Events organised by the Centres and Programmes Office, SOAS, London
The events listing includes the weekly seminar series, workshops, annual lectures, film screenings, conferences, book launches/readings, performances and symposiums. The events are organised with academic staff from all disciplines across the School and are often co-hosted with external organisations.
Most of the events organised are free and open to both internal and external audiences, unless otherwise stated.
For further information about any of the events listed below please contact the Centres & Programmes Office team.
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- The Music of Ancient Greece in Modern Japan
Jonathan Service (JRC Research Associate)
- Islamic Soundscapes of China
Keynote speaker: Professor Jonathan Lipman
The aim of this conference is to draw together an interdisciplinary group of international scholars interested in the ethnographically grounded, theoretically informed study of local Islamic practices within Muslim communities across China.
- Bushidô beyond the Samurai: death and violence in the modern world
Prof Chris Goto-Jones (Leiden University)
- Hobson-Jobson: the trading lexicon
Dr Kate Teltscher (University of Roehampton)
- Buddhism in contemporary South-Korean society
Dr Florence Galmiche (Assistant Professor Department of East Asian Studies, Paris-Diderot University)
- Citizen Ai: Warrior, Jester and Middleman
William A. Callahan, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics
- Why Aśoka (and therefore the Buddha and Mahāvīra) should be older than we take him (/ them) to be
Ashok Aklujkar, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Canada
- Thai film Paradoxocracy
Rachel Harrison (SOAS, University of London)
- The Foreign Policy Options of a Small Unrecognised State: The Case of Abkhazia
Thomas Frear (Independent Analyst)
- One Fine Day: Korean Short Film and Media Art in London
Ingeun Kim (Director, Royal College of Art) / Sukho Yun (Director of Winter Sonata)
- Muslim Trajectories of Exclusion and Militancy
Dr Faisal Devji / Adeel Hussain
- Creative Industries in Japan
Dr Shinji Oyama (Lecturer in Japanese Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College)
- Placing Trust Well
Professor Onora O'Neill (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve CBE FBA Hon FRS F Med Sci)
- Narrating a history through genealogy and the lives of saints: the case of Arab migrants in Southeast Asia
Kazuhiro Arai, Keio University
- British propaganda in Japan, her ally, during the First World War
Dr Ayako Hotta-Lister (Independent scholar/historian)
- Nepal’s Political Transition: challenges ahead
His Excellency Dr Suresh Chalise, the Nepali Ambassador to the UK and Ireland
- Twelve gasa poetry in the context of Korean literature development: re-thinking the approach (“A Plum-blossom”poem)
Dr Anastasia Guryeva (Senior lecturer at Faculty of Asian and African Studies, Saint Petersburg State University)
- The Current Political Situation in Thailand
Kasit Phirom (Former Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs 2008-11)
- Entrepreneurs of Religion & Religious Entrepreneurs: The Emergence of an Islamic Moral Economy in Indonesia
Gwenaël Njoto-Feillard (Current SOAS Centenary Visiting Fellow, CSEAS)
- Angry Drummers: A Taiko Group from Osaka, Japan
Professor Yoshitaka Terada
Powerful documentary film by TERADA Yoshitaka of Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology. The film deals with music’s role in helping two minorities in the Osaka area - Okinawans and the so-called Burakumin ‘outcasts’ - actively and publicly deal with prejudice and injustice.
- History of Postwar Japan as Told by Cinema
Jennifer Coates (SOAS, University of London)
- Muslims in South Asian Cities - Trajectories of Marginalisation
Professor Christophe Jaffrelot (KCL) / Dr Sanaa Alimia (SOAS)
- Militias, Counterinsurgency and Statebuilding in Afghanistan
Professor Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS) & Aziz Hakimi (PhD Candidate, SOAS)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Repatriated: Koreans in Transwar Shandong, 1940-1947
Konrad Lawson (University of St. Andrews)
- Making Sense of Japan's Lost Decades
Andrew Gordon (Harvard)
- Drumming out a Message: Eisa and the Okinawan Diaspora in Japan
Professor Terada Yoshitaka
The second film in the series deals with music’s role in helping two minorities in the Osaka area - Okinawans and the so-called Burakumin ‘outcasts’ - actively and publicly deal with prejudice and injustice.
