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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.

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2013

January

08/01/13
08/01/13
09/01/13
09/01/13
10/01/13
10/01/13
11/01/13
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14/01/13
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17/01/13
17/01/13
17/01/13
18/01/13
  • Endangered Textile Traditions
  • Various Speakers
  • The WEFT exhibition is launched with a symposium titled Endangered Textile Traditions to be held at SOAS on the 18th and 19th of January.

18/01/13
  • World Eco Fibre & Textile (WEFT) Art
  • WEFT explores the three dimensionality of textile art through installations and sculptural constructions, where contemporary textile artists are currently taking fibre sculpture into new areas.

18/01/13
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18/01/13
19/01/13
21/01/13
21/01/13
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21/01/13
22/01/13
22/01/13
22/01/13
22/01/13
23/01/13
23/01/13
24/01/13
  • When is peace? The Uncertain Outcome of Accord
  • Professor Cynthia Cockburn, Department of Sociology, City University London
  • Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ were ended by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the ethno-national aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina was halted by the Dayton Accord of 1995, and the Israel – Palestine conflict was slowed for some years by the Oslo Accords of 1993. Revisiting a study made by the author in these three countries during the late 1990s, this article draws on interviews conducted in 2012 with feminist activists of that earlier period.

24/01/13
24/01/13
25/01/13
25/01/13
28/01/13
29/01/13
29/01/13
29/01/13
29/01/13
29/01/13
  • Book Launch - 'Race, Racism and Development'
  • Kalpana Wilson (author, Birkbeck/ LSE), Firoze Manji (Head of Codesria's Documentation and Information Centre, Dakar) & Paru Raman (chair of the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, SOAS)
30/01/13
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31/01/13
31/01/13
31/01/13
  • The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories
  • Prajwal Parajuly (Author)
  • Prajwal Parajuly’s debut book, The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories, published by Quercus, has received rave reviews and now hits the stands in the UK after being on bestseller lists in South Asia.

31/01/13
  • 18th-20th century Mongolian Buddhist paintings and appliques
  • Zara Fleming
  • The most profound and long lasting influence on Mongolian art is that of Vajrayana Buddhism. This flourished for centuries under the patronage of the Khans, but in the 20th century it was all but annihilated under communism. This lecture explores this rich tradition of Buddhist art, identifying particular Mongolian characteristics in their thangkhas and appliques from the 18th to the 20th century.

February

01/02/13
01/02/13
01/02/13
02/02/13
04/02/13
05/02/13
05/02/13
05/02/13
05/02/13
05/02/13
06/02/13
06/02/13
06/02/13
07/02/13
  • Generation and Ritual among young Shias in the UK
  • Kathryn Spellman Poots, Associate professor, Aga Khan University - Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
  • Shia Muslims make up approximately fifteen percent of the estimated 2.8 million Muslims living in the UK, and come from a range of backgrounds including South Asian, East African, Iranian, Iraqi, Afghani, Lebanese, Bahraini, Saudi Arabian, and Yemeni. This paper will discuss the development of local and transnational Shi’a institutions and religious practices in British society, taking a gendered and generational view.

07/02/13
07/02/13
  • Poetics of the infra-ordinary
  • Elvira Dyangani Ose (Curator, International Art, Supported by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc - Tate Modern); Chaired by Prof. John Picton (SOAS)
07/02/13
08/02/13
09/02/13
11/02/13
14/02/13
  • Seminar on the Pisa Griffin and the Mari-Cha Lion
  • This seminar is intended to further our understanding of these bronze objects by sharing the results of the scientific analyses and the historical and art-historical investigations that have taken place in the last ten years.

16/02/13
18/02/13
19/02/13
19/02/13
19/02/13
19/02/13
  • Iran's Nuclear Programme: A Surge into Modernity
  • David Patrikarakos, Author and Journalist
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

19/02/13
19/02/13
20/02/13
20/02/13
20/02/13
20/02/13
20/02/13
21/02/13
  • The Feminist Judgements Project.
  • Professor Rosemary Hunter, School of Law, University of Kent.
  • The UK Feminist Judgments Project and other feminist judgment-writing projects provide a fruitful source of both empirical data and theoretical reflections on processes of feminist judg(e)ment.  In this paper I consider the extent to which a feminist ethics of care has informed – or might inform – feminist judging, and the potential value and limitations of such an approach.

