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The study of Politics and International Relations at Oxford has a long and distinguished history and the Department has become one of the largest in the field in the UK with 100 teaching and research staff. We are proud to be considered as an internationally excellent centre for teaching and research achieving consistently high rankings in league tables for teaching and research.

Series associated with Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)

1909: The People's Budget
Academic Blogging: Political Analysis in the Digital Age
Annual Oxford Fulbright Distinguished Lectures in International Relations
Centre for International Studies Podcasts
Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict
German Politics: An Introduction
Israel Studies Seminar
Judgement and Justice: The Life and Diary of William Godwin
Political Demonology: The Logic of Evil in Contemporary Literature and Theology
Politics and International Relations Podcasts
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Spain: 1959 - 1992
The Egyptian Revolution, One Year On
The Engagement of Theory
The Global Thinkers Series, Oxford
The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher
The State of the State
US China Relations: An Introduction
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Holding power to account Matthew Caruana Galizia shares an incredibly moving account of his family's campaign to investigate his mother's murder Matthew Caruana Galizia 03 Aug 2020
2 Digital News Report 2020. Episode 5: How People Access News about Climate Change This episode focuses on the how people get news about climate change and how this differs across different countries, age brackets and attitudes towards the issue. Frederica Cherubini, Simge Andi 10 Jul 2020
3 Digital News Report 2020. Episode 6. How should journalists cover politics? In this episode we look at what people think when it comes to the news media covering politics. Frederica Cherubini, Richard Fletcher 25 Jun 2020
4 Digital News Report 2020. Episode 4. Newsletters and podcasts: how to create news habits in your audience In this episode we look at ongoing changes to news habits and how outlets can reach and engage audiences to develop sustainable news habits. Frederica Cherubini, Nic Newman 25 Jun 2020
5 Digital News Report 2020. Episode 3: Who will pay for the news? This episode focuses on the public's willingness to pay for news, what motivates them and what could persuade them. Frederica Cherubini, Richard Fletcher 25 Jun 2020
6 Digital News Report 2020. Episode 2: The future of local news Authors of the Digital News Report, the most comprehensive study of news consumption trends worldwide, discuss the key findings from this year's report. This episode focuses on our findings on the state and future of local news. Federica Cherubini, Anne Schulz 15 Jun 2020
7 Digital News Report 2020. Episode 1: What you need to know Authors of the Digital News Report, the most comprehensive study of news consumption trends worldwide, discuss the key findings from this year's report Federica Cherubini, Nic Newman, Rasmus Kleis 15 Jun 2020
8 The role of the Today programme in a national crisis Sarah Sands, editor of the Today programme, on the role of the BBC flagship radio news show Sarah Sands 09 Jun 2020
9 Fact checking a global story Clara Jiménez Cruz is co-founder and head of Maldita.es, a Spanish non-profit news organisation focused on stopping disinformation through fact-checking and data journalism Clara Jiménez Cruz 09 Jun 2020
10 What I learned by watching the American press try to cover Donald Trump Journalism lecturer and prominent media critic Jay Rosen outlines his thoughts on the US press's coverage of President Trump Jay Rosen 09 Jun 2020
11 Reporting pandemics: Measles and Coronavirus in the Pacific Islands Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, investigative reporter from Samoa speaks about reporting on the twin pandemics in the Pacific Islands Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson 09 Jun 2020
12 Buliding a global media brand Senior Editor at the Atlantic Prashant Rao discusses broadening the reach of the publication beyond the US Prashant Rao 09 Jun 2020
