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Centre of South East Asian Studies

Welcome to the Centre of South East Asian Studies

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South East Asian Studies is one of the five main regional postgraduate programmes in the School. The Centre exists to stimulate a lively research culture concerned with South East Asian issues. Its seminars and programme of events promote interdisciplinary study, research and discussion, and disseminate a wider awareness of the region.

Constitution for the Centre of South East Asian Studies

Forthcoming Events


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Recent publications by the members of the CSEAS.


Current MPhil and PhD students pursuing projects on South East Asia.

The SAAAP Academic Support Fund

The Academic Support Fund is used to fund academic resources, conferences, symposia, and other activities in Southeast Asia and the UK which further the aims of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP) at SOAS.

The Academic Support Fund is Open to all SOAS staff and research students. Applications to the fund will be assessed on an individual basis and approved by the SAAAP Project Board.

For more information about the application process please contact Simone Green.

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Academic Staff

Some 36 members of staff, from all the disciplines represented at the School, are members of the Centre.


Indonesia and the Malay World

An international scholarly journal which focuses its study of the region on languages, literatures, art, archaeology, history, geography, religions, anthropology and the performing arts. It is published three times a year, in March, July, and November. 

Latest Volume

Southeast Asia Research

Publishes original research on all aspects of South East Asia within the disciplines of archaeology, art history, economics, geography, history, language and literature, law, music, political science, social anthropology and religious studies.

Latest Issue

SOAS Announce 2015/16 Alphawood Scholarships

The 2015/16 Alphawood Scholarships at SOAS will open on 1 November 2014. The closing date for applications is 18 December at 1pm.

These Scholarships will bring outstanding students to SOAS who will undertake a range of postgraduate studies that focus on Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. Over the five years of the programme scholarship students and alumni will make a significant and positive impact on the understanding and preservation of art and architecture in the region.

Vairocana on the top of Borobudur looking at the volcano Mt Merapi

The scholarships will be open to students wishing to study a range of courses from Postgraduate Diploma to Doctorate level. The purpose of the Scholarships programme is capacity building therefore support will be available to successful candidates who require extra English language training.

Please note that successful candidates will be asked to provide approved English language test results (IELTS or Pearson) to demonstrate that they hold the minimum UK Borders Agency requirement to obtain a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.

Please visit the Alphawood Scholarships web page for more information on candidate eligibility and how to apply.

The CSEAS welcomes the new chair

Ashley Thompson

I am delighted to take up the reins of the CSEAS for the coming years. In supporting the vast array of Southeast Asia expertise at SOAS, and encouraging interdisciplinary exchange, I aim to make the most of the Centre as a dynamic European hub for research on Southeast Asia. The line-up for lectures, seminars and events for next year is already coming together but new initiatives are welcomed at all times!

Professor Ashley Thompson
Incoming CSEAS chair (2015-2018)