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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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2014

January

07/01/14
07/01/14
08/01/14
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09/01/14
10/01/14
13/01/14
14/01/14
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15/01/14
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15/01/14
15/01/14
  • Interdisciplinarity and International Development
  • Professor Peter Mollinga
  • Peter Mollinga, Professor of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London is kick-starting the new lecture series on ‘Interdisciplinarity and International Development’ at the London International Development Centre (LIDC).

15/01/14
15/01/14
16/01/14
  • Recalling The Future: post revolutionary Iranian art
  • Recalling The Future challenges assumptions about 'Iranian'art. As Iranian artists in the 1960s and 70s increasingly combined signifiers of their local, national identity with formal approaches fit for the increasing modernity of their environment, this exhibition demonstrates artwork that radically shakes up the basic conception of the country’s modern canon.

16/01/14
16/01/14
17/01/14
17/01/14
20/01/14
20/01/14
  • Is Free Trade free, and does it help developing countries?
  • John Weeks
  • Economic theory says that free trade brings gains to all countries. Many call for trade liberalization, because it will benefit developing countries through opening rich country markets. John Weeks explains why both are wrong in theory and in practice.

21/01/14
  • Qatar and the Arab Spring: Policy Responses and Consequences
  • Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen, Baker III Institute of Public Policy at Rice University in Houston
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

22/01/14
  • Why Music Matters
  • Professor David Hesmondhalgh (Professor of Media and Music Industries, University of leeds)
  • Media sociologist David Hesmondhalgh is a leading scholar of music and the music industry, director of the Media Industries Research Centre at Leeds and author of numerous books including The Cultural Industries (Sage, now in its third edition). In this talk he will be discussing his latest book Why Music Matters (Wiley/Blackwell 2013) a landmark study of the social value of music.  

    (feel free to bring your lunch)

22/01/14
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23/01/14
24/01/14
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24/01/14
27/01/14
27/01/14
28/01/14
28/01/14
28/01/14
28/01/14
  • LEDC Litigating for Justice - 'All Rise for Your Honour’
  • Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao, National Law University, Delhi
  • All Rise for Your Honour is a documentary on Indian judicial system and highlights the difficulties faced by the poor and marginalised communities in accessing justice in courts. 

    Join us to watch the documentary followed by a conversation with Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao, Registrar, National Law University, Delhi. His areas of research interest include Criminal Law, Human Rights and Access to Justice.

28/01/14
28/01/14
29/01/14
29/01/14
29/01/14
  • Weddings among Kenyan Pentecostals: The making of a moral community in London
  • Leslie Fesenmyer, COMPAS, Oxford
  • Leslie Fesenmyer finished her D.Phil. in Social Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, in 2013. In January 2014 she began a three-year research project, funded by a ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship, which examines the religious identification and incorporation of Kenyan Pentecostal migrants in London.

29/01/14
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31/01/14
31/01/14

February

03/02/14
04/02/14
04/02/14
04/02/14
  • Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran
  • Tara Povey, SOAS, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, Elaheh Rostami-Povey, 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.

05/02/14
05/02/14
05/02/14
05/02/14
05/02/14
06/02/14
06/02/14
06/02/14
  • LMEI & LAP Mariam Michtawi Book Launch
  • Mariam Michtawi
  • LMEI & LAP (London Arabic Publications) Mariam Michtawi Book Launch Cultural Charity Event aimed at helping Great Ormond Street Hospital and St Jude Children Cancer Centre.

07/02/14
07/02/14
07/02/14
  • QUEER PERSPECTIVES ON LAW II: Law, Ethics and Politics of Disclosure
  • Prof Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv University) & Prof Alex Sharpe (Keele University)
  • This workshop follows on the success of the Queer Perspectives on Law workshop. It will focus on legal, ethical and political issues surrounding disclosure/non-disclosure of facts considered material to sexual intimacy.

