SOAS University of London

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme

Programme Board

Professor Shane McCausland
Programme Board Member, Outreach Sub-board Chair and Scholarships Sub-board Chair
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4705
  • Email: HoD_SoA@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 453
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3.30-5pm or by email appointment

Dr Heather Elgood, MBE
Programme Board Member, Scholarships Sub-board Member
Hettie Elgood
Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.

Dr Peter D. Sharrock
Communications and Outreach Manager, Programme Board Member, Scholarships Sub-board Member, Outreach Sub-Board Member
Peter Sharrock
He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Professor Ashley Thompson
Academic Lead, Research and Publications Sub-group Chair, Programme Board Member
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am

SAAAP Sub-group Members

Outreach

Professor Shane McCausland
Programme Board Member, Outreach Sub-board Chair and Scholarships Sub-board Chair
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4705
  • Email: HoD_SoA@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 453
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3.30-5pm or by email appointment
Professor Elizabeth Moore
In-region Liaison for SAAAP
Elizabeth Moore
Arts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia cultural landscape; pre- and proto-historic Myanmar, Pyu and Mon culture; visual culture, social memory and sacred landscape

Dr Malcolm McNeill
Outreach Sub-Board Member, Scholarships Sub-Board Member
Dr Malcolm McNeill

Object based learning; museology; curation and display; the art market; Chinese visual and material culture; Buddhist visual and material culture

  • Email: mm133@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 4-5pm or by email appointment
Dr Peter D. Sharrock
Communications and Outreach Manager, Programme Board Member, Scholarships Sub-board Member, Outreach Sub-Board Member
Peter Sharrock
He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Dr Heather Elgood, MBE
Programme Board Member, Scholarships Sub-board Member
Hettie Elgood
Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.

Research and Publications

Professor Ashley Thompson
Academic Lead, Research and Publications Sub-group Chair, Programme Board Member
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am
Dr Mulaika Hijjas
Scholarships Sub-board Member and Research & Publications Sub-board Member
Mulaika Hijjas

The Malay manuscript tradition; Islam in South East Asia; gender in the Malay world; modern literatures of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4253
  • Email: mh86@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 454
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1-2.30pm; Friday 4.15-5pm

Dr Crispin Branfoot
Crispin Branfoot
Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage, sacred geography; material religion; histories of archaeology, conservation and collecting.
Dr Christian Luczanits
Research and Publications Sub-board Member
Christian Luczanits

Premodern Indian and Tibetan Buddhist art and its context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4162
  • Email: cl46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am and 3:00pm-4:00pm

Dr Ben Murtagh
Ben Murtagh
Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 3-4; Friday 11-12
Professor Justin Watkins
Justin Watkins

Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email: jw2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 462
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until Feb 2022; online by appointment

Scholarships

Professor Shane McCausland
Programme Board Member, Outreach Sub-board Chair and Scholarships Sub-board Chair
Shane McCausland

Pictorial arts of China - especially painting and calligraphy; East Asian narrative art; canons, collecting and connoisseurship; Chinese art and modernity

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4705
  • Email: HoD_SoA@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 453
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3.30-5pm or by email appointment
Professor Ashley Thompson
Academic Lead, Research and Publications Sub-group Chair, Programme Board Member
Ashley Thompson

Southeast Asian arts, aesthetics, literatures and cultural histories, with a focus on Cambodia, from the Angkorian to the post-Angkorian to the contemporary; Theravadin Buddhist arts, literatures and ritual; cultural heritage; sexual difference; deconstruction; memory and textuality.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 10:00am-11:00am

Dr Heather Elgood, MBE
Programme Board Member, Scholarships Sub-board Member
Hettie Elgood
Dr Heather Elgood is the Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art. She is a specialist in Persian, Jain, Sultanate and Mughal manuscript painting as well as the ritual arts of Hinduism.
Dr Mulaika Hijjas
Scholarships Sub-board Member and Research & Publications Sub-board Member
Mulaika Hijjas

The Malay manuscript tradition; Islam in South East Asia; gender in the Malay world; modern literatures of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4253
  • Email: mh86@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 454
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1-2.30pm; Friday 4.15-5pm

Dr Malcolm McNeill
Outreach Sub-Board Member, Scholarships Sub-Board Member
Dr Malcolm McNeill

Object based learning; museology; curation and display; the art market; Chinese visual and material culture; Buddhist visual and material culture

  • Email: mm133@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 4-5pm or by email appointment
Professor Elizabeth Moore
In-region Liaison for SAAAP
Elizabeth Moore
Arts of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia cultural landscape; pre- and proto-historic Myanmar, Pyu and Mon culture; visual culture, social memory and sacred landscape

Dr Peter D. Sharrock
Communications and Outreach Manager, Programme Board Member, Scholarships Sub-board Member, Outreach Sub-Board Member
Peter Sharrock
He is now focusing on the evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: ps56@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Dr Stephen A. Murphy
Scholarships Sub-board member
Stephen A. Murphy

Curating, museology, and history of collections, especially in Southeast Asia and Asia more generally; debates surrounding the decolonising of museums. Buddhist and Hindu art and archaeology of Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Laos. Indian Ocean World maritime networks and shipwrecks.


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