SOAS University of London

Centre for English Studies, School of Arts

Centre for English Studies

As part of the School of Arts undergraduate curriculum review, from 2020 we will no longer be accepting applications for BA English. Instead we will be integrating our areas of specialisation into the new BA Creative Arts degree, which includes English modules as well as options in film studies, music, history of art, and creative industries. Current students on the BA English/BA English and... degree programmes will continue to follow the current degree structures. Like all School of Arts students, those on the BA English degrees are supported by academics, administrators and other key individuals, including Academic Advisors, SoA Student Support Officer, SoA Director of Student Support and Experience and SOAS Student Advice and Wellbeing to ensure that the closure of the programmes will have no effect on current students' studies. Also, BA English/BA English and... will continue to have a Student Representative from each year group who will be invited to attend the Department's Student Staff Forum. Student representatives are also encouraged to liaise with the Programme Convener to resolve any areas of concerns raised by students.

The Centre for English Studies at SOAS places the academic study of English literatures in the global setting of Africa, South Asia, the Near and Middle-East, and their diasporas.

At SOAS, we offer unmatched expertise in the creative, historical, cultural, political and social dimensions of these contexts. Our work in the Centre celebrates the centrality of diverse traditions and representations of Anglophone literary culture, emphasising interdisciplinarity and a range of literatures in English and in translation.

At SOAS, we focus on taking English beyond the curriculum choices and research topics that have historically dominated the discipline. From within our specialist institution, we offer an exciting approach to the field: an approach defined by its global outlook and its commitment to studying new voices alongside more established authors and texts. From its beginnings, English at SOAS has taken a decolonised curriculum seriously. The Centre provides a crucial hub for staff and students at SOAS, and those beyond, to connect with urgent global conversations addressing the creative and critical responses of literary study to the complex challenges of the contemporary world. Innovative, interrogative, and inclusive, we foster teaching and research that is both global and local in its engagement with metropolitan, cosmopolitan and island histories.

English at SOAS looks to its own location and literary heritage in Bloomsbury, London’s famous Knowledge Quarter. From our position in the Global North and particularly London, we are interested in the ways in which English - in all its variations as a field of literary study - has long been in dialogue with its neighbours in the northern hemisphere and across the Global South. As a student at SOAS, you will have instant access to a fantastic professional network in the heart of a world-leading literary city: a place to browse diverse and comprehensive bookshops; to visit unique libraries and archives, such as the renowned British Library; and to meet inspirational teachers and researchers, like-minded peers, and established and emerging authors.

The Centre for English Studies is part of the School of Arts.


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Honorary degree J. M. Coetzee and Graca Machel - SOAS Graduation 2015

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Professor JM Coetzee, Honorary Doctorate, 2015 Graduation

SOAS Graduation 2015 Honorary Degree: Professor J. M. Coetzee Citation: Dr Kai Easton (pdf; 64kb)