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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
08/01/15
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.

12/01/15
12/01/15
13/01/15
13/01/15
14/01/15
14/01/15
14/01/15
15/01/15
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

15/01/15
16/01/15
16/01/15
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
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
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
21/01/15
21/01/15
22/01/15
23/01/15
23/01/15
  • What happens when the mind recognizes its own nature?
  • Stéphane Arguillère (INALCO)
  • Tibetan Buddhists believe knowledge of the absolute is not by representation but an immediate intuition. rDzogs chen assumes that, when 'I' know the absolute, it is merely the absolute itself that reveals itself in its own intrinsic light. This thesis has paradoxical implications. ’Ju Mi pham (1846-1912) and sPrul sku Tshul lo (1884-1957?) elaborate models to explain the contradictions. This talk explores the differences between these two systems.

23/01/15
28/01/15
28/01/15
29/01/15
29/01/15
  • Cloth cleansed in fire, animals with incombustible fur, and how it all comes together in India and Eurasia
  • Dr Péter-Dániel Szántó (Oxford)
  • This talk will eluciate the meaning of the Sanskrit word agniśauca (‘cleansed in/by fire’), which can denote a kind of cloth and a kind of small animal. However, one cannot identify the true referent by relying on Indic sources alone. Looking to China, Inner Asia, and Mediaeval Europe, a remarkable shared belief emerges: the cloth cleansed in fire and the fur of small animals are actually one and the same thing.

30/01/15
30/01/15

February

02/02/15
03/02/15
  • Title TBA
  • Dr. Paula Mota Santos, Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Portugal
03/02/15
03/02/15
04/02/15
  • Making and Unmaking – Double Bill
    1. Final Fitting,OT: Prov Akhar, Reza Haeri, Niloofar Haeri, 2008, 30 mins
    2. Unravel, Meghna Gupta, 2012, 14 mins. Followed by Q & A with director.
04/02/15
05/02/15
06/02/15
07/02/15
09/02/15
09/02/15
09/02/15
16/02/15
17/02/15
18/02/15
19/02/15
20/02/15
  • Unpacking Food Packaging
  • Prof. Anne Murcott, Professorial Research Associate, Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London
23/02/15
  • Horses, mules and donkeys: neglected factors in the economic development of Africa?
  • William Gervase Clarence-Smith
  • Historians have paid some attention to horses, but essentially as machines of war and prestige, whereas donkeys, wild asses, mules and zebras have been altogether neglected. It is suggested here that equids were significant economic resources in the Sahel-Sudan Belt, the Ethiopian highlands, and the savannas of eastern and southern Africa.

23/02/15
24/02/15
24/02/15
25/02/15
26/02/15
27/02/15
  • title tba
  • Prof. Brian Wynne, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
27/02/15

March

04/03/15
05/03/15
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

06/03/15
10/03/15
11/03/15
11/03/15
11/03/15
11/03/15
13/03/15
16/03/15
17/03/15
  • Fair Trade, Fair Wage? Research evidence from Ethiopia and Uganda
  • Professor Christopher Cramer, Dr Deborah Johnston & Dr Carlos Oya
  • Chris Cramer, Deborah Johnston and Carlos Oya share their findings from Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia and Uganda, a four year DFID-funded research project (2009-13).

17/03/15
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
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

01/05/15
06/05/15
13/05/15

June

10/06/15

July

08/07/15