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School of Arts Staff

Head of the School of Arts and Head of the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Professor Anna Contadini

Associate Head of the Department of Music

Dr Nick Gray

Associate Head of the Centre for Media Studies

Dr Somnath Batabyal

Permanent Academic Staff

Andrew Channing
Senior Teaching Fellow, Music
Staff Silhouette Javanese and Balinese gamelan
Lucy Durán
Senior Lecturer in African Music
Lucy Durán Music in the Mande world; Music of Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau; gender and music in West Africa; popular musics of Atlantic Africa; childhood music learning in West Africa; Cuban music, especially son and rumba; radio as a medium; and the world music industry.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4374
  • Email: ld@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 596
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3.15-5.15pm

Charles Gore
Senior Lecturer in the History of African Art
Charlie Gore Modern and contemporary arts of Africa, including its histories of photography; visual and material cultures of West Africa, and their linkages to diasporic arts past and present; the arts of the Benin kingdom, masquerade, textiles and other art forms in southern Nigeria, as well as a particular focus on contemporary arts in Nigeria.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4443
  • Email: cg2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B305
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3.30pm
Nick Gray
Senior Lecturer in the Music of South East Asia
Nick Gray

Music of South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali, especially music for the Balinese shadowplay, composition, improvisation, analysis, music and religion

  • Tel: 020 7898 4686
  • Email: ng18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1pm - 3pm

Charlotte Horlyck
Lecturer in the History of Korean Art
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B403
  • Office Hours: Fridays 2-3pm (during term time)
Keith Howard
Professor of Music
Keith Howard Keith Howard is an ethnomusicologist, musicologist and anthropologist. He is particularly interested in how people use and talk about music, and his work explores music and religion, composition, education, preservation and sustainability, commodification and commercialisation, traditions, and musical futures.

He is the author or editor of 16 books and more than 100 articles. He founded the SOASIS CD and DVD label and was founder and licensee of OpenAir Radio. He writes primarily about the music and culture of Korea, though he has also researched and published on the music of Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Siberia, Thailand, and Siberia.

Angela Impey
Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
Angela Impey Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15 Term 2
Jaeho Kang
Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies
Jaeho Kang

Critical Theory; Media Theory; East Asian Media and Cultural Studies; Media Spectacle and Uran Space in East Asian Cities; Screen Culture in Korea; New Media and Democracy in Korea; Global Sports Events (the Olympics and the World Cup)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4585
  • Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 510
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-7pm

Shane McCausland
Reader in the History of Art of China
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: 020 7898 4705
  • Email: sm80@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B304
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm
Sara McGuiness
Senior Teaching Fellow, Music
Sara McGuinness

Sound recording and production, Cuban music.


Lukas Nickel
Reader in Chinese Art History and Archaeology
Lukas Nikel History of Art and Archaeology of China and the Silk Road, Chinese culture of the Bronze Age and the Han to Tang period; early Buddhist art; art and technology in China, Chinese heritage, comparative art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4454
  • Email: ln2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B407
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15
Simon O'Meara
Lecturer in the History of Architecture & Archaeology of the Islamic Middle East
Simon O'Meara

Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1-2pm

Stacey Pierson
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics
Stacey Pierson

History and production of Chinese ceramics; history and theory of collecting; Museum Studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4441
  • Email: sp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B308
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm
Scott Redford
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Ceramics
Scott Redford

Art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia, the eastern Mediterranean, and SW Asia from the 11-14th centuries with a special interest in landscape, urbanism, and ceramics


Polly Savage
Senior Teaching Fellow, History of Art and Archaeology
Polly Savage

Contemporary art and curatorial strategies in twentieth and twenty-first century Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean; post-independence visual arts in Angola, Madagascar and Haiti; post-colonial critique and trans-national exhibition practice.

Timon Screech
Professor of the History of Art
Timon Screech History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Peter D. Sharrock
Senior Teaching Fellow, History of Art and Archaeology
Peter Sharrock He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm
Annabelle Sreberny
Professor of Global Media and Communications
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment

Ashley Thompson
Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B318
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-4pm
Tania Tribe
Senior Lecturer in Art History
Tania Tribe Painting in Africa and the Americas; theory of art with special reference to Northeastern Africa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: tt10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm

Louise Tythacott
Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4159
  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B320
  • Office Hours: Fridays 11am-12pm
Ilana Webster-Kogen
Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; Music in Israel/Palestine; Biblical cantillation; migration and nationalism; music and gender.


