Promoting Academic Exchange

Promoting Academic Exchange

In February 2014, CISOQ brought together over 20 academics from institutions in Oxford, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand to explore contemporary challenges to inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue in South East Asia, with specific emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives. Key collaborators were St Antony’s College Asian Studies Center; Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies; and Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Our College Warden, Professor Margaret MacMillan, opened this 2-day international workshop and one of our College Fellows, Dr Matthew Walton, updated an evening public audience on the latest thought-provoking issues surrounding ‘Closing Myanmar’s Pandora’s Box: Resolving the Buddhist-Muslim Conflict’.

CISOQ provides liaison support for Oxford Fellows working with the CIS, Doha. In May 2012 Fellows from the Middle East Centre of St Antony’s College together with representatives from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, participated in a seminar workshop hosted by the CIS in Doha, relating to the Arab Spring and the implications for the region and beyond. A follow up workshop took place in April 2013, exploring the prelude to the Arab Spring.

CISOQ promotes exchange with other centres and it is in this role in April to June 2012, that the programme jointly hosted and organised with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies a weekly guest lecture series on PDF icon Islamic Ethics: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives with guest speakers from across the UK and further afield.