07/02/14
07/02/14
  • The study of the Ganden phodrang aristocracy (1895-1959): new results through prosopography
  • Dr Alice Travers (CNRS)
  • This presentation discusses a socio-historical investigation into the aristocracy of the central government of Tibet (1895-1959). Oral and written sources built into a computerized database provides a basis to analyze noble lineage and government service. The database gives new insights into the general development of careers and marriage patterns.

08/02/14
12/02/14
15/02/14
17/02/14
  • The British-Yemeni Society Yemen Seminar and Annual Lecture
  • To mark the publication of the book Why Yemen Matters: a Society in Transition (SAQI 2014), which discusses the country’s major crises, the British-Yemeni Society and the London Middle East Institute, SOAS are organising a half day seminar with the support of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation.

17/02/14
17/02/14
17/02/14
18/02/14
18/02/14
18/02/14
18/02/14
18/02/14
  • Angry Drummers: A Taiko Group from Osaka, Japan
  • Professor Yoshitaka Terada
  • Powerful documentary film by TERADA Yoshitaka of Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology.  The film deals with music’s role in helping two minorities in the Osaka area - Okinawans and the so-called Burakumin ‘outcasts’ - actively and publicly deal with prejudice and injustice. 

19/02/14
19/02/14
19/02/14
19/02/14
19/02/14
  • Islam, Youth and Modernity in Gambia
  • Marloes Janson, SOAS, University of London
  • SOAS CMDS Joint Book Launch with Department of Anthropology, Royal Anthropological Institute and SOAS South Asian Institute

19/02/14
19/02/14
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20/02/14
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20/02/14
  • 'Attâr's Canticle of the Birds: a Thirteenth-Century Persian Sufi Masterpiece of Poetry and Art
  • Michael Barry, Princeton University
  • Composed at the turn of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the ‘Canticle of the Birds’ or Manteq-ot-Teyr is universally regarded not only as the most perfect crystallization of Sufi thought in Persian verse - indeed Rûmî acknowledged its poet `Attâr (ca. 1145-1221) as his own spiritual master - but as one of the greatest masterpieces of all mystical literature.

21/02/14
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24/02/14
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26/02/14
26/02/14
26/02/14
26/02/14
  • TBA
  • Professor Anne Griffiths, Edinburgh
26/02/14
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27/02/14
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28/02/14
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28/02/14

March

03/03/14
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04/03/14
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05/03/14
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05/03/14
06/03/14
  • Inheriting Entitlement: Property, Whiteness and Rape
  • Dr Sarah Keenan (School of Law, SOAS, University of London
  • Sarah Keenan researches and teaches feminist legal theory, post-colonial theory and property at SOAS School of Law.  Her book 'Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging' is forthcoming with Routledge Social Justice series in 2014.

06/03/14
06/03/14
06/03/14
  • Making Heritage from Atlantic Slavery: What and how to remember?
  • Gaetano Ciarcia, Toby Green, Robin Law, Andrew Apter
  • History on Film: Slavery & the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective (2nd series)
    Film: Mémoire promise (Promised Memories) (2013) dir. Gaetano Ciarcia (Montpellier University) & Jean-Christophe Monferran (Cnrs Paris)

07/03/14
07/03/14
07/03/14
10/03/14
  • Mental Health in Tanzania - Policy and Practice
  • Professor John Hall & Tina Everett
  • Presentation by clinical psychologist Professor John Hall and physiotherapist Tina Everett, from Oxford. 
    In association with the Britain Tanzania Society

11/03/14
11/03/14
11/03/14
11/03/14
11/03/14
  • Book Launch - When The Hills Ask For Your Blood
  • David Belton & Phil Clark
  • THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

    David Belton, journalist, director and producer launches his book of powerful stories of survival, bravery and forgiveness, to shed light on Rwanda twenty years after the genocide.

12/03/14
12/03/14
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12/03/14
13/03/14
13/03/14
13/03/14
14/03/14
14/03/14
14/03/14
14/03/14
  • Iryǒn as a historian
  • Miriam Löwensteinová Miriam Löwensteinová (Associate Professor, Charles University Prague, Institute of EA Studies, Czech Republic)
  • This event has been cancelled. 

