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Ustinov College

Research and scholarly activity

As a solely postgraduate community, Ustinov College provides a unique and vibrant academic environment where Ustinovians engage in dialogue and debate across different cultures and disciplines. The Global Citizenship Programme includes the Café Politique, Café Scientifique, Café des Arts, the Ustinov Seminar, and Race Crime and Justice teams, who organise seminars and debates with academics, activists and research students to share their research or insights on topics of interest. In addition, the Ustinov Annual Conference was set up in 2015 to explore the intersection of academic theory and real life practice.

Academic staff from across different departments of Durham University and beyond are members of our Senior Common Room which organises discussion groups on hot topics, careers seminars for future academics, and aims to provide support and mentoring research students.

“I didn't expect the range and quality of the seminars and lectures held at Ustinov, which are both educational and social (grad students tend to flock to free snacks and wine). You can hear student papers, or listen to international authorities, depending on the night. The real trick is arriving while there are still seats!”

Michael Baker, PhD English
Dwelling Within the Four Seas: A Chinese Vision of Global Citizenship – Dr Xiao Ouyang

Dwelling Within the Four Seas: A Chinese Vision of Global Citizenship – Dr Xiao Ouyang

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Dr Xiao Ouyang (National University Ireland, Cork) explores the idea of ‘global citizenship’ in terms of Chinese traditional philosophy and argues that despite the contemporary discourse on this concept and its notable Western philosophical origin, ‘global citizenship’ can also find sufficient intellectual inspiration and explanatory strength from a non-Western thinking tradition. The student-led Ustinov Annual Conference 2016 took place 2 July 2016 at Ustinov College, Durham University, on the theme ‘Establishing the Global Citizen: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Global Citizenship.’

Click on the brochure above to explore our Global Citizenship Programme & Scholarships, or click here for the pdf version.