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African philosophy conference returns to SOAS for a second year

SOAS, University of London has staged the second consecutive Asixoxe conference, a two day event designed to develop scholarly engagement with African philosophy.

8th May 2015

SOAS’ Endangered Languages Documentation Programme receives a further $11 million from Arcadia

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS, University of London, has been awarded a new grant of $11 million (just over £7.25m) by Arcadia Fund. The grant is a renewal of the original £20 million donation Arcadia gave to SOAS in 2002, which resulted in the inception of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP).

27th April 2015

SOAS scholars work with UNESCO on language preservation

Two scholars in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS, University of London have joined key discussions held by UNESCO to provide recommendations for its World Atlas of Languages.

12th February 2015

SOAS’ £1 million funded ‘crossroads’ research project finishes its first year

Professor Friederike Lüpke, a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, is currently engaged in a five year research project that is being supported by a Leverhulme Trust funding grant of almost £1 million.

7th January 2015

SOAS’ Faculty of Languages and Cultures in UK top ten for research environment

The vitality of the research environment in SOAS’ Faculty of Languages and Cultures puts it in the UK top ten in the 2014 Research Assessment Framework.  

18th December 2014

Emmon Bach Tribute to Emmon Bach

The Linguistics Department is deeply saddened to announce that Professor Emmon Bach (1929-2014) passed away on 28 November in Oxford.

9th December 2014

SOAS to host workshop in Bangkok on preserving indigenous languages

SOAS, University of London will host a workshop entitled ‘Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools’ in Bangkok, Thailand from 8-14 February 2015. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with Mahidol University, based in Bangkok, and is being funded by the British Council.

14th October 2014

Award-winning student-led Ramadan Tent Project goes international

Ramadan Tent Project, an award-winning student-led project founded by both Muslim and non-Muslim students at SOAS, University of London is spreading to Manchester and establishing a global reach as it launches in Turkey and Zambia for its second year.

27th June 2014

SOAS scholar secures funding to explore role of leaders in reconciliation after mass violence

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative & International Politics at SOAS, University of London has been awarded $109,000 by the US-based Fetzer Institute to examine the role of leaders in encouraging peace, reconciliation and forgiveness in conflict-affected societies.

26th June 2014

SOAS inspires school pupils to learn languages through football

A nationwide outreach project supported by SOAS, University of London invited more than 100 school pupils from 82 schools to learn languages through football.

19th June 2014

The Second Annual CCLPS Postgraduate Conference, "From the Speech to the Act: Performativity on the Margins"

The Second Annual CCLPS Postgraduate Conference, From the Speech to the Act: Performativity on the Margins held on 13 June 2014 was a resounding success. Selected papers from the conference will be published in an upcoming issue of the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research. A podcast of the conference is also forthcoming.

13th June 2014

Friederike Lüpke book cover SOAS scholar's book on African minority languages "deserves to be heard"

Friederike Lüpke, Professor of Language Documentation and Description at SOAS, University of London has received a top review in Times Literary Supplement for her co-authored book on African minority languages in the context of changing patterns of multilingualism.

11th June 2014

SOAS Language Centre offers taster sessions as part of Adult Learning Festival

Free language taster sessions will be offered at the Language Centre at SOAS, University of London as part of the Adult Learning Festival next month.

23rd May 2014

SOAS scholar produces radio documentary on forgiveness and reconciliation

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS, University of London has co-directed and produced a radio documentary on the prospects for forgiveness and reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda and post-civil war northern Uganda, based on a two-year research project

9th May 2014

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