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All forthcoming events

Mon 27 October 2014, 12:30

'A Polish Fisherman on a troubled sea? Donald Tusk at the helm of the European Council'

Speaker: Maciek Jastrzebiec-Pyszynski (Vision for Central Europe Association)

Venue:Seminar Room, European Studies Centre 70 Woodstock

Chair: Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Mon 27 October 2014, 17:00

'Is the US Intent on Containing China? The Obama administration’s Pivot to Asia Reconsidered'

Speaker: Dr Hugo Meijer (King’s College London)

Venue:Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building at St Antony’s

Convenor & Chair: Professor Rosemary Foot

This event is part of the East Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Mon 27 October 2014, 17:00

‘Regime neo-Eurasianism: rethinking the politics of foreign policy in post-Soviet Kazakhstan’

Speaker: Luca Anceschi (University of Glasgow)

Venue:Nissan Lecture Theatre, St. Antony's College

Convenors:  Roy Allison (St Antony’s, SIAS) & Neil MacFarlane (St Anne’s, DPIR)

All are welcome

THIS IS AN ADVANCED SEMINAR SERIES SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF RUSSIAN AND EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES, AND THE HARRY SHUKMAN SEMINAR FUND

(created in Harry’s memory by Fay and Geoffrey Elliott)

This event is part of the Russian and Eurasian Foreign Policies and Politics seminar series.

Mon 27 October 2014, 17:00

'Restoring trust in financial services'

Speaker: Nicholas Morris and David Vines (Balliol College, Oxford)

Venue:Seminar Room, European Studies Centre 70 Woodstock

Chair: Adam Bennett (St Antony's College, Oxford)

This event is part of the PEFM Seminar Series seminar series.

Mon 27 October 2014, 17:00

'The Interaction of US and Mexican Immigration Reform Processes and Increasing Migration through Mexico'

Speaker: Rey Koslowski (University at Albany, State University of New York)

Venue:Pavilion Room, Gateway Building, St. Antony's College

This event is part of the North American Studies Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 28 October 2014, 13:00

'Western Stabilisation Efforts in Southern Afghanistan'

Speaker: Major Mirjam Grandia Mantas, Netherlands Army/University of Leiden

Venue:Manor Road Building, Seminar Room G

Changing Character of War Programme 

A light sandwich lunch is served from around 12.50pm.

This event is part of the Lunchtime Discussions with Changing Character of War seminar series.

Tue 28 October 2014, 14:00

‘Kitchen stories: food, domesticity and labour’

Speaker: Anita Anantharam (Florida)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 28 October 2014, 14:30

‘The First Digital European Commission?’

Speaker: Robert Madelin (Director General of the DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology – European Commission)

Venue:Manor Road Building, Seminar Room C

Centre for International Studies (CIS) Event

Robert Madelin will discuss the new Commission’s digital strategy and the priority it gives to the development of the European Union’s Digital Single Market and Digital Public Services. The seminar will address the transforming effects of digital technology on areas such as urban life ("smart cities"), culture, transport, energy, health, and citizen-state interaction.

Tue 28 October 2014, 17:00

'From Accession Negotiations to the 2014 European Elections: Prospects and Challenges of Poland’s EU Integration'

Venue:Seminar Room, European Studies Centre 70 Woodstock

Panellists:Jan Cienski (Warsaw Bureau Chief of the Financial Times) and Jan Truszczynski (Former Director General of DG EAC)
Discussants: Ina Strazdina (Brussels Correspondent) and Robert Madelin (Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission)
Convenor: Mikolaj Kunicki (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

This event is part of the ESC Core Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 29 October 2014, 14:00

'Moving in the cracks: motorcycle taxi drivers, street protest, and the fragility of power in the Thai capital'

Speaker: Claudio Sopranzetti (Postdoctoral Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford)

Venue:The Deakin Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Matthew J Walton

This event is part of the Southeast Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 29 October 2014, 20:30

'A General's Reflections'

Speaker: General Sir Mike Jackson

Venue:Old Library, All Souls College

£2 entry fee for nonmembers.

This event is part of the OUSSG Seminar Series seminar series.

Thu 30 October 2014, 18:00

POMP World War I Film Series 3: 'Good Soldier Svejk (part 1)'

Venue:Seminar Room, European Studies Centre 70 Woodstock

"Good Soldier Svejk (part 1)" by Karel Stekly (Czechoslovakia, 1956)

Discussant: TBC

Fri 31 October 2014, 17:00

Global Directions Film Screening: 'The Strangest Dream'

Venue:TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College

Join Global Directions in watching this documentary on the life of Joseph Rotblat, the only nuclear scientist to leave the Manhattan Project. Rotblat campaigned to save the world from nuclear annihilation, was one of the founders of the Pugwash Foundation, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his life-long work. The documentary retraces the history of nuclear weapons, and demonstrates their renewed threat in today’s world.

Discussant: Dr. Kit Hill, longstanding friend and biographer of Jo Rotblat. 

In collaboration with the British Pugwash. 

 

About Global Directions

Global Directions (GD) is a research group based at Merton College. GD was founded in 2005 to serve as a cross-disciplinary forum for exploring pressing global issues and to foster a robust policy-relevant dialogue within the University and in conjunction with visiting experts and practitioners. Throughout the year we host a wide range of events, including lectures, film screenings, and lunchtime seminars on issues in international relations, global security, and development.  