13 Brexit in a time of crisis Anand Menon discusses whether the coronavirus pandemic has distracted attention from the Brexit negotiations Anand Menon 09 Jun 2020
14 Creative Commons Tagore: The Distinctiveness of the Global - Prof PK Datta Prof PK Datta from Jawaharlal Nehru University speaks on Rabindranath Tagore. PK Datta 21 May 2020
15 Amílcar Cabral and the International - Race, Colonialism, Liberation: Prof Branwen Guffydd Jones Professor Branwen Guffydd Jones, expert on African anticolonialism in International Relations from Cardiff University, discusses the life and internationalist thought of one of Africa’s foremost anti-colonial activists, Amílcar Cabral (1924-1973). Branwen Guffydd Jones 25 Apr 2020
16 The IR thought of Susan Strange: Prof Cornelia Navari Cornelia Navari, of the University of Buckingham, gives an expert talk on Prof Susan Strange. Cornelia Navari 21 Apr 2020
17 Dr Merze Tate on International Relations: Prof Cecelia Lynch Prof Cecelia Lynch, of the University of California, Irvine, discusses the academic career of US foreign policy and disarmament expert Dr Merze Tate. Cecelia Lynch, Louise Richardson 21 Apr 2020
18 Life and thought of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit: Prof Manu Bhagavan Professor Manu Bhagavan, of Hunter College and CUNY, speaks on the life and work of Indian diplomat and politician Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. Manu Bhagavan 21 Apr 2020
19 Gilberto Freyre - International Intellectual, Ancestor of Southern Theory: Professor Peter Burke and Dr Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke Prof Peter Burke and Dr Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke of the University of Cambridge speak on Gilberto Freyre. Peter Burke, Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke 21 Apr 2020
20 International Thought of Joaquim Nabuco: Prof Leslie Bethell Professor Leslie Bethell of the University of Oxford traces the life and internationalist thought of Joaquim Nabuco. Leslie Bethell 21 Apr 2020
21 Jawaharlal Nehru on International Relations: Prof Judith Brown Professor Judith Brown discusses the international thought of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Judith Brown 21 Apr 2020
22 The International Thought of Muhammad Ali Jinnah: Dr Faisal Devji Dr Faisal Devji from the University of Oxford speaks on the international thought of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Faisal Devji 21 Apr 2020
23 A new wave: female editors and new audiences Meera Selva and Simge Andi of the Reuters Institute discuss the implications of their research on the numbers of women leading newsrooms around the world Meera Selva, Simge Andi 16 Mar 2020
24 Political gossip and how it drives everything Political writer Marie Le Conte on how Westminster gossip is intrinsic to politics reporting Marie Le Conte 11 Mar 2020
25 Hizky Shoham - The Emotional Scripting of Boycotts: The Nazi-Zionist Agreement in Jewish Public Culture During the 1930s Hizky Shoham discusses the 'emotionologies' surrounding the Nazi-Zionist 'Transfer agreement.' Hizky Shoham 26 Feb 2020
26 A dangerous moment: reporting Hong Kong's protests Emily Tsang, reporter at South China Morning Post and Wei Du, international correspondent at Channel News Asia, describe the difficulties of covering the protests against the controversial extradition law Emily Tsang, Wei Du 24 Feb 2020
27 Larissa Remennick - The Israeli Diaspora in Berlin: Back to Being Jewish? Larissa Remeniick discuss the origins and present condition of the new (post-2010) Israeli diaspora in Berlin Larissa Remennick 19 Feb 2020
28 Misinformation and propaganda wars in Ukraine and Russia Maryana Drach, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service director, and Gulmira Amangalieva, reporter at Freenews-Volga, Russia outine the threats to journalism in their countries. Maryana Drach, Gulmira Amangalieva 14 Feb 2020
29 Lotem Perry-Hazan: Ethnic segregation in the Haredi education in Israel: Policies and practices Lotem Perry-Hazzan discusses ethnic discrimination in admissions to Haredi schools in Israel Lotem Perry-Hazzan 05 Feb 2020
30 Leading Digital Transformation Inga Thordar, Execuive Editor of CNN Digital International, talks about her career and her championing of digital news output at one of the world's leading news outlets. Inga Thordar 31 Jan 2020
