619503cO32EY02UofO Essentials:

  • Organization Institution: University of Oxford
  • Event Type: Round Table
  • Location Brasenose College, University of Oxford, Oxford, England
  • Date: March 23 – March 27, 2014
  • Website:  http://www.oxfordroundtable.com


The Oxford Round Table will hold our  11th Annual International Conference on Religion 

during the dates of March 23 – March 27, 2014 at Brasenose College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Brasenose College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1509. Membership is limited to approximately thirty-five (35) interdisciplinary participants who have a particular interest in this subject.

You are invited and encouraged to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent upon presenting and you can serve on a panel or as a discussion leader. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum, a journal of the Oxford Round Table. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.

The session will be facilitated by:

Canon Brian Mountford has been Vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin Oxford for twenty five years. He is also Canon of Christ Church Cathedral and Fellow of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Members of the Oxford Round Table have access to an array of academic, cultural and social resources, including the Oxford Union Debating Society, colleges and halls of Oxford dating back to 1204, museums, theatres, bookstores, college chapels, river boating, literary pubs, political clubs and may, on recommendation, become official readers of the venerable Bodleian Library of the University, founded by Duke Humphrey circa 1440 and refounded by Sir Thomas Bodley 1602. A free afternoon and evening will be available on Tuesday for independent travel to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Cambridge or many of the other cultural sights in England.

Topics of discussion will include:


  • Global Status of Religion in Government
  • Toleration as a Concept
  • Limits of State Involvement in Religion
  • Faith and Reason in Modern Society
  • Separation and Coercion
  • The Politics of Peace and Conflict
  • Religion in the Economic Marketplace
  • Toleration and Accommodation
  • Traversing the Balance of Church and State

Separation of Church and State

  • Schools, Madrasses and Religion
  • First Amendment Decline
  • Health Care Choices for Women
  • Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms
  • Understanding the Global Scale of Religion and Government
  • Traversing Church and State: Faith Based Initiatives
  • Re-Examining Separation of Church and State in America
  • Analyzing the Aspects of Faith and Reason in Modern Society
  • Rationalizing Universal Education, Sectarian or Secular
  • The Religious Influence on the Decline of Public Schools
  • Government Funding of Parochial Schools
  • Exploring the Effects of the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism on Public Schools
  • Emerging Concepts of Establishment and Free Exercise of Religion

Nationalism, Religion and Nuclear Weapons

  • Arab Spring in North Africa
  • Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Iran and the World Order
  • Israel’s and Palestine’s Futures
  • Religious Fundamentalism & Nuclear Power
  • The Deadly Cocktail: Nationalism, Religion and Nuclear Weapons

Public Schools, Democracy and Religious Fundamentalism

  • Role and Purpose of Public Schools
  • Examining the Concept of Public Common Schools in Society
  • Assessing the Religious Influence on Public Schools
  • Exploring the Effects of the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism on Public Schools
  • Clerical Schools and Student Learning
  • Nature of Charter Schools: Variety, Genus, and Kind
  • Charter Schools, Values and Detriments
  • Compelled Tax Support of Clerical and Private Schools
  • Vouchers and School Reform in U.S., Canada, Europe, et al.
  • The Catholic Church and Public Schools
  • Student Performance of Charter and Voucher School Students
  • Separation of Church and State in the Schools of France
  • Methods of State Funding of Clerical Schools in the United Kingdom
  • Direct Support of Clerical Schools in Europe
  • Arab Spring, Madrassas and Democracy

Religion, Modernity and Human Rights

  • Science, Modernity, and Religion
  • Scientific Method and Religious Thought
  • Religion as a Human Necessity
  • Christians, Muslims and Jews
  • State Oversight of Schools, Madrassas, and Religion
  • Religion and Human Rights
  • Criminal Law and the Catholic Church
  • Global Status of Religion in Government
  • Toleration as a Concept
  • Faith and Reason in Modern Society

The conference will run from Sunday night through Thursday morning. We will have reception and dinners in the Olde Dining Hall on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights where the Oxford professors and students dine when university is in session. Lunches are provided on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday along with tea/coffee/biscuit breaks during the meeting. You can also reserve a room in the Oxford University dormitory at Harris Manchester College where students stay during term time. More detailed information concerning the schedule of events and the registration fee can be found on our web site.

In order to ensure that you are registered in a timely and accurate manner, we recommend that you register on our website at www.oxfordroundtable.co.uk. Should you be unable to attend, we would welcome your nomination of a colleague to attend in your place. We look forward to hearing from you.

Alternatively, we are also hosting a few other sessions in 2014 that may be of interest to you instead:

Women & Education, March 16 – 20, 2014

Issues in Childhood Education, July 27 -July 31, 2014

Health, Nursing, Aging and Nutrition, July 27 -July 31, 2014

Environment Sustainability and Climate Control, August 3 -August 7, 2014

Critical Public Issues, August 3 – August 7, 2014

Please direct all inquires to:

Oxford Round Table
6216 East Pacific Coast Highway, Box 230
Long Beach, California 90803
Tel: 866-ORT-3411
Fax: 866-244-8833
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: www.oxfordroundtable.co.uk