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SOAS in the media 18 October

18 October 2013

This week Dr Lukas Nickel commented on the 300-year-old Chinese mummy found in China, thought to be from the Qing Dynasty, Dr Akiko Yano was interviewed about the Shunga exhibition currently at the British Museum, Professor Andrew Gerstle was quoted in The Telegraph on matcha tea in Japan and Dr Laura Hammond was featured in an article in The Guardian on the fate of remittances to Somalia. The SOAS World Stage has appeared in various coverage on the Bloomsbury Festival this weekend.

The Chinese mummy that aged 300 years in a day: Experts baffled by 'perfectly preserved' body that turned BLACK just hours after its coffin was opened
Daily Mail – 15/10/12
“Dr Lukas Nickel, a specialist in Chinese art and archaeology at SOAS, University of London, told MailOnline that preservations such as these were not intentional.”

The British Museum "Erotica Exhibition" viewers clouds
UK Chinese Times
“According to one of the curators SOAS Akiko Yano Dr. ,1600-1900 years, the most erotic and cultural prosperity, but at the time it is not filthy, but a perfect harmony between the sexes of the important forms of artistic expression.”

Remittance company awaits court ruling on Barclays account closure
The Guardian – 16/10/13
“Development experts welcomed the government action, but expressed concern about what would happen in the short term. "The Treasury plans are interesting," said Laura Hammond, head of development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, "but it will take months for them to be put in place and there is no plan for what to do to safeguard the corridor in the short run, until the proposed steps are put in place and banks agree to work with the money-service businesses."

A-Z of unusual ingredients: matcha

The Telegraph – 16/10/13
"On an empty stomach, matcha tea gives a strong burst of energy that heightens awareness of your surroundings," says Andrew Gerstle, professor of Japanese studies at SOAS. "It aids appreciation of simplicity or the rustic, and provides tranquillity from the bustle of daily life."

Rwanda conference
Rwanda under the RPF: post-conference reflection
Blog by Jason Mosley
“It has been interesting in the last week or so to see some of the reaction to the conference that Phil Clark and I convened at SOAS on October 4-5, Rwanda under the RPF: Assessing Twenty Years of Post-Conflict Governance”

Inside Africa’s politics of patronage
The Independent – 11/10/13
“Last week, we were at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) for a two-day conference on Rwanda. It always amazes me how this small (geographically), poor (economically) and geo-strategically unimportant country attracts attention far out of proportion to its position.

Debating Rwanda under the RPF: gap between ‘believers’ and ‘unbelievers’ remains wide
African Arguments – 08/10/13
“On Friday and Saturday I spent a strange couple of days attending a conference at SOAS (partially sponsored by the RAS). It was called ‘Rwanda under the RPF: assessing 20 years of post-conflict governance.’ I don’t normally have much time for write-ups of conferences like this, unless Paul Kagame was actually there. However, in this case I think the way in which debate was conducted reveals something quite interesting about the positioning of the particular groups involved.”

In the land of cotton
The Economist – 16/10/13
“Researchers at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London have written one of the most comprehensive studies of the phenomenon. They explain how it is organised from the top. The Uzbekistani state, which sets quotas for each region, sells cotton abroad at global market prices, reaping a hard-currency profit that disappears into opaque accounts.”