The Oxford Forum

The Oxford Forum is a student run organisation which encourages discourse and debate within Oxford, allowing students to engage with a diverse range of issues.


Chancellor Merkel's Legacy and the Future of German Politics
Mar
5
5:00 PM17:00

Chancellor Merkel's Legacy and the Future of German Politics

  • Lecture Room B, The Queen's College Oxford United Kingdom (map)
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Last year, Angela Merkel confirmed that she will not attempt to remain Chancellor of Germany past 2021. In office since 2005, her tenure has been marked by crisis in the Eurozone and a migrant crisis to which her response has been controversial. It has also seen the decline of Germany's two main political parties or alliances, the CDU/CSU and the SPD, as other parties like the AFD, often described as far-right, and the Greens rise in prominence. On 5th March, we will host a panel discussion to consider what legacy she leaves behind and what may happen to German politics in the future.

Speakers:

Professor Dan Hough

  • Professor Hough is the Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sussex. He edits the leading academic journal on contemporary Germany, 'German Politics'.

Dr Inga Rademacher

  • Dr Rademacher joined the Department of European & International Studies at King's College in September 2018 after teaching Political Economy at Goldsmiths College (University of London). Inga holds a PhD in Political Science from the Max Planck Institute of the Study of Societies in Cologne/University of Osnabrueck. Her primary focus will be on economic policy and particularly on new forms of economic intervention which emerged after the financial crisis and the European debt crisis.

Dr Matthias Dilling

  • Matthias Dilling is a Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford and a Special Lecturer at Magdalen College. Dr Dilling's research is on party politics in Europe and he is an expert on Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. His current projects include the completion of a book manuscript on why Christian democratic parties have varied in their ability to adapt to changing social and political conditions as well as articles on institutional change and the radical right.

Professor William Paterson

  • Professor Paterson is an Honorary Professor of German and European Politics at Aston University and was previously Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and Salvesen Professor of European Institutions and Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He coined the term 'reluctant hegemon' and co-authored 'Germany and the European Union: Europe's Reluctant Hegemon?' with Simon Bulmer. He also gave laureation speeches for Honorary Doctorates given to German Chancellors Willy Brandt and Helmut Kohl.

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Mar
1
4:00 PM16:00

Hilary 2019 Termly General Meeting

  • Swire Seminar Room, University College Oxford United Kingdom (map)
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The specific time and date of the Hilary Term TGM and elections for the Trinity Term committee have been confirmed as below:

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm, March 1
Location: Swire Seminar Room, University College

If you are interested in running for a position on our committee, please do not hesitate to fill out the application form. Applications close on February 28.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeo4s6ZO7s7ONYg1p9Q7OZ2sMEf_VT4fsyVxYv17kt9JEGJCA/viewform

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Brexit: The Experts Debate
Feb
27
5:00 PM17:00

Brexit: The Experts Debate

  • Cohen Quadrangle, Walton Street Oxford United Kingdom (map)
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As Brexit continues to plague our Parliament and politics and the 29th March draws ever closer, what should be done to get us out of this mess? What do the recent amendments mean? Join us with the leading experts as they go head to head in their attempt to answer these questions, put forward their insights, views and solutions and undoubtedly disagree in the process.

We will be taking the speakers to a formal at Catz following the debate. To ballot for a place at the formal please email ptoynebridges@gmail.com .

NB- This event is free to any member of Oxford University or Oxford Brookes University.


Speakers:

  • Dr Andrew Lilico: Executive Director of Europe Economics and former Chairman of Economists for Britain during the referendum campaign.

  • Dr Graham Gudgin: Former special adviser to the First Minister of Northern Ireland and Chief Economic Adviser at Policy Exchange, the UK's largest think tank.

  • Dr Sara Hagemann: Gave testimony in the House of Commons at the time of the referendum. Associate Professor in European Politics at LSE and former Senior Policy Analyst at the Brussels-based European Policy Centre.

  • Will Hutton: Former Editor-in-Chief for The Observer and Principal of Hertford College.

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What do business executives think about distributive justice?
Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

What do business executives think about distributive justice?

  • Balliol College Oxford United Kingdom (map)
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This event is jointly hosted by Oxford University Philosophy Society and the Oxford Forum. Entrance free!

Speakers

  • Professor Susanne Burri - Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Professor Alexander Pepper - Professor of Management Practice in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science


Professor Burri and Professor Pepper will be discussing an empirical study that was carried out jointly by a philosopher, a sociologist and a management scholar with the support of a professional services firm. It examines what business executives think about distributive justice by studying the views of over a thousand individuals from across the world using a survey instrument designed by the authors based on a thought experiment resembling John Rawls’s original position.

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In Conversation with Sir Graham Brady MP
Feb
7
5:00 PM17:00

In Conversation with Sir Graham Brady MP

  • 92 St Aldate's England, OX1 1RA United Kingdom (map)
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Free and open to all members of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes.

Sir Graham Brady is a Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West and Chair of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives. In 2010 he was voted "Backbencher of the Year" by the Spectator magazine. In his role as Chairman of the 1922 Committee he oversaw December's vote of no confidence against Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party, triggered by at least 48 letters of no confidence he received from various Conservative MPs.

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The Future of the Conservative Party
Feb
2
4:30 PM16:30

The Future of the Conservative Party

  • Lecture Room B, The Queen's College Oxford United Kingdom (map)
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The Conservative Party is fundamentally divided, with 118 Conservative MPs voting against Theresa May’s Brexit deal and 117 against her in the December confidence vote. Members' radically different views on socio-economic issues and Brexit threaten to tear the party apart. Where does the Conservative Party go from here? How does it ensure member loyalty and engage a new generation of voters, especially amidst calls for a new centrist party? The issue of what the party should stand for grows ever more important. So join the Oxford Forum to discuss this issue: The Future of the Conservative Party.

