contributions on Paul is her monograph Women in their Place: Paul and the Corinthian Discourse of Gender and Sanctuary Space. The lecture will explore how notions of gender are reflected in various translations, using English language and Norwegian translations comparatively.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture in the Anatomy Museum.

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