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: B304
  • 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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Academic Support Hours: 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: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Professor Ashley Thompson
Research and Publications Sub-board Chair and Scholarships Sub-board Member
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: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave (2020-2021)

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: B304
  • 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
  • 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: B406
  • 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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Research and Publications

Professor Ashley Thompson
Research and Publications Sub-board Chair and Scholarships Sub-board Member
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: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave (2020-2021)
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 and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.
Dr Christian Luczanits
Research and Publications Sub-board Member
Christian Luczanits

History of art and architecture of the Himalayan region; Buddhist art of the western Himalayas; Gandharan art; presenting and exhibiting Buddhist art; heritage, preservation and conservation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4162
  • Email: cl46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B407
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Wednesdays, 9:40-10:40; Fridays, 10-12

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: TERM 2: Wed 10-11, Fri 12-1pm; TERM 3 SABBATICAL
  • On Sabbatical:TERMS 1 AND 3
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: Please email to arrange an 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: B304
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3.30-5pm or by email appointment
Professor Ashley Thompson
Research and Publications Sub-board Chair and Scholarships Sub-board Member
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: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave (2020-2021)

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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
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
  • 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: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

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