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SOAS Director praises students for creating valuable language resource

Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, University of London praises SOAS postgraduate students for their interactive website Language Landscape documenting and celebrating language diversity.

10th April 2014

Dr Joan Maw, scholar of Swahili languages pic Dr Joan Maw, scholar of Swahili languages

Dr Joan Maw, former lecturer in Swahili at SOAS, University of London has sadly passed away, aged 87.

3rd April 2014

SOAS scholar consults on Chinese Imperial porcelain for Japan broadcaster's flagship documentary

Dr Stacey Pierson, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London, consulted on Chinese Imperial porcelain for  a documentary on the National Palace Museum of Taiwan by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.

2nd April 2014

SOAS exhibits traditional shrines of Western China at Brunei Gallery

Photographs and videos of tradition shrines in Uyghur in Western China by artist Lisa Ross will be exhibited at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, University of London next month.

27th March 2014

Student-led initiative promoting multilingualism to launch official website

Postgraduate students from SOAS, University of London, are set to launch Language Landscape, www.languagelandscape.org, an interactive website to document and celebrate language diversity, at an event later this month.

18th March 2014

SOAS to spark interest in languages among school pupils this week

In an initiative to widen participation and spark an interest in language learning, SOAS, University of London has organised the Illuminations Festival dedicated to secondary school pupils from years seven to 10.

26th February 2014

World music and dance at third Interfaith Music Festival at SOAS

SOAS, University of London students bring world music and dance from groups with Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim backgrounds to London at the third Interfaith Music Festival next week.

21st February 2014

Interdisciplinary team secures ERC grant to explore kingdoms of Asia

As part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, Dr Nathan W. Hill, lecturer in Tibetan and Linguistics at SOAS, University of London, has secured a €7 million European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant to explore the interlocking kingdoms in Asia and their interactions between South, South East and Central Asia. 

13th February 2014

Exhibition on rural and city life in China marks Chinese New Year at SOAS

A photography exhibition at SOAS, University of London brings rural beauty and modern city life in China to heart of London to celebrate Chinese New Year.

30th January 2014

Early links with West likely inspiration for Terracotta Warriors, argues SOAS scholar

In his recently published paper, Dr Lukas Nickel, a scholar on the archaeology of China at SOAS, University of London has suggested there are “likely” to be links between the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor of China and influences from the West.

19th December 2013

SOAS in major initiatives to document and support endangered languages

SOAS, University of London is helping to lead the way in documenting and supporting global linguistic diversity as it joins a series of international workshops and training courses on language documentation and revitalisation in 2014.

18th December 2013

SOAS secures HEFCE funding to support postgrad area studies

SOAS, University of London, together with a consortium of three other universities, has secured funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to deliver scholarships for postgraduate language-based area studies.

12th December 2013

SOAS students’ language skills and art history knowledge secure placement at famous auctioneers

SOAS, University of London History of Art and Archaeology graduate, Shing-Yi Tan, and History of Art and Chinese Studies student Francesca Rose Leiper, secured internships with Lyon & Turnbull to work on the auctioneers high profile events during Asian Art in London.

14th November 2013

SOAS English programme challenges conventional approach to study of language and literature

SOAS, University of London has introduced a new BA English degree that studies the English language and its literatures from a global perspective. The course draws on SOAS’ unparalleled concentration of expertise in Asian, African and Middle Eastern languages and literatures.

7th November 2013

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti US foundation gives transformational £20 million donation to SOAS, University of London to fund a step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

1st November 2013

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