This year's December Telephone Campaign will be taking place over the first two weekends of this month. Our students are really looking forward to the chance to connect with and learn from their predecessors, and talk about some of the exciting projects we have going on at St Antony's. Read on to learn a bit more about this year's callers.
Priscilla (MPhil Latin American Studies, 2018): Hailing from Florida in the United States, I have been studying at St Antony's since October 2018. Currently, my main research interests are in sustainable economic development, geopolitics, post-conflict democratic development,and the scope of the rule of law in relation to globalization. In the MPhil in Latin American Studies, specialize in the affairs of Central America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on the Dominican Republic. Since arriving at St Antony’s, I have become an active member of our Graduate Common Room, serving as Social Secretary. St Antony's is a fantastic place filled with social scientists whom are quite dedicated to the Antonian community. During my free time you can find me producing narratives for performance or playing sport. I’m really looking forward to the Telephone Campaign, and being able to speak with alumni about the academically intense, but socially robust, life there is here at St Antony's College.
Fabio (MPhil Economics, 2017): I am a candidate for the MPhil in Economics and part of St Antony's College since 2017. Studying at St Antony's College to me means studying in an intellectually stimulating environment that is at the same time welcoming and friendly towards a lage variety of people. I have been actively involved in the Antonian community both socially and academically. I took part in the GCR's Research-in-Progress Colloquium, the Graduate Conference and in the Boat Club. I was further supported with a St Antony's Travel and Research Grant to present my work at a conference in Boston this summer. Although studying at Oxford is at times also a stressful endeavor, the Boat Club always provided me with a space of recreation and fun.
Timo (MPhil European Politics, 2019): I came to St Antony’s in 2017 to study European Politics. In my thesis I focus on how government ideology shapes economic policies but my interests go far beyond that and I have benefited from the many talks and debates at St Antony’s and the European Studies Centre. Antonys provides an inspiring academic environment with many fascinating speakers from all over the word coming to share their views. Moreover, I enjoy the vibrant social community with the countless social activities such as Bops, welfare breakfasts or movie nights. I have taken part in the GCR meetings and acted as a Chair of the GCR for one term. In addition, I was part of St Antony’s Boat Club and raced in the Christ Church Regatta and I am a frequent visitor to the Antony’s gym and football team.
Abibah (MSc African Studies, 2018)
I joined this College in October 2018, I love the diversity and sense of belonging the community provides. My research focuses on the visual culture and craft of the Asante in Ghana. We’re really lucky at St Antony’s to have the support of the wider Antonian community, and as someone who intends to apply for the Antonian Fund, I know what a difference their kindness can make. Over the holidays I intend using the grant awarded by the Antonian Fund (if I secure one) to undertake research at the Ntonso Craft village in Kumasi. I’m really looking forward to speaking to my predecessors in the Telephone Campaign, and hearing about their lives beyond graduation, what advice they might have for me, and letting them know about the great work of the Antonian Fund!
Isobel (MSc Russian and East European Studies, 2018)
For me the standout aspect of life at St Antony’s is the opportunity to get to know people from all over the world. I’ve found that St Antony’s provides a genuinely supportive and caring research environment. For my research I am looking at discourse on the memoirs of Soviet dissidents who were incarcerated in mental health institutions. The interdisciplinary nature of my course has given me the chance to combine my interests in literature, history, politics and mental health. I’ve tried to make the best of the social opportunities on offer at St Antony’s, especially the beloved Bops and late bar. I’m looking forward to catching up with Antonians, learning how their careers have developed, and hearing about their experiences here.
Nia (MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2018)
I arrived at St Antony’s this year and have thus far enjoyed being a member of this international and friendly college. Whether its attending the talks at the Middle East Centre or socialising in the college bar, St Antony’s has been incredibly welcoming, warm and fascinating community! Meeting the other students and learning from them has been a highlight of my time here thus far. My academic work revolves around International Relations and the Middle East, with an interest in Foreign Policy Analysis. St Antony's, as the home of area studies, has been an incredible place to study at. My MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies has an intensive language component and studying Arabic has been extremely rewarding yet challenging. I hope to apply for a grant from the Antonian Fund this summer to help fund some language training in the region, so I can directly see the benefit of these initiatives. I feel very privileged to be a part of the Antonian community and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to speak with other Antonians over the course of this Telephone Campaign.
The Telephone Campaign will be run by our Development Office team, Helen and Wouter.
Helen McCombie (Development and Alumni Communications Officer)
I have been working at St Antony’s since December 2017, and I feel really lucky to have been welcomed into such a warm, diverse, and stimulating community. I work with Wouter on fundraising for the College, focusing on student support, including the Antonian Fund. It’s been really rewarding seeing the different alumni donations make to the everyday lives, both academic and cultural, of our students. Playing a part in helping them flourish is a real privilege. Our alumni are fascinating, and lead such interesting lives all over the world. It’s great getting to meet our Antonians, and in creating and maintaining the global Antonian community.
Wouter te Kloeze (Development Director)
I have been working at St Antony’s since 2013 but got to know the College through my wife, then girlfriend, in 2003 when I set foot in 86 Woodstock Road. It has been and still is a huge pleasure to work for the Development Office at St Antony’s, meeting so many interesting people all over the world. I work on the Hilda Besse and Gateway Campaigns, scholarships and encourage Antonians to consider leaving a gift in their Will.
Susan (MPhil Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology and Ethnography, 2018)
This term was my first at St. Antony's - and I love it! I'm studying for an MPhil in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology and Ethnography. My research interests are in Tibetan Buddhist 'Art' and sacred objects; and I'm fascinated by how sacred objects are translated in secular spaces. I love that the community at St. Antony's is so international, and I'm keen to be a part of the Antonian conversation. To that end, I have taken a newly-created position in the GCR as Welfare Secretary - serving as support to the two VPs of Welfare. As part of this position, I established a new (free!) group for Mindfulness here at St. Antony's, which I hope will be especially helpful around exams! I know just how lucky we are to be part of the kindness and generosity of Antonian community, as I have personally benefited from the Antonian Fund in funding cushions for the Mindfulness Group. All your support really does go a long way! I'm excited to have the chance to talk to my Antonian predecessors, hear about how their lives have been after graduation, and talk about all the fantastic opportunities around the Antonian Fund!