15/03/14
  • African Development Forum: Creative Africa
  • Ikenna Azuike, Minna Salami, Isabel Moura Mendes, Musa Okwonga, Helen Jennings, Mathilde Dongala, Kiran Yoliswa and Alae Ismail
  • The SOAS African Development Forum is an innovative, student-driven platform for championing African development. We aim to promote international interaction, generate lively thought-provoking discussion and challenge assumptions surrounding development in Africa.

17/03/14
17/03/14
18/03/14
18/03/14
19/03/14
19/03/14
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19/03/14
19/03/14
19/03/14
  • Conceiving statelessness from diaspora: The case of Kurds in Europe
  • Barzoo Eliassi, International Migration Institute, Oxford
  • Barzoo Eliassi has a PhD in social work and social policy. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University before joining International Migration Institute at Oxford University.

19/03/14
19/03/14
19/03/14
19/03/14
20/03/14
20/03/14
20/03/14
  • The Endurance of the Past in Modern Tibetan Literature
  • Lama Jabb
  • Existing research on modern Tibetan writing takes the 1980s as starting point. However, this interpretation ignores the styles, themes and concepts derived from Tibet’s rich and diverse oral traditions. This talk highlights this impact of the past on the present showing the influence of mgur, kāvya and oral poetry in the works of contemporary Tibetan poets.

21/03/14
21/03/14
21/03/14
21/03/14
  • Merantau
  • To celebrate the forthcoming release of The Raid 2, sequel to the smash action hit The Raid (2012) the Centre for Media and Film Studies, Indofilm and SOAS Pencak Silat Society invite you to a special screening of the first Gareth Evans/Iko Uwais collaboration, Merantau.

22/03/14
23/03/14
26/03/14
  • Japanese Poetry in English
  • Professor Forrest Gander (Brown University, US)
  • A brief introduction to Japanese modern and contemporary poetry translated in English

26/03/14
27/03/14
30/03/14
  • The Culinary Turn
  • The Food Studies Centre at SOAS and Delfina Foundation present an afternoon symposium on contemporary art and the politics of food.

31/03/14
  • Making Home
  • A community heritage project involving SOAS MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies students has collected a series of oral histories of Ugandan Asians and will exhibit its findings in the Wolfson Gallery at SOAS, University of London later this month.

April

02/04/14
04/04/14
  • The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives
  • As part of the ‘Livingstone 200’ events taking place in the UK, Zambia and Malawi, SOAS will be hosting an exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery. This will feature rarely seen archives, photographs, maps and artefacts, brought together for the first time, including a set of surgical instruments thought to have belonged to Livingstone.

04/04/14
22/04/14
22/04/14
23/04/14
23/04/14
24/04/14
24/04/14
25/04/14
  • BAJS Advanced Postgraduate Conference
  • This conference provides the opportunity for PhD students in any field of Japanese studies working within any academic institution internationally to present the results of their fieldwork, engage with other postgraduate students as well as established academics in the field, and meet key academic publishers.

25/04/14
26/04/14
28/04/14
28/04/14
  • African Art @ 2014
  • Charles Gore & Elsbeth Court
  • Discussion on the 16th Triennial Symposium of ACASA

28/04/14
29/04/14
29/04/14
  • Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran
  • Tara Povey, SOAS, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Centre for Iranian Studies
  • Resheduled from 4 February 2014. Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East, The Middle East - Changing Economic and Political Landscapes.

30/04/14
30/04/14

May

01/05/14
01/05/14
  • Book launch: "The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar" by Amrit Wilson
  • Amrit Wilson, Dr Ama Biney, Mohamed Saleh, Salma Babu
  • SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies is hosting a panel discussion to launch ‘The Threat of Liberation: Imperialism and Revolution in Zanzibar’ by Amrit Wilson, (Pluto Press, 2013). The event will be chaired by Dr Parvathi Raman. Join the author Amrit Wilson, as well as Dr Ama Biney, Mohamed Saleh, and Salma Babu, in launching the book.

01/05/14
02/05/14
02/05/14
07/05/14
07/05/14
08/05/14
10/05/14
  • CeDEP Information Event in Geneva
  • Alex Saunders and Sarah Jones
  • We are organising a SOAS Information Event for current and prospective SOAS, University of London students in Geneva. Programme details are now available. Please click the title to open the full event details.

10/05/14
  • Gender, Fundamentalism & Racism
  • Georgie Wemyss (UEL) and Rebecca Durand; Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters); Rita Chadha (RAMFEL); Hana Riaz (LSE)
  • This seminar is presented by the University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) and SOAS’ Centre for Gender Studies

12/05/14
  • CeDEP Information Event in Zürich
  • Alex Saunders and Sarah Jones
  • We are organising a SOAS Information Event for current and prospective SOAS, University of London students in Zürich. Programme details are now available. Please click the title to open the full event details.

12/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – A New Approach to Mythology: Historical Comparative Mythology
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • In this presentation I offer a general introduction to my book "The origins of the world's mythologies"  (OUP 2012). I will discuss and problematize the new method employed: a combination of a comparative and an historical approach that leads to recurrent reconstructions of increasingly earlier mythologies. As such, the proposed approach is parallel to those in linguistics, stemmatics, paleontology and genetics.

12/05/14
12/05/14
12/05/14
12/05/14
13/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – Oldest Japan and Oldest India: Two Unlikely Candidates for Comparison?
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • Building on the preceding talk, in this presentation I seek to compare two mythologies that are distant in time and space, the oldest Indian one (Veda, c. 1000 BCE) and the oldest Japanese one (Kojiki 712 CE, Nihon Shoki 720 CE). Reasons for their surprising resemblances are given, based on a close comparison of two key myths, that of the hidden sun  (Iwato, Vala) and of the slaying of the Dragon. An ancient common source will be proposed.

13/05/14
  • Persian Service: The BBC and British Interests in Iran
  • Annabelle Sreberny, SOAS and Massoumeh Torfeh, SOAS
  • Behrouz Afagh, Head of Middle East and West/Central Asia, BBC World; Ali Ansari, Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St Andrews; and John Downing, Southern Illinois University join the authors Annabelle Sreberny and Massoumeh Torfeh to mark the publication of their book.

13/05/14
  • VisionMix Short Cuts
  • VisionMix international artists’ and filmmakers’ network presents a screening of “VisionMix Short Cuts” film, followed by a Roundtable.

14/05/14
14/05/14
  • TBC
  • Shane Marotta, PhD candidate History, SOAS
14/05/14
14/05/14
15/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – Mythology or Folklore: The Curious Case of Alan Dundes and His Students
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • Contrary to claims made earlier in the 20th century by diffusionists and those who uphold Jungian archetypes, the well known folklorist A. Dundes has decreed that no such “universals” exist. However in search for a “grand theory” of folklore he employs another 20th century universalist, S. Freud. His former students closely follow Dundes.

15/05/14
15/05/14
15/05/14
16/05/14
  • Jordan Lectures 2014 – A Glimpse of the Future: Exploring, Comparing and Saving Some Neglected Mythologies
  • Michael Witzel (Harvard University)
  • At the present stage of myth studies, there is an urgent need to compare some neglected mythologies that can tell us more about early stages of mythology as practiced by those who moved into Europe around 40 thousand years ago.  Further, we need to study the early substrates in populations or those "empty spaces" that have been overlaid by the Christian and Muslim religions. Finally, there is the urgent need to record and "save" some endangered mythologies.

19/05/14
  • Mining, Law and Equity Workshop (2014)
  • This workshop will explore a broad set of law, policy and governance issues. It will bring together a mix of researchers, lawyers, campaigners, and professionals from UK, Europe and Asia to take this debate forward.

    We welcome your participation in this workshop but due to space constraints, we request you to register by sending us an email at ledc@soas.ac.uk.

20/05/14
  • Surveillance, Databasing and Threats to Privacy
  • Dr Edgar Whitley (LSE), Helen Wallace (GeneWatch), Dr Usha Ramanathan (Independent Law Researcher, Delhi)
  • The LEDC invites you to attend Surveillance, Databasing, and Threats to Privacy with Dr Edgar Whitley (LSE), Helen Wallace (GeneWatch) and Dr Usha Ramanathan (Independent Law Researcher, Delhi).

