Oxford Faculty on the Action for Palestine Solidarity Encampment

ACTIVISM, 13 May 2024

University of Oxford Faculty & Staff - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 May 2024 – As members of faculty and staff of the University of Oxford, we stand firmly in support of the members of the university community who have begun an encampment outside the Pitt Rivers Museum to demand that the university divest from Israel’s genocide in Gaza, as well as from Israel’s ongoing apartheid regime against Palestinians and its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Our students have demanded that the university call for an unconditional and immediate ceasefire, condemn the destruction of all of Gaza’s universities by Israel’s bombardment in the last six months, and commit concrete resources both to support Palestinian scholars’ education and to rebuild Gaza’s destroyed institutions of higher education. These sentiments have also been echoed in statements that members of Oxford’s community have initiated or signed, particularly the letter from the Scholars for Palestine group, which is led by Palestinian scholars in the UK.

The present situation in Gaza is catastrophic; the International Court of Justice has characterised it as plausibly amounting to genocide. We consider our students’ demands entirely reasonable given the University of Oxford’s commitment to global leadership in education and to furthering educational opportunities internationally. The University has called for the release of the Israeli hostages and for an end to the ongoing violence in Gaza. We further call for the release of Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in Israeli prisons, many of them arrested as children. We also ask the University itself to take a number of other urgent measures.

Currently, Oxford holds a policy of no direct investment in arms. We join our students in asking that the university review its ethical investment policy to explicitly restrict all investment – direct or indirect – in arms, weapons, and other instruments of war. To this end, we ask that the University instruct Oxford University Endowment Management to make available the granular detail of any investment in portfolios that may include arms investment, or investment in other instruments of war such as warplanes, so that we can have an open discussion on this issue with all the facts in hand. We also ask that the Vice Chancellor unequivocally condemn the killing of over a hundred university professors and Israel’s destruction of Gaza’s educational institutions and archives. Finally, we ask that the university immediately commit resources to (a) creating opportunities for Palestinian scholars to access library resources and educational support online so that they can continue their learning and to (b) rebuilding Gaza’s universities.

We see the encampment in solidarity with Gaza, in the words of Professor David Ludden, as “a public-facing global education project”. We hope that the university’s leadership will treat this political expression as the opportunity for dialogue that it is.

This is a statement from the undersigned faculty and staff at the University of Oxford, and does not set out to represent the views of the participants of the encampment. 

Faculty and staff of the University of Oxford who would like to sign can do so HERE.

