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).
- The Buddha as a System. Why did Japanese Archaeologists go to Afghanistan?
Dr Vimalin Rujivacharakul, University of Delaware
- Donation and the Development of the Buddhist Rock-Cut Monasteries of the Western Ghats
Dr Gethin Rees (GIS Research Curator, British Library)
- A Corpus of Thirteenth-Century Brick Rum Seljuq Minarets
Richard Piran McClary
- The Death of Landscape in Post-War Japanese Art and Visual Culture
Three historically important incidents occurred almost simultaneously in the realm of contemporary art and visual culture around 1970 in Japan: these incidents have neither been analyzed as belonging to a larger epistemic shift nor studied together as forming a symptomatic triad to indicate the nature of that shift.
- 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
- CANCELLED: Gestural Painting’s Power / The Power of Tang Chang
Chanon (Kenji) Praepipatmongkol, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan
This event has been CANCELLED.
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.
- CANCELLED: An Archeology of Phnom Penh’s Urban Form
Pen Sereypagna, Director of the Vann Molyvann Project
This event has been CANCELLED.
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.
- CANCELLED: 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 event has been CANCELLED.
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
- Jaipur Carpets: the Historical Collection of the Maharajas of Amer/Jaipur
Dr Steven Cohen (Independent Scholar)
- Digitising the past: The Growing Archival movement in Amman
Jessica Rose Holland
- 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)
- China and Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson
Curated by Betty Yao and Narisa Chakrabongse
The first London exhibition of master photographer John Thomson encompassing his 10 years in Asia
- Foreign Nationals: Photographs of the MaRock by Aldo Brincat
South African multi-disciplinary artist, Aldo Brincat, is bringing his photographic exhibition Foreign Nationals, to show in London at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.
- ‘Chinese porcelain unearthed from Ottoman layers in Hungary’
Tünde Komori, PhD candidate, Central European University, Budapest
- 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
- Illuminated Islamic Manuscripts of Konya 1270s-1330s
- Insight Day at SOAS
An invitation only event for prospective undergraduate students who have received an offer from SOAS
- History of Art and Archaeology MPhil/PhD Upgrade Presentations
History of Art and Archaeology MPhil/PhD Upgrade Presentations 2018
- SOA-Symposium Politics of Collecting Asia: 1800 - Present
The global history of collecting has been profoundly shaped by national and international
politics over the past two centuries. Taking geopolitics as its starting point, this symposium
will examine the history of collecting Asian art objects in a range of geographical locales,
from Britain and continental Europe to East and Southeast Asia.
- ‘Feng Zikai, a Lyrical Cartoonist, Dialogue Between Words and Strokes’
‘Feng Zikai, a Lyrical Cartoonist, DialoMarie Laureillard, Associate Professor, Lumière-Lyon 2 University, France
- Rajput Warriors and Indian Merchants: the Creation of Legend and the Selling of Culture
Dr Robert Elgood (Independent Scholar)
- Re-examining the Genesis of Mughal Painting
- Alice in Wonderland in Japan: Contemporary media and Carroll's creation
Amanda Kennell, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, SISJAC, UEA
- 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
- The Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art Annual Lecture 2018
Dr Yu Pei-chin, National Palace Museum, Taipei
The Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736-95) as a Connoisseur of Chinese Art: The Making of the Imperial Ceramic Catalogue, Shanzhi liuguang
- Miguel Covarrubias and the Impact of his Work on the Artists of Shanghai
Dr Paul Bevan, Christensen Fellow in Chinese Painting, Ashmolean Museum
Miguel Covarrubias and the Impact of his Work on the Artists of Shanghai
- Decoloniality, Global Batik, and Art's Politics and Publics in Malaysia
Simon Soon, Emelia Ong, Genevieve Gamache, Sau Bin Yap
- Relic Spaces: An Ottoman Photographic Expedition to the Land of Tribal Origins (1886)
Dr Ahmet Ersoy, Associate Professor, Department of History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and 2017-2018 Senior Fellow, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul
- Mahamastakabhisheka 2018: The Great Head-Anointing of the Colossal Figure of Bahubali at Shravana Belagola
Nick Barnard (Curator, South and South-East Asia, Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum)
- Empire of the Sikhs
A major exhibition on the remarkable story of the Sikh Empire
Over 100 dazzling artworks and objects tell the story of a cosmopolitan empire that almost ended British rule in India
- From Madras to Bangalore: Picture Postcards as Urban History of Colonial India
This exhibition covers a selection of picture postcards from the Indian cities of Chennai and Bengaluru between 1900 and the 1930s; then known as Madras and Bangalore.