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Department of History

History Seminars

The Department offers a number of regional seminars for invited speakers and as an opportunity for PhD students to present their research. The Department is also active in the seminar programmes of a number of regional centres.

Department Seminars

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Regional Centres and Institutes

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2014

September

23/09/14
23/09/14
23/09/14
23/09/14
23/09/14
23/09/14
23/09/14
24/09/14
25/09/14
25/09/14
26/09/14
26/09/14
  • Beyond religion: ISIS and the crisis in the Middle East
  • Ghias Aljundi, writer and human rights activist, Charles Tripp, SOAS and Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS
  • The first in a series of public lecturers SOAS Students’ Union will be hosting on the politics of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the UK.

29/09/14
29/09/14
30/09/14
30/09/14

October

01/10/14
01/10/14
01/10/14
03/10/14
04/10/14
05/10/14
07/10/14
07/10/14
  • Simin Behbahani: A Career in Poetry
  • Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

08/10/14
  • 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.

08/10/14
  • The History of Bhutan (UK book launch)
  • Dr Karma Phuntsho (University of Virginia/SOAS)
  • In 2008, Bhutan emerged as the world’s youngest democracy and in the same year crowned the world’s youngest monarch. Today, it enchants the world with its policy of Gross National Happiness and has become a popular destination for travel. Nonetheless, Bhutan remains one of the most poorly studied places on earth.

09/10/14
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

10/10/14
  • Rewriting the ancient history of Tibet
  • Yongdrol Tsongkha (Lanzhou)
  • Since 1982 thousands of tombs dating to the 7th–9th centuries have been discovered in the region of Dulan in western Kokonor and other areas. A great number of grave goods, such as gold, silver and silk artifacts, Tibetan inscriptions on stone and wood, and painted coffin are now circulating in public museums and private collections. Based on extensive fieldwork, this presentation surveys the tombs, gave goods, and recent research.

10/10/14
13/10/14
13/10/14
14/10/14
  • The Arab Uprisings - Driven by Youth or Adults?
  • Zafiris Tzannatos, Senior Consultant for Strategy and Policy
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

15/10/14
15/10/14
16/10/14
17/10/14
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

18/10/14
  • 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.

21/10/14
21/10/14
22/10/14
23/10/14
24/10/14
24/10/14
27/10/14
27/10/14
28/10/14
28/10/14
29/10/14
29/10/14
30/10/14
30/10/14
31/10/14

November

03/11/14
  • ABG Seminar: Cutting Edge Community Based Tourism in East Africa
  • Dr Mulugeta Feseha; Minister of Tourism, Ethiopia; His Excellency Ambassador Berhanu Kebede; Jacinta Nzokia; Minister of Tourism, Somaliland
  • The aim of the workshop is to build on the already extensive university and business links in the tourism sphere between SOAS and the tourism authorities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somaliland. The purpose is to encourage particular forms of community based tourism in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somaliland and to invite diaspora groups in the UK from the three African countries.  

10/11/14
11/11/14
11/11/14
  • The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication
  • Atef Alshaer, University of Westminster; Lina Khatib, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut; and Dina Matar, Centre for Media Studies, SOAS
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

12/11/14
12/11/14
13/11/14
13/11/14
  • TBC
  • Irna Qureshi and Syima Aslam
14/11/14
14/11/14
17/11/14
18/11/14
18/11/14
  • The Persian-Portuguese Encounter in Hormuz
  • Ghoncheh Tazmini, former Iran Heritage Foundation (IHF) Visiting Fellow, Centre for Iranian Studies
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

19/11/14
19/11/14
  • New Hierarchies of Belonging
  • Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths University), Shamser Sinha (University Campus, Suffolk) and Charlynne Bryan (University Campus, Suffolk)
20/11/14
21/11/14
22/11/14
25/11/14
25/11/14
  • Panel on the Iranian Economy
  • Hassan Hakimian, LMEI/SOAS, Parvin Alizadeh, Boston University Boston University Study Abroad
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

26/11/14
27/11/14
  • Beyul: Hidden Valleys
  • Dr Fabian Sanders (Venice)
  • Scholars usually regard the sku-bla as a mountain deity, with differing views on whether this cult is a foreign import or central to Imperial Tibetan religion. A re-examination of the relevant passages shows that the sku-bla is a ceremony central to the ideology of sacral kingship in the Old Tibetan Empire. It created a bond of vassalage between the celebrant and the Tibetan emperor, and was performed by vassals of the emperor rather than the royal court itself.

28/11/14
28/11/14
  • Buddhas, masters, and protectors
  • Marta Sernesi (LMU, Munich)
  • This lecture treats woodcut images in Tibetan xylographs from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Focusing on specific examples—such as the 1539 first edition of the bKa' gdams glegs bam—it discusses the conventions governing the choice and display of the figures on the page, in order to illustrate how images may recount stories of textual transmission and relate information about the circumstances of production of the books.

28/11/14
  • TBC
  • Dr Owen Miller (SOAS, University of London)

December

01/12/14
02/12/14
02/12/14
03/12/14
03/12/14
04/12/14
05/12/14
10/12/14
11/12/14
  • How Grains Domesticated Us
  • James Scott (Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology / Co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program)