  1. Walter Armbrust, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  2. Robert Gildea, Emeritus Professor of Modern History
  3. Karma Nabulsi, Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow, St Edmund Hall
  4. Sudhir Hazareesingh, Fellow in Politics, Balliol College
  5. Avi Shlaim, Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College and former Professor of International Relations
  6. Neta C Crawford, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and Fellow of the British Academy
  7. Arathi Sriprakash, Professor of Sociology and Education
  8. James McDougall, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History
  9. Wes Williams, Professor of French
  10. Patricia Owens, Professor of International Relations
  11. Nikita Sud, Professor of the Politics of Development, Oxford Department of International Development and Wolfson College
  12. Bernard Sufrin, Emeritus Fellow, Worcester College and Department of Computer Science
  13. Marilyn Booth, Emerita Khalid Bin Abdallah Al Saud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  14. Pablo Mukherjee, Professor of Anglophone World-Literature, Faculty of English
  15. Sneha Krishnan, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  16. Dario Carugo, Associate Professor, Medical Sciences Division
  17. Debbie Hopkins, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  18. Sophie Smith, Associate Professor of Political Theory
  19. Meera Sabaratnam, Associate Professor of International Relations
  20. Jeanne Morefield, Associate Professor of Political Theory
  21. Nayanika Mathur, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
  22. Katherine Ibbett, Professor of French
  23. Amia Srinivasan, Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory
  24. Daniela Dover, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  25. Kate Tunstall, Professor of French
  26. Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History
  27. Jocelyn Alexander, Professor of Commonwealth Studies
  28. Simukai Chigudu, Associate Professor of African Politics
  29. Maryam Alamzadeh, Associate Professor, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
  30. Raihan Ismail, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  31. Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies
  32. Paul Dresch, Emeritus Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford
  33. Morgan Clarke, Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
  34. Roxana Banu, Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall and the Faculty of Law
  35. Leila Ullrich, Associate Professor of Criminology
  36. Stuart White, Associate Professor in Politics
  37. Chihab El Khachab, Associate Professor in Visual Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
  38. Ian Klinke, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  39. Patrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparative Literature
  40. Amanda Power, Associate Professor of Medieval History
  41. Jeremy Johns, Emeritus Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean
  42. Gillian Rose, Professor of Human Geography
  43. Dr Helen Salisbury, Senior Medical Education Fellow, Nuffield Dept of Primary Care Health Sciences
  44. Zeynep Yurekli, Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  45. Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography
  46. Federica Genovese, Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Fellow at St Antony’s
  47. Alain George, I.M. Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture
  48. Naomi Waltham-Smith, Professor of Music and Douglas Algar Tutorial Fellow, Merton College
  49. Heath Rose, Professor of Applied Linguistics
  50. Mohamed-Salah Omri, Professor, Faculty of Asian and Middle East Studies
  51. Laura Fortunato, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Institute of Human Sciences & Magdalen College
  52. Asli Niyazioglu, Associate Professor of Ottoman History
  53. Thomas Puschel Associate Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology
  54. Jennifer Lauren Martin, Senior Tutor, Ruskin School of Art
  55. Madhavi Krishnan, Professor of Physical Chemistry
  56. Emily Jones, Associate Professor, Blavatnik School of Government
  57. Katharine Burn, Associate Professor of Education
  58. Shankar Srinivas, Professor of Developmental Biology
  59. Mina Fazel, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry
  60. Laura Stevens, Associate Professor of Climate, Department of Earth Sciences
  61. Patricia Thornton, Associate Professor in Politics
  62. Tim Schwanen, Professor of Transport Geography, Transport Studies Unit
  63. Reuben Binns, Associate Professor, Computer Science
  64. Rachel Murphy, Professor of Chinese Development and Society
  65. Maria Midra, Professor of Global History
  66. Filippo de Vivo, Professor of Early Modern History
  67. Laura Ashe, Professor of English Literature
  68. David Chivall, School of Archaeology
  69. Amogh Dhar Sharma, Departmental Lecturer, Oxford Department of International Development
