Director's Lecture Series

The planetary questions of our time

The SOAS Director’s Lecture Series focuses on the planetary questions of our time and how to enable a collective human response.

In this historical moment, all of our big challenges – pandemics, climate change, inequality, social and political polarisation – are transnational in character and require a cohering of the human community.

Past Lectures

Women, Life, Freedom: Achieving political change in Iran

Annabelle Sreberny, Emeritus Professor at the SOAS Centre for Global Media and Communications; activist, journalist and former BBC Persian correspondent, Negin Shiraghaei; and Director of the Siamak Pourzand Foundation and PhD Researcher at SOAS in digital media and human rights, Azadeh Pourzand, join SOAS Director Professor Adam Habib to discuss the on going protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini and question the future of the country.

Biosecurity: Addressing the Global Gaps

SOAS Director Adam Habib was joined by Angela Kane, Senior Advisor of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Wilmot James, Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University, on Thursday 13 October 2022, to explore how the world can address gaps in the global biosecurity architecture.

'What is Social Justice?' with Professor Thuli Madonsela

Professor Thuli Madonsela, the Law Trust Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, and the former Public Protector in South Africa, delivered a lecture on 12 September 2022 exploring the topic of whether social justice should occupy a more prominent position on national agendas than is currently the case.