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SOAS to host UNESCO event to discuss revision of language index

UNESCO in cooperation with SOAS World Languages Institute, supported by the London Middle East Institute in UK, is organising a two-day consultative expert meeting on the revision of UNESCO’s Language Vitality Index which will be used for the development of UNESCO’s World Atlas of Languages.

17th November 2015

SOAS scholar contributes to major study on British Jewish attitudes to Israel

Emeritus Professor Colin Shindler at SOAS, University of London has contributed to the first significant study of British Jewish attitudes to Israel since 2010.

12th November 2015

Francesca Orsini Francesca Orsini awarded €2.5 million grant to study world literature

Professor Francesca Orsini, Chair of the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS), has been awarded an ERC advanced grant of €2.5 million to study world literature from the perspective of multilingual societies.


28th October 2015

NSS 2015 2 SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

12th August 2015

Two titles edited by SOAS academics make Choice Magazine’s top picks for 2014

Two out of four titles selected by Choice Magazine as ‘Outstanding Academic Titles in the Humanities 2014’ are publications edited by SOAS academics.

3rd June 2015

SOAS’ Endangered Languages Documentation Programme receives a further $11 million from Arcadia

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS, University of London, has been awarded a new grant of $11 million (just over £7.25m) by Arcadia Fund. The grant is a renewal of the original £20 million donation Arcadia gave to SOAS in 2002, which resulted in the inception of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP).

27th April 2015

Language experts at SOAS deliver Persian course in partnership with British Academy

The Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London recently hosted the third and final session of the British Institute of Persian Studies’ one week, residential intensive Persian Immersion course.

13th April 2015

SOAS scholars work with UNESCO on language preservation

Two scholars in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures at SOAS, University of London have joined key discussions held by UNESCO to provide recommendations for its World Atlas of Languages.

12th February 2015

SOAS’ Faculty of Languages and Cultures in UK top ten for research environment

The vitality of the research environment in SOAS’ Faculty of Languages and Cultures puts it in the UK top ten in the 2014 Research Assessment Framework.  

18th December 2014

Emmon Bach Tribute to Emmon Bach

The Linguistics Department is deeply saddened to announce that Professor Emmon Bach (1929-2014) passed away on 28 November in Oxford.

9th December 2014

Peter Austin SOAS academic honoured by Sweden’s Uppsala University

Professor Peter K. Austin, Märit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University, Sweden.

22nd October 2014

SOAS Food Studies Centre partners with award-winning international food journal Gastronomica on distinguished lectures series

Famed chef and cookbook writer Yotam Ottolenghi will speak as part of the SOAS Food Studies Centre Distinguished Lecture Series, inaugurating a productive new partnership between the SOAS Food Studies Centre and the interdisciplinary food journal Gastronomica.

21st October 2014

SOAS to host workshop in Bangkok on preserving indigenous languages

SOAS, University of London will host a workshop entitled ‘Documenting and preserving indigenous languages: principles, practices and tools’ in Bangkok, Thailand from 8-14 February 2015. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with Mahidol University, based in Bangkok, and is being funded by the British Council.

14th October 2014

MBI Al Jaber Foundation launches lecture series on the Middle East

Series promoting the cultural heritage and diversity of the Middle East to be held at the MBI Al Jaber Building, LMEI, Russell Square.

25th September 2014

We Are Iraqis SOAS scholar receives Arab American Book Award for exploration of what it means to be Iraqi

Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London has been awarded the The Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award at the 2014 Arab American Book Award for her co-edited book on what it means to be Iraqi.

22nd August 2014

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