  70. Ana Valdivia, Departmental Research Lecturer in AI, Government and Policy, Oxford Internet Institute
  71. Dylan Carver, Departmental Lecturer in English
  72. Alexis McGivern, Net Zero Standards Manager, School of Geography and the Environment
  73. Catherine Sloan, Hertford College
  74. Henry Clements, Faculty of History
  75. Aliya Khalid, Senior Departmental Lecturer in Comparative and International Education
  76. Sara Hijazi, Blaschko Fellow, Department of Pharmacology
  77. Hashem Abushama, Departmental Lecturer, School of Geography and the Environment
  78. Jack Doyle, Faculty of History
  79. Mobeen Hussain, Junior Research Fellow, University College
  80. Ankita Pandey, Departmental Lecturer, Modern South Asian Studies
  81. Rowan Wilson, DPhil Student and Tutor, English Faculty
  82. Emily Dyson, DPIR Political Theory DPhil and Graduate Teaching Assistant
  83. Carina Uchida, DPhil Candidate and Tutor, Department of Politics and International Relations
  84. Kaya Axelsson, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Oxford Net Zero, School of Geography and the Environment
  85. Nicola Stevens, Trapnell Research Fellow in African Environments, Environmental Change Institute
  86. Camilla Hyslop, Net Zero Tracker Data Lead, Oxford Net Zero, School of Geography and the Environment
  87. Matilda Becker, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Oxford Net Zero, School of Geography and the Environment
  88. Rebecca Berrens, Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow, Department of Pediatrics
  89. Samira Barzin, Senior Researcher, Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment Change Institute
  90. Kaveri Medappa, Postdoctoral Researcher in Human Geography, Department of Continuing Education
  91. Kerry-Anne Grey, Project Assistant to the Ecosystems Lab, ECI, SoGE
  92. Orlando Lazar, Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow in Politics, St Edmund Hall
  93. Michael Mayo, Worcester College
  94. Amber Murrey, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  95. Thiruni Kelegama, Departmental Lecturer in Modern South Asian Studies
  96. Katherine Lebow, Associate Professor of History
  97. Hugh Nankervis, Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbiology
  98. Dorothee Boulanger, Career Development Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies
  99. Emma Bond, Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies
  100. Ross Moncrieff, DPhil Student and Examination Fellow, All Souls College
  101. Dr Pelagia Goulimari, Co-director, MSt in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  102. Alex Vasudevan, Associate Professor in Human Geography
  103. Neeraj Shetye, Partnerships and Communications Manager, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development
  104. Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil, Early Career Fellow in Law, Somerville College
  105. Thirza Wakefield, Rosemary Pountney Research Fellow, St Anne’s College
  106. Alice Willatt, Research Fellow
  107. Bee Jones, DPhil Candidate and Tutor
  108. Marta Zboralska, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Ruskin School of Art
  109. Jamie Linsley-Parrish DPhil Candidate and Research Assistant, School of Geography and the Environment
  110. Simon Gilbert, Nuffield department of population health
  111. Timothy LaRock, Postdoc; President of Oxford UCU
  112. Daniella Lock, Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law
  113. Katie Higgins, Research Fellow
  114. Ammar Azzouz, British Academy Research Fellow
  115. Pratinav Anil, Lecturer in History at St Edmund Hall
  116. Eve Ess, Departmental Lecturer, Ruskin School of Art
  117. Raúl Zepeda Gil, Departamental Lecturer in Development Studies
  118. Uttara Shahani, Departmental Lecturer
  119. Catherine Phipps, Postdoctoral Associate Member
  120. Nadia Jamil, Senior Researcher
  121. Jade de Montserrat, Senior Ruskin Tutor
  122. Katherine Paugh, Associate Professor, Department of History
  123. Lucia Akard, College Lecturer in Medieval History, Oriel College, Oxford
  124. Adrita Mitra, DPhil student and Tutor
  125. Maryanne Saunders, Career Development Fellow
  126. Anton Jäger, Departmental Lecturer in Political Theory
  127. Gaurav Mittal, Researcher in Mobility Governance
  128. Felicity Leary, Department of International Development
  129. Lillian Fontaine, DPhil Francophone Postcolonial Studies, Stipendiary Lecturer
  130. Mai Musie, Project Manager, TORCH
  131. David Kampmann, Career Development Fellow, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group, School of Geography and the Environment
  132. Chambrez-Zita Zauchenberger, Clinical Researcher, Department of Psychiatry
  133. Elly Walters, DPhil Candidate and Tutor
  134. Laura Trajber Waisbich, Departmental Lecturer, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
  135. Umme Hani Imani, Project Assistant
  136. Sarah Duffy, DPhil Student and Lecturer in Economics
