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.
- African History Seminar
- Near & Middle East History Seminar
- South Asia History Seminar
- Southeast and East Asia History Seminar
Regional Centres and Institutes
- Centre of African Studies
- Centre of Korean Studies
- Centre of South East Asian Studies
- Japan Research Centre
- London Middle East Institute
- SOAS China Institute (SCI) (previously the Centre of Chinese Studies)
- SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) (previously the Centre of South Asian Studies)
- American and Iraqi War Stories
Dina Khoury, George Washington University
- Taiping Christianity: The Mission and Theology of Hong Xiuquan
Dr Carl Kilcourse, Lecturer in Chinese History, Nottingham Trent University
- The Firkovitch Collections of Jewish manuscripts in St. Petersburg and their History and Significance for Historians of Jewish and Muslim Literature
Gregor Schwarb, Freie Universität Berlin
- Genealogies of the Dalit Political: a History of Achut in North India
Ramnarayan Rawat (University of Delaware)
- Child Slave Trafficking, and Evading Abolition in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World
Benjamin Lawrance (Rochester Institute of Technology)
- Nazareth in the First World War: “stately, open and fragrant”
William Clarence-Smith, SOAS
- Protected Subjects: Anthropology and the Debate on Tribal Self-Governance, 1930-43
Poornima Paidipaty (Cambridge)
- The Best of Enemies: Vengeful Britons, Defeated Madhists, and "Regeneration" of Sudan, 1898-1935
Katie Hickerson (University of Pennsylvania)
- Literary Salons in Ottoman Damascus: A User’s Guide
Helen Pfeifer, Cambridge
- Silkworms and Science: Sericulture and the Economy in Punjab, c. 1850-1920
Jagjeet Lally (University College London)
- The Citadel between Seljuks and Ayyubids
Scott Redford, SOAS
- Mongol News: Qutb al-Din Shirazi's Chronicle of the Early Ilkhanate
George Lane, SOAS
- Technologies of Communication and Journalism in Colonial India, c. 1830-1900
Amelia Bonea (Oxford)
- Recreating Orisha Worship in Twentieth-Century Grenada
Shantelle George (SOAS)
- What is a Responsible Human Being?
Screening of a discussion between J. Krishnamurti, educationalist and philosopher, and Allan Anderson, Professor (Emeritus) of Religious Studies, San Diego State University.
- The Ottoman Princess and the Merchant: Contested Debt and Gendered Legal Strategies
Elizabeth Shlala, LSE
- A Window that Closed: the Indian Strike Movement of 1946-47, its Context and Repercussions
Ravi Ahuja (Gottingen)
- Aşıkpaşazade, the Fifteenth-century Ottoman Writer, from a Modern Perspective
Lale Özdemir, Marmara University
- The Hindi Press and the World: Popular Print Cultures and Global Discourses of Reform, c. 1870-1910
RLeigh Denault (Cambridge)
- Dance, Control and Conflicts in the Kikuyu Districts of Kenya, 1880s-1928
Cécile Bushidi (SOAS)
- Enslaved and Emancipated Africans in Ottoman Izmir: The Calf Festival, 1880-1927
Michael Ferguson, McGill University/SOAS
- Lights Out in Dacca: Power and Politics in Early Postcolonial Pakistan
Markus Daechsel (Royal Holloway)
- Introduction of respective PhD topics
Kang Wonmook & Amy Matthewson
Amy Matthewson "The Power of Punch - British Concepts of China at the turn of the twentieth century"
Kang Wonmook "The Confused Empire: Qing Rulers’ Perspectives on Christianity, 1644-1840".
- Of Mutinies, Mobs and Manners: Public Space, the State and the Politics of Recognition in India
Lisa Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania)
- Insight Day at SOAS
An invitation only event for prospective undergraduate students who have received an offer from SOAS
- "History of Disaster, Recovery, and Humanitarianism in Wartime Japan, 1931-1945." and "British enterprise in Japan's post-war economic boom"
SUZUKI Michiko: History of Disaster, Recovery, and Humanitarianism in Wartime Japan, 1931-1945.
John Richards: British enterprise in Japan's post-war economic boom
- First-year Research Student Presentations
Christopher Bahl (SOAS), Daisy Livingston (SOAS), Jeong Jin Han (SOAS)
Christopher Bahl, SOAS
'Arabic Manuscripts in the Royal Library of Bijapur: Early Modern Court Culture and Cultural Exchange in the Deccan'
Daisy Livingston, SOAS
'Archival Practices in Arabic Documents from Late Fāṭimid, Ayyūbid and Mamlūk Periods’
Jeong Jin Han, SOAS
'Asia East of China in the Medieval Arabic and Persian Sources, 900-1300'
- The Performance of Solace: Violence, Caste and Administration in South India 1950-1980
Rupa Viswanath, Göttingen
- First-year Research Student Presentations
John Latham (SOAS), Matthias Freidank (SOAS), Louis Allday (SOAS)
John Latham, SOAS
'The Transformation of Political Authority in the North Caucasus:Christianisation and its Limits in the Alan Kingdom, 890-1030'
Matthias Freidank, SOAS
'British Colonialism and Urban Violence in Mandatory Palestine, 1922-48'
Louis Allday, SOAS
'Cultural Propaganda in Informal Empire: The British Council in the Persian Gulf 1939-1971'
- Nation, City and Citizens: the Biopolitics of Municipal Governance in Interwar Calcutta
Tania Chakravarty, SOAS
- The Camel Conference @ SOAS 2015
The third in our biennial series of conferences on camels and camel
- Spaces of Energy, Forms of Capital: Hydro-Power in Late Colonial South India
Aditya Ramesh, SOAS
- Waging Another War: Social Relations and the Formation of a Working Class in Luanda, 1961-75
Juliana Cordeiro de Farias Bosslet (SOAS)
- Settler Colonialism and the Ontological Turn: Conflating Nguni and Dutch Colonialism in the Eastern Zimbabwe Highlands, 1860-1900
Diana Jeater (Goldsmiths College)
- Struggles for Citizenship around the Bay of Bengal, 1945-1970
Sunil Amrith, Harvard
- Fragments of Law: History, Claims and Community from Mughal and Post-Mughal Mahzar-namas
Nandini Chatterjee, Exeter
- Why Black Lives Matter: Police Brutality and Human Rights in the US and Britain.
Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education (Emeritus) University of Illinois at Chicago, and Berdardine Dohrn, activist, academic and child advocate, Clinical Associate Professor (retd.) at Northwestern University School of Law.
- The Performance of Solace: Violence, Caste and Administration in South India, 1950-1980
Rupa Viswanath (Göttingen)
- Missionaries & Idols in Polynesia
Missionaries & Idols in Polynesia is an exhibition documenting the London Missionary Society from 1792 to 1825 showing its formation to its initial ‘success’ in Polynesia.
- Hidden Light: A View from Cosmopolitan Kuwait
Mai Al-Nakib, Kuwait University
Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.