31 Heather Munro: Ashkenazi Hegemony in Haredi Israeli Society and Implications for the Future Heather Monro discusses the implications of Ashkenazi Hegemony in the Israeli Haredi society. Heather Munro 28 Jan 2020
32 The truth behind filter bubbles Is the concern around filter bubbles in news use warranted? Richard Fletcher outlines the evidence. Richard Fletcher 24 Jan 2020
33 The Making of the Israeli Far Right Book Talk by Peter Bergamin Peter Bergamin discusses his new book: The Making of the Israeli Far-Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology Peter Bergamin 22 Jan 2020
34 Creative Commons Seyed Ali Alavi - Iran and Palestine: Past, Present and Future Ali Alavi discusses the history of Iran's relations with Palestinian organisation and the Palestinian cause, and their implication to Iranian-Israeli relations. Ali Alavi 22 Jan 2020
35 Press freedom and media censorship Rasmus Nielsen discusses what he believes the European Commission and EU member states can do to protect press freedom. Rasmus Nielsen 13 Jan 2020
36 Putting the audience at the heart of journalism Federica Cherubini, Engagement Manager at Hearken, on tried and tested methods of audience engagement in journalism Federica Cherubini 04 Dec 2019
37 Creative Commons Tamar Calahorra, Competition between Members of Parliament and Governmental ministries on Policy Outcomes through Legislation – Israel as a Test case Dr. Calahorra studies some dramatic changes in the ways legislation is conducted in Israel Tamar Calahorra 03 Dec 2019
38 Creative Commons Nancy Hawker - Palestinian multilingualism: A perfectly normal adaptation to colonialism, conflict and late capitalism Nancy Hawker (The Aga Khan University) considers the developing place of Arabic in official nation-statist platforms in Israel Nancy Hawker 27 Nov 2019
39 Virtual Reality News: the post-hype reality in 2019 Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor of the BBC's VR Hub discusses the potential for engaging news audiences through virtual reality Zillah Watson 22 Nov 2019
40 Creative Commons Yoav Ronel - 'Love, Zionism and Melancholy in the Prose of Micha Yosef Berdichevsky' Yoav Ronel (Bezalel and BGU) considers representations of a melancholic national and subjective desire in the prose of Micha Yosef Berdichevsky (1865-1921) Yoav Ronnel 20 Nov 2019
41 Creative Commons Avihu Shoshana - 'Nocturnal Inequality: Ethnographies of Social Selection and Waiting in Line for Night Clubs in Tel-Aviv' Avihu Shoshana (Haifa University) discusses findings from his ethnography of social selection in Israeli night-clubs. Avihu Shoshana 13 Nov 2019
42 The 50:50 Project: increasing women's representation in the BBC's journalism Ros Atkins of BBC News talks about how the 50:50 project led to a significant increase in the number of women appearing across the BBC's journalism. Ros Atkins 11 Nov 2019
43 Creative Commons Jonathan Leslie - Fear and Insecurity: Competing Narratives of the Iran-Israel Relationship Jonathan Leslie considers the history of Iran's "becoming" and existential threat in Israel Jonathan Leslie 06 Nov 2019
44 Journalism under assault Meera Selva, Director of the RISJ Journalist Fellowship Programme, discusses attacks on journalists and the media in central and eastern Europe. Meera Selva 05 Nov 2019
45 Moriel Ram, 'A tale of sand and snow: Bar-Lev line and the Hermon ski site as material fantasies' Moriel Ram (SOAS) discusses how sand and snow produce potent imageries and physical realities in Israeli political culture. Moriel Ram 05 Nov 2019
46 The State of Journalism Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 Dorothy Byrne 05 Nov 2019
47 Surviving the cash crunch: Bhekisisa's road to non-profit health and social justice journalism Mia Malan, journalist, gives a talk for the Reuters Institute seminar series. Mia Malan 18 Oct 2019
48 Social media, democracy and dissent in Sri Lanka Meera Selva, Director of the Reuters Institute Journalism Fellowship Programme, addresses our closing seminar of the term with a presentation on the media situation in Sri Lanka. Meera Selva 24 Jun 2019
49 Protecting newsrooms from political pressures Bobby Ghosh, editorial board member at Bloomberg Opinion, explains how traditional revenue models in India make it challenging to resist external pressures on reporting – but there is a still way through it. Bobby Ghosh 17 Jun 2019
50 The failure of political journalism In this seminar, Helen describes the seductive power of the collective narrative as being one of the most distorting forces in modern political journalism. Helen Lewis 31 May 2019
51 Reputation, trust and keeping watch Inga Thordar, executive editor of CNN Digital International, talks about industry best practice in fact-checking standards, and the idea of telling the truth now constituting activism. Inga Thordar 24 May 2019
52 Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse Sue Robinson, Professor of Journalism in UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, explores the relationship between race, power and privilege in American journalism, in this seminar. Sue Robinson 17 May 2019
53 British media and populism, and Brexit Trevor Kavanagh, political columnist at The Sun, talks us through the evolution of his newspaper’s editorial stance on Brexit over the decades, from the early Common Market to the ERM, ECU and EU referendum. Trevor Kavanagh 10 May 2019
54 Why don’t we take women as seriously as men? Mary Ann Sieghart, Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, shares with us anecdotal and statistical evidence in this talk highlighting gender-respect inequality in the newsroom and other settings. Mary Ann Sieghart 07 May 2019
55 From victims to suspects - representations of Muslim women Dr Shakira Hussein is a writer and researcher at the University of Melbourne's National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies. In this talk she looks at how Muslim women are represented in the media from Australia to the UK. Shakira Hussein 29 Apr 2019
56 Creative Commons The Folly of Secularism Dialogues on the theopolitics of the nation-state: Israel in a wider context. Session 3: Israel: a dialogue between Yehouda Shenhav (Tel Aviv) and Yaacov Yadgar (Oxford) Yehouda Shenhav and Yaacov Yadgar discuss the uses and misuses of a discourse on “Judaism” in Israel. Session 3 in a series of three. Yehouda Shenhav, Yuval Evri, Yaacov Yadgar 03 Apr 2019
57 Creative Commons The Folly of Secularism Dialogues on the theopolitics of the nation-state: Israel in a wider context. Session 2: Liberalism and Secularism: a dialogue between Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern) and Yolanda Jansen (Amsterdam) Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Yolande Jansen discuss the notion of the “secular,” liberal politics of the nation-state. Session 2 in a series of three Elisabeth Shakman Hurd, Yolande Jansen 03 Apr 2019
58 Creative Commons The Folly of Secularism Dialogues on the theopolitics of the nation-state: Israel in a wider context. Session 1 Religion and Politics: a dialogue between William Cavanaugh (DePaul) and Timothy Fitzgerald (Centre for Critical Research on Religion) Timothy Fitzgerald and William Cavanaugh discuss the politics and history of the conceptual duality and its current usages. First session in a series of three Timothy Fitzgerald, William Cavanaugh 03 Apr 2019
59 Creative Commons Avner Offer: Quality of Life and Well-being in Israel Today Avner offer discusses how to measure -- and how to understand the measurements -- of quality of life and well-being in Israel. Avner Offer 06 Mar 2019
60 Creative Commons Eyal Chowers - The emerging notion of sovereignty in contemporary Israel Eyal Chowers considers Israeli democracy, liberalism, and the emerging notion of sovereignty in the state Eyal Chowers 06 Mar 2019
61 Should the state pay for journalism? Polly Curtis considers how journalism has become unsustainable and what role the state should play in making it widely available Polly Curtis 05 Mar 2019
62 Guy Burton - Rising Powers and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1947' How have rising power engaged with the Arab-Israeli conflict? What does this tell us about rising powers and conflict management as well as their behaviour in international politics more generally? Guy Burton 27 Feb 2019
63 Ibrahim Khatib - Identity, Conflict perception and Reconciliation in the shadow of the Arab-Israeli conflict Ibrahim Khatib discusses the correlations between identity, conflict perception, and willingness to reconcile. Ibrahim Khatib 27 Feb 2019