SPEAKERS:
Robert Buckland QC MP: Conservative MP for South Swindon and Solicitor General for England and Wales

Ryan Shorthouse: Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue, an independent think tank for liberal conservatism

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Student Three Party Debate – OUCA vs OULC vs OULD
Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

Student Three Party Debate – OUCA vs OULC vs OULD

  • 10 Merton Street Oxford, England, OX1 4JJ United Kingdom (map)
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Co-Hosted with the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA), Oxford University Labour Club (OULC), and the Oxford University Liberal Democrats (OULD).

Feat. student debaters from all three societies.

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OULC vs OUCA: "This House has no confidence in the Government".
OULD vs OUCA: "This House would raise inheritance tax".
OULC vs OULD: "This House believes that the Liberal Democrats are irrelevant".

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Is NIMBYism the primary cause of the housing crisis?
May
26
5:00 PM17:00

Is NIMBYism the primary cause of the housing crisis?

NIMBY, or Not In My Back Yard‘, is a pejorative that refers to those who oppose house-building in their area, ranging from existing homeowners to conservationists. Underlying this term is the argument that politics, rather than economics, explains this country’s failure to build enough homes, with successive governments at a national and local level bowing to those who wish to see their property prices stay high. Meanwhile, younger generations struggle to get on the housing ladder. 

With the UK’s housing shortage being one of the most potent political issues of our time and a powerful example of generational inequality, it is more important than ever to understand the reasons behind it. Is NIMBYism the primary cause for failure to deliver sufficient housing year on year or does the blame lie elsewhere, with property developers or excessive government regulations perhaps?

Speakers

John Elledge - Editor of CityMetric

Barry Pearce - Infrastructure Planning Commissioner; Former Senior Lecturer of the Department for Land Economy at the University of Cambridge

Neil Goodrich - Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing

Peter Collins - Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Oxfordshire); Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall

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Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

Col. Richard Kemp CBE

Venue: Okinaga Room, Wadham College

We are very excited to be co-hosting with the Oxford Israel-Forum, the distinguished Colonel Richard Kemp CBE. He is the former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, a leading expert on counter-terrorism, and former military attaché to the Cabinet Office. He will be speaking on the current geopolitical situation in the Middle East and the ‘New Age of Counter-Terrorism’.

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The State of the Arts in the UK
Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

The State of the Arts in the UK

The Oxford Forum is proud to present a panel drawing from politics and the arts to discuss the state of the arts in contemporary Britain. Are museums too elitist and exclusive? Should there be more public funding for the arts? Should the BBC do more to promote cultural institutions? All this and more will be discussed.

 

Venue: Okinaga Room, Wadham College

The Speakers:

Christine Jardine MP: elected to the Edinburgh West constituency in the 2017 General Election, the Liberal Democrat MP has been a journalist, broadcaster, and university teacher, and Media Adviser on Scotland to Downing Street during the Coalition Government.

Christopher Le Brun: President of the Royal Academy of Arts since 2011, he studied painting at the Slade School of Art and Chelsea School of Art in the 1970s, going on to become an internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been collected by the Tate Gallery, the British Museum, MoMA, and the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York. He has also been a Trustee of the Tate Gallery, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

This event is free and open to all.

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North Korea - What's Next?
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

North Korea - What's Next?

The Oxford Forum is proud to present a student panel exploring where we go from here with one of the most significant geo-political issues of our time, North Korea. The event will be held in the Okinaga Room, Wadham College

The Speakers:
Steve Heo is a 3rd year PPE student at Brasenose. A competitive debater, he was a finalist at the Cardiff Open and the Maastricht Open in 2017. He is also President of the Oxford University Korea Society. 

Jieun Baek is a DPhil candidate in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Before coming to Oxford, she was a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. She is also the author of 'North Korea’s Hidden Revolution', published by Yale University Press in 2016. 

Edward Howell is an MPhil candidate at Balliol, having previously studied Geography at Brasenose. Edward is currently researching a thesis on ‘The state survival of North Korea: a cultural perspective’, which examines the role of culture and identity in the survival North Korea. He has also written articles for the Huffington Post, the Diplomat, and was involved with the launching of the BBC World Service in North Korea.

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Can Gender Segregation Facilitate Gender Equality?
Nov
6
5:30 PM17:30

Can Gender Segregation Facilitate Gender Equality?

Can gender segregation facilitate gender equality? Is there still any benefit to single-gender schools? Why do we need safe spaces? What is the best way by which we can achieve gender equality in our society? 

Our speakers:

Zainab Majid: Zainab was born in Abu Dhabi to a Pakistani family and is now a third-year undergraduate physicist at Wadham College. She is the co-founder of Empower Her Voice, an organisation spotlighting female speakers on university campuses and fundraising for girls' schools and women's centres worldwide.

Zoe Hodge: Zoe is co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club and former leader of OULC’s Women’s Caucus.

Alexis Murray Luo: Alexis is the creator of Homecoming Queen, an Oxford based print zine and multimedia platform, where people of colour and migrants share personal interpretations of belonging. Alexis is also creating 2 PLAY ZINE this term, about sexual oppression. She has been involved in numerous publications in Oxford including The ISIS, The Mays and OxStu.

Dan Orr: Dan is the co-Chair of Oxford SU Women's Campaign and Trans Rep for Oxford University LGBTQ+ Society. Dan has also previously spoken on gender-based violence and trans inclusion in LGBTQ+ spaces, and was a delegate to the first ever NUS trans conference.

This event will include a question and answer with the audience.

This debate will be chaired by Rhian Friedeberg-Steward, Women’s officer of the Oxford Forum.

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