21/02/13
21/02/13
22/02/13
22/02/13
22/02/13
22/02/13
22/02/13
23/02/13
25/02/13
25/02/13
26/02/13
26/02/13
26/02/13
27/02/13
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27/02/13
28/02/13
28/02/13
28/02/13
  • Three papers on Islamic Art in the 19th Century
  • Convened by Professor Anna Contadini
  • Anna McSweeney, The Afterlife of the Alhambra. Architectural revivals in the 19th century Middle East  

    Melanie Gibson, Colouring the surface: a taste for 'Persian' tiles in English domestic architecture, 1860-1910

    George Manginis, Iznik in Athens: Ottoman-style tile revetments on inter-war public buildings in Greece

28/02/13
28/02/13
28/02/13
  • Himalayan Ascetism and Mysticism
  • Dr Sondra Hausner (Oxford University)
  • This talk will describe contemporary South Asian sadhus, or ascetics, and consider whether they live up to the legendary roles that have been attributed to them.  Certainly their religious practices, or tapas, are modelled after those of the great mahasiddhas in Himalayan mythology, but being an ascetic in real life poses particular kinds of challenges.  Do all ascetics necessarily aspire towards mysticism -- and do all mystics practice an ascetic lifestyle?

March

01/03/13
02/03/13
  • Gender and Identity in Muslim Contexts
  • Prof Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS), Dr Kathryn Spellman-Poots (AKU-ISMC), Prof Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS), Ms Marta Pietrobelli (CGS, SOAS, PhD Candidate), Prof Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck College)
  • Challenging stereotypical understandings of gender roles in Muslim societies, this course will highlight the multiple and changing constructs of these roles and identities both historically and in contemporary contexts.
02/03/13
04/03/13
04/03/13
  • Documentary Screening: 'Last Train Home' by Lixin Fan
  • 'Every Spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home village for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world largest human migration- an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural as and industrial future. Chinese canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.'
04/03/13
  • Title TBC
  • Sarah McMillan (the Prince's Youth Business International)
05/03/13
05/03/13
05/03/13
05/03/13
05/03/13
  • Iran’s Expanding Relations with Latin America
  • Manouchehr Dorraj, Texas Christian University and a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for International and Regional Studies, Doha, Qatar
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

05/03/13
05/03/13
06/03/13
06/03/13
06/03/13
06/03/13
06/03/13
06/03/13
  • Can Film be used as an instrument for Social Change?
  • Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi
  • In view of the horrific gangrape recently in Delhi concerns have been expressed about the role films. TV and advertisements play in commodifying women. Is self - regulation required or State Censorship? Does film have a larger role to play beyond that of entertainment?

06/03/13
06/03/13
06/03/13
07/03/13
  • SOAS Master Class
  • Professor Stephen H. West (Foundation Professor of Chinese at Arizona State University and formerly Louis Agassiz Professor of Chinese at UC Berkeley)
07/03/13
07/03/13
  • Fabrication 2013
  • Dr Atta Kwami (Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Cambridge) ; chaired by Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford (CAS Research Associate)
07/03/13
  • The Origins and Meaning of Om Manipadme Hum
  • Dr Alex Studholme
  • 'Oṃ Maṇipadme Hūṃ' is first recorded the Kāraṇḍavyūha Sūtra, one of the first Buddhist books to arrive in Tibet, this work reflects an early stage of Buddhist tantrism in India.  The mantra reflects creative religious synthesis. Its meaning, “in the jewel-lotus” expresses a central symbol of Mahāyāna: rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitābha.

07/03/13
08/03/13
  • Women Mean Business
  • Various
  • Highlighting opportunities and how pioneers are working to create and grow sustainable and profitable partnerships with women.

08/03/13
08/03/13
08/03/13
  • China Goes Global: The Partial Power
  • Professor David Shambaugh (George Washington)
  • In China Goes Global, eminent China scholar David Shambaugh delivers the book many have been waiting for—a sweeping account of China's growing prominence on the international stage.

08/03/13
09/03/13
09/03/13
  • Saving Face
  • Dr Mohammad Ali Jawad (Consultant Plastic Surgeon)
11/03/13
11/03/13
12/03/13
12/03/13
12/03/13
12/03/13
12/03/13
  • Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising
  • Stephen Starr, freelance journalist
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

12/03/13
  • The Modern Griot
  • Sunara Begum (artist and film-maker); Tunde Jegede (composer and multi-instrumentalist); Angela Impey (SOAS, University of London)
  • Where Old traditions meet the New

13/03/13
13/03/13
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13/03/13
13/03/13
14/03/13
14/03/13
15/03/13
15/03/13
  • Archaeology of a text: creation and redaction of Tibetan history
  • Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
  • bSam yas is Tibet's earliest Buddhist establishment. Apart from a short foundation inscription, we depend on later histories the institution's development. The oldest of the later histories is known as the "Testimony of BA" and dates to about 1000 CE. This lecture looks at the 'Testament of Ba', the earliest such history, and explores how Tibetans constructed their history and identity.

18/03/13
19/03/13
19/03/13
20/03/13
20/03/13
20/03/13
20/03/13
20/03/13
21/03/13
21/03/13
21/03/13
22/03/13
22/03/13
  • Memories Without Borders
  • Mehmet Binay (CAM Film), Ilham Safarov (Internews Azerbaijan), Nouneh Sargsyan and Harut Mansuryan (Internews Armenia)
  • Film screening of Memories Without Borders – a new documentary film (55-minutes, English subtitles)
    made by Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani filmmakers working across closed borders.

23/03/13
  • Religion, Media and Marginality in Africa since 1800
  • The list of speakers is confirmed below
  • This workshop is inspired by recent scholarship that investigates the connections between new electronic media, traditional print media and the growth of religious, social and political constituencies, publics and communities. 

23/03/13
  • The Invasion of Iraq: Two Panel Discussions on Art and Politics
  • Part of Reel Iraq 2013 which marks 10 years since the US and UK led military invasion, against which the world mobilised in solidarity with the people of Iraq. Reel Iraq will explore the contribution of art, culture and creativity to Iraqi life in a time of conflict, with over 50 events taking place in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Glasgow, Dumfries, Leeds, Derry/Londonderry, Newcastle and Stirling.

23/03/13
27/03/13

April

04/04/13
  • African Textiles Today
  • Christopher Spring (Author, Curator Northeast, East and South Africa, British Museum)
  • Book launch and panel discussion with author.

05/04/13
08/04/13
16/04/13
17/04/13
18/04/13
18/04/13
18/04/13
18/04/13
19/04/13
22/04/13
23/04/13
23/04/13
  • Upgrade presentations
  • Anneliese Smit, Wasitthee Chaiyakan
  • Anneliese Smit: The Dynamics of the Mao Cult in Tibet during the Cultural Revolution

    Wasitthee Chaiyakan: Pan-Tai Notions in Thai Text Books

23/04/13
23/04/13
24/04/13
  • Spanish-Welsh Bilingualism in Patagonia
  • Prof. Margaret Deuchar, Bangor Univeristy
  • This workshop will deal with the process involved in building multilingual corpora, including the initial stage of planning, data collection, data transcription and analysis.

24/04/13
25/04/13
25/04/13
25/04/13
26/04/13
  • Reincarnation Before Its Institutionalization in Tibet
  • Dr Daniel Hirshberg (UC Santa Barbara)
  • The narratives of Nyang-rel Nyima Özer's  (1124-1192) preincarnations were written posthumously by Guru Chöwang (1212-1270), who claimed to be Nyang-rel's reincarnation. This claim challenged the lineal and spiritual authority of Nyang-rel’s descendants and may signify one of the earliest documented conflicts between patrilineal and reincarnate inheritance claims in Tibet.

30/04/13
30/04/13

May

01/05/13
01/05/13
02/05/13
02/05/13
02/05/13
  • When was Zarathushtra?
  • Professor Martin West (All Souls College, Oxford)
  • Presenting the sixteenth Dastur Dr Sohrab Hormasji Kutar Memorial Lecture

    Follow by reception.

02/05/13
  • Sake Tasting
  • Several types of Japanese Sake tasting with Japanese music AFTER FIVE, which encourage book enthusiast and non-book enthusiasts to come and have a look at the new exhibition at Brunei Gallery.

03/05/13
  • The life of the Buddha in wall inscriptions of Western Tibet
  • Dr Kurt Tropper (Universität Wien)
  • The life of Buddha Shakyamuni is illustrated in wall paintings across the Tibetan cultural realm. Some such representations include inscriptions. This lecture presents examples documented in Western Tibet during and discusses their significance.

03/05/13
07/05/13
07/05/13
  • Third-year research presentations
  • Shazwani Binti Haji Shahibulbahri, Chia-lin Huang, Carol Ann Boshier
  • Shazwani Binti Haji Shahibulbahri: The Integration of Basilan Island into the Philippines 1946-1986

    Chia-lin Huang: Formosa Revisited – British Commercial Interests and Local Business Networks, 1860-1895

    Carol Ann Boshier: Leslie Fernandes Taylor and the 'lost' Linguistic and Ethnographic Survey of Burma

08/05/13
08/05/13
  • Text and Image in Japanese Books
  • This workshop will focus on examining the relationship between text and image in a variety of Japanese genres. The workshop is in conjunction with the SOAS exhibition of ‘1000 Years of the Art of Japanese Books’ from the Tenri Library.

08/05/13
09/05/13
  • Calligraphy
  • Nobu Takeuchi and others
  • Nobu Takeuchi and others present your name in Japanese.  If you wish, why not have a go and learn how to do it yourself.

09/05/13
  • Tantric Arts and Crafts in Bhutan
  • Timea Tallian
  • Timea Tallian discusses her work in Bhutan as a conservation supervisor for artwork exhibited in the Ta Dzong Museum in Trongsa. This work involved the restoration of important ancient Buddhist artifacts and sacred objects from the Royal collection. 

09/05/13
10/05/13
  • Grammar of Mimetics
  • Mimetic or “sound-symbolic” words in Japanese (giongo/giseigo/gitaigo) constitute a significant lexical category.

10/05/13
10/05/13
11/05/13
11/05/13
  • Nautanki
  • Dr Devendra Sharma (California State University)
14/05/13
14/05/13
15/05/13
15/05/13
15/05/13
16/05/13
17/05/13
  • Revolution by Love: Emerging Arab Youth Voices
  • Dala Ghandour, Emna Ben Yedder, Muna Al Bulushi and Samah El Meri
  • A presentation of the book Revolution by Love: Emerging Arab Youth Voices by four of the authors followed by a book signing.

18/05/13
  • Gagaku and Japanese Tea ceremony
  • Dr Hughes (SOAS), Mr Shimizu (Tenri University) and Master Mineko Miura
  • Gagaku - Dr Hughes (SOAS) and Mr Shimizu, the head of Tenri cultural centre in Koln present Gagaku, the oldest surviving orchestra in the world.
    Japanese tea ceremony – Enshuryu School presented by Master Mineko Miura from Holland.  

22/05/13
  • The Bhutanese Refugee Re-settlement Experience
  • Various
  • The workshop will bring together researchers from across the globe working on different aspects of the re-settlement process and provide a platform to develop themes for future research, share ideas and explore the potential for working collaboratively.

22/05/13
22/05/13
22/05/13
22/05/13
23/05/13
23/05/13
23/05/13
24/05/13
24/05/13
28/05/13
29/05/13
31/05/13
  • Years of Radical Change: Korean Screen Culture
  • Following on from last year’s successful workshop on South Korean film held at SOAS, the Centre for Korean Studies will host a two day symposium that aims to investigate wider aspects of Korean screen culture - cinema, television and music.

31/05/13

June

01/06/13
  • Muslims, Multiculturalism and Trust: New Directions
  • The aim of the conference is to analyse current critiques of multiculturalism, measure them against other, perhaps more progressive interpretations, and consider the potential offered by lived experience and creative visions of intercultural exchange to offer new ways of envisaging multicultural experience.

