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members of staff, from all the disciplines represented at the School, are engaged in teaching South East Asian courses in a wide range of postgraduate programmes, and supervising doctoral students' research degree projects. 
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One of the main activities of the CSEAS is the ongoing public seminar series. Speakers include researchers, writers, artists and other experts from around the world from diverse fields related to South East Asia. The seminars are held regularly throughout the academic year.

As well as producing articles and books staff in the Department of South East Asia edit the following journals:

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP) was made possible by a £20 million donation to SOAS from the Alphawood Foundation in Chicago. Over five years the Programme aims to enhance the study and preservation of Buddhist and Hindu art of South East Asia.

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The ‘Soul of Our Nation’: Restitution of Khmer Antiquities
The ‘Soul of Our Nation’: Restitution of Khmer Antiquities

The work of restitution is arduous, integrating political, legal, archaeological, art historical, ethnographic and museological expertise on national, regional, and international registers. As restitution campaigns have accelerated, a Cambodian governmental Restitution Team has been consolidated, going from strength to strength. SOAS is honoured to host this Team for an afternoon of discussion around these questions.


Transgender Citizenship and Public Gender in Indonesia
Transgender Citizenship and Public Gender in Indonesia

The regulation of gender as public performance is central to understanding shifts in Indonesian citizenship. There is no better history than that of warias—one Indonesian trans feminine population—to understand how public gender became central to the affective, material, and spatial meanings of citizenship in Indonesia.

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The School hosted its first graduation celebration event in Singapore, marking the graduation of 40 Alphawood Scholarship students. The event included four cohorts of Alphawood Scholars who graduated from SOAS between 2014 and 2018, completing Masters and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS. Graduates came from across the region to take part in the celebratory event at the Asian Civilisations Museum. 

The scholarships are open to students wishing to study a range of courses from Postgraduate Diploma to Doctorate level. The purpose of the Scholarships programme is capacity building therefore support will be available to successful candidates who require extra English language training.

Please note that successful candidates will be asked to provide valid UKVI approved English language test results to demonstrate that they hold the minimum UK Borders Agency requirement to obtain a Tier 4 Student visa.

Please visit the Alphawood Scholarships web page for more information on candidate eligibility and how to apply.

Commissioning new works and developing ongoing projects by 11 artists from, or working in, the Philippines – each of whom examine transnational and temporal themes in their practice – as well as featuring a display of materials from the never before exhibited Ifor B. Powell archive held at SOAS, Motions Of This Kind will chart the historical and contemporary forces linking this archipelagic chain with other key spheres of global power. By placing the theme of belatedness as our principal concern however – as both a concept, reference, and argument – the project will underscore the way time has been used both as a weapon of power and a tool of everyday resistance, a way of dominating the marginalised and creating alternative imaginations alike.

The exhibition runs at the Brunei Gallery until 22 June.