- Moving in the cracks: motorcycle taxi drivers, street protest, and the fragility of power in the Thai capital
Claudio Sopranzetti (Oxford University)
- Garo and the Birth of Alternative Manga
Dr Ryan Holmberg (Sainsbury Centre for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
- Voices of the Afro-Sri Lankans
Dr Shihan de Silva (Producer/Director)
This event has been cancelled.
- Even the Crows: A Divided Gujarat
Sheena Sumaria / Sonum Sumaria (Directors)
- Central Planning, Local Knowledge? Labour, Population and the Tajik School of Economics
Dr Artemy Kalinovsky (University of Amsterdam)
- Gangnam Style?: Plastic Surgery and Biopolitics in South Korea
Dr So Yeon Leem (Sociology, LSE)
- China’s Rise and the Future of Global Governance
Dr. Katherine Morton
- Japanese literature since 3/11
Furukawa Hideo, Keiijiro Suga, Mizuho Ishida
- CIRCASSIA: Exploring the Sounds of an Ancient Country
Vincent Moon and Bulat Khalilov (Directors)
- This event will now be held in conjunction with the seminar on the 'Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Afghanistan'.
- Manufacturing Heritage in Contemporary Japan
Dr Christopher Gerteis (SOAS, University of London)
- Love, Korean Style! Drama and the Korean Wave
Director Yun Seokho (Winter Sonata & SOAS Visiting Scholar)
- Can China Be Governed?
Professor Bruce Dickson (George Washington University)
- The Politics of Mental and Spiritual Health: India, 1920s to the Present Day
Dr Christopher Harding (Edinburgh)
- Bloodshot: the dreams and nightmare of East Timor
Peter A Gordon
- Development, Patronage and Politics: the prospects for Afghanistan
Michael Keating, former UN Deputy Envoy to Afghanistan and Senior Consulting Fellow at Chatham House will chair a discussion with an international panel of experts.
- The seasons, the moon, and the Chinese calendar in ancient Japan
Dr Gerhard Leinss (University of Cambridge)
- Challenges of Democracy in India
Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India Shri Salman Khurshid
- Date, history, and restoration of a ceramic Lohan sculpture from Yizhou
Maria Menshikova, Senior research fellow and curator, Oriental Department, Hermitage, Petersburg
This lecture is arranged jointly with the China Institute, SOAS
- Iryǒn as a historian
Miriam Löwensteinová Miriam Löwensteinová (Associate Professor, Charles University Prague, Institute of EA Studies, Czech Republic)
This event has been cancelled.
- International Health and the Limits of its Global Influence: Bhutan and the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme
Prof Sanjoy Bhattacharya (York)
- Vietnam in the Global Economy: Dynamics of Integration, Decentralization and Contested Politics
Dr Thomas Jandl (Scholar in Residence, School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C.)
- Strategies of ‘writing back’ in contemporary representations of Okinawa – a postcolonial approach
Prof Dr Ina Hein (Institute of East Asian Studies / Department for Japanese Studies, University of Vienna)
- The Politics of Desire: Reading Rituparno Ghosh as a Cultural Producer
Dr Sangeeta Datta
- Continuum of Counter-Revolutions: Rethinking the Origins of Pakistan and Beyond
Professor Imran Ali
- 14th Annual Jaina Lecture: The Lives of the Tīrthaṅkaras in Illustrated Jaina Manuscripts
Dr Saryu Doshi (Mumbai)
- Culinary Colonialism and the Frontiers of Russian Food Cultures
Professor Melissa L. Caldwell (University of California)
- Pakistan Day Mushaira
Ata ul Haq Qasmi
- Japanese Poetry in English
Professor Forrest Gander (Brown University, US)
A brief introduction to Japanese modern and contemporary poetry translated in English
- The Citizens Foundation (TCF)-UK Film Night
Anca Dimofte and Aatif Nawaz
The TCF-UK Film Night is an opportunity to explore issues facing Pakistan today through the medium of documentary film.