Richard Widdess
Professor of Musicology
Richard Widdess History and theory of Indian classical music, dhrupad, Newar music of Nepal, historical ethnomusicology, analysis of musical performance, cognitive approaches to music, music and meaning, music and religion.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4685
  • Email: rw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 507
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-4pm
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Senior Teaching Fellow, Centre for Media Studies
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Research Fellows and Associates

Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate
Gina Barnes
Haim Bresheeth
Professorial Research Associate
Haim Bresheeth

Filmmaker, photographer and a film studies scholar.


Fiona Buckee
Research Associate
Fiona Buckee
Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Angela Chiu
Research Associate
Angela Chiu
Chu Jen Ting
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Chu Jen Yen
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Peter Cooke
Research Associate
Peter Cooke

Ethnomusicology, African music.


Philip Denwood
Research Associate
Philip Denwood
  • Tel: 020 7898 4452
  • Email: pd2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm
Clarence Eng 翁纯全
Research Associate
Clarence Eng

Scheherazade Hassan
Research Associate
Scheherazade Hassan Ethnomusicology, Music of Iraq, The Iraqi maqam, Music in the Arab World
Valerie AM Jurgens
Research Associate
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Jane Lewisohn
Research Associate
Jane Lewisohn

Persian music and performing arts

Alessandra Lopez y Royo
Research Associate
Alessandra Lopez y Royo

Alessandra specialises in the study of dance performance and media, especially photography. She has done extensive research in Indonesia and also in India. She has to her credit numerous publications.


Yosefa Loshitzky
Professorial Research Associate
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Nicolas Magriel
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Indian music. Research fellow, "Growing into Music" project.


Mercedes Pavlicevic
Research Associate
Mercedes Pavlicevic

Music therapy, music in development. Director of Research, Nordoff Robbins.

Jacqueline Phillips
Research Associate
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Patria Roman-Velazquez
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
Tarik Sabry
Research Associate
Tarik Sabry

Hwee-San Tan
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Ethnomusicology, Buddhist music in China, Taiwan, diaspora studies, intangible cultural heritage preservation, music in Singapore and Malaysia.

Massoumeh Torfeh
Research Associate
Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh, has been appointed UN Director of Strategic Communication and Spokesperson for Afghanistan and is a former senior producer in BBC World Service, specializes on the politics and media of Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.


Farouk Yahya
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Emeritus

Doris Behrens-Abouseif
Emeritus Professor
Doris Abouseif

Architecture of Cairo, the art and archaeology of Turkey, Iran and the Near East

Mark Hobart
Emeritus Professor
Mark Hobart: Centre for Media and Film Studies

South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali: cultural and media studies; philosophical issues and eurocentrism in the human sciences; media and performance.


Youngsook Pak
Emeritus Reader
Youngsook Pak

Korean art history (from prehistory to the 20th century), Buddhist art, Confucian elite and its culture, Text and Images

Michael Rogers
Emeritus Professor
Staff Silhouette

Owen Wright
Emeritus Professor of Musicology of the Middle East
Owen Wright Music of the Islamic Middle East; historical musicology

Associate Members (Centre for Media Studies)

Gilbert Achcar
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email: ga3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292b
  • Office Hours: Monday 1-3pm in Term 1; Monday 2-4pm in Term 2
Lindiwe Dovey
Lindiwe Dovey

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: 020 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • On Sabbatical:2013-2014

Sian Hawthorne
Sian Hawthorne

Narrativity; Cultural Memory; Religion and Gender; Feminist Historiography; Postcolonial theory; Postsecularism and gender; Intellectual history in the study of religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4215
  • Email: sh79@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 337
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm (during term time)
Stephen P Hughes
Stephen Hughes India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
  • Email: sh37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15 Term 2

Kevin Latham
Kevin Latham China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
Dolores P Martinez
Dolores Martinez Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions

Nima Mina
Staff Silhouette Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 / Weds 11:00-13:00
Subir Sinha
Subir Sinha South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: 020 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12-2pm

Charles R H Tripp
Charles Tripp

Middle East: states and ideologies, war, Islamic political thought

  • Tel: 020 7898 4748
  • Email: ct2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10- 12
Justin Watkins
Justin Watkins

Burmese language and literature; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto-Burman languages; phonetics and speech acoustics; computer lexicography; sign languages in South East Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email: jw2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 462
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30/Fridays 11.30am-12.30

Lynn Welchman
Staff Silhouette Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15

Administration

Robert Ivermee
Project Officer, School of Arts
Robert Ivermee

Other Staff

Jody Butterworth
Musical Instrument Curator
Jody Butterworth
Simone Green
Project Administrator, SAAAP
Simone Green
  • Tel: 020 7898 4025
  • Email: sg74@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 330
  • Office Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm

Katerina Pavlakis
Events Coordinator, Music
Katerina Pavlakis

Concert Series and World Music Summer School.

Nicholas Perry
Musical Instrument Curator
Nicholas Perry