20/05/14
21/05/14
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22/05/14
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23/05/14
27/05/14
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28/05/14
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28/05/14
  • Climate Change in Africa: Positioning Online Resources, Research & Adaptation Projects
  • Dr Rocio Diaz-Chavez (Imperial College London), Camilla Tourmin (IIED), Dr Jen Dyer (University of Leeds)
  • This event looks at some of the initiatives around climate change conducted in Africa using different resources, including online tools and field projects. The inclusion of stakeholders in different areas such as policy makers, researchers and NGOs is considered crucial to be able to foster climate change initiatives in Africa.

29/05/14
  • Nyepas: The three humors in Tibetan Medicine
  • Dr Rigzin Sangmo
  • According to traditional Tibetan medicine, health is determined by five elements (earth, water, fire, wind, space) and three humors (rlung 'wind', mkhris-pa 'bile' and bad-kan 'phlegm'). This talk will introduce the three humors and explain their composition and function in the regulation of health.

30/05/14
30/05/14

June

02/06/14
02/06/14
  • June Fourth 1989: An Overview
  • Prof Michel Hockx (Director, SCI), Dr Andrea Janku (SOAS), Dr Lars Laamann (SOAS) and Dr. Patricia Thorton (University of Oxford)
  • This SOAS China Institute seminar looks back at the events of Spring 1989: the student demonstrations, the people's movement, and the eventual massacre in the night of 3-4 June. The seminar aims to inform those who are not familiar with the details of the events, as well as encourage discussion. 

02/06/14
03/06/14
03/06/14
04/06/14
04/06/14
04/06/14
05/06/14
  • Brave New Theatres: 1616 in China and England
  • Tian Yuan Tan (SOAS, University of London), Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), Shih-pe Wang (National Chung Cheng University)
  • This conference seeks to engage cross-culturally with how theatre and the art of playwriting had by 1616 reached exciting new heights of accomplishment in late Ming China and Renaissance England.

05/06/14
06/06/14
07/06/14
  • Beyond Islamophobia
  • This conference will chart the rise of mainstream Islamophobia in recent years, while also situating it in its much longer historical context.

09/06/14
09/06/14
  • Simon Digby Memorial Conference
  • The conference brings together some of the most renowned scholars of pre-modern South Asia who knew Simon Digby personally as well as younger scholars who have been influenced by his path-breaking work.

10/06/14
  • ABG Seminar: Britain, China and Africa doing Business
  • Stephen Chan (SOAS), John O’Mulloy (MD Standard Bank London), Geoff Mills (China Country Representative – Institution of Civil Engineers)
  • Chinese investment in Africa has gained widespread attention over the last decades. The negative side of Chinese activity on the continent is an often repeated story of dubious ethical practices and an influx of Chinese labour. What is the situation now, and what role can British businesses play?

    In association with Business Council for Africa

11/06/14
12/06/14
12/06/14
12/06/14
  • The sku-bla and its cult
  • Nathan W. Hill
  • 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.

13/06/14
13/06/14
16/06/14
  • Kora
  • Kadialy Kouyate
  • Learn the 21 stringed Mandinka kora from Senegal
    Classes: 16-20 June, Mon-Fri 5-7pm
16/06/14
  • Tanzania's 2012 Census: Tracking Population Growth, Internal Migration and Urbanisation
  • Hugh Wenban-Smith
  • The Tanzanian population is now 48 million.  Over 4 million live in Dar es Salaam. The growth has slowed slightly to below 3% per annum – which means that the population is doubling about every 25 years.  If the trends continue the population will reach 100 million around 2040, over half of whom will live in urban areas.  

