SOAS University of London

SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series

Inaugural lectures are given by new professors at SOAS, University of London allowing them to showcase their research. You can find recordings of previous Inaugural Lectures on our YouTube Channel Inaugural Lectures Playlist.

Recordings of Previous Inaugural Lectures

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Previous Events in this series

The Three Things I Learnt About China

Professor T H Barrett

Professor T H Barrett's Inaugural Lecture

20 November 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Development & Revolution

Professor Gilbert Achcar
21 November 2012, Institute of Education, Logan Hall, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Pursuit of Pleasurable Work: an Anthropology of Craft and Craftspeople

Professor Trevor Marchand

Handiwork lends craftspeople a creative sense of agency to make, repair and transform the world in immediate, practical, hands-on ways. This lecture will discuss research on craft and apprenticeship among masons and carpenters in Yemen, Mali and the UK, and introduce emerging interdisciplinary interests in the complex relations between brain, hand and tool.

11 May 2011, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Mark Hobart Inaugural Lecture - A Very Peculiar Practice

Professor Mark Hobart

Disparaging media studies as trivial or peculiar is a popular sport (‘Isn’t it just watching soap operas?’). The peculiar practice however is the dismissal as unproblematic of what is now so integral to most people’s lives globally. In ways we largely fail to appreciate, the mass media have become constitutive of people’s understandings of themselves and others. 

26 May 2010, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Road to Utopia: The Origins of Anti-Zionism on the British Left

Professor Colin Shindler
The October Revolution and the Balfour Declaration occurred within a few days of each other in 1917. Both these events charted different paths for the Jewish people in the twentieth century.18 November 2009, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Lecture Theatre, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Professor Nirmala Rao Inaugural Lecture

Professor Nirmala Rao

Professor Nirmala Rao Inaugural Lecture - Projections of Empire: India and the Imagined Metropolis

28 October 2009, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Religion and international law: friends or foes?

Professor Mashood Baderin

Professor Mashood Baderin's inaugural lecture: Religion and international law: friends or foes?

18 February 2009, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Riotous Politics in the Middle East

Professor Charles Tripp

Charles Tripp will discuss that as in many parts of the world, riots have formed a striking feature of the political landscape in the Middle East throughout its history and into the modern era.

19 November 2008, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM