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Tribute paid to founding father of study of African history

SOAS, University of London has paid tribute to Roland Oliver, Professor of African History at SOAS, a major figure in development of the study of Africa, who died on 9 February, aged 90.

20th March 2014

SOAS scholar wins Fellowship from British Academy

Dr Konrad Hirschler, Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East at SOAS, University of London has been awarded a Mid-Career Fellowship from the British Academy for 2014/2015

19th March 2014

SOAS in Europe’s top ten for Arts and Humanities

SOAS, University of London has been ranked in Europe’s top ten universities for Arts and Humanities, according to the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, which ranked SOAS ninth in Europe and 26th in the world.

6th March 2014

The history of West African slavery on film at SOAS

Scholarly research on slavery and the African diaspora will be presented in a series of films at SOAS, University of London, starting this month, to highlight slavery in the African continent and its eastwards dimension within the Indian Ocean World.

13th February 2014

Obituary: Dr Peter Hardy

Dr Peter Hardy, Reader in the History of Islam in South Asia, and a lecturer in the SOAS History Department from 1947 to 1983, has recently died, aged 91

10th February 2014

Early links with West likely inspiration for Terracotta Warriors, argues SOAS scholar

In his recently published paper, Dr Lukas Nickel, a scholar on the archaeology of China at SOAS, University of London has suggested there are “likely” to be links between the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor of China and influences from the West.

19th December 2013

Islamic Golden Age pic SOAS scholars contribute to major series for BBC Radio 3 on the Islamic Golden Age

Professor Hugh Kennedy, Professor of Arabic and Narguess Farzad, Senior Fellow in Persian, have contributed to a major series by BBC Radio 3 on The Islamic Golden Age.

6th December 2013

SOAS historians advise latest Universal Pictures feature film

SOAS Japan Research Centre historians Dr Christopher Gerteis and Dr Stephen Turnbull served as historical advisers for the production of Universal Pictures’ latest feature film starring Keanu Reeves, Sanada Hiroyuki and Shibasaki Kō.

4th December 2013

The Trouble with the African Past

Richard Reid, Professor of the History of Africa at SOAS, University of London will be giving his inaugural lecture on the African past, looking at the significance of precolonial history which has declined markedly in the public and professional eyes of the people of sub-Saharan Africa over the last forty years.

28th November 2013

SOAS scholar advises on paintings and politics in China for BBC’s Culture Show

Dr Shane McCausland, Reader in the History of Art of China at SOAS, University of London acted as a consultant for BBC Two’s Culture Show on the painting and politics in China.

17th October 2013

Mandy Sadan book pic Historian examines ethnic conflict in Burma (Myanmar) in latest book

Dr Mandy Sadan, Lecturer in the History of South East Asia at SOAS, University of London considers the long-term development of ethno-nationalist conflict in the northern parts of Burma, which border with India to the west and China to the east, in her latest book.

10th October 2013

SOAS professor historical consultant for BBC’s ‘The Ottomans’

Benjamin Fortna, Professor in the History of the Middle East at SOAS, University of London served as an historical consultant for the BBC Two series 'The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Emperors'.

9th October 2013

SOAS anthropologist's exhibition on mud masons of Mali opens at Smithsonian Institution

Trevor Marchand, Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London has co-curated an exhibition featuring the masons of Djenné for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

29th August 2013

NSS image SOAS student satisfaction at highest level since NSS survey began

The 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) shows that SOAS, University of London has increased its overall student satisfaction by 4%.  88% of final year SOAS students say they were satisfied with the overall quality of their course, the highest level of satisfaction achieved since the survey began, and 4% above the sector average.  

14th August 2013

Exhibition marks Livingstone bicentenary

'The Life and Afterlife of David Livingstone: exploring missionary archives' at SOAS, University of London marks the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone with an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, 22 October 2013 – 22 March 2014.

13th August 2013

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