For more information about Global Directions please visit: www.merton.ox.ac.uk/research/global-directions

Tue 04 November 2014, 14:00

‘Mandated by the people: Dr Ansari’s Medical Team in the Ottoman Empire’s Penultimate War’

Speaker: Burak Akcapar (Turkish Ambassador to India)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 11 November 2014, 14:00

‘The Art of Transformation: Creating Peace in the Fog of War’

Speaker: Rama Mani (Senior Research Associate, CIS);Sir Edward Mortimer (author, journalist, fellow of All Souls College Oxford); Prof Kalypso Nikolaidis (Professor of International Relations, DPIR)

Venue:The Ashmolean Museum - Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Centre for International Studies (CIS), the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) and the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace).

Dr. Rama Mani will perform poetry and testimony from war-zones and be in conversation with Sir Edward Mortimer, Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis and the audience at 2pm on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014 in the Ashmolean Museum's Auditorium to mark the 100th Anniversary of WWI and honour victims of 21st century wars.

The Performance: Rama takes us on a compelling world tour of warzones to encounter first hand ordinary-extraordinary women and men who transformed themselves and their war-torn societies despite impossible odds. Rama incarnates artists who emerged from the rubble of destruction, and deployed their creativity to heal wounds of war and build cultures of peace. As war rages across the Middle East, Rama will particularly enact poems and testimonies from this war-torn region, as well as from other continents.

The Dialogue: The engaging performance of poetry and testimony will be followed by an interactive dialogue with the audience. The Dialogue will explore with Rama the themes raised in the performance and the prospects for perpetual peace on the 100th anniversary of WWI amidst this period of seemingly perpetual war, with distinguished special guest:

Sir Edward Mortimer, Fellow of Christ Church College, Senior Vice President of the Salzburg Forum and former Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the Secetary-General of the United Nations.

Prof. Kalypso Nikolaidis, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Chair of South East European Studies at Oxford, will moderate the dialogue.

About the Performer: Dr. Rama Mani, reputed Peacebuilder and Poet-Performer is a Councilor of the World Future Council, and Co-Founder of Rising Women Rising World. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies at Oxford, as well as an affiliate of OXPEACE and the Oxford Centre for Ethics and Law in Armed Conflict. She is an Advisory Board Member of NATO Defense College, and former Course Director and current Fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She was formerly Executive Director of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Sri Lanka and Africa Strategy Manager to Oxfam GB addressing Africa’s devastating war economies. She was awarded the 2013 Peter Becker Peace Prize in Germany.

(www.rama-mani.com; www.youtube.com/user/RamaManiNews)

Tue 11 November 2014, 14:00

‘A Postcolonial Agenda: the Challenge of Change in Indian Education’

Speaker: Nita Kumar (Claremont College)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 12 November 2014, 14:00

Southeast Asia Seminar Series Post-graduate Research Colloquium

Venue:The Deakin Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Matthew J Walton

Post-graduates studying Southeast Asia give brief synopses of their recent fieldwork or research plans, with feedback from other scholars.

This event is part of the Southeast Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Thu 13 November 2014, 16:30

Book Launch: 'Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing'

Speaker: Janina Dill

Venue:Manor Road Building, Seminar Room C

An event of the Oxford Institute for Ethics Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) and the Centre for International Studies (CIS)

Dr Janina Dill will introduce her book recently published by Cambridge University Press as part of the series Cambridge Studies in International relations. Her talk will be followed by two comments of Dr Adam Bower and Dr Thomas Simpson and a discussion in the audience.

Book summary: Based on an innovative theory of international law, Janina Dill’s book investigates the effectiveness of international humanitarian law (IHL) in regulating the conduct of warfare. Through a comprehensive examination of the IHL defining a legitimate target of attack, Dill reveals a controversy among legal and military professionals about the ‘logic’ according to which belligerents ought to balance humanitarian and military imperatives: the logics of sufficiency or efficiency. Law prescribes the former, but increased recourse to international law in US air warfare has led to targeting in accordance with the logic of efficiency. The logic of sufficiency is morally less problematic, yet neither logic satisfies contemporary expectations of effective IHL or legitimate warfare. Those expectations demand that hostilities follow a logic of liability, which proves impracticable. This book proposes changes to international law, but concludes that according to widely shared normative beliefs, on the twenty-first-century battlefield there are no truly legitimate targets

Tue 18 November 2014, 14:00

'‘Such a war has never been before’: colonial India and the First World War, 1914-1918’

Speaker: Vedica Kant (Writer)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 25 November 2014, 14:00

‘Networks of Faith and Action: Making Sense of Frontier Deobandiyyat’

Speaker: Jan-Peter Hartung (SOAS)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Wed 26 November 2014, 14:00

'The Evolution of Sukuk in Malaysia: Imitation of the Conventional Capital Market or Innovation of Islamic Financial Practices?'

Speaker: Lena Rethel (Associate Professor, University of Warwick) and Kerstin Steiner (Senior Lecturer, Monash University)

Venue:The Deakin Room, Founder’s Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Matthew J Walton

This event is part of the Southeast Asia Seminar Series seminar series.

Tue 02 December 2014, 14:00

‘Pakistan’s Metamorphosis to Modernity’

Speaker: Ayesha Siddiqa (Charles Wallace Trust Fellow)

Venue:Fellow’s Dining Room, Hilda Besse Building, St Antony’s College

Convenor & Chair: Dr Faisal Devji

This event is part of the South Asia Seminar Series seminar series.