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SOAS anthropologist consults on new Radical Craft exhibition, featuring ‘outsider art and craft’

Professor Trevor Marchand, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS University of London has consulted on a new exhibition showcasing work by ‘outsider’ artists and craftspeople who encounter barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.

21st April 2016

SOAS moves up in the world’s elite

SOAS, University of London is moving up among the world’s elite institutions with eleven of its subject areas across a broad range of disciplines now scoring highly in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

23rd March 2016

Four internationally renowned scholars join SOAS in Centenary year

Four scholars across the fields of Anthropology, History, Ethnomusicology and Law will be joining SOAS University of London as Centenary Fellows in 2016.  

17th December 2015

Hubbub gift of waste SOAS Anthropology of Food graduate tackles food waste in new recipe book

The Gift of Waste aims to address food waste in the UK as the average UK family throws away £60 worth of food each month.

11th December 2015

J Peel Professor J D Y Peel

JDY Peel, FBA, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology with reference to Africa in the University of London, has died after a long battle with melanoma shortly before his 74th birthday.

10th November 2015

Extraordinary insight into rural development in India

A new SOAS exhibition gives unrivalled insight into the dramatic changes experienced in Indian rural life since independence.

27th October 2015

Yoga expert James Mallinson to travel to world’s largest religious festival with actor and friend Dominic West for BBC Four documentary

Dr James Mallinson, SOAS’ resident Yoga expert and lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies, is appearing in a BBC Four documentary (Tuesday 8 September, 10pm) alongside his lifelong friend, acclaimed actor Dominic West (The Wire; BBC’s The Hour), as the two undertake a pilgrimage to the world’s largest religious and human festival, Kumbh Mela.

7th September 2015

Emeritus Professor Paul Spencer

SOAS, University of London regrets to announce the death of Emeritus Professor Paul Spencer on 21st July 2015

18th August 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

Tribute to Christopher H. B. Reynolds

The School regrets to announce that Dr Christopher Reynolds, a decorated scholar who pioneered the study of the culture and languages of Sri Lanka and established unprecedented cultural and knowledge exchange between the School and the country, died on 3 April 2015 at the age of 92.

5th May 2015

Jakob and Harry SOAS Anthropology of Food finalist in BBC’s Food and Farming Awards 2015

The MA programme in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS, University of London has reached the finals for ‘Best Initiative in British Food’ in BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards 2015.

20th March 2015

Four new anthropologists A lively cohort of anthropologists has recently joined the Department

Four anthropologists have recently joined the department

23rd February 2015

SOAS research outputs in Anthropology ranked 4th in the UK

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London has been recognised for its outstanding research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The Department’s research outputs were especially highly-regarded, coming 4th nationally.

18th December 2014

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