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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

Research Colloquium

Regional Centres and Institutes

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2015

January

07/01/15
07/01/15
09/01/15
  • Gedun Chopel and his international circle of friends
  • Heather Stoddard (INALCO)
  • In February 1937, a dinner party was organised in Calcutta by Theos Bernard, the New York socialite, yoga practionner and Tibet enthusiast. The list of distinguished guests included: Sir Francis Younghusband; the Guomindang lady emissary to Tibet, Liu Manching; the American aviator Charles Lindberg; Gedun Chopel newly arrived in India; his teacher Geshe Sherab Gyatso; Da Lama Ngakchen, Rinpoche of Tashilhunpo Monastery; and the long time British Trade Agent in Tibet, David MacDonald.

14/01/15
14/01/15
15/01/15
15/01/15
  • Timurid Herat: The City as a Setting for Art and Literature
  • Dr David Roxburgh (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA)
  • Yarshater Lecture Series 

    ‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

16/01/15
16/01/15
  • TBC
  • Dr Um Haekyung (University of Liverpool)
16/01/15
16/01/15
  • The Timurid-Ming Embassy of 1419-22: Art after China
  • Dr David Roxburgh Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA
  • Yarshater Lecture Series 

    ‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

19/01/15
  • Modelling Artistic Process: The Kitābkhāna and ʿArzadāsht
  • Dr David Roxburgh (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA)
  • Yarshater Lecture Series 

    ‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

20/01/15
  • Baysunghur’s Books: Codifying Form and Aesthetic Value
  • Dr David Roxburgh (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic of Art History, Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. History of Art and Architecture Harvard University, USA)
  • Yarshater Lecture Series 

    ‘In the Rays of Light of Imperial Favour’: the Visual Arts of Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Herat

21/01/15
23/01/15
23/01/15
  • TBC
  • Dr Ramon Pachero Pardo (King’s College London)
23/01/15
23/01/15
28/01/15
28/01/15
29/01/15
30/01/15
30/01/15
  • TBC
  • Choi Youngchan (SOAS)

February

03/02/15
04/02/15
05/02/15
06/02/15
16/02/15
17/02/15
18/02/15
20/02/15
  • Unpacking Food Packaging
  • Prof. Anne Murcott, Professorial Research Associate, Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London
23/02/15
25/02/15
25/02/15
  • 'Give me Some Skin': The Cult of Datsueba in Medieval Japan
  • Bernard R Faure (Kao Professor of Japanese Religion, Columbia University)
  • Abstract


    The medieval period in Japan saw the emergence of a number of new deities that blurred the traditional distinction between buddhas and kami. One of them was Datsueba, the old hag who takes the clothes of the dead as they cross into the other world. Through a discussion of that figure, I try to define a new category of deities, the so-called 'placenta deities,' and to provide a more complex vision of premodern Japanese religion.

26/02/15
27/02/15
  • title tba
  • Prof. Brian Wynne, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University

March

04/03/15
05/03/15
06/03/15
  • Taste, Health, or Ethics? The Values of Food Campaigning
  • Dr. Catherine Dolan, Reader in Anthropology, and Member of the Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London, Dr. Karin Eli, Postdoctoral Researcher, Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, and Member of the Oxford Food Governance Group, Oxford University, & Dr. Tanja Schneider, Research Fellow, Science and Technology Studies, Saïd Business School, and Member of the Oxford Food Governance Group, Oxford University

11/03/15
11/03/15
11/03/15
13/03/15
16/03/15
18/03/15
19/03/15
20/03/15

April

08/04/15
  • Karachi Pop?
  • Nada Raza (Assistant Curator (International Art), Tate Modern)
22/04/15
23/04/15
24/04/15
  • Towards a Tibetan Buddhist philosophy of language
  • Dorji Wangchuk (Hamburg)
  • This lecture will discuss Tibetan Buddhist philosophy of language, by considering six points, namely: (1) the ontology of language; (2) a typology of language; (3) a technology (or mechanism) of language; (4) language in the context of Buddhist ontology; (5) language in the context of Buddhist axiology (i.e. theory of values); and (6) language in the context of Buddhist logic and epistemology. This will be done by resorting to random writings of Tibetan Buddhist scholars.

May

06/05/15
13/05/15

June

10/06/15

July

08/07/15