Research Seminars & Events
- Early Depictions of Nath Yogis in Western India
Dr James Mallinson (Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies, SOAS)
- The Hadassah and Daniel Khalili Memorial Lecture in Islamic Art and Culture
Dr Simon Rettig, Assistant Curator of Islamic Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
The Calligrapher, the Painter, and the Patron: A New Perspective on the Freer Khusraw u Shirin
- An exhibition of Artists responses to the - 'Legacies of Biafra'
Guest Curator: Louisa Egbunike
This multi-media show will feature artwork, which explores the on-going impact of war locally and globally, considering how the first civil war in post-independence Africa has influenced the perception of the continent internationally, as well as reshaping the social and political structures within Nigeria.
- From Tribal Forest to Urban Jungle
Photographs from Central India by Verrier Elwin
This Exhibition of Photographs from Central India was first shown in 2017 in Patangarh village in eastern Madhya Pradesh. From Tribal Forest to Urban Jungle now brings these photographs of the tribal people and cultures of Central India as seen through the lens of Verrier Elwin, back to the UK.
- Malay and Islam-Centric National Narratives: Reappraisal of Malay/Islamic Art Historicisation during the 1980s
Dr. Sarena Abdullah
This paper will examine the indirect consequences of the 1971 National Culture Policy and several Islam-centred policies since the late 1970s pertaining to the canonisation of certain modern art forms in Malaysia.
- The Teabowl East and West
Dr Bonnie Kemske, artist, writer and curator
- Further New Perspectives on Qusayr ‘Amra
- Cumbrian Cosmopolitanisms, Entangled Histories and De-Imperializing Britain
Hammad Nassar, Senior Research Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art | Senior Research Fellow (Black Artists and Modernism) at University of the Arts London (UAL)
This presentation shares selected research trajectories explored in the forthcoming exhibition, Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition, at Manchester Art Gallery (May 2018).
- Donation and the Development of the Buddhist Rock-Cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats
Dr Gethin Rees (GIS Research Curator, British Library)
- Aspects of Seljuk Architecture (title tbc)
- In the service of religion? The display of ‘science from the Islamic world’ in the museum
Dr Silke Ackermann, Director, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
- Gestural Painting’s Power / The Power of Tang Chang
Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan
Focusing on works by Tang Chang, this paper addresses the artist’s radical materialist commitments in relation to changing conceptions of power in Thai art of the 1960s and 1970s.
- Digitising the past: The Growing Archival movement in Amman
Jessica Rose Holland
- An Archeology of Phnom Penh’s Urban Form
Pen Sereypagna, Director of the Vann Molyvann Project
This presentation explores Phnom Penh’s urban form through archaeological approach from 14th century until today of urban transformation with a particular focus on the role of different layers in shaping the city.
- Air Art, Expanded Cinema and Intermedia in 1960s Japan
Julian Ross, Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), University of Westminster
This presentation will explore how the interaction between air art and expanded cinema materialised Japan’s understanding of intermedia arts (intāmedia).
- The Seventh Bahari Foundation Lecture in Iranian Art and Culture
Dr Peter J. Lu, Department of Physics and SEAS, Harvard University, USA
Decagonal and Quasicrystalline Geometry in the Architecture of Medieval Persia and Its Influence in the Greater Islamic World
- The Jaipur Carpet Collection and its Records
Dr Steven Cohen (Independent Scholar)
- South Asia at the British Museum: New Ideas and Old Favourites in the Hotung Gallery
Richard Blurton (Curator, South and Southeast Asia, Department of Asia, British Museum)
- Illuminated Islamic Manuscripts of Konya 1270s-1330s
- Islamic Textiles from Iberia: Re-evaluating Their Role in the Mediterranean Context
Dr Ana Cabrera-Lafuente, Marie S.-Curie Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Rajput Warriors and Indian Merchants: the Creation of Legend and the Selling of Culture
Dr Robert Elgood (Independent Scholar)
- Illustrations to ʿAṭṭār’s The Conference of the Birds: The Fifteenth-Century Development of a Pictorial Programme
Dr Ilse Sturkenboom, Lecturer in Iranian Islamic Art History, University of St Andrews, St Andrews
- Hugh Nevill: Colonial Collecting in Sri Lanka
Dr Sushma Jansari (Project Curator, Asian Ethnographic and South Asia Collections, British Museum)
- Late Ottoman New Media: Journal Reading and Visuality During the Hamidian Era (1876-1909)
Dr Ahmet Ersoy, Associate Professor, Department of History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and 2017-2018 Senior Fellow, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul