A new study bursary scheme, linking Charles University Prague, and Oxford, supporting two graduate research students each year, allowing a selected graduate from Charles to spend a month in Oxford doing research and meeting academics, and an Oxford graduate spending a month attached to Charles University in Prague, has just been confirmed. It is modelled on our successful Oxford-Geneva Bursary Scheme which is about to enter its 16th year. Details for applications will be unveiled in early autumn and we expect the first bursary winners to be announced at the beginning of 2017. Each successful student will receive €1000 as a bursary, and the scheme is guaranteed for five years, in the first instance. The scheme is being supported by the Sekyra Group, based in Prague. For more information please see the poster here.
Oxford prepares for a future outside the EU
Oxford has been gearing up to face a future that could herald the UK out of the EU, with potential threats to a major research stream, which last year yielded more than £66 million, as well as to 1 in 7 incoming EU students that come to study at Oxford right now; and most seriously to the 1 in 6 EU staff that each and research at Oxford and who now feel vulnerable. Oxford has joined a high-level University Europe Group which is keeping in touch with the UK government and lobbies through bodies such as the European Research Council and LERU. Oxford has hired special lawyers to advise on migration law, and there is advice on the impact of pensions. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson had an open Q and A with university members, urging members to retain a positive outlook, to defend Oxford as an international institution that values diversity and the contribution of outsiders, and to invest in a UK future built on research and innovation through great universities such as Oxford.
Graduates from China and from Europaeum universities have been engaging actively in discussions at this year’s exciting Europaeum Summer School this month hosted at Oxford University’s new China Centre. Some 14 students presented papers on current or past research on a range of topics to do with legitimisation, corruption, identify, and ageing. The summer school included the usual lively mix of discussions, working groups, debates, panels and keynote talks.
See the full list of abstract papers here. A full list of participants can be found here, and biographical notes on the range of experts taking part from Fudan, Hong Kong, Renmin universities in China, as well as from Oxford, London, the European Commission and other places, can be found here. The full six-day programme, covering the many, similar, challenges that both China and Europe face in the 21st century – including questions of political legitimacy, urban sprawl, ageing populations, corruption, economic and social development, and, not least, how to co-exist in a bi-polar, or perhaps, a tri-polar world – can be found here.
With American voters poised to choose their 45th President in what has been deemed one of the most volcanic and decisive campaigns in decades, it may be worthwhile to ponder how such elections – from time to time – are considered turning points or watershed moments in the history of US politics. This 58th election – according to some polls – remains finely balanced, with very high stakes. Either way, history is set to be made.
A previous Europaeum Lecture, by Godfrey Hodgson, journalist, broadcaster, and academic who studied History at Oxford and Pennsylvania, before joining The Observer and The Sunday Times in Washington, looked closely at the impact such events can have. In that lecture, he examined the presidential election as “a device for national introspection”, drawing particularly on the elections of 1876, 1912, 1968, and 2004. At each of these, Hodgson contended, America stood at a crossroads – something few could deny applies equally to 2016. Please read The Other American Presidential Election: Choosing a President and Psychoanalyzing a Nation, delivered at the Campus den Haag at Leiden University in 2004, here.
On the 15th of November we will be hosting Professor Gilles Carbonnier for a Europaeum Lecture on The Case for Humanitarian Economics: Recalibrating Civil War and Disaster, held at the Old Library in All Souls College, Oxford and co-hosted with the Refugee Studies Centre. Professor Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, where he is also Director of Studies.
The lecture will be chaired by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law at All Souls, and the discussant will be Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre and Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford. Professor Carbonnier’s talk will centre on some of his major research and teaching interests, in particular the political economy of war, terrorism, and humanitarianism. These are areas that he has already explored in detail in his book Humanitarian Economics: War, Disaster, and the Global Aid Market (OUP 2016), a book which “is the first to introduce humanitarian economics as an emerging field of study”, and “illustrates how much humanitarians can learn from economists, and vice-versa” (OUP). Please see the poster for the lecture here.