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Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty Events

Numerous events, seminars, films, discussions, talks and lecture series are held throughout term-time and beyond, hosted by the Departments and Centres of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

Unless otherwise stated, all events are free and open to the public.

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2014

January

07/01/14
07/01/14
08/01/14
08/01/14
10/01/14
15/01/14
15/01/14
15/01/14
15/01/14
17/01/14
22/01/14
  • Why Music Matters
  • Professor David Hesmondhalgh (Professor of Media and Music Industries, University of leeds)
  • Media sociologist David Hesmondhalgh is a leading scholar of music and the music industry, director of the Media Industries Research Centre at Leeds and author of numerous books including The Cultural Industries (Sage, now in its third edition). In this talk he will be discussing his latest book Why Music Matters (Wiley/Blackwell 2013) a landmark study of the social value of music.  

    (feel free to bring your lunch)

22/01/14
22/01/14
22/01/14
24/01/14
24/01/14
27/01/14
28/01/14
28/01/14
29/01/14
29/01/14
31/01/14
31/01/14

February

05/02/14
05/02/14
07/02/14
12/02/14
17/02/14
18/02/14
19/02/14
19/02/14
  • Islam, Youth and Modernity in Gambia
  • Marloes Janson, SOAS, University of London
  • SOAS CMDS Joint Book Launch with Department of Anthropology, Royal Anthropological Institute and SOAS South Asian Institute

21/02/14
21/02/14
24/02/14
26/02/14
26/02/14
  • TBA
  • Professor Anne Griffiths, Edinburgh
26/02/14
28/02/14

March

04/03/14
05/03/14
05/03/14
05/03/14
07/03/14
11/03/14
12/03/14
12/03/14
12/03/14
12/03/14
14/03/14
14/03/14
17/03/14
19/03/14
19/03/14
21/03/14
21/03/14
21/03/14
  • Merantau
  • To celebrate the forthcoming release of The Raid 2, sequel to the smash action hit The Raid (2012) the Centre for Media and Film Studies, Indofilm and SOAS Pencak Silat Society invite you to a special screening of the first Gareth Evans/Iko Uwais collaboration, Merantau.

30/03/14
  • The Culinary Turn
  • The Food Studies Centre at SOAS and Delfina Foundation present an afternoon symposium on contemporary art and the politics of food.

April

02/04/14
04/04/14
23/04/14
24/04/14
28/04/14

May

01/05/14
07/05/14
08/05/14
12/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – A New Approach to Mythology: Historical Comparative Mythology
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • In this presentation I offer a general introduction to my book "The origins of the world's mythologies"  (OUP 2012). I will discuss and problematize the new method employed: a combination of a comparative and an historical approach that leads to recurrent reconstructions of increasingly earlier mythologies. As such, the proposed approach is parallel to those in linguistics, stemmatics, paleontology and genetics.

13/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – Oldest Japan and Oldest India: Two Unlikely Candidates for Comparison?
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • Building on the preceding talk, in this presentation I seek to compare two mythologies that are distant in time and space, the oldest Indian one (Veda, c. 1000 BCE) and the oldest Japanese one (Kojiki 712 CE, Nihon Shoki 720 CE). Reasons for their surprising resemblances are given, based on a close comparison of two key myths, that of the hidden sun  (Iwato, Vala) and of the slaying of the Dragon. An ancient common source will be proposed.

14/05/14
14/05/14
  • TBC
  • Shane Marotta, PhD candidate History, SOAS
14/05/14
14/05/14
15/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – Mythology or Folklore: The Curious Case of Alan Dundes and His Students
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • Contrary to claims made earlier in the 20th century by diffusionists and those who uphold Jungian archetypes, the well known folklorist A. Dundes has decreed that no such “universals” exist. However in search for a “grand theory” of folklore he employs another 20th century universalist, S. Freud. His former students closely follow Dundes.

15/05/14
16/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – A Glimpse of the Future: Exploring, Comparing and Saving Some Neglected Mythologies
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • At the present stage of myth studies, there is an urgent need to compare some neglected mythologies that can tell us more about early stages of mythology as practiced by those who moved into Europe around 40 thousand years ago.  Further, we need to study the early substrates in populations or those "empty spaces" that have been overlaid by the Christian and Muslim religions. Finally, there is the urgent need to record and "save" some endangered mythologies.

21/05/14
21/05/14
23/05/14
27/05/14
28/05/14

June

04/06/14
09/06/14
13/06/14

September

17/09/14

October

06/10/14
08/10/14
08/10/14
08/10/14
10/10/14
  • An Oral History of Neal’s Yard Dairy: Applying Postgraduate Food Anthropology
  • Mukta Das, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Research
  • Doctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Research Student Member of the Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London, and Celia Plender, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, & Research Student Member of the Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London

15/10/14
15/10/14
17/10/14
  • Past and Present Plant Use in Northern Sudan
  • Dr. Philippa Ryan and Prof. Katherine Homewood
  • Dr. Philippa Ryan, Scientist, Dept. of Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum & Prof. Katherine Homewood, Professor of Human Ecology, Dept. of Anthropology, University College London

22/10/14
22/10/14
22/10/14
22/10/14
  • Is there Freedom from Knowledge?
  • Screening of a discussion that J. Krishnamurti (d. 1986), philosopher, had with Dr Allan Anderson, Religious Studies, San Diego State University, in 1974 as part of a series of 12 talks.

24/10/14
29/10/14
29/10/14
29/10/14
31/10/14

November

01/11/14
10/11/14
11/11/14
12/11/14
12/11/14
12/11/14
12/11/14
14/11/14
18/11/14
19/11/14
19/11/14
21/11/14
26/11/14
26/11/14
26/11/14
28/11/14

December

01/12/14
03/12/14
03/12/14
05/12/14
10/12/14
10/12/14