Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) boasts the largest community of Area Studies scholars anywhere. We have research and teaching programmes dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe. The School offers nine Master's degrees and welcomes students from all around the globe.
Upon completion of their degrees, our superbly trained UK, EU and overseas graduates go on to transform the world. Many pursue doctorate studies and teaching careers, thus preserving crucial intellectual capital further into the future. Other graduates take up high profile posts in international agencies, global NGOs, international governments, the diplomatic service of various countries, the military, media and journalism, business consultancy, banking, and law.
In the UK’s 2014 nationwide survey of student satisfaction across the higher education sector, three of Oxford’s five Area Studies taught master's programmes achieved satisfaction levels between 96 and 100%, well above both national and university averages. Oxford’s Area Studies department is consistently ranked amongst the top echelon and a recent ranking by QS University Rankings placed us first in the world.  To read more about the School and its importance in the University and beyond, please click here.


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South Africa Discussion Group: ‘Why is Murder Not a Crime in South Africa?’ On why some categories of people are killable

Jonny Steinberg
Tuesday, 31 May, 2016 - 17:00 to 19:00
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

Jonny Steinberg, African Studies Centre, leads the South Africa Discussion Group on the topic "‘Why is Murder Not a Crime in South Africa?’ On why some categories of people are killable"

Jonny Steinberg

Latin American History Seminar: Slavery and Anti-Slavery in Gran Colombia I The Work of Citizenship in Postemancipation Colombia

Thursday, 2 June, 2016 - 17:00 to 18:30
LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford

Marcela Echeverri is assistant professor of Latin American history and MacMillan Research Fellow at Yale University.

Marcela Echeverri, University of Yale
Jason McGraw, Indiana University Bloomington