News for 2010
St Antony's in partnership with the international integrated energy company Eni, is offering three students the opportunity of fully funded scholarships, including fees and living expenses, to undertake postgraduate study at the Master's level commencing in October 2011
The Warden, Professor Margaret MacMillan, recently authored an op-ed piece in the New York Times on the aftermath of WWI
The Warden and Fellows of the College welcome with joy and deep thankfulness the news that our Honorary Fellow Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been released. She is an inspiration to us all and a leading light for those who support democracy around the world. We wish her and her family all happiness.
On 2 February 2011, Professor Garton Ash will be awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven. This is in honour of (your) social commitment and scientific research relating to ( this year's theme) "Europe"
Warden's Lecture Thursday 2 December at 5pm in the Nissan Lecture Theatre - Pulitzer Prize winning Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers who Broke the World will be speaking on "The Financial Crisis: Lesson from the Great Depression".
The Warden, Professor Margaret MacMillan, was a guest on Radio 4's Start the Week on Monday 11 October. The broadcast is available at this link
It is with great sorrow that we report the recent death of Sir Marrack Goulding, our much respected and admired fourth Warden. Sir Marrack, who was was born in Plymouth in 1936, had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service, serving, among other things, as Private Secretary to three successive Ministers of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 1983-1985 he was British Ambassador to Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe and was then appointed by UN Secretary-General to the position of Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. From 1993-1997 he served as the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. He then came to St Antony’s where he was Warden from 1997 to 2006. In his time at the College, he provided strong leadership and an effective administration. The College owes him much.
Obituaries have been featured in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and the New York Times, amongst other newspapers.
A number of students have been the recipients of scholarships and bursaries from the Warden's office. Nana Antwi-Ansorge, James Asfa, Ferdinand Eibl and Xibai Xu were awarded Warden's Scholarships and Justin Pearce, Piero Tortola and Harun Yilmaz received Warden's Pre-Doctoral Bursaries.
It is with great sorrow that we report the recent death of Dr Richard Kindersley, former Governing Body Fellow and Emeritus Fellow. Dr Kindersley (below right) was a Governing Body Fellow from 1967 to 1989 and a regular visitor to the College as Emeritus Fellow from 1989 onwards. Emeritus Fellow Archie Brown has written an obituary of him which is available at this link.
Professor Archie Brown, Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s, gave the keynote address at the opening session of the ICCEES (International Council for Central and East European Studies) congress in Stockholm on 26 July 2010. The congresses are held every five years and the latest was attended by over a thousand scholars whose work focuses on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Professor Brown was asked to give this address when Mikhail Gorbachev, who was to have been the speaker, withdrew a week before the event on doctor’s orders. A major theme of the congress was the Soviet perestroika, launched 25 years ago, and its many ramifications. Archie Brown’s address was, therefore, on ‘Gorbachev and Perestroika: A Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Perspective’
Daisy Hay, this year's Alistair Horne Fellow, is shortly to be awarded the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize (from the British Academy) for her book Young Romantics.
The College celebrated its 60th Anniversary Gaudy the weekend of 2-3 July with a series of events and a special dinner on the Saturday evening. 104 Antonians made it to the weekend, some had travelled from far afield and many were from the College's earliest days.
Steve Tsang, writes on how there has never been a better time for both sides to reach an agreement on Taiwan's right to self-rule in the South China Morning Post.
Professor Paul Collier - had his latest book reviewed in the Guardian recently. The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature.
Free Speech: Old Principles, New Circumstances - 4th June 2010 at 5pm in the Dahrendorf Room at St Antony's. Jeremy Waldron (New York University), Agnes Callamard (Article 19), and James Weinstein (Arizona State University). Chair: Timothy Garton Ash.
An alumnus Rory Brown is currently based in Afgahnaistan and a very recent alumna Saagariika Dadu has also been in the country for field research. Both give their different perspectives on Afghanistan at this link.
The College's 60th Anniversary Gaudy takes place the weekend of the 2-3 July 2010 - the event is open to alumni from every generation and we expect a wide spectrum of Antonians to attend. For programme details and to book, please click here. If you would liike to submit a booking form electronically, please click here.
Professor Robert Service was a recent guest on Radio 4's A Good Read. The programme is available here.
