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Sally Crawford, Katharina Ulmschneider, and Jaś Elsner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687558.001.0001

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Out of the Archives

Out of the Archives

Oxford, the SPSL, and Literae Humaniores Refugee Scholars

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Ark of Civilization

Philip Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a broader analysis of the reception of refugee scholars by Oxford’s academic community. Drawing heavily upon the SPSL’s archive and Oxford University’s own archives, Davies considers the cases of around a dozen refugee scholars who fell within the remit of Oxford’s faculty of Literae Humaniores. This faculty embraced ancient historians and classical philologists, but also scholars of philosophical subjects both ancient and modern. The range of their experiences provides valuable insights into the processes by which refugee scholars were assessed and integrated into Oxford’s academic community. A critical look is taken at the financial aid offered by Oxford to academic refugees, the exacting criteria by which these scholars were judged, and the prominent role individual Oxford academics played in making those judgements.

Keywords:   financial aid, Literae Humaniores, SPSL, ancient historians, classical philologists, academic community

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