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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

The Trouble with the African Past

Richard Reid, Professor of the History of Africa at SOAS, University of London will be giving his inaugural lecture on the African past, looking at the significance of precolonial history which has declined markedly in the public and professional eyes of the people of sub-Saharan Africa over the last forty years.

28th November 2013

SOAS English programme challenges conventional approach to study of language and literature

SOAS, University of London has introduced a new BA English degree that studies the English language and its literatures from a global perspective. The course draws on SOAS’ unparalleled concentration of expertise in Asian, African and Middle Eastern languages and literatures.

7th November 2013

Black Hist Month image Black History Month at SOAS

SOAS Students’ Union presents a series of events exploring the cultural and political histories, and contemporary struggles for civil and human rights to mark Black History Month

16th October 2013

SOAS students SOAS ranked in London top four and sixth in UK for academic reputation

SOAS is one of the top four universities in London, sixth in the UK for academic reputation and one of the most cosmopolitan universities in the world according to two recent league tables

26th September 2013

SOAS conference examines 20 years of post-conflict governance in Rwanda

SOAS, University of London will host an international conference on the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and the future of Rwanda.

26th September 2013

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