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Eminent Asian art scholar Dr Pratapaditya Pal speaking at SOAS during Asian Art in London

In a rare appearance, the world’s foremost specialist in the arts of India, the Himalayas and South East Asia, Dr Pratapaditya Pal, will give a lecture at SOAS, University of London on 5 November 2014.

15th October 2014

SOAS Exhibitions Manager judges craft in Beijing

John Hollingworth, Galleries and Exhibition Manager at the Brunei Gallery, was recently invited to act as judge for the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts in Beijing. John was asked to attend by the World Crafts Council AISBL and the China Arts and Crafts Association (China is currently President of the WCC).

5th September 2014

Anna Contadini SOAS academic awarded the ‘Premio Vallesina’

Anna Contadini, Professor of the History of Islamic Art at SOAS, University of London has been awarded the ‘Premio Vallesina 2014’ for the category ‘Culture’.

22nd July 2014

The Second Annual CCLPS Postgraduate Conference, "From the Speech to the Act: Performativity on the Margins"

The Second Annual CCLPS Postgraduate Conference, From the Speech to the Act: Performativity on the Margins held on 13 June 2014 was a resounding success. Selected papers from the conference will be published in an upcoming issue of the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research. A podcast of the conference is also forthcoming.

13th June 2014

South East Asia Art Exhibition World leading art historian launches inaugural event of Alphawood Foundation funded Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme at SOAS

The world leading art historian Hiram W. Woodward will launch the inaugural event of the £15 million Alphawood Foundation funded Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme at SOAS, University of London.

27th May 2014

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti Appointment of three scholars marks first major realisation of £20 million Alphawood Foundation donation to enhance Southeast Asian arts expertise at SOAS

SOAS, University of London has announced the appointment of three new scholars to the endowed academic posts funded by the Alphawood Foundation to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. All three appointees join SOAS in September 2014 and will be in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology in the School of Arts.

19th May 2014

Borobudur, Java, Indonesia ©Pia Conti US foundation gives transformational £20 million donation to SOAS, University of London to fund a step change in the knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asian art

Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago private foundation, today announced a £20 million ($32 million) gift to SOAS, University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) to advance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art in Southeast Asia. The largest ever gift in Alphawood Foundation’s history, the donation is also one of the largest recorded to UK higher education, especially in the field of arts and humanities.

1st 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

UN expert deeply concerned at mass arrests and heavy media censorship during protests in the Sudan

In his report on the Sudan to the UN Human Rights Council on 25 September 2013, Professor Mashood Baderin expressed deep concern at the large number of arrests and detentions by the authorities since mass protests began on 23 September in parts of the Sudan, as well as the heavy censorship on local media.

9th October 2013

SOAS scholar's exhibition on Japanese erotic art to open at British Museum

Professor Andrew Gerstle, Head of Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS, University of London, along with Leverhulme Research Fellow Dr Akiko Yano, has co-curated the most comprehensive exhibition to date on Japanese traditional erotic art and literature, known as shunga in Japanese. 

12th September 2013

Prof Khalili pic Education must combat ignorance, insists SOAS Honorary Fellow

In a recent speech, Professor Nasser D. Khalili said education must be the solution to the biggest weapon of mass destruction, ignorance.

24th June 2013

New Masters programme: Media and the Middle East

A groundbreaking MA Media and the Middle East has been launched by SOAS, University of London, starting in September 2013.

15th February 2013

Spanish-Islamic lustre ware SOAS PhD Internship for Illuminating Objects at the Courtauld

lluminating Objects is a pilot programme of The Courtauld Gallery which aims to shine new light on unexpected objects from the decorative arts and sculpture collections, through partnerships with SOAS, King’s College, London, the University of Kent in Canterbury and University College, London.

20th November 2012

QS World University Rankings Logo SOAS scores well in world university rankings

SOAS qualities have been recognised this week by the new QS World University Rankings and the Which? university comparison website.

18th September 2012