  137. Gabrielle Beckley, Development and Data Officer
  138. Helen Flatley Departmental Lecturer in Medieval History
  139. Yasser Kureshi Departmental Lecturer
  140. Denat Negatu, Research Assistant
  141. Alexandra Hardwick, Stipendiary Lecturer in Classics, Corpus Christi College and Balliol College
  142. Victoria Roskams, Faculty of English Language and Literature
  143. Jessica Thompson, Postdoc, Experimental Psychology
  144. Zeinab Azarbadegan, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
  145. Umberto Bongianino, Departmental Lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture
  146. Helidah Ogude-Chambert, Lecturer, Migration & Development
  147. Adrian Kreutz, Lecturer Philosophy of Social Science, Lincoln College
  148. Yassamine Mather, Staff, Advanced Research Computing
  149. Andonis Marden, Director of Refugee Scholarships and Partnerships
  150. Ghazal Salehi, Programme Manager at the Department of International Development
  151. Mar A Rodda, Career Development Fellow, Merton College
  152. Daniel Cullen, Researcher, Centre for Criminology
  153. Roba AlSalibi, Postdoctoral researcher
  154. Rosalie Allain, Early Career Departmental Lecturer in Social Anthropology
  155. Luisa Ostacchini, College Lecturer
  156. Mori Reithmayr, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rothermere American Institute
  157. Mihail Chiru, Departmental Lecturer in Politics
  158. Urvi Khaitan, Postdoctoral Research Associate, History Faculty
  159. Danica Sims, Senior lecturer
  160. Joseph da Costa, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
  161. Lia Brazil, Research fellow, Nuffield College
  162. Neil Ketchley, Fellow of St Antony’s College
  163. Ben Gowland, Departmental Lecturer, School of Geography and the Environment
  164. Tinashe Mushakavanhu Junior Research Fellow
  165. Elizabeth Murphy, University Administration Service
  166. Alejandro Posada Tellez, DPhil candidate (St. Antony’s College) and Tutor in International Relations (Merton College and Jesus College)
  167. Joe Boyle, Research and Teaching Assistant, School of Geography and the Environment
  168. Alyssa Ollivier-Tabukashvili DPhil Student and Tutor, English and French
  169. Lucy Radford, Research Facilitator in Biology
  170. Amal Chatterjee, Senior Course Tutor, MSt in Creative Writing
  171. Faidra Faitaki, Departmental Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
  172. Mathilde Pascal, Project Co-ordinator
  173. Alison Roberts, Assistant Keeper for European Prehistory Collections, Ashmolean Museum
  174. Eleanor Newman, DPhil student and tutor, Faculty of Classics
  175. Alae Baha, Postdoctoral researcher
  176. Jasper Friedrich, Teaching Associate, Blavatnik School of Government
  177. Jad Moawad, Postdoctoral Researcher
  178. Ana Castaño Arques, Senior Lecturer in Spanish
  179. Josefina Jaureguiberry, DPhil Student and Tutor, School of Geography and the Environment
  180. Madeline Reinecke, Postdoctoral Researcher
  181. Tobias Hector, Postdoctoral Researcher
  182. Anthony Calacino, Postdoctoral Researcher
  183. Tessa Reardon, Research Fellow
  184. Michael Sackur, DPhil Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant
  185. Conrad Steel, Career Development Fellow, English
  186. Anna Plyushteva, Departmental Research Lecturer
  187. Miriam Driessen, Departmental Lecturer in Social Anthropology
  188. Janet McKnight, IT Services
  189. Heather Barr, Library Assistant, St Edmund Hall
  190. Emily Stott Coordinator, Nature Positive Universities, Department of Biology
  191. Caroline Jane Walsh, Communications Officer at the Department of Statistics
  192. William Fleming, Research Fellow
  193. Georgia Nasseh, Departmental Lecturer in Brazilian and African Portuguese
  194. Minna Jeffery, Junior Research Fellow
  195. Joseph Hankinson, Lecturer in English
  196. Heather Saunders, Head of Outreach, Entrepreneurship Centre – Saïd Business School
  197. Enrico Benassi, DPhil Student and Tutor
  198. Tomoko Watanabe, Postdoctoral researcher
  199. Freya Marshall Payne, History tutor and doctoral candidate in the Department of Education
  200. Eleni Methymaki, DPhil in Law candidate and Tutor in international law, Faculty of Law
  201. Murad Banaji, Departmental lecturer, Mathematics
  202. Ed Penington, Researcher in Health Economics, Department of Psychiatry
  203. Mirela Zaneva, Junior Research Fellow
  204. Tsvetomira Dumbalska, Stipendiary lecturer and postdoctoral researcher
  205. Benjamin Goodair, Postdoctoral researcher
  206. Ruth Nyabuto, Academic Manager, Refugee-Led Research Hub
  207. Susann Kassem, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
  208. Ẹniọlá Ànúolúwapọ́ Ṣóyẹmí, Senior Research Fellow, Blavatnik Schol of Government
  209. Amalia Rusei, Marketing and Campaigns Manager, Blavatnik School of Government
  210. Chloe Ellison, Research Assistant, Biology
  211. Róisín Maire Taylor, Research and Evaluation Officer, DSPI

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