64 Diving Deep. Slow News and Reader Engagement Chris Cook of 'slow news' start-up Tortoise on providing an alternative to the 24/7 news cycle Chris Cook 18 Feb 2019
65 India's Social Media Elections Dr Vidya Narayanan of the Oxford Internet Institute on how India's 2019 general elections will be affected by the influence of social media Vidya Narayanan 18 Feb 2019
66 Creative Commons Menachem Klein - Abbas' Leadership in a State Postponed Menachem Klein discusses the political biography and leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority. Menachem Klein 06 Feb 2019
67 Short and strong: Making the Economist Espresso Lane Greene, language columnist and editor of the Economist's daily briefing, Espresso, on creating the ultra-concise news app and email Lane Greene 05 Feb 2019
68 Creative Commons The Coldest Story Ever Told: Kanye and the Up Next Algorithm Caithlin Mercer, Managing Editor, Yahoo!, uses the hip-hop star as an example of how social media's algorithms can enforce biased perspectives Caithlin Mercer 01 Feb 2019
69 Khaled Furani - Putting Israel on the Couch: A Palestinian challenge from within the Leviathan Khaled Furani deconstruct sovereignty, and considers some alternatives. Khaled Furani 23 Jan 2019
70 Creative Commons Netta Cohen - When climate takes command: Jewish-Zionist scientific approaches to climate in Palestine 1900-1948 How did Zionist scientist see climate in Palestine? Netta Cohen 16 Jan 2019
71 Voice, podcasts and the future of audio How are news organisations embracing voice-activated technology as smart speakers and other devices become more commonplace? Nic Newman, lead author of the groundbreaking study, the Future of Voice, discusses his research. Nic Newman 13 Dec 2018
72 Behind the lens: The impact and implications of visual storytelling Award-winning photojournalist and documentary maker Hazel Thompson talks about shedding light on marginalised communities around the world. Hazel Thompson 10 Dec 2018
73 Creative Commons Brian Klug - Defining antisemitism, demonizing Zionism, excoriating Corbyn: The current controversy over the left and the Jews Brian Klug analyses the controversy around antisemitism in the Labour Party and the limits on the criticism of Zionism. Brian Klug 28 Nov 2018
74 Orna Sasson-Levy - Gendered citizenship: The case of Women Breaking the Silence Orna Sasson-Levy discusses the cast of women soldiers who decide to speak Orna Sasson-Levy 21 Nov 2018
75 Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny Is popular feminism adequate for tackling partriarchy and misogyny in society? Sarah Banet-Weiser, Head of the Department of Media and Communication, LSE, discusses this in light of the Weinstein allegations, the MeToo movement, 'incel' attacks and more. Sarah Banet-Weiser 20 Nov 2018
76 Networked solidarity in the age of Trump Gina Neff of the Oxford Internet Institute, and author of book 'Trump and the Media', discusses the fracturing of society's bonds and the media's role in creating networks of solidarity. Gina Neff 20 Nov 2018
77 Creative Commons Adriana X Jacobs - A gift from Sinai: Translation and nation-building Adriana Jacobs (Oxford) discusses the role of translation in the constitutive era of modern Hebrew literature. Adriana X Jacobs 16 Nov 2018
78 David Tal - The making of alliance: The making and history of US-Israel relationships David Tal discusses the making and history of US-Israel relationships. David Tal 16 Nov 2018
79 Transformations in news organisations Anita Zielina, former Chief Product Officer of the Austrian Neue Zürcher Zeitung Media Group, and Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute, talks about how to implement change in news organisations. Anita Zielina 08 Nov 2018
80 Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian, talks about the newspaper industry, what makes good journalism, the role of social media and tech giants and the future of journalism. Alan Rusbridger 02 Nov 2018
81 Yakov Rabkin - Israel: The Russian Connection Yakov Rabkin (University of Montreal) discusses the roots of Israeli political culture in the Zionist beginnings in the Yiddish speaking regions of the Russian Empire. Yakov Rabkin 26 Oct 2018