- The Democratic Crisis in Thailand
Mr. Robert Amsterdam (founder and principal of Amsterdam & Partners LLP)
- Challenges of Critical Social Science in Volatile Contexts: perspectives from Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Mardan in Pakistan
Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu
- The River's Song
Suchen Christine Lim (Writer)
This event has been cancelled.
- BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference
This conference provides the opportunity for PhD students in any field of Japanese studies working within any academic institution internationally to present the results of their fieldwork, engage with other postgraduate students as well as established academics in the field, and meet key academic publishers.
- Acharya Tulsi Memorial Lecture: Global Vision of Acharya Tulsi
Satish Kumar (Schumacher College)
- China: The Landscape
- The Plain of Jars of Laos - Site Clusters and Jar Distribution
Lia Genovese (CSEAS Small Grant recipient 2012)
- Wronged by Empire: Colonial Memories and Victimhood in India's and China's Foreign Policy Today
Manjari Chatterjee Miller
- An Analysis of the Text Structures of Cheonjugasa from the Linguistic Perspective
Dr Cho Wonhyong (Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim)
- Karachi and 1960s Cinema: Cultural Wounds and the Production of Sameness
Dr Kamran Asdar Ali
- PhD Graduate Workshop on "Crossing borders in South Asia"
The focus of the workshop will be on cross-border relationships and interactions at a level below that of the state, ie. questions of governmental foreign policy and foreign relations will not be central to our discussions
- Unruly Subjects and Freedom Imagining: Transborder Connections in Colonial India
Professor Yasmin Saikia (Arizona State University)
- Patriarchy Unbound: Male Rural-to-Urban Migrants Negotiating Marital Power in China
Professor Susanne Y P Choi (Hong Kong Chinese University)
- Rethinking counternarcotic policies in drug-producing countries
This panel debate brings together scholars working on the political economy of drugs, conflict and rural issues in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
- Between the Bedroom and the Courthouse: Domesticity, Economy, and Secularism in Colonial India
Dr Julia Stephens (Cambridge & Princeton)
- VisionMix Short Cuts
VisionMix international artists’ and filmmakers’ network presents a screening of “VisionMix Short Cuts” film, followed by a Roundtable.
- Seventh Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics conference, 2014
The purpose of the APLL conferences is to provide a venue for presentation of the best current research on Austronesian and Papuan languages and linguistics and to promote collaboration and research in this area.
- Jaanta Nahin Mera Baap Kaun Hain?! Knowing “our” fathers, knowing “their” fathers
Ramesh Bairy Charles Wallace India Trust fellow 2013-2014)
- Enmeshed Socio-Economic Legalities - Women and Islam in South Asia
Professor Werner Menski / Associate Professor Gopika Solanki
- Literary Event with Korean Novelist: In Conversation with Gong Ji-young
Gong Ji-young in conversation with Grace Koh
- Gandhi and the Lessons of Chauri Chaura
Prof Karuna Mantena (Yale)
- The Prisoner Book Launch
Omar Shahid Hamid, in conversation with Owen Bennett-Jones
- An Indian Education for Indian Children: the family-school relationship and Indian modernity
Nita Kumar (California)
- A journey to the Buddhist and Hindu sites of southern Sumatra
- CANCELLED: Tian’anmen 25 Years on and the Party Is Still There
Frank Pieke ( Chair Professor, Modern China Studies, Leiden University)
This event has been cancelled.
- June Fourth 1989: An Overview
Prof Michel Hockx (Director, SCI), Dr Andrea Janku (SOAS), Dr Lars Laamann (SOAS) and Dr. Patricia Thorton (University of Oxford)
This SOAS China Institute seminar looks back at the events of Spring 1989: the student demonstrations, the people's movement, and the eventual massacre in the night of 3-4 June. The seminar aims to inform those who are not familiar with the details of the events, as well as encourage discussion.
- In Praise of Empire? Indian Testimonials in the Impeachment Trial of Warren Hastings
Prof Robert Travers (Cornell)
- The Coup and After: Thailand's Political Crisis
Mr. Verapat Pariyawong / Dr. Lee Jones / Dr. Carlo Bonura
- Brave New Theatres: 1616 in China and England
Tian Yuan Tan (SOAS, University of London), Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), Shih-pe Wang (National Chung Cheng University)
This conference seeks to engage cross-culturally with how theatre and the art of playwriting had by 1616 reached exciting new heights of accomplishment in late Ming China and Renaissance England.
- Beyond Islamophobia
This conference will chart the rise of mainstream Islamophobia in recent years, while also situating it in its much longer historical context.
- Simon Digby Memorial Conference
The conference brings together some of the most renowned scholars of pre-modern South Asia who knew Simon Digby personally as well as younger scholars who have been influenced by his path-breaking work.
- Literary Event with Korean Novelist - Border States and Mother Tongues: An Evening with Bae Suah
Bae Suah with Deborah Smith & Kate Griffin
- Religious Reform in India: Personalities in the Ahl-i-Hadis and Ahl-i-Quran Movements
Professor Barbara Metcalf / Assistant Professor Ali Usman Qasmi
- "Dāphā: Sacred Singing in a South Asian City" and "The Songs of Khayal"
Richard Widdess (SOAS) and Nicolas Magriel
- “Good Coup” Gone Bad: The 2014 Putsch and the Future of Thai Democracy
- Ways of Writing about China for Different Audiences
Isabel Hilton (Chinadialogue) and Professor Jeff Wasserstrom (UC Irvine)
- This SOAS China Institute lunchtime seminar brings together two very well-known researchers, writers and commentators on China.
- Gitanjali 100
Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Centenary, BAITHAK UK presents Gitanjali 100.
- Researchers at Risk in Central Asia: the Detention of Alexander Sodiqov
Dr John Heathershaw (Exeter), Saule Mukhametrakhimova, (Central Asia Editor, IWPR), Representative from Amnesty International (TBC)
- I AM CHINA [event cancelled]
Xiaolu Guo (Author) in discussion with Michel Hockx (SOAS)
This event has been cancelled
- 'Fandry' (Pig) followed by discussion with Director Nagraj Manjule
David Mosse, Nagraj Manjule (Director), Meena Varma
- Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration and Empire
Ambassador Akbar S. Ahmed
- Post-Ghazālian theology: What were the lessons to be learned from Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī
Professor Ulrich Rudolph (University of Zurich)
- Philosophical Theology In Islam: The Later Ash'ari Tradition
Convenors: Ayman Shihadeh and Jan Thiele
Focusing on the later phase of the school’s history, this conference will offer an array of perspectives, ranging from investigations of philosophical and theological theories to explorations of regional, institutional and socio-political contexts within which the school developed.
- Gambarou Nippon – Imagi(ni)ng Japan post 3/11
Iwabuchi Koichi and others
- International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Pentecostalism and Development
The eighth international and interdisciplinary conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) is organised by the Centre of World Christianity and will be held at SOAS, University of London on 5th & 6th September 2014. The conference theme is "Pentecostalism and Development".
- The Current Changing Political Situation in Shan State
Mr Khuensai Jaiyen, Editor-in-Chief, Shan Herald Agency for News and Managing Director of the Pyidaungsu Institute for Peace and Dialogue
- A crisis in democracy and a role of progressive parties in Korea
Hoechan Roh (former president of Justice Party in Korea)
The talk will be in Korean.
- K-Drama Week: Global Korean Wave Seminar
Yun-ho Yang (Director)
- Mate Selection among the Malays in the early 20th Century
Dr Zanariah Noor, Post Doctoral Researcher (Department of Languages & Cultures Of South East Asia) / Senior Lecturer (Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia)
- Washoku on the World Stage: Japanese Traditional Cuisine as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Theodore Bestor (Professor of Social Anthropology Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Harvard University)
This lecture examines the global popularity of Japanese food, and the recent UNESCO designation of washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) as a Global Cultural Heritage item.
- Assorted Chatter about Mr.Y's Literature
Byoung Yoong KANG (Writer & Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and African Studies, University of Ljubljana)
- China Goes West: Chinese Outbound Investment in the EU
Joel Backaler, Associate Vice President at Frontier Strategy Group
- Perceptions of the Religious Other in Southeast Asia: the baggage of history
Prof Peter G Riddell (Melbourne School of Theology//History, SOAS)
- Making Sense Out of Genocide
Youk Chhang (Executive Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia and founder of the Sleuk Rith Institute)
Youk Chhang's mission is to help Cambodians deal with the trauma of the genocide by the Khmers Rouges. His organisation is amassing documentation on the 1974-9 years and he has played a key role in supporting and distributing information on the prosecution of the leaders of Democratic Kampuchea.
- Who owns the South China Sea
- How do we know what we think we know about North Korea?: The use of records from the archives of Pyongyang's former communist allies to challenge the received wisdom.
James Person (Coordinator of the North Korea International Documentation Project, Wilson Center, Washington DC, USA)
- Patriotic Service or Youth Exploitation? Japanese Students and the Wartime Labor Service, 1941–45
Dr Halliday Piel (University of Manchester)
- Birth 1871: History, The State and The Arts of Denotified Tribes of India
Dakxinkumar Bajrange (Director)
Film Screening and Q&A with director
- Awaaz: South Asia Network Roundtable Discussion - Caste and Development under the Modi Government
Subir Sinha, Vrinda Grover, Pragna Patel, Suresh Grover
Discussion about the implications for caste, development, human rights and the South Asian communities in the UK and abroad.
- Hwang Byungki: Traditional Music and the Contemporary Composer in the Republic of Korea
Andrew Killick (University of Sheffield)
- MUS-Mei Lanfang 120th Anniversary Celebration
A symposium to mark 120 years since the birth of one of China’s most celebrated Jingju (‘Peking opera’) actors – Mei Lanfang
Music Department, SOAS, University of London
Royal Holloway China Humanities Research Centre
SOAS China Institute
UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture (UKCTC)
UoL Xiqu Network | RHUL Chinese Opera Society | SOAS Jing-Kun Opera Society
- Indonesia Kontemporer 2014
See how the world is inspired by the Indonesian art and culture: a full day from 10am celebrating contemporary arts in the UK.
- Art and artefact: the Southeast Asian collections of the Horniman Museum
Fiona Kerlogue (Horniman Museum)
- Reform of the Global Reserve System and China’s Choice
Professor Liqing Zhang (Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE), Beijing)
- Managing (Un)Certainties - Economic Sociology Perspectives on the Japanese Antique Art Trade
Dr Harald Conrad (University of Sheffield)
- Battles Of The New Republic: A Contemporary History Of Nepal
Prashant Jha and Ian Martin
Book Launch and Panel Discussion
- Unpacking the Afghan elections
Anna Larson (Research Associate, SOAS), Antonio Giustozzi (Research Associate SOAS) and Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS)
- Can corruption reduce conflict? Lessons from Indonesia
Dr Elizabeth Pisani
- The ‘Rare Infliction’: The Great War and the Abolition of Flogging in the Indian Army
Radhika Singha (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
NOTE: This week's seminar will take place on Wednesday in room B102 (Brunei Gallery)
- Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry
Dr Jeffrey W Alexander (University of Wisconsin – Parkside)
