SOAS History Seminar
History offers one weekly seminar for invited speakers and provides an opportunity for scholars, students and the public from around London to engage with issues at the heart of historical research on Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Wednesday, 17.00-19.00, SOAS Main Building, Room G3
- The Poppy in Afghan History
James Bradford (Berklee)
- Negotiating Religious Practice as a Woman in Bhutan
This lecture will provide an overview of different women religious practitioners in contemporary Bhutan and their emerging socio-religious roles.
- Reading Between the Lines: Arabo-Persian Texts in Pre-Modern China
Dror Weil (Kings College)
- Canonical Illuminations: The Visual Subtext of a Fourteenth Century Sūtra Collection from Mustang, Nepal
This lecture will present an analysis of the canonical illuminations found in a fourteenth century Sūtra Collection from Mustang, Nepal.
- The Making of the First Caliph: Early Narratives about about Abū Bakr’s (d.13/634) Conversion to Islam
Mehmetcan Akpinar (Tübingen)
- Making property, making community: land buying syndicates in early 20th century South Africa
Tara Weinberg (Michigan)
- “A small country called China”: sannō shintō and the development of honji suijaku
Emanuela Sala (SOAS)
- The Nuances of Social Economy and Religion in the First Decade of West Pakistan
Koushiki Dasgupta (Vidyasagar University, India)
- China’s State and Society during the Nanjing Decade (1927–1936)
Xavier Paulès (EHESS, France)
- Controlled Disarray: The Social Life of the Doring Noble Family in 18 th century Tibet
Franz Xaver Erhard
The Doring family, also known as the Gazhi, ruled over Nakchu during the time of Ganden Podrang rule. This lecture will present will present the Doring family as an example to illustrate the various social strategies employed by a noble family in order to build, uphold and enhance its wealth, influence and status.
- Misāyā Tisā Bareyā Nasā, or A Woman’s Jewels are the Monk’s Food: Materiality, Gender, and Buddhism in Newar Life and Poetry
Dr Christoph Emmrich (Toronto)
- A Jewel-Themed Introductory Workshop to Newar Buddhist Language and Literature
Dr Christoph Emmrich (Toronto)
- Diplomacy, norms and textuality in Islamic Africa: the power letters of Borno (1823-1918)
Rémi Dewière (Warwick)
- CANCELLED: State and Society during China's Republican Era (1911–1949)
Xavier Paulès (EHESS)
Two political notions of crucial importance transformed China during the first decades of the twentieth century. First, the legitimacy of the State was no longer derived from divine power but from a constructed social entity: Society. Second, this social body was to be shaped and organized by the State for the purpose of strengthening the nation in the context of a highly competitive international environment.
- How should we remember Covid-19?
SOAS Transnational Dialogues is a series of panels organised by the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies and part of the SOAS Festival of Ideas.
- Screening of "Love Boat: Taiwan" with Director's Q&A
Director Valerie Soe
- Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s-1950s
Professor Evan Dawley
- "State Formation in China and Taiwan: Bureaucracy, Campaign, and Performance" Book Talk
Professor Julia Strauss
- Second Webinar on "Nature and Ecology in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"
Professor Catherine Hezser, Professor of Jewish Studies, SOAS
The webinar will investigate various aspects of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim attitudes toward the natural environment from antiquity to today.
- The Global Life of Oysters
Conference Organiser - Ed Emery