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International symposium explores the mysterious 13th century emergence of Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia

Scholars from around the world joined the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP) at SOAS, University of London for a ground-breaking research symposium on how the 'southern' Theravada Buddhism moved into ancient Cambodia.

24th July 2015

SOAS academic co-authors latest V&A exhibition catalogue

The exhibition catalogue for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest exhibition Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 is co-authored by Dr Crispin Branfoot, senior lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology.

30th June 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

SOAS art historian curates exhibition for acclaimed Chinese artist

Dr Shane McCausland, Reader in the History of Art of China at SOAS, University of London has curated an exhibition of work by Ding Yi, one of the most celebrated artists in China today.

2nd June 2015

The beauty of geometry in Islamic design revealed by SOAS alumnus in new TED-Ed talk

The extensive use of geometry in Islamic design has been revealed in a new TED-Ed talk by SOAS alumnus Eric Broug.

27th May 2015

SOAS PhD student acts as Judge at 35th Nikon Photo Contest

Marine Cabos, a PhD student in the School’s Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, has recently returned to the UK from Shanghai where she acted as a judge at the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015.

14th May 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS for the International Conference “Music, Art and Spirituality in Central Asia”

CALL FOR PAPERS for the International Conference “Music, Art and Spirituality in Central Asia”, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, October 29, 30 and 31 2015.

17th March 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Emergence of Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia: Southeast Asian Perspectives

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘The Emergence of Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia: Southeast Asian Perspectives.’ DEADLINE: 15 March 2015.

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme at SOAS invites papers for a symposium entitled ‘The Emergence of Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia: Southeast Asian Perspectives’ on July 3 2015. Abstracts of 150-200 words, as well as questions and expressions of interest, should be sent to: sg74@soas.ac.uk and at50@soas.ac.uk. 

16th February 2015

Dr Hettie Elgood MBE Recognition for SOAS Asian Art expert and advocate in New Year’s Honours

Dr Heather Elgood, Course Director of SOAS’ Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art, has been awarded an MBE for 'Services to Higher Education and the Arts’ in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list. Since 1988 Dr Elgood has developed and run the Diploma, which has long been recognised for its excellence. 

30th December 2014

SOAS’ Department of History of Art and Archaeology in UK top 10 for research outputs

The Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London has been ranked 8th out of 25 in the UK for its research into the visual arts, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  

18th December 2014

SOAS’ School of Arts among UK elite for research quality

The research of the School of Arts at SOAS, University of London, has been ranked in the UK top ten in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The quality of its research outputs was especially highly regarded, that of the Department of Music being placed first nationally and that of the Department of History of Art and Archaeology fourth.

18th December 2014

SOAS scholar secures Getty Foundation funding to explore art and archaeology of Crusades

Scott Redford newly appointed Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London has been awarded a two-year grant of $335,000 by the Getty Foundation to explore the art and archaeology of the Crusades.

6th October 2014

SOAS Exhibitions Manager judges craft in Beijing

John Hollingworth, Galleries and Exhibition Manager at the Brunei Gallery, was recently invited to act as judge for the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts in Beijing. John was asked to attend by the World Crafts Council AISBL and the China Arts and Crafts Association (China is currently President of the WCC).

5th September 2014

Anna Contadini SOAS academic awarded the ‘Premio Vallesina’

Anna Contadini, Professor of the History of Islamic Art at SOAS, University of London has been awarded the ‘Premio Vallesina 2014’ for the category ‘Culture’.

22nd July 2014

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