Our Initiative is committed to teaching for the greater good and building community across disciplines—law, political science, international politics, gender, anthropology, diplomacy, development, religion, the arts and public policy—to critically deliberate on global ethics, human rights and finding hope in challenging times. We are especially committed to exploring understandings of war and peace through the arts and humanities, with a focus on the participation of women in war and peace.
Short seminars draw on Oxford faculty from across disciplines and colleges, alongside dedicated practitioners and policymakers. As a community, we are committed to ongoing publishing projects and adding seminars on understudied topics. Our Global Women's Narratives Project, founded as a UNESCO Chair initiative, has university and nonprofit partnerships around the world. Our current 2020 Fellows commit to co-teaching our seminars and collaborate on new projects—e.g., a new moral courage academy, children's libraries for refugee camps, art exhibitions and writing workshops on war zones.
Image: Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain, seminar on religion, human rights, and global citizenship.
DELEGATES AT MARCH 2019 SEMINAR
Images above: Dr. Catia Confortini from Wellesley College with attendees (left), lecturer Asil Sidahmed, Advocacy Strategy for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (center), Dr. Julia Amos of Oxford's War and Peace Network and attendees from University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Wellesley College, Claremont College, and Estácio de Sá University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
IRSHAD MANJI, MANAS GHANEM & DAMIAN GORMAN
Fellows collaborate with the Oxford Initiative on ongoing projects, design signature sessions for our seminars, and participate in our community of scholars.
Read more about our fellows here.