82 Creative Commons Protecting whistleblowers and sources in the digital age Julie Posetti, Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, talks about the threats to journalists using confidential sources, and practical steps and evolving frameworks to protect journalists and whistleblowers. Julie Posetti 18 Oct 2018
83 How The Economist uses newsletters to drive engagement and subscription Sunnie Huang, Newsletters Editor of the Economist talks about the strategy behind the publication's newsletters Sunnie Huang 12 Oct 2018
84 Yaacov Yadgar - The Nation-State bill and the meaning of Israel’s Jewish identity Yaacov Yadgar discusses the recently passed Basic-Law: Israel the Nation State of the Jewish People, and discusses how it plays into Israel's Jewish Identity Crisis Yaacov Yadgar 10 Oct 2018
85 Creative Commons Kfir Cohen - Israeli Literature as Global Literature Kfir Cohen discusses Israeli literature as global literature (broadly defined) Kfir Cohen 25 Jun 2018
86 Innovation and the conversation on the rise of China Gary Liu, CEO, South China Morning Post, gives a talk for the Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Gary Liu 15 Jun 2018
87 Creative Commons Statistics and the battle against misinformation Denise Lievesley gives a talk for the Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Denise Lievesley 08 Jun 2018
88 In pursuit of repertoires of news consumption. Analysing how people use news media in everyday life Kim Schroder gives the Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Kim Schroder 01 Jun 2018
89 Bashir Abu-Manneh - Habibi’s The Pessoptimist and 1948 Bashir Abu-Manneh discusses Emile Habibi’s The Pessoptimist and 1948. Bashir Abu-Manneh 31 May 2018
90 Rami Ginat - Egyptian Communist Voices of Peace (1947-1958) Rami Ginat discusses the Egyptian Communist Party's stance on Israel in its formative first decade of statehood. Rami Ginat, Yaacov Yadgar 30 May 2018
91 Creative Commons Political actors and the manipulation of social media audience groups through the use of junk news and other forms of automation Vidya Narayanan (Director of Research, Computational Propaganda Project, Oxford Internet Institute) delivers a lecture for The Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Vidya Narayanan 08 May 2018
92 Creative Commons Faisal Devji: Jewish Pecedents and Muslim Nationalism Faisal Devji discusses the surprising relations between Pakistani nationalism and Zionism. Faisal Devji, Yaacov Yadgar 02 May 2018
93 Reporting The World Roula Khalaf, deputy editor, The Financial Times, gives a talk for the Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Roula Khalaf 27 Apr 2018
94 Creative Commons The King of Whoppers and political factchecking in the 2016 US presidential race The Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Lucas Graves (Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute, Oxford University) delivers a lecture for the Business and Practice of Journalism seminar series. Lucas Graves 21 Mar 2018
95 Yuval Evri: Andalusian Legacies: the role of al-Andalus/Sepharad in the political and cultural history of Israel/Palestine Yuval Evri discusses the uses of the the image of Al-Andalus in political and cultural discourses in the turn of the 20th Century. Yuval Evri, Yaacov Yadgar 07 Mar 2018
96 Creative Commons There are many roads to power – How to build a career in journalism Alexandra Borchardt, Director of strategic development, RISJ, gives a talk for the Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Alexandra Borchardt 27 Feb 2018
97 Creative Commons Galia Sabar: African Migration to Israel - Chronicle of a Failure Foretold The history and politics of African migration to Israel Galia Sabar, Yaacov Yadgar 21 Feb 2018
98 Creative Commons Journalism and the Underworld Antonio Sampaio, research associate for security and development, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), gives a talk for the Business and Practice of Journalism Seminar Series. Antonio Sampaio 16 Feb 2018
99 Almog Behar - Between Hebrew and Arabic The politics, culture, and reality of Hebrew and Arabic in Israel and beyond. Almog Behar, Yaacov Yadgar 14 Feb 2018
100 Eugene Rogan - The Myth of the Campbell-Bannerman Report: Arab views on Israel after the Suez Crisis On the origins and context of a little know (for some obvious reasons) chapter in the history of the Zionism. Eugene Rogan 08 Feb 2018