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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

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In 2010, the Department of Art and Archaeology changed its name to The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology is internationally unique in its broad coverage of the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia and Africa. We are confident that no other British, European or American university can provide the range of teaching and research interests we now offer for the study of Asian and African art.

The title of the department and of our degree courses is not intended to suggest a programme somehow divided between the history of art, on the one hand, and archaeology, on the other, but rather to emphasise the fact that the conventional separation between archaeology and the history of art has little relevance for the study of Asia and Africa.

One reason for this is that the history of art is dependent upon archaeological material in many areas and periods. Another is that the conventional separation of architecture and "works of art" within the general category of "material artifacts" is a function of European history and cannot be taken for granted of other cultures. In addition to the arts of the past the interests and expertise of the department also include contemporary and popular arts, and philosophies of art in Asia and Africa.

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology now belongs to the School of Arts which Inaugurated in September 2012, the School of Arts incorporates one other department and one centre.

Contact:

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology,
SOAS, University of London,
Thornhaugh Street,
Russell Square,
London WC1H 0XG UK

Telephone +44 (0)20 7898 4020

Fax +44 (0)20 7898 4479

E-mail: artsandhumanities@soas.ac.uk