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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.

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Theatres of Land Reform: Performance and State Building in Su'nan and Taiwan, 1950 - 53

Professor Julia C. Strauss

Professor Julia C. Strauss's Inaugural Lecture

16 October 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Prof Gurharpal Singh, Democracy and religious minorities in India: A long-term view

Professor Gurharpal Singh

Inaugural Lecture, Prof Gurharpal Singh, Democracy and religious minorities in India: A long-term view

30 April 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Prof Lawrence Saez, Hybrid capitalism and the development of a welfare state in Asia

Professor Lawrence Saez

Inaugural Lecture, Prof Lawrence Saez, Hybrid capitalism and the development of a welfare state in Asia

24 April 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Prof Laurence Smith Inaugural Lecture: Taking Care of our Waters: People, Policy and Practice

Professor Laurence Smith

Inaugural Lecture, Laurence Smith, Taking Care of our Waters

5 March 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Prof Richard Reid Inaugural Lecture: The Trouble with the African Past

Professor Richard Reid

Inaugural Lecture, Richard Reid, Africa

4 December 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Prof Guy Standing: Precariat And Peasant: Reframing Social Protection For The 21st Century

Professor Guy Standing

Prof Guy Standing's inaugural lecture

19 June 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre , 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Prof Andrew Lo: Chrysanthemum Treatises and Literati in Pre-Modern China

Professor Andrew Lo

Inaugural Lecture Series Andrew Lo

13 June 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Transforming Beauty: Artistic and Cultural Contacts Between The Middle East and Europe

Professor Anna Contadini

The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Anna Contadini.

24 April 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Linguistic Variation, Language Contact and the New Comparative Bantu

Professor Lutz Marten

The inaugural lecture of Professor Lutz Marten.

18 April 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Prof Andrew Huxley: T W Rhys Davids and the Forged Relics of the Buddha

Professor Andrew Huxley

27 February 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Prof Lynn Welchman: Human Rights and the Middle East - A Thousand and One Stories Starting with Palestine

Professor Lynn Welchman

31 January 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Prof Naila Kabeer: Reflections on Researching Women's Empowerment - Journeys, Maps and Signpost

Professor Naila Kabeer

24 January 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Prof Peter Mollinga: Our Uncommon Future - A Critical Perspective on Global Environmental Governance

Professor Peter Mollinga

17 January 2013, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Complexity and Diversity: Systems of Finance, Innovation and Ecology

Professor Christine Oughton

29 November 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Development & Revolution

Professor Gilbert Achcar

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

Off Balance: Britain's Crisis Economy in Perspective

Professor Ciaran Driver

15 November 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Prof Irina Nikolaeva Inaugural Lecture: The Mystery of One of Russia's Smallest Ethnic Groups: the Language and Origin of the Yukaghirs

Professor Irina Nikolaeva

20 June 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Prof Ben Fortna Inaugural Lecture: Life During Wartime: Esref Bey and the End of the Ottoman Empire

Professor Benjamin Fortna

Prof Ben Fortna Inaugural Lecture: Life During Wartime: Esref Bey and the End of the Ottoman Empire

25 April 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Prof Jan Toporowski Inaugural: Michał Kalecki and Oskar Lange in the 21st Century

Professor Jan Toporowski

Prof Jan Toporowski Inaugural: Michał Kalecki & Oskar Lange in the 21st Century

18 April 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Prof Philippe Cullet Inaugural: Reforming Water Law and Policy in India

Professor Philippe Cullet

Prof Philippe Cullet Inaugural: Reforming Water Law and Policy in India

7 March 2012, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Inaugural Lecture of Zartoshty Professor Almut Hintze: Change and Continuity in the Zoroastrian Tradition

Zartoshty Professor Almut Hintze

Inaugural Lecture

22 February 2012, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Prof Anne Pauwels Inaugural Lecture: Politics of Multilingualism and Language Learning: Who Benefits?

Prof Anne Pauwels

10 October 2011, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Bernhard Fuehrer Inaugural Lecture: The Beard of the Master and Other Suppositions

Professor Bernhard Fuehrer

Bernhard Fuehrer discusses some conceptual issues regarding the transmission of images and perceptions of Master Kong

20 June 2011, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

On Not Travelling Lightly: Transnational feminist journeys to and from the Middle East

Professor Nadje Al Ali

18 May 2011, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 PM - 9:00 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

Did Food Prices Plant the Seeds of the Arab Spring?

Professor Jane Harrigan

Professor Jane Harrigan's Inaugural Lecture

28 April 2011, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:30 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

Ancient 'Science Fiction': Journeys into Space and Visions of the World in Jewish, Christian, and Graeco-Roman Literature of Antiquity

Professor Catherine Hezser

Professor Catherine Hezser's Inaugural Lecture: Ancient 'Science Fiction': Journeys into Space and Visions of the World in Jewish, Christian, and Graeco-Roman Literature of Antiquity

4 June 2009, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Bang Goes Homo Economicus: Terrorists, Economists, Rational Fools

Professor Christopher Cramer

Professor Christopher Cramer's Inaugural Lecture: Bang Goes Homo Economicus: Terrorists, Economists, Rational Fools

12 May 2009, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 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

The Dynamics of Growth, Inequality and Poverty Reduction: Revisited

Professor Terry McKinley

10 December 2008, 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

Keith Howard Inaugural Lecture: Live Music Versus Audio Tourism: world music and the changing music industry

Professor Keith Howard

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

The illusory lure of good governance and the hard realities of growth in poor countries

Professor Mushtaq Khan

10 June 2008, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Cargo of the New Year's Gift: Paintings and Prints from London for Asian Rulers, 1614

Professor Timon Screech

27 May 2008, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Emancipation, International Law and the aftermath of Empire

Professor Matthew Craven

15 May 2008, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Songs without notes: orality, writing and music in South Asia

Professor Richard Widdess

13 March 2008, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

History, memory and legend in the Great Arab Conquests

Professor Hugh Kennedy

 

18 February 2008, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Bollywood's India: Hindi cinema as a guide to modern India

Professor Rachel Dwyer

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

What's the use of anthropology to international development?

Professor David Mosse

18 January 2008, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Paul Gifford Inaugural Lecture: The Future of Christianity

Professor Paul Gifford

4 June 2007, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Inaugural lecture by Professor Sreberny: So as to invent a Media Studies for the 21st century

Professor Annabelle Sreberny

9 May 2007, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre , 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Machiko Nissanke Inaugural Lecture: Pro-Poor Globalisation: an Elusive Concept or a Realistic Perspective?

Professor Machiko Nissanke

22 November 2006, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Robert Springborg Inaugural Lecture: The Democratisation Industry and the Middle East

Professor Robert Springborg

24 May 2005, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Bruce Ingham Inaugural Lecture: The Arabian Bedouin in the Modern World

Professor Bruce Ingham

19 January 2005, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Frank Dikötter Inaugural Lecture: Patient Zero: China and the Myth of the Opium Plague

Professor Frank Dikötter

24 October 2003, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Johan Pottier Inaugural Lecture: Fevered Imaginings: The Congo in Popular Culture, Globalisation and Diplomacy

Professor Johan Pottier

7 May 2003, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Christopher Howe Inaugural Lecture: China Business: From the Great Leap Forward to the World Trade Organisation

Professor Christopher Howe

21 January 2003, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Henry Bernstein Inaugural Lecture: Farewells to the Peasantry

Professor Henry Bernstein

20 October 2000, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Peter Robb Inaugural Lecture: Clash of Cultures? An Englishman in Calcutta in the 1790s

Professor Peter Robb

12 March 1998, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

B. George Hewitt Inaugural Lecture: Languages of the Caucasus: Scope for Study and Survival

Professor B. George Hewitt

13 January 1998, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Elizabeth Croll Inaugural Lecture: Desires and Destinies

Professor Elizabeth Croll

19 March 1997, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Vladimir Braginsky Inaugural Lecture: Unity in the Diversity of Traditional Literatures of South East Asia

Professor Vladimir Braginsky

25 May 1995, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Terence Byres Inaugural Lecture: Political Economy: The Agrarian Question and the Comparative Method

Professor Johan Pottier

28 October 1994, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

C. Andrew Gerstle Inaugural Lecture: Hero as Murderer in the Plays of Chikamatsu

Professor C. Andrew Gerstle

9 March 1994, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Richard Hayward Inaugural Lecture: The Challenge of Omotic

Professor Richard Hayward

17 February 1994, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Hugh Baker Inaugural Lecture: The Chop Suey Connection

Professor Hugh Baker

8 December 1993, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Kamal Abu-Deeb Inaugural Lecture: In Celebration of Difference

Professor Kamal Abu-Deeb

11 November 1993, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

John Weeks Inaugural Lecture: Fallacies of Competition: Myths and Maladjustment in the Third World

Professor John Weeks

13 October 1993, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

J. Michael Rogers Inaugural Lecture: The Uses of Anachronism: On Cultural and Methodological Diversity in Islamic Art

Professor J. Michael Rogers

17 October 1991, Brunei Gallery, Lecture Theatre, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM