SOAS South Asia Institute Events
The events draw a varied audience with an interest in the region.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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- Hobson-Jobson: the trading lexicon
Dr Kate Teltscher (University of Roehampton)
- Muslim Trajectories of Exclusion and Militancy
Dr Faisal Devji / Adeel Hussain
- Nepal’s Political Transition: challenges ahead
His Excellency Dr Suresh Chalise, the Nepali Ambassador to the UK and Ireland
- Muslims in South Asian Cities - Trajectories of Marginalisation
Professor Christophe Jaffrelot (KCL) / Dr Sanaa Alimia (SOAS)
- Voices of the Afro-Sri Lankans
Dr Shihan de Silva (Producer/Director)
This event has been cancelled.
- Even the Crows: A Divided Gujarat
Sheena Sumaria / Sonum Sumaria (Directors)
- The Politics of Mental and Spiritual Health: India, 1920s to the Present Day
Dr Christopher Harding (Edinburgh)
- Challenges of Democracy in India
Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India Shri Salman Khurshid
- International Health and the Limits of its Global Influence: Bhutan and the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme
Prof Sanjoy Bhattacharya (York)
- The Politics of Desire: Reading Rituparno Ghosh as a Cultural Producer
Dr Sangeeta Datta
- Continuum of Counter-Revolutions: Rethinking the Origins of Pakistan and Beyond
Professor Imran Ali
- Pakistan Day Mushaira
Ata ul Haq Qasmi
- The Citizens Foundation (TCF)-UK Film Night
Anca Dimofte and Aatif Nawaz
The TCF-UK Film Night is an opportunity to explore issues facing Pakistan today through the medium of documentary film.
- Challenges of Critical Social Science in Volatile Contexts: perspectives from Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Mardan in Pakistan
Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu
- Prof Lawrence Saez, Hybrid capitalism and the development of a welfare state in Asia
Professor Lawrence Saez
Inaugural Lecture, Prof Lawrence Saez, Hybrid capitalism and the development of a welfare state in Asia
- Wronged by Empire: Colonial Memories and Victimhood in India's and China's Foreign Policy Today
Manjari Chatterjee Miller
- Prof Gurharpal Singh, Democracy and religious minorities in India: A long-term view
Professor Gurharpal Singh
Inaugural Lecture, Prof Gurharpal Singh, Democracy and religious minorities in India: A long-term view
- Karachi and 1960s Cinema: Cultural Wounds and the Production of Sameness
Dr Kamran Asdar Ali
- PhD Graduate Workshop on "Crossing borders in South Asia"
The focus of the workshop will be on cross-border relationships and interactions at a level below that of the state, ie. questions of governmental foreign policy and foreign relations will not be central to our discussions
- Unruly Subjects and Freedom Imagining: Transborder Connections in Colonial India
Professor Yasmin Saikia (Arizona State University)
- Between the Bedroom and the Courthouse: Domesticity, Economy, and Secularism in Colonial India
Dr Julia Stephens (Cambridge & Princeton)
- VisionMix Short Cuts
VisionMix international artists’ and filmmakers’ network presents a screening of “VisionMix Short Cuts” film, followed by a Roundtable.
- Mining, Law and Equity Workshop (2014)
This workshop will explore a broad set of law, policy and governance issues. It will bring together a mix of researchers, lawyers, campaigners, and professionals from UK, Europe and Asia to take this debate forward.
We welcome your participation in this workshop but due to space constraints, we request you to register by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Surveillance, Databasing and Threats to Privacy
Dr Edgar Whitley (LSE), Helen Wallace (GeneWatch), Dr Usha Ramanathan (Independent Law Researcher, Delhi)
The LEDC invites you to attend Surveillance, Databasing, and Threats to Privacy with Dr Edgar Whitley (LSE), Helen Wallace (GeneWatch) and Dr Usha Ramanathan (Independent Law Researcher, Delhi).
- Jaanta Nahin Mera Baap Kaun Hain?! Knowing “our” fathers, knowing “their” fathers
Ramesh Bairy Charles Wallace India Trust fellow 2013-2014)
- Enmeshed Socio-Economic Legalities - Women and Islam in South Asia
Professor Werner Menski / Associate Professor Gopika Solanki
- Gandhi and the Lessons of Chauri Chaura
Prof Karuna Mantena (Yale)
- The Prisoner Book Launch
Omar Shahid Hamid, in conversation with Owen Bennett-Jones
- An Indian Education for Indian Children: the family-school relationship and Indian modernity
Nita Kumar (California)
- In Praise of Empire? Indian Testimonials in the Impeachment Trial of Warren Hastings
Prof Robert Travers (Cornell)
- 'Land of Eternal Hope - Ten Years of Lives Shared in Afghanistan' - book launch
Charlotte Dufour, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Discussant, Nigel Poole, SOAS
Join us for a a launch of 'Land of Eternal Hope - Ten Years of Lives Shared in Afghanistan' by Charlotte Dufour. The author will read extracts of the book, followed by a discussion and drinks.
- Beyond Islamophobia
This conference will chart the rise of mainstream Islamophobia in recent years, while also situating it in its much longer historical context.
- Simon Digby Memorial Conference
The conference brings together some of the most renowned scholars of pre-modern South Asia who knew Simon Digby personally as well as younger scholars who have been influenced by his path-breaking work.
- Religious Reform in India: Personalities in the Ahl-i-Hadis and Ahl-i-Quran Movements
Professor Barbara Metcalf / Assistant Professor Ali Usman Qasmi
- "Dāphā: Sacred Singing in a South Asian City" and "The Songs of Khayal"
Richard Widdess (SOAS) and Nicolas Magriel
- Gitanjali 100
Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Centenary, BAITHAK UK presents Gitanjali 100.
- 'Fandry' (Pig) followed by discussion with Director Nagraj Manjule
David Mosse, Nagraj Manjule (Director), Meena Varma
- Birth 1871: History, The State and The Arts of Denotified Tribes of India
Dakxinkumar Bajrange (Director)
Film Screening and Q&A with director
- Awaaz: South Asia Network Roundtable Discussion - Caste and Development under the Modi Government
Subir Sinha, Vrinda Grover, Pragna Patel, Suresh Grover
Discussion about the implications for caste, development, human rights and the South Asian communities in the UK and abroad.
- Battles Of The New Republic: A Contemporary History Of Nepal
Prashant Jha and Ian Martin
Book Launch and Panel Discussion
- The role of private electronic media in radicalising Pakistan
Speaker: Dr Kiran Hassan Discussant: Dr David Taylor (SOAS, University of London)
- From Benares to Boston: Ananda Coomaraswamy as Collector and Curator
Dr Pratapaditya Pal
Please note that due to high demand the venue for this lecture has now changed to the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre.
For several decades the world’s foremost specialist of Indian, the Himalayas and South East Asian Art, Dr Pratapaditya Pal, will be speaking at SOAS on the pioneering collector and curator Ananda Coomaraswamy.
- The Waking and Sleeping of Lord Vishnu: A Seasonal Festival and the Archaeology of Royal Ritual
Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
- The Making of Exile: An Overview of the Sindhi Hindu Experience of Partition
Nandita Bhavnani (Independent Scholar, Mumbai)
- Positioning Sufiana Kalam at Bradford Literature Festival
Irna Qureshi and Syima Aslam
- History and Memory in the Making of Delhi’s Indo-Muslim Urban Identity, c. 1800-1900
Nishtha Singh (Bowdoin, SSAI) (http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff95067.php)
- Malba and Mandirs: The Politics of Divine Resurgence in Delhi, 1911-1939
Deborah Sutton (Lancaster)
- BASAS 2014 Annual Lecture: “Only connect …” Interdisciplinarity, South Asian Studies and Gender
Professor Patricia Jeffery
In this lecture, Patricia aims to show how South Asian studies and gender studies—both interdisciplinary in their own right—have challenged and inspired her throughout her research and writing career.
- Bollywood’s India Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Contemporary India
Rachel Dwyer, Faisal Devji and Charlie Henniker
Rachel Dwyer's latest publication looks at the ways in which Bollywood has imagined and portrayed the unity and diversity of India -what its people believe and feel; their views on religion, caste and politics; life at home and in public.
- The Crucible of Revolution: what it means to be a Nepali Maoist
Bhaskar Gautam (SSAI Visiting Scholar)
- How about Electric Shadows: the art of the story
Professor Aamer Hussein (Research Associate, SOAS, University of London)
- Bailang and the Burmish Languages
Dr Nathan W. Hill (SOAS, University of London)