As part of this year’s Old Members’ Dinner programme, we invite Old Members to join us at the Weston Library on Broad Street for some fascinating insights into the life and legacy of Franz Kafka.

Oxford is marking the centenary of the author’s death with a series of special events and a public exhibition this year, and Queen’s are participating with a panel discussion from 3-4pm and guided tour of the exhibition from 4-5pm.

Hear Humanities project lead and Schwarz-Taylor Professor Karen Leeder (Queen’s), co-curator of the exhibition Professor Barry Murnane (St John’s) and Queen’s Emeritus Fellow Professor Ritchie Robertson, who edited the exhibition catalogue, in conversation about the Oxford Kafka project and their fascination with an author whose work continues to intrigue and inspire readers across the disciplines.

Following the panel discussion in the Weston Library lecture theatre, Barry Murnane will be leading a guided visit of the exhibition Kafka: Making of an Icon in the adjacent ST Lee Gallery in the Weston Library. Spaces are limited to 30, tickets are £10 per person. If the tour sells out, you are still welcome to join the panel discussion and free and visit the exhibition, either beforehand or on another occasion.

Dress code: Smart casual.
You are welcome to bring a guest.
Booking closes on 8 September.

This event is part of our Old Members’ Dinner programme. If you would like to attend the dinner itself, please book for this separately here.

In case you need help with the booking process or have any questions about this event, please email

Event programme

SATURDAY 21 September

3.00pm   Oxford Kafka 2024 –​ panel discussion, Weston Library Lecture Theatre

4.00pm   Kafka: Making of an Icon –​ exhibition visit with Professor Barry Murnane

5.00pm   End of the programme at the Weston Library