03/06/13
04/06/13
05/06/13
05/06/13
06/06/13
07/06/13
08/06/13
  • Origami
  • Mr Masa Takeuchi
  • Mr Masa Takeuchi, Central St. Martin graduate, presents the art of Origami

10/06/13
10/06/13
11/06/13
12/06/13
  • Book launch ‘Aid, NGOs and the realities of women’s lives: a Perfect Storm’
  • Fenella Porter (Birkbeck/IGS@LMH), Tina Wallace (IGS@LMH), Deepa Joshi (Wageningen UR), Tom Scott-Smith (Oxford)
  • London International Development Centre and the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck invite you to the launch of ‘Aid, NGOs and the realities of women’s lives: a Perfect Storm’ edited by Fenella Porter and Tina Wallace, published by Practical Action Publishing.

12/06/13
13/06/13
  • Origami
  • Mr Masa Takeuchi
  • Mr Masa Takeuchi, Central St. Martin graduate, presents the art of Origami

15/06/13
  • Calligraphy
  • Nobu Takeuchi and others
  • Nobu Takeuchi and others present your name in Japanese.  If you wish, why not have a go and learn how to do it yourself.

17/06/13
17/06/13
  • Didgeridoo
  • Jonathan Cope
  • Learn one of the oldest wind instruments known
    Classes: 17-21 June, Mon-Fri 7-9pm

18/06/13
19/06/13
19/06/13
20/06/13
  • Origami and Calligraphy
  • Nobu Takeuchi and Masa Takeuchi
  • Nobu Takeuchi and others present your name in Japanese.  If you wish, why not have a go and learn how to do it yourself.

20/06/13
  • Multilingualism Workshop
  • Multilingualism Week (17th- 22nd June 2013) is to celebrate and promote multilingualism. The outreach event is organised by students participating in the AHRC-funded scheme entitled Skills Development for Language Research and Teaching in a Multilingual World. Students from SOAS, the University of Lund, and Bangor University have taken part in training activities and placements and are now launching a series of outreach events on the 20 June.

20/06/13
21/06/13
22/06/13
  • Jews Harps
  • Jonathan Cope
  • Mouth or jews harp: an instrument for all!
    Class: Sat 22 June, 11am-5pm

22/06/13
22/06/13
24/06/13
24/06/13
  • Mongolian Overtone Singing
  • Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino
  • Learn Khöömii, the amazing Mongolian Overtone singing style
    Classes: 24-28 June, Mon-Fri 7-9pm
27/06/13

July

01/07/13
  • Kora
  • Kadialy Kouyate
  • Learn the 21 stringed Mandinka kora from Senegal
    Classes: 1-5 July, Mon-Fri 5-7pm
01/07/13
  • Mbira
  • Linos Wengara Magaya
  • Study the Zimbabwean mbira, a thumb piano used by the Shona people
    Classes: 1-5 July, Mon-Fri 5-7pm
01/07/13
  • Cuban Music Big Band
  • Sara McGuinness & Elpidio Caicedo
  • Whatever your instrument, here’s a chance to play some classic Cuban styles
    Classes: 1-5 July, Mon-Fri 6-9pm

01/07/13
04/07/13
  • Strains of Odyssey (天心の譜): Oguri Ken’ichi: Special Talk & Film Screening
  • Kayoko Hosokawa (Executive Producer)
  • The JRC and Japan Society are pleased to present a special screening of Strains of Odyssey, a film that chronicles the power of music to restore confidence in individuals and communities. We are delighted to welcome the film’s executive producer, Kayoko Hosokawa, who will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening.

08/07/13
  • Kora (alt. session)
  • Kadialy Kouyate
  • Learn the 21 stringed Mandinka kora from Senegal
    Classes: 8-12 July, Mon-Fri 5-7pm
10/07/13
11/07/13
  • Sanctuary: Home, Away, the Common Ground
  • Sanctuary Artists present the exploration of the cultural, political, social and environmental differences and commonalities that construct the concept of Sanctuary from the perspective of ‘Home, Away and Common Ground’.

15/07/13
30/07/13

August

08/08/13
31/08/13
  • Mud Masons of Mali
  • A new exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum that explores livelihoods, craft traditions, and the challenges facing Djenne's masons during this period of rapid change and political uncertainty in Mali. Curated by Mary Jo Arnoldi and Trevor Marchand.

September

04/09/13
05/09/13
  • Max Weber and China: Culture, Law and Capitalism
  • The conference brings scholars from the social sciences and humanities together in a West/East dialogue central both to mutual understanding between China and the West and also to an exploration of the possible varieties of capitalism.

06/09/13
11/09/13
14/09/13
  • Padmasambhava: Different Aspects
  • Various
  • This one-day conference, hosted jointly by SOAS and the London Shang Shung Institute, will explore different aspects of Padmasambhava.

19/09/13
19/09/13
19/09/13
19/09/13
  • Japan and Britain, 1613: Parallels and Exchanges
  • The conference will address the history of Japan and Britain in and around the year 1613. Both countries were undergoing massive cultural, religious and political transformations at the time, and it is instructive to look at their respective systems of restructuring and recreation in parallel and comparatively.

October

02/10/13
02/10/13
03/10/13
05/10/13
08/10/13
08/10/13
08/10/13
09/10/13
  • Salma
  • Kim Longinotto, 90 mins, 2013, UK/India
09/10/13
09/10/13
10/10/13
10/10/13
11/10/13
11/10/13
11/10/13
  • Kharoṣṭhī and Tibetan: Two Scribal Traditions and a Hidden Connection
  • Dr Stefan Baums (LMU Munich‎)
  • This lecture compares the emergence of the Kharoṣṭhī (fourth century BCE) and Tibetan (seventh century CE) scribal traditions. Both scripts were adapted to previously unwritten languages, underwent paleographic and orthographic standardization, and developed from instruments of empire and administration into carriers of Buddhist literary traditions. The lecture suggests an unnoticed historical connection between the two scripts in the cultural meeting grounds of Central Asia.
12/10/13
14/10/13
15/10/13
15/10/13
15/10/13
15/10/13
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16/10/13
16/10/13
16/10/13
16/10/13
16/10/13
17/10/13
  • Transforming The Frontier: Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa
  • Dr Bram Buscher, Associate Professor, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Bram Büscher is Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Netherlands, and visiting Associate Professor of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

17/10/13
17/10/13
18/10/13
18/10/13
19/10/13
  • Indonesia Kontemporer 2013
  • Indonesia Kontemporer 2013 is co-hosted with ARTi UK, an organization with the aim of promoting artists, from all parts of the world, who want to perform works inspired by Indonesia arts and cultural traditions.

20/10/13
20/10/13
20/10/13
21/10/13
21/10/13
22/10/13
22/10/13
22/10/13
23/10/13
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24/10/13
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24/10/13
24/10/13
25/10/13
25/10/13
25/10/13
28/10/13
  • Muslim South Asia Graduate Research Conference
  • The Graduate Conference is a one day event, bringing together cross-disciplinary research on Muslim South Asia. We are inviting young researchers from across the UK, Europe, US and Asia to present their work in thematic panels moderated by established academics in the relevant field.   

28/10/13
29/10/13
29/10/13
29/10/13
29/10/13
30/10/13
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30/10/13
30/10/13
30/10/13
31/10/13
  • TANZANIA’S (AGRO)PASTORALIST HEADACHE, by Martin Walsh
  • Martin Walsh (Global Research Adviser, Oxfam)
  • The speaker, Martin Walsh, will take a closer look at some of the high-profile cases of land use conflicts in Tanzania involving pastoralists and agropastoralists  and open a discussion about the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to this growing problem, which has divided opinion among policy-makers, conservationists, and advocates of pastoralism.

31/10/13
31/10/13

November

01/11/13
  • Film Africa 2013
  • Film Africa is back!  London's annual celebration of AfricanCinema returns -  From 1 - 10th November 2013

01/11/13
01/11/13
04/11/13
08/11/13
12/11/13
12/11/13
13/11/13
13/11/13
13/11/13
13/11/13
13/11/13
13/11/13
13/11/13
13/11/13
14/11/13
14/11/13
  • The Qipao and Modern Chinese Society
  • Liu Yu, School of Fashion and Art Design, Donghua University, Shanghai, and School of Humanities, Royal College of Art
  • Please note change of room to 563, Main College Buildings.

