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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

05/01/15
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
13/01/15
  • Sovereignty and Justice
  • Dr Mark S. Ellis
  • As part of CISD's Research Seminar Series, Dr. Mark S. Ellis will be giving a talk on "Balancing the Principle of Complementarity between International and Domestic War Crimes Tribunals"

13/01/15
13/01/15
13/01/15
14/01/15
14/01/15
14/01/15
14/01/15
15/01/15
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
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
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
  • What is communication with others?
  • 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.

22/01/15
22/01/15
  • Reading and Notetaking
  • This session addresses the most common problems encountered by students when reading and taking notes.

22/01/15
23/01/15
  • The Circle of Twelve
  • Installation by artist and ceramicist Yozo Hirayama in the Japanese Roof Garden

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
26/01/15
27/01/15
27/01/15
27/01/15
27/01/15
27/01/15
27/01/15
27/01/15
27/01/15
28/01/15
28/01/15
28/01/15
28/01/15
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.

29/01/15
30/01/15
30/01/15
30/01/15
30/01/15

February

02/02/15
02/02/15
02/02/15
03/02/15
03/02/15
03/02/15
03/02/15
03/02/15
03/02/15
04/02/15
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
04/02/15
05/02/15
05/02/15
06/02/15
06/02/15
06/02/15
07/02/15
07/02/15
09/02/15
09/02/15
09/02/15
11/02/15
16/02/15
16/02/15
  • Voices from Tibet: Reportage by Woeser & Wang
  • Violet S. Law (translator)
  • Voices from Tibet assembles reportage by Tsering Woeser and Wang Lixiong, regarded as the most insightful writers on contemporary Tibet. With the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in a virtual lockdown after the 2008 unrest, this book sheds light on the simmering frustrations that touched off the unrest and Beijing’s relentless control tactics in its wake. This talk will feature selected readings, and discuss the making of the book and the facts on the ground.

17/02/15
17/02/15
  • TBC
  • Karin Ahlberg (PhD Candidate, SOAS)
17/02/15
17/02/15
18/02/15
18/02/15
18/02/15
19/02/15
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
23/02/15
24/02/15
24/02/15
24/02/15
24/02/15
24/02/15
25/02/15
25/02/15
25/02/15
26/02/15
27/02/15
27/02/15
28/02/15
28/02/15
28/02/15
  • Tanzania: A New Constitution?
  • Frederick Longino, Abdul Paliwala, Yussuf Hamad, Aikande Kwayu
  • At the end of April, Tanzanians will vote to decide whether to approve a new Constitution. A panel of expert speakers will discuss the issues surrounding the controversial draft. 

March

02/03/15
03/03/15
03/03/15
  • Title TBC
  • Dr. Jonathan Skinner (Roehampton University)
03/03/15
03/03/15
  • The Caliphate: back to the future
  • Madawi Al-Rasheed, King’s College London; Reza Pankhurst, academic and author; S Sayyid, University of Leeds
  • Part of the LMEI's Tuesday Evening Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East.

04/03/15
04/03/15
04/03/15
04/03/15
05/03/15
05/03/15
05/03/15
05/03/15
06/03/15
06/03/15
06/03/15
  • Taste, Health, or Ethics? The Values of Food Campaigning
  • See event details:
  • Members of Oxford Food Governance Group: Dr. Catherine Dolan, Reader in Anthropology, and Member of the Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London; Professor Stanley Ulijaszek and Dr. Karin Eli, Postdoctoral Researcher, Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University; and Dr. Javier Lezaun, Deputy Director and Dr. Tanja Schneider, Research Fellow, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Oxford University

06/03/15
07/03/15
07/03/15
07/03/15
10/03/15
10/03/15
10/03/15
11/03/15
11/03/15
11/03/15
11/03/15
12/03/15
13/03/15
14/03/15
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).

18/03/15
18/03/15
19/03/15
19/03/15
20/03/15
  • TBC
  • Sinan Kuneralp, ISIS Press, Istanbul
20/03/15
26/03/15
  • The fortunes and misfortunes of the Tibetan army’s reforms during the first half of the 20th century (1895-1951)
  • Dr Alice Travers (CNRS)
  • The Tibetan army's expansion and reform was part of a modernisation programme undertaken by the 13th Dalai-lama. Troop numbers, organisation and equipment were improved in the context of Tibet’s de facto independence and increasing military threat to the east. Based on biographies, archives and interviews, this talk analyses the military reforms (recruitment, hierarchy, training, uniform, arms, ammunitions) in tandem with the political national and international context.

April

08/04/15
  • Karachi Pop?
  • Nada Raza (Assistant Curator (International Art), Tate Modern)
21/04/15
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
07/05/15
12/05/15
13/05/15

June

10/06/15
15/06/15
  • Anthropology in London Day 2015
  • This event provides a unique opportunity to explore the multiplicity of research directions and connections pursued by anthropologists based in institutions across London. The event focuses on emerging research clusters that cut across London anthropology departments, and aims to promote dialogue and collaboration for further research.

July

08/07/15

September

08/09/15

October

06/10/15
13/10/15
14/10/15
  • TBC
  • Jordan Sands (Georgetown University)

November