SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture

Anthony Hyman close up

‚ÄčThe Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture has become an established annual event at SOAS; bringing together those with an interest in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia and providing an opportunity for leading scholars, opinion formers and policy makers to reflect on issues of topical interest.

The continuing success of the Anthony Hyman memorial lectures is a testament to the impact which Anthony Hyman had on thinking about Afghanistan and the affection in which he was held by his many friends and associates. An expert on Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Central Asia, and a commentator for the BBC World Service for more than twenty years, Anthony was a linguist, historian, bibliophile, art lover and traveller.

The lecture has been running since 2003 and speakers include M. Masoom Stanekzai (former Minister of Communication, Government of Afghanistan), Nancy Hatch Dupree and Jonathan Steele (Author/ International affairs columnist).

Podcasts of the lecture series are permanently archived on the Centre website and freely available to all. 

The Centre has established an Anthony Hyman memorial fund to cover the costs of the lecture.  Support the lecture series.

Previous Events in this series

Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture 2019: Connecting citizens with the state? Changing discourses and programmes on community development & local governance in Afghanistan

Dr Orzala Ashraf Nemat (Director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and Research Associate, SOAS Dept of Development Studies)

The talk aims to uncover the different and clashing perspectives and approaches, by highlighting the fault lines between politics, development and peace-building in light of the latest Citizen’s Charter program and evolving peace talks in search of a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.

14 March 2019, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

The Place of Music in Afghanistan Today

Professor John Baily (Afghanistan Music Unit)

In the seemingly endless conflict that has devastated Afghanistan for the last 40 years, one might ask, ‘What’s so important about music when there are so many other pressing concerns to be addressed?’

5 March 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

A State Built on Sand: How Opium Undermined Afghanistan

Dr David Mansfield (Senior Visiting Fellow LSE IDEAS and Independent Consultant)

In this year's Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture Dr David Mansfield challenges the way we have come to understand political power in rural Afghanistan. Far from being the passive recipients of acts of violence by state and non state actors, this book highlights the role that rural communities in Afghanistan have played in shaping the political terrain, including establishing the conditions under which they could persist with opium production. 

20 March 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Homo Itinerans: Afghan Mobility towards Europe

Professor Alessandro Monsutti (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
10 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

2003: Transitional Justice in Afghanistan

Barnett R. Rubin (Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University)
3 February 2003, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM