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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- Indonesia Kontemporer 2015
Inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions, Indonesia Kontemporer 2015, is a creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls.
- Commemorating the Life of Radical Kenyan Trade Unionist and National Liberation Activist Makhan Singh
The event will bring together voices of activists, family members, and commentators who will reflect on this history of the labour movement in Kenya and on Makhan Singh’s life.
- Southeast Asia's half miracle: Economic progress and remaining challenges
Prof Anne Booth (SOAS, University of London)
- Film Screening: Between Memory and Museum. A Dialogue with Folk and Tribal Artists from India
Film Screening and Q&A with Director
- Empire for God: Alternative Visions for a Modern Japan
Emily Anderson (San Diego Museum of Man)
- Juvenile Offenders and the Legal Construction of Childhood in Wartime China, 1937-1945
Lily Chang (University College London)
- New Muslim Elite and the Vernacular: An Anthropological Perspective on Colonial Sindh
Michel Boivin, Centre for South Asian Studies (CNRS-EHESS)
Part of the Muslim South Asia Graduate Conference 2015
- Muslim South Asia Graduate Conference 2015
The conference aims to connect early career scholars and academics researching Muslim societies in South Asia and their diasporic communities, across disciplines and time periods. Our goal is to provide a platform for scholarly exchange and to showcase new and innovative thinking in this field. The keynote lecture will be given by Prof Michel Boivin (CNRS-EHESS).
- Deconstructing Boundaries: Is 'East Asian Art History' possible?
The aim of this symposium is to give insight into the changing boundaries and concepts of ‘art’ in Japan and East Asia. We hope especially to illuminate the exchanges and dialogues that took place among the artists of Japan and other East Asian nations.
- The Teachings of the Śivadharma
Prof Peter Bisschop (Leiden)
- British investment in Indonesia at the time of decolonization
Dr J Thomas Lindblad (Leiden University)
- In Conversation with Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Dr Rachel Harrison, Dr Lindiwe Dovey, Dr Rahul Rao
- Between Imperial Capital and World City: The Tourist's Tokyo a Century Ago
Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)
- Politics in the era of Xi Jinping: breaking new ground or sticking to consultative Leninism?
Professor Steve Tsang, Head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham
- Three Revolutionaries of the Chinese Republic: Ho Kai, Sun Yatsen, and Fu Bingchang
Yee-Wah Foo (University of Lincoln)
Please note change of date and venue for this week's event.
- From Colonial Empires to Nation-States: The Hadhrami Migratory Links to Indonesia and Singapore, 1860s - 1960s
Assistant Professor Christian Lekon (European University of Lefke)
- Book Launch: Secularism, Islam and Education in India
- Achieving the Depopulation Dividend: Evidence and Experience from Japan's Shrinking Regions
Peter Matanie (University of Sheffield)
- The Global Urban Housing Crisis in Colonial Bombay
Sheetal Chhabria (Connecticut College)
- Half Century after the 1965 Indonesian Genocide: The Preservation of Fear
Dr. Soe Tjen Marching (British Coordinator of IPT 1965 & Founder of Yayasan Bhinneka Nusantara)
- Present in Venice: Extensive Philippine Locality in the Contemporary
Professor Patrick D. Flores (Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines)
- Le Corbusier and Japan
Prof Neil Jackson (University of Liverpool in London)
- Film and History: The Korean Example
This interdisciplinary conference will examine the relationship between film and history and the links between historical research and filmic presentations of history with special reference to Korean cinema.
- How Anti-mercantile were Early China’s Masters of Philosophy?
Professor Roel Sterckx (Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization University of Cambridge)
- Title TBC
Prof Juergen Rueland
- Indic Epigraphy in a Digital World
Dr Dániel Balogh (British Museum)
- Title TBC
- Impact Lunch with Alasdair Mackenzie
Advice for early career researchers wanting to get involved with the work of Parliament.
- Rhyming One Culture with Another: A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Shadab Zeest Hashmi
Shadab Zeest Hashmi and Ahsan Akbar
- Britain-Nepal Academic Council Annual Lecture: The Unique Blend of Literature, Politics, and History in the Writings of Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala
Prof. Abhi Subedi, Tribhuvan University
- A politics of ventriloquism or the politicization of untouchability in late colonial India ca.1900-1930
Jesús Chairez (University of Leeds)
- The political economy of engaging communities in cultural heritage in Java
Dr Riwanto Tirtosudarmo (Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
- Annual Presentation on Asia for Sixth Form Students 2015
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.
- The Allied War Crimes Program in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1945-1952: Case Studies from the British Trials
Associate Professor Yuma Totani (University of Hawaii)
- Medical Lens, Political Aperture: Photographing plague in Manchuria 1910-1911
Christos Lynteris (University of Cambridge)
- Screening of Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction)
Film Screening and Q&A with director
- Screening of Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms For The Blind Horse)
Film Screening and Q&A with director
- 'Japan' in the Western Imagination: A Voyage of Ideas into the Past
Naoko Shimazu (Birkbeck)
- A world of words: Popular print and global news in colonial north India ca. 1870-1900
Leigh Denault (University of Cambridge)
- Title TBC
- Ōhira Masayoshi and Sino-Japanese Relations in the 1970s
Professor Robert Hoppens (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
- State Power and the Confucian Classics: The Mengzi jiewen 孟子節文 and Truth Management under the First Ming Emperor
Professor Bernhard Fuehrer (SOAS)
- Local and Translocal Dimensions in the Making of Theravāda Buddhism
Dr Sven Bretfeld (NTNU Trondheim)
- The space of the mohalla: political mobilisation of and in Delhi's urban communities
Stephen Legg (University of Nottingham)
- Impact Lunch with Jonathan Williams and Joanna Mackle
Jonathan Williams and Joanna Mackle (Deputy Directors, British Museum)
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- Performing Citizenship: Mobile Screens and Surveillance Cameras in Contemporary Chinese Urban Space
Professor Yomi Braester, University of Washington