Rethinking Global Engagement

Rethinking global engagement

Organised by the University of Oxford and Berlin University Alliance, this symposium addresses the pressing need for European universities to rethink and to re-imagine the way in which they engage globally. 


Leading academics and senior university leaders discuss the ways in which we can confront the challenges of increased politicisation and geopolitical tensions; explore new modes of research collaborations to reflect better the changing global research environment and to maximise inclusivity and representation; and to share experiences and lessons from across a wide range of disciplines and research areas.

The keynote lecture will be given by Prof Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago on the subject of "From the Global to the Planetary". 



Wednesday 29th November

11.30 - 12: Registration

12.00 – 12.45: Lunch

12.45 – 14.15: Panel One:  The challenges and opportunities of global engagement

Prof Irene Tracey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
Prof Julia von Blumenthal, President, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Prof Adam Habib, Director, SOAS University of London 
Dr Michael Harms, Deputy Secretary General and Head of the Berlin Office, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Chair: The Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor, University of Oxford

14.15 – 14.45: Coffee break

14.45 – 15.00: Welcome and overview of the Partnership and symposium 
Prof Andrew Hurrell and Prof Cigdem Issever
(Academic Co-Directors of the Oxford Berlin Partnership)
Prof Nandini Gooptu (Acting Warden, St Antony’s College)

15.00 – 17.00: Panel Two:  Changing patterns and underlying values
Prof Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education, University of Oxford
Prof Beate Kampmann, Director, Charité Center for Global Health, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Prof Tim Soutphommasane, Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Practice in Human Rights and Political Theory, University of Oxford
Dr Eloísa Martín, Associate Professor of Sociology at the United Arab Emirates University and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Prof Kai Kresse, Vice Director, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
Chair: Prof Jo Beall, Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

17.00 – 17.15:  Comfort break

17.15 – 18.30:  Keynote Lecture: ‘From the global to the planetary’
Prof Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

18.30 – 19.30 Reception


Thursday 30th November

9.15 – 9.45: Coffee & pastries

9.45 – 10.00: Opening of day two
Dr Henry Marx, State Secretary for Higher Education and Research, Senate Department for Higher Education and Research, Health and Long-Term Care, Berlin

10.00 – 12.00 Panel Three:  Experiences and lessons of global engagement
Prof Alan Bernstein, Director, Oxford Global Health, University of Oxford
Dr Ertuğ Tombuş, Deputy Director, Center for Comparative Research on Democracy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Mariana Motta Vivian, PhD student Latin America Institute, International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future in Latin America', Freie Universität Berlin
Dr Mei-Ling Young, Early Career Researcher in International Relations, University of Oxford
Chair: Prof Andrew Hurrell, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford

12.00 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.00: Panel Four: Politicization and the intellectual and academic worlds beyond globalization
Prof Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford
Prof Todd H. Hall, Director, China Centre and Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford 
Dr Sigrun Abels, Director, Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China, Technische Universität Berlin
Chair: Prof Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford.

15.00 – 15.30: Closing remarks
Prof Alex Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and University Local and Global Engagement Officer, University of Oxford
Dr Herbert Grieshop, Head Steering Committee Internationalization, Berlin University Alliance