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SOAS Director praises students for creating valuable language resource

Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, University of London praises SOAS postgraduate students for their interactive website Language Landscape documenting and celebrating language diversity.

10th April 2014

SOAS scholar secures ESRC/DFID funding for research on parliaments and poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia

Dr Emma Crewe, a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London has received a grant of £501,930 from an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Department for International Development (DFID) joint fund to research the role of MPs in public engagement and poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

10th April 2014

SOAS holds conference on African philosophy

SOAS, University of London will be hosting its first conference to develop scholarly engagement with African Philosophy next month.

10th April 2014

SOAS scholar co-edits special edition of JEAS on Rwanda 20 years after genocide

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics at SOAS, University of London has co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Eastern African Studies (JEAS) focusing on Rwanda 20 years after the genocide.

3rd April 2014

Dr Joan Maw, scholar of Swahili languages pic Dr Joan Maw, scholar of Swahili languages

Dr Joan Maw, former lecturer in Swahili at SOAS, University of London has sadly passed away, aged 87.

3rd April 2014

SOAS stages Residential School in Mauritius to explore governance and development in Africa

The sixth Residential School will explore issues of governance and development in Africa through an intensive programme of lectures, seminars and workshops later this month.

26th March 2014

SOAS scholar collaborates with Nigerian photographer to exhibit ‘prayer cities’ of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Dr Marloes Janson, Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and Akintunde Akinleye, prize winner in the prestigious World Press Photo awards have collaborated on a photographic exhibition of the ‘prayer cities’ on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Nigeria.

26th March 2014

Student-led initiative promoting multilingualism to launch official website

Postgraduate students from SOAS, University of London, are set to launch Language Landscape, www.languagelandscape.org, an interactive website to document and celebrate language diversity, at an event later this month.

18th March 2014

The oral histories of exiled Ugandan Asians exhibited at SOAS

A community heritage project involving SOAS MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies students has collected a series of oral histories of Ugandan Asians and will exhibit its findings in the Wolfson Gallery at SOAS, University of London later this month.

13th March 2014

SOAS to spark interest in languages among school pupils this week

In an initiative to widen participation and spark an interest in language learning, SOAS, University of London has organised the Illuminations Festival dedicated to secondary school pupils from years seven to 10.

26th February 2014

The history of West African slavery on film at SOAS

Scholarly research on slavery and the African diaspora will be presented in a series of films at SOAS, University of London, starting this month, to highlight slavery in the African continent and its eastwards dimension within the Indian Ocean World.

13th February 2014

SOAS Professor receives award for best multi-authored book on African Arts

Richard Fardon, Professor of West African Anthropology and Head of the Doctoral School at SOAS, University of London, has shared the Triennial Award for the best multi-authored book on African Arts published between 2011 and 2013 from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association.

12th February 2014

Shari’a law and its internal logic examined by leading expert at SOAS

Professor Wael Hallaq, author of Shari‘a: Theory, Practice, Transformations (2009)  and one of the leading experts in Islamic Law, from Columbia University will be speaking at SOAS, University of London about Shari’a law and its internal logic.

30th January 2014

SOAS in major initiatives to document and support endangered languages

SOAS, University of London is helping to lead the way in documenting and supporting global linguistic diversity as it joins a series of international workshops and training courses on language documentation and revitalisation in 2014.

18th December 2013

Marloes Janson book pic SOAS scholar publishes first book on Tablighi Jama'at in Africa

Dr Marloes Janson, Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London has published a monograph on the transnational Islamic missionary movement in Africa, the Tablighi Jama'at.

12th December 2013

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