Dahrendorf Scholars and Essays

Dahrendorf Scholars and Essays

Each year three St Antony’s students are selected by a competitive process to work on the Research Agenda of the Programme and to undertake a piece of independent research on a subject related to the study of freedom. The scholars are selected on the basis of written applications, and interviews when necessary, by a committee of Fellows of the College. Among their obligations is to write a free-form essay on a topic of their choice. Click on the links below to read Dahrendorf essays from previous years.

The 2021 Dahrendorf Scholars

Picture of 2021 Dahrendorf Scholar Iyone Agboraw

Iyone Agboraw

Black Britons: Seeking freedom, creating freedom.

Picture of 2021 Dahrendorf Scholar Laura Ballerini

Laura Ballerini

The ‘white student complex’: Are white European students facing an identity crisis?

Picture of 2021 Dahrendorf Scholar David Saveliev

David Saveliev

Fuelling a revolution: Assessing the influence of new media on Belarusian identity during the 2020-21 protests


The 2020 Dahrendorf Scholars

Picture of 2020 Dahrendorf Scholar Valerie Gutmann

Valerie Gutmann

Home, freedom, and European identity: Perspectives from European graduate students in the age of Brexit

Picture of 2020 Dahrendorf Scholar Ellen Leafstedt

Ellen Leafstedt

“Why Russia is Europe and the EU… not so much”: The re-imagining
of Russia’s place in Europe

Picture of 2020 Dahrendorf Scholar Reja Wyss

Reja Wyss

The European divide on climate change: The Fridays for Future movement and the future of Europe


The 2019 Dahrendorf Scholars

Picture of 2019 Dahrendorf Scholar Jihane Benamar

Jihane Benamar

Never again the "gendarme of Europe"? Morocco's changing regional role and the migration question

Picture of 2019 Dahrendorf Scholar Maeve Moynihan

Maeve Moynihan

Project Ireland 2040: The freedom to migrate in Ireland's future vision of itself

Picture of 2019 Dahrendorf Scholar Auguste Breteau

Auguste Breteau

In defence of European border policies?Integrated Border Management, development without accountability, and the role of European partners in the securitisation of Lebanon


The 2018 Dahrendorf Scholars

Picture of 2018 Dahrendorf Scholar Robert Gorwa

Robert Gorwa

GLASNOST! Nine ways Facebook can make itself a better forum for free speech and democracy

Picture of 2018 Dahrendorf Scholar Yasmina Abouzzohour

Yasmina Abouzzohour

Red lines in the kingdoms of benevolent dictators: The role of freedom of speech in the potential pathways to democracy in different authoritarian settings

Picture of 2018 Dahrendorf Scholar Milica Radovic

Milica Radovic

The Yugoslav Wars as a taboo in the western Balkans


The 2017 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Xiaoyu Lu

Xiaoyu Lu

Double dissidents: Chinese students returning from the West

Photo of Jonathan Raspe

Jonathan Raspe

Das wird man ja wohl noch kritisieren dürfen! Freedom of speech and freedom of criticism in German, or why the Jews are to blame for the AfD

Photo of William Allen

William Allen

Representing freedom and force: How data visualisations convey the complex realities of migration


The 2016 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Helen Haft

Helen Haft

Article 148 - The aftermath of punk prayer

Photo of Iris Nxumalo

Iris Nxumalo-De Smidt

Epistemic communities of freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa: Negotiating and refashioning womanhood in Africa

Photo of Renzhi Li

Renzhi Li

Reading Isaiah Berlin in China


The 2015 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Monica Richter

Monica Richter

Photo of Jalal Imran Jalal Imran
Photo of Suzanne Robin Suzanne Robin

The 2014 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Ava Hess

Ava Hess

Covering the aesthetics of resistance

Photo of Max Gallien

Max Gallien

Last thoughts of Al-Bernameg: Bassem Youssef and the Egyptian struggle for freedom of speech

Photo of Yu Tao

Yu Tao

Religious diversity in contemporary Chinese scholarship


The 2013 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Katherine Bruce-Lockhart

Katherine Bruce-Lockhart

From hate speech to self-censorship: The role of the media in Kenya's 2007 & 2013 elections

Photo of Bassam Gergi

Bassam Gergi

For jobs and freedom, 50 years on: The struggle for racial equality in the age of Obama

Photo of Rory McCarthy

Rory MacCarthy

Who is threatening free speech in post-revolutionary Tunisia?


The 2012 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Annabelle Chapman

Annabelle Chapman

Towards a 'parallel polis'? Creating freedom in Belarus

Photo of Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

The successes and failures of Egyptian secularism

Photo of Rutger Kaput

Rutger Kaput

The Wilders case: A politician on trial


The 2011 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Jacob Amis

Jacob Amis

"Quiet Spring": Jordan and the 2011 Arab uprising

Photo of Katharine Engelhard

Katharine Engelhart

Bosnia's three-headed beast: Sejdic and Finci vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina and the case for "reasonable" discrimination


The 2010 Dahrendorf Scholars

Photo of Dominic Burbridge

Dominic Burbidge

A letter from a young Christian to a liberal

Photo of Andreas Knab

Andreas Knab

A bargain with fate: To diffuse the threat of online Jihadism, we must stick to our guns

Photo of Christopher Kutarna

Christopher Kutarna

Democracy, unbundled objectivity, subjectivity, and the search for common ground

Photo of Xibai Xu

Xibai Xu

Neo-liberalism and governance in China