SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

One Day Elephant Conference @ SOAS


Date: 20 November 2016Time: 10:30 AM

Finishes: 20 November 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

In April of this year the first SOAS Elephant Conference was held in Bangalore, India, with an international team of speakers on all aspects of elephant culture worldwide. The conference was well attended and has produced exciting outcomes.

Many people in the UK were interested in the conference, but were not able to travel to India. For that reason we have decided to do a REPEAT of the Bangalore Conference in London.

This Conference will not produce new materials. We shall simply re-present some of papers that were presented at the Bangalore conference, but for a UK audience.

ADMISSION to the conference is FREE, but if you wish to make a contribution to our conference funds on the day, it would be appreciated. We suggest £10 or £5 for concessions / students.

REGISTRATION: We request that you write and register for the conference.

For registration write to

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Our mini-conference will include the following presentations:

Elephants in Islamic history
William G.. Clarence-Smith [SOAS University of London]

The Elephant in England
Ed Emery [SOAS University of London]

Cultural aberrations in the management of captive elephants
Prajna Chowta [Aane Mane Foundation, Bangalore, India] 

Elephant ecology and the emergence of the state in Great Lakes Africa
Andrew Reid [Institute of Archaeology, University College London]

Corruption in the Keddah: Elephants, fraud and environmental history in colonial Burma
Jonathan Saha [University of Leeds]

Shooting an elephant
Thomas R. Trautmann [University of Michigan] 

Please note that the final programme may be subject to additions and changes

Organiser: Ed Emery

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