16/06/14
  • Cuban Music Big Band
  • Sara McGuinness & Elpidio Caicedo
  • Whatever your instrument, here’s a chance to play some classic Cuban styles
    Classes: 16-20 June, Mon-Fri 6-9pm

16/06/14
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23/06/14
23/06/14
  • Mongolian Overtone Singing
  • Michael Ormiston & Candida Valentino
  • Learn Khöömii, the amazing Mongolian Overtone singing style
    Classes: 23-27 June, Mon-Fri 7-9pm
25/06/14
26/06/14
  • Gitanjali 100
  • Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Centenary, BAITHAK UK presents Gitanjali 100.

27/06/14
30/06/14

July

07/07/14
  • Mbira
  • Linos Wengara Magaya
  • Study the Zimbabwean mbira, a thumb piano used by the Shona people
    Classes: 7-11 July, Mon-Fri 5-7pm
07/07/14
  • World Music Choir
  • Judith Silver
  • A taster course for the SOAS World Music Choir.
    Classes: 7-11 July, Mon-Fri 5-7pm
07/07/14
07/07/14
09/07/14
21/07/14

August

15/08/14
  • The Shugden Controversy and the 14th Dalai Lama
  • Various
  • This panel discussion will address the controversy surrounding the propitiation of Dorje Shugden in the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism. It will include presentations by traditional exponents of both sides of the controversy and by academic authorities. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

20/08/14

September

03/09/14
08/09/14
09/09/14
10/09/14
10/09/14
11/09/14
12/09/14
13/09/14
13/09/14
15/09/14
17/09/14
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22/09/14
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25/09/14
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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
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03/10/14
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05/10/14
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06/10/14
07/10/14
07/10/14
07/10/14
  • Simin Behbahani: A Career in Poetry
  • Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland and SOAS
  • 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
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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
09/10/14
09/10/14
10/10/14
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
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
11/10/14
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11/10/14
12/10/14
12/10/14
13/10/14
14/10/14
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.

14/10/14
  • The Role of the Diaspora in Health and Education Emergencies: Spotlight on Nigeria and Lesotho
  • Kekeletso Mokete, JW Adeyemi Dawerr & others
  • The event will see the launch of research studies conducted for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) by Equinox Consulting on mapping of Nigerian diaspora health and education professionals, and by AFFORD on mapping diaspora healthcare professionals in Lesotho. These studies are of particular relevance in the context of unfolding health emergencies in West Africa in particular.   

14/10/14
  • How I Stopped Being a Jew
  • Shlomo Sand, University of Tel Aviv
  • A presentation and discussion of the new book by Shlomo Sand How I Stopped Being a Jew (Verso, 2014)


15/10/14
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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
  • 'I Want to Work in Africa' Workshop
  • Frances Mensah Williams
  • Join us for a unique workshop led by Frances Mensah Williams, an experienced career coach and the author of the acclaimed book ‘I Want to Work in… Africa: How to Move Your Career to the World’s Most Exciting Continent’

18/10/14
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22/10/14
22/10/14
  • Is there Freedom from Knowledge?
  • Screening of a discussion that J. Krishnamurti (d. 1986), philosopher, had with Dr Allan Anderson, Religious Studies, San Diego State University, in 1974 as part of a series of 12 talks.

23/10/14
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November

01/11/14
01/11/14
02/11/14
03/11/14
03/11/14
  • ABG Seminar: Cutting Edge Community Based Tourism in East Africa
  • Dr Mulugeta Feseha (Addis Ababa University) & Professor Tom Selwyn (SOAS)
  • This event explores new routes and opportunities for tourism in Ethiopia.  Rich cultural, historical and physical landscapes suggest limitless tourism potential for Ethiopia and this meeting will reiterate existing offerings and suggest new strategy for tourism development throughout the country and the region.   

04/11/14
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05/11/14
10/11/14
10/11/14
11/11/14
11/11/14
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
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14/11/14
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17/11/14
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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
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19/11/14
19/11/14
19/11/14
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
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25/11/14
25/11/14
  • Panel on the Iranian Economy
  • Hassan Hakimian, LMEI, 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
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27/11/14
27/11/14
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
28/11/14
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.

29/11/14

December

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  • TBC
  • Aamer Hussein (Research Associate, SOAS, University of London)