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SOAS to host UNESCO event to discuss revision of language index

UNESCO in cooperation with SOAS World Languages Institute, supported by the London Middle East Institute in UK, is organising a two-day consultative expert meeting on the revision of UNESCO’s Language Vitality Index which will be used for the development of UNESCO’s World Atlas of Languages.

17th November 2015

Francesca Orsini Francesca Orsini awarded €2.5 million grant to study world literature

Professor Francesca Orsini, Chair of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS), has been awarded an ERC advanced grant of €2.5 million to study world literature from the perspective of multilingual societies.


28th October 2015

Scholars secure recognition of ‘exceptional value’ of two endangered languages

Priceless cultural heritage is lost when language communities are displaced by civil war and urban migration. However, research by SOAS linguists on two endangered languages in Senegal has brought international recognition of their value, together with work to preserve them.


23rd October 2015

NSS 2015 2 SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

12th August 2015

President of SOAS, Mrs Graça Machel Graça Machel speaking on youth and education in Africa at SOAS

The former Minister for Education and Culture of Mozambique and SOAS President Graça Machel will be in conversation with Professor Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, to discuss youth and education in Africa.

17th July 2015

Honorary Fellows 2015 SOAS honours Grammy award-winning musician and two distinguished scholars, one a Nobel Prize-winning author, at Graduation Ceremonies

SOAS honours two distinguished figures from academia, sinologist Dr Frances Wood and Nobel Prize-winning author J M Coetzee, and Grammy award-winning musician Toumani Diabaté at 2015 Graduation Ceremonies

19th June 2015

Portia Owusu SOAS PhD student awarded prestigious Fulbright scholarship

SOAS PhD student Portia Owusu, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa, has secured a yearlong Fulbright scholarship to attend the University of Kansas in the United States.

18th June 2015

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

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