Research by Daisy Hay, current Alistair Horne Fellow, reveals a new perspective on Byron and Shelley, featured in the Observer
Seth Anziska, alumnus, writes on "America's Settlement Folly" for Foreign Policy magazine.
It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Dr Ronald Hingley, former Governing Body and Emeritus Fellow, last weekend. Dr Hingley was a Governing Body Fellow from 1961 to 1987 and a regular visitor to the College as Emeritus Fellow from 1987 onwards.
The latest Oxford Today features an essay by the Warden, Professor Margaret MacMillan, taken from her book The Uses and Abuses of History.
Professor Archie Brown's latest book, The Rise and Fall of Communism, was the subject of a highly appreciative review in the most recent Oxford Today where it was described as "the standard for future historians to match." Professor Brown also authored an article in the International Herald Tribune on March 10th on Mikhail Gorbachev.
Dr Faisal Devji was a recent guest on Radio 4's In Our Time discussing the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
Professor Robert Service was awarded the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize for his book Trotsky. Previous Antonian recipients include Margaret MacMillan, David Gilmour, Mark Mazower and Anne Applebaum.
Jesse Sullivan, a recent alumnus found himself the subject of CNN's Intriguing People last week. Working at the Haitiian Embassy in Washington, he is living in a tent on the streets of Washington DC to show solidarity with and raise funds for the afflicted in Haiti.
Professor Avi Shlaim, authored an article in The Guardian on February 3rd criticizing Tony Blair for being "Gaza's great betrayer". Read the article here.
Michael Benson, the President of Southern Utah University and an Antonian, recently penned an article on his rise to his current position and gives due credit to his alma mater.
Professor Ian Neary, Governing Body Fellow, has just published a new book: The Buraku Issue and Modern Japan:The Career of Matsumoto Jiichiro.
St Antony's College was delighted to host Dr Henry Kissinger for an event and dinner on Friday 16th October 2009. The former Secretary of State was in discussion with the Warden, Professor Margaret MacMillan and his most recent biographer and College Honorary Fellow, Sir Alistair Horne.
Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize winning author and St Antony's Honorary fellow was a guest of Jon Stewart on his recent programme The Daily Show.
Foreign Policy's first annual list of the 100 top global thinkers featured a plethora of Antonians including Governing Body Fellows Professor Paul Collier and Professor Tariq Ramadan, Honorary Fellows Thomas Friedman and Aung San Suu Kyi as well as former members Michael Ignatieff, Paul Kennedy, Mohamed El Erian and Anwar Ibrahim.
St Antony’s College, Oxford hosted the inaugural Sheikh Zayed Book Award Lecture on the 5th of November. The award is presented every year to outstanding writers, translators, publishers and first-time novelists whose work has made a substantial contribution to Arab culture. Speakers at the event were Dr. Abdulla Al Ghadami, member of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award Advisory Council, and novelist Gamal Al Ghitani, winner of the 2009 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature.
Professor Jean-Pascal Daloz, St Antony's SCR Member has just published The Sociology of Elite Distinction.
Dr Joseph Sassoon, St Antony's Associate Member, was a recent guest on Radio 4's File on 4.
Yuri Shafranik, Chairman, Union of Oil & Gas Producers of Russia, spoke on Resource Nationalism in Russia on 25th November at 5pm as part of the Geopolitics of Energy series. <
Start the Week welcomed Professor Tariq Ramadan as a guest last week to talk about his new book What I believe. This week's features Dr Eugene Rogan discussing his new book The Arabs: A History - which was recently reviewed in The Guardian.
Ali Allawi, former Iraqi Finance Minister and St Antony's Senior Associate Member was recently awarded the Washington Institute Silver Prize for his book: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization.
A service of thanksgiving was held for Lord Dahrendorf of Clare Market at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey at 12pm on Tuesday 3rd November 2009. Sir Patrick Cormack MP and Professor Timothy Garton Ash both gave a memorial address. A transcript is available of Sir Patrick's address at this link and at this link for Professor Garton Ash's.
Professor Avi Shlaim's new book Israel and Palestine:Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations, was reviewed recently in The Guardian.
Dr Faisal Devji was the author of a recent article in The Guardian on the state of Pakistan.
Dr Ekaterina Hertog has been awarded the 2009 Daiwa Prize for 'the best article by an early career scholar' for her recent work "'The worst abuse against a child is the absence of a parent': how Japanese unwed mothers evaluate their decision to have a child outside of wedlock"
Professor Arthur Stockwin was recently awarded the Japan Foundation Award for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange
The College is sad to announce the death of Dr John Campbell, former Governing Body and Emeritus Fellow, on Saturday 5 September 2009. Dr Campbell was a Senior Research Fellow at St Antony's from 1958 to 1967, a Governing Body Fellow from 1967 to 1990 and a regular visitor to the College as Emeritus Fellow from 1990 onwards.
Professor Robert Service's new book on Trotsky was reviewed by the Sunday Times recently and Professor Service was also a recent guest of Andrew Marr on Radio 4's Start the Week.
The Warden, Margaret MacMillan, has a feature in a recent Guardian: Rebuilding the world after the second world war.
St Antony's is holding a seminar on Tuesday December 1st to commemorate the life and work of Lord Dahrendorf (Warden 1987-1997). For more details please see here.
Honorary Fellow Sir Alistair Horne has published his latest book Kissinger's Year: 1973 and recently wrote a robust defence of the former Secretary of State in The Independent.
Professor Robert Service was recently a guest on Uncommon Knowledge debating the life of Leon Trotsky with Christopher Hitchens.
The Warden, Professor Margaret MacMillan, was one of the eminent historians featured on Radio 4's Front Row on 12th August 2009.
Tariq Ramadan was one of five prominent religious thinkers interviewed on Channel 4's recent programme Revelations: How do you know God exists?
St Antony's is delighted to report that William Beinart, Governing Body Fellow and Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
Libya: Legacy of the past, prospects for the future - 25th-27th September. The Middle East Centre at St Antony's College brought Libya to the centre stage in an international conference, which provided a forum to reflect upon Libya's recent history and current politics.
Professor Timothy Garton Ash was a guest on Radio 4's Start the Week on 6th July and was also the subject of an interview on Radio 3's Night Waves on 9th July - his book Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name is published by Atlantic Books.
Professor Paul Collier was interviewed by the Today Programme on Radio 4 on 8th July discussing whether the current system of aid is helping developing countries.
Dr Philip Robins, St Antony's Governing Body Fellow and Junior Proctor has recently published a new book, The Middle East, A Beginner's Guide.
Sir Raymond Carr, former Warden of St Antony's who turned 90 in April, was the subject of an appreciative tribute in the Spectator recently.
Professor John Loughlin, Cardiff University and St Antony's SCR member, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Umea, Sweden in recognition of his work on European politics and territorial governance.
Emeritus Fellow Professor Archie Brown was one of Antonian Honorary Fellow Bridget Kendall's three guests on The Forum, the BBC World service Discussion Forum which went out on Sunday 14th June. It can now be accessed on the BBC World Service website. The theme of the broadcast is transformations, starting with 1989. The other guests are Albie Sachs, South African Constitutional Court judge who in 1988 lost his right arm and an eye when, as an active member of the opposition to the apartheid regime, he was the victim of a car bomb, and Princeton literary historian and critic Elaine Showalter. Archie Brown's new book, The Rise and Fall of Communism was reviewed recently in the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Independent.
Dr David Pratten has been awarded the Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology for his book The Man-leopard Murders; history and society in colonial Nigeria
Professor Timothy Garton Ash was recently featured on the Radio 4 programme Hearts and Minds in relation to the Cold War.
Professor Robert Service recently reviewed Tristram Hunt's new book on Friedrich Engels in the Sunday Times.
The Uses and Abuses of History - Margaret MacMillan's new book was reviewed recently in the Sunday Times.
Network of Power in Modern Greece: Essays in Honor of John Campbell - An exciting new set of perspectives on Greek history and society written by former students of Professor John Campbell, described as "the father" of Greek Studies at St Antony's College. Mark Mazower, (Oxford alumnus now Professor of History at Columbia University) edits the book which also includes contributions from Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith, former Diplomat and St Antony's Doctoral student and Dr Renee Hirschon who sits on the SEESOX committee.
Dr Matteo Rizzo - St Antony's Research Fellow and Lecturer in African Studies has published an article entitled - "The Struggle for Alternatives: NGOs' Responses to the World Development Report 2008" - which critically reviews the responses by NGOs to the World Bank's flagship publication. The article is available to download here.
Class of '99 Reunion - Antonians who arrived in 1999 returned to St Antony's for a reunion High Table on 30 October 2009.
New Middle East Centre Building - Oxford City Council has granted planning permission for the Middle East Centre's new building, the Softbridge, designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid. See the Softbridge page for a range of artist's impressions of the new building.
Ice Hockey - the Oxford Blues featuring three St Antony's students have just won the National Championship for the first time since 1933. This comes just a few weeks after they also completed a memorable victory over Cambridge in the annual varsity match in March. Congratulations to Dan Koldyk, Cal Nicholson and Johanas Sjostrand.
Journalism award - Maria Repnikova, currently studying for an MPhil in Comparative Government, has been awarded the $2,000 Alexander Kendrick Scholarship by the Overseas Press Club Foundation at its 2009 Annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City. She has also won an OPC Foundation internship and will spend the summer in the Reuters bureau in Beijing.
Award for Sarah Washbrook - Dr Sarah Washbrook, British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow working within the Latin American Centre, has been awarded a publishing contract in the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph series.
Dictionary of National Biography - Sir William Deakin, historian and founder Warden of St Antony's, is amongst the latest additions to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Honours for Emeritus Fellows - St Antony's was delighted to learn of awards for two emeritus fellows. Mrs Rosemary Thorp, Reader Emeritus in the Economics of Latin America and Director of Queen Elizabeth House, the University's Department of International Development, in 2003-2004, is made a CBE. The founding Director of the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies, Professor Arthur Stockwin, receives an OBE for services to academic excellence and the promotion of UK-Japanese understanding.
Grant for the MEC Archive - The Anglo Omani Society has awarded the Middle East Centre Archive a grant for the Charles Butt Project. This aims to preserve and digitise the outstanding photographic collection acquired by Charles Butt during his service in the Middle East, notably in Oman.
Appointments for Paul Collier - Professor Paul Collier, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, has been appointed co-director of a new International Growth Centre, which has been launched by International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander MP with the aim of providing practical help to promote economic growth in developing countries. A recording of the launch event is available as a podcast. Professor Collier has also joined the new senior advisory board of Critical Resource, an advisory firm specialising in sustainability and stakeholder issues.
Award for Paul Collier - Professor Paul Collier, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, has won the Corine International Book Award 2008, business section, for his book The Bottom Billion. This award recognises books published in German.
New Chair in Contemporary Islamic Studies - The Qatar Foundation has announced the endowment of the HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Chair in Contemporary Islamic Studies. The post-holder will be a fellow of St Antony's and a member of the Middle East Centre based in the College as well as being a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Funding will also be provided for conferences, lecture series, seminars and joint publications. The announcement was made during the visit of Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Doha. Press coverage includes The Gulf Times.
Honorary Doctorate - Mrs Rosemary Thorp, Emeritus Fellow, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Catholic University of Peru. She has no thoughts of retirement as yet, with a research grant to continue her work at Queen Elizabeth House until at least 2010.
British Academy elections - Professor Vivienne Shue (right), Director of the Contemporary China Studies Programme, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Honorary Fellow of St Antony's, was elected for a four-year term as President starting in 2009.
EU 'Group of Wise Men' - Professor Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Director of the European Studies Centre, has been invited to join a 12-member group headed by former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez tasked with reflecting on how best to deal with Europe's future challenges. Further details are in the press release from the EU Observer, Brussels.
Professor William Beinart, Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, has become President of the African Studies Association of the UK. During his two-year tenure, Oxford will host the Association's biennial conference in September 2010.
'The Chihuahuas' [St Antony's/Wolfson’s football team] did the College proud on Tuesday 26th May by decisively winning the 5-a-side women's Cuppers tournament to round off a very successful season in the First Division. They won three consecutive matches (6-3, 4-0, 2-0), including beating the 11-a-side Cuppers winners by 4-0. Hard work, and a much deserved victory.