Seminars held at Balliol College and Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford 

Image: Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain, 2016 seminar on religion, human rights, and global citizenship.

          Our Mission


Our directors and affiliated faculty are committed to teaching for the greater good and building community across disciplines—political science, international politics, gender, anthropology, diplomacy, development, religion, and public policy—to find hope in challenging times.


We invite students and practitioners from around the globe to spend immersive interactional time at the University of Oxford with experts in international studies, war and peace, humanitarian law and human rights. Seminars draw on Oxford faculty from the War and Peace program, the Centre for International Studies, and the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict. 


Space is limited to forty participants for each seminar. Many of these spaces are filled by OxGS partners and invited guests. For more information about current university and institutional partnerships, please write one of the co-directors. We especially encourage applications from the Global South. 






March 17th-23rd, 2019

Seminar held at Balliol College and Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Hendra Gunawan, War and Peace, 1950s. Oil on canvas. National Gallery Singapore

War and Peace­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­—Critical Deliberations on Conflict, Peacebuilding and Finding Hope in Challenging Times

The study of war and peace at the University of Oxford dates back to the 1500s with notable contributions to just war thinking and the ethics of war. This seminar will embrace the complexity of the field by engaging across disciplines with case studies and critical deliberation on new challenges linked to humanitarian law, the environment, forced migration, new weapons technology, violent non-state groups, women in war, and the role of economic development. War understood as an intractable human constant can often be demoralizing. Yet there is much to celebrate in successful peace building endeavors, strategic moral diplomacy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

This week-long seminar commences on Sunday afternoon, March 17th, and ends Saturday morning, March 23rd. Travel suggestions will be sent upon acceptance.

Participants will be expected to read 5-7 articles before the seminar. The daily schedule is generally 9AM - 3:45PM, with two evening sessions and one afternoon free to tour Oxford.

Student seminar fee: $1900.00; professional seminar fee: $2100.00

Includes housing at Balliol College, all meals, and final formal banquet.

Nine public seats remaining. Applications considered until seminar filled.

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