14/11/13
14/11/13
  • The Art of Thangkas: From Monastery to Museums, an Integrated Approach to Conservation and Display
  • Teresa Heady
  • This talk will cover basic uses of thangkas, their provenance and styles and how to make them. Concentrating at the on the preservation and conservation of thangkas as they relate to display and storage in museums. All of the talk will be from work carried out while teaching thangkas conservation workshops in Nepal and Tibet and how this helped make decisions for the display, storage and care of thangkas that are now housed in the different museum’s collections I have worked with.

14/11/13
14/11/13
  • The Economic Realities of the Yemeni Conflict
  • Nora Ann Colton, University of East London
  • Lecture offering an analysis of the Yemeni economy organised by the British-Yemeni Society in association with the London Middle East Institute.

15/11/13
15/11/13
15/11/13
15/11/13
16/11/13
19/11/13
19/11/13
19/11/13
  • (title tbc)
  • Dr Matthew Gillan, Department of Art and Music, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
19/11/13
  • The Possibility of Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought
  • Moshe Behar, University of Manchester, Yair Wallach, SOAS and Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck College
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

20/11/13
  • Delhi at Eleven
  • Ravi Shivhare, Anshu Singh, Aniket Kumar Kashyap, Shikha Kumar Dalsus, David MacDougall, 82 mins, 2013, India/Australia
20/11/13
20/11/13
20/11/13
20/11/13
20/11/13
21/11/13
21/11/13
21/11/13
22/11/13
22/11/13
22/11/13
  • 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.

25/11/13
26/11/13
26/11/13
26/11/13
  • Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
  • Abdel Moneim Said Aly, Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Cairo, Shai Feldman, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, US, and Khalil Shikaki, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Ramallah
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

27/11/13
27/11/13
27/11/13
27/11/13
28/11/13
  • Madam Kazmi and the Drivers: Film and Conversation with Anca Dimofte
  • Anca Dimofte (Independent Film Maker) and Ruhi Hamid (BBC filmmaker)
  • 'Madam Kazmi and the drivers' tells the story of a woman taxi driver in Pakistan and the day-to-day people around her. The setting is the main taxi stand in the International Islamabad Airport where Zahida Kazmi first arrived in '92 as the first woman taxi driver and since then she's still the only licensed woman to drive a cab in Pakistan. This short film depicts different encounters and relationships as part of Zahida’s life and the realities around it.

28/11/13
28/11/13
28/11/13
28/11/13
29/11/13
29/11/13
29/11/13

December

02/12/13
02/12/13
03/12/13
03/12/13
03/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
04/12/13
  • 'Queen of the Desert' Film Screening and Director's Q+A
  • The film will be followed by the Q & A session with Director Alex Kelly
  • Event proudly presented by SOAS Centre for Gender Studies in collaboration with SOAS Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law

05/12/13
05/12/13
  • The Responsibility to Protect
  • Professor Jennifer Welsh, University of Oxford and UN Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General for the Responsibility to Protect
05/12/13
05/12/13
05/12/13
  • Between Buddhism and Science, Between Mind and Body
  • Prof Geoffrey Samuel
  • Since the late 19th century Buddhism has been seen as compatible with Western science. The Buddhist influence on the ecology movement has strengthened this perception. Yet the 'Buddhism' brought into relation with science has undergone rewriting under modernist influences, and critical aspects of Buddhist thought and practice are ignored. This lecture presents a different kind of dialogue, in which a Tibetan Buddhism confronts Western scientists and scholars on more equal terms.

06/12/13
06/12/13
06/12/13
06/12/13
09/12/13
09/12/13
10/12/13
10/12/13
10/12/13
10/12/13
10/12/13
11/12/13
11/12/13
11/12/13
11/12/13
11/12/13
11/12/13
11/12/13
12/12/13
12/12/13
12/12/13
13/12/13
13/12/13