- RMB Internationalisation and China’s Financial Reform and Opening
Professor Haihong Gao
- The role of private electronic media in radicalising Pakistan
Speaker: Dr Kiran Hassan Discussant: Dr David Taylor (SOAS, University of London)
- A Talk with Ambassador Sungnam Lim
Chair: Dr Tat Yan Kong (SOAS, University of London)
- Reporting for China: How correspondents for Chinese media work with the world
Professor Nyiri Pál (Vrije Univeristeit)
- The Waking and Sleeping of Lord Vishnu: A Seasonal Festival and the Archaeology of Royal Ritual
Michael Willis (British Museum)
- The Making of Exile: An Overview of the Sindhi Hindu Experience of Partition
Nandita Bhavnani (Independent Scholar, Mumbai)
NOTE: This week's seminar will take place on Wednesday in room B102 (Brunei Gallery)
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia: Issues, Problems and Prospects
Emeritus Prof Victor King (University of Leeds)
- The Battles of Battleship Island: History, Memory, Heritage
Dr Mark Pendleton (University of Sheffield)
- From Arak To Za’Atar: Jerusalem and its many culinary traditions
Modern Jerusalem is unique: it is a city where ancient history and recent events constantly interact – with great intimacy and intensity – and thus shape every aspect of the daily realities of its citizens. Join the SOAS Food Studies Centre to welcome Yotam Ottolenghi to SOAS for this distinguished lecture.
Irna Qureshi and Syima Aslam
- Succession Politics and Commemorative Culture in North Korea
Dr Adam Cathcart (University of Leeds)
- RMB Internationalisation: How Far It Could Go?
Professor Liping He (Director, Research Centre of International Finance, Beijing Normal University)
- History and Memory in the Making of Delhi’s Indo-Muslim Urban Identity, c. 1800-1900
Nishtha Singh (Bowdoin, SSAI) (http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff95067.php)
- A borderless village: binding/bounding spiritual ties among Plong migrants in Greater Bangkok
Indrė Balčaitė (CSEAS Small Grant recipient 2012)
- The Reception to Nihonga by the Public and the Meiji Art Market: Study for Hishida Shunso (1874-1911)
Dr Eriko Kay (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
- Tai/Shan New Year: Academic and Cultural Presentations
Pi Mai or Shan New Year celebrations has been held as annual cultural event in UK since 2005 and six of them have taken place at SOAS, University of London.
- Policy implementation and formation beyond the state in urban communities in the PRC
Professor Stephan Feuchtwang
- Malba and Mandirs: The Politics of Divine Resurgence in Delhi, 1911-1939
Deborah Sutton (Lancaster)
- The Southeast Asian collections at the V&A
Dr John Clarke (Curator of the Himalayan and Southeast Asian Collections at the V&A Museum)
- Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan
Dr Oleg Benesch (University of York)
- The making of the North Korean working class: class formation and capitalist development at the Hungnam Chemical Complex, 1930-1960
Dr Owen Miller (SOAS, University of London)
- BASAS 2014 Annual Lecture: “Only connect …” Interdisciplinarity, South Asian Studies and Gender
Professor Patricia Jeffery
In this lecture, Patricia aims to show how South Asian studies and gender studies—both interdisciplinary in their own right—have challenged and inspired her throughout her research and writing career.
- Annual Presentation on Asia for Sixth Form Students 2014
The aim is to introduce students to subjects and concepts they may not have previously explored as part of their curriculum and, which will, we hope, inspire them.
- Women Adrift: Narratives and Memories of Empire in Modern Japan
Dr Noriko Horiguchi (University of Tennessee)
Dr Paul Rollier (UCL)
- How Grains Domesticated Us
James C. Scott (Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University)
In this lecture, Scott asks how homo sapiens came, only in the last 5% of its long career on the planet, to live in concentrated heaps of people, grain, and domesticated animals and, later, to be governed by units we call states. He will argue that virtually all classical states were based on grains, which are suited to concentrated production, tax assessment, cadastral surveys, storage, and rationing.
- Bailang and the Burmish Languages
Dr Nathan W. Hill (SOAS, University of London)