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School of Arts Members of Teaching Staff Activities

Below is a list of upcoming activities that members of the School of Arts will be undertaking:

  • Christian Luczanits on field research in Nepal to document monastery collections in continuation of the AHRC-funded “Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Collections Today” project, 21st July to 9th September 2021.

  • Richard Williams will be speaking on “Music and Islamic Literary Heritage in the 20th Century” (28 April) as part of the online seminar series of the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge. He will be in conversation with Davesh Soneji (University of Pennsylvania. You can register for the event via the Centre.

  • Angela Impey is giving a class and a Public Seminar at Salem State University, Massachusetts (19 and 20 April) on ‘Re-thinking Borders through History, Politics, and Globalization’, focusing on her book, Song Walking: Women, Music and Environmental Justice in an African Borderland (Chicago University Press, 2018).

  • Angela Impey is giving the KeyNote presentation at the annual British Forum for Ethnomusicology (8-11 April) entitled “Rain Later. Good, occasionally poor. Rhetorical Listening in the age of Climate Change”.
  • Caspar Melville will be running a panel discussion on Tuesday, 30th March, 5pm on the impact of the pandemic on the UK jazz economy, with panellists from some of the key organisations involved in the UK jazz boom over the past decade: Tomorrow's Warriors, Jazz re:freshed and SteamDown. Booking is available via Eventbrite.

  • Stephen Murphy will present a paper entitled “Foreign goods on Southeast Asian shores:  Trade and exchange in the Straits of Melaka and the Java Sea in the 7th – 10th centuries” on the Global Buddhist Art panel at the Art History Association of Korea Conference, Korean Art in the Context of Global Art History 19-20 March 2021. A recording of the event can be viewed on the Art History Association of Korea YouTube Channel.

  • Stephen Murphy will be a respondent at the book discussion event Knowledge, Networks And Narratives: The Interconnected Worlds Of The Indian Ocean hosted by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford on Friday 19th March 3pm.

  • Simon O’Meara will be in conversation with Valerie Gonzalez (SoA Research Associate) on 16th March, 2-3pm, regarding his recently published book, The KaĘżba Orientations: Readings in Islam’s Ancient House (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). Further information is available on the SOAS event listing page.
  • Anna Contadini will deliver a lecture on recent research on “Book culture in the Arab world: an illustrated herbal of the 13th century”, organized by the Oxford Bibliographical Society and the Centre for Islamic Studies. Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 17:00 GMT. This lecture will be held via ZOOM. Open to all, to attend please email

  • Screen Worlds and CCIMSS are hosting a screening of and discussion about the film PASSAGES on 24 February 2021. Booking is available via Eventbrite.

  • Anna Contadini is giving a webinar on the Pisa Griffin entitled “Il Grifone, un prezioso manufatto islamico”, part of the celebrations of the newly refurbished Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Pisa. Thursday, 18th February 2021, 16:00-17:00 GMT. Open to all, booking is available via the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo website.

  • Richard Widdess is giving a keynote address entitled “Endangered songs in the Kathmandu Valley: performance, history and cultural patterns”, for the conference “PARADISEC@100: Hearing the ancestors”, hosted by The Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources In Endangered Languages, Sydney, Australia (online). Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 05:45–06:30 GMT.

  • Lindiwe Dovey and fellow SOAS film studies staff Xiaoning Lu and Dana Healy are speaking at the launch of the Oxford History of Communist Visual Cultures on 10 February 2021, which has been organised by Screen Worlds and CCIMSS. Booking is available via Eventbrite.

  • Lindiwe Dovey is participating in a symposium on Academic Filmmaking on February 5, 2021 hosted by the University of Leeds. Booking is available via Eventbrite.

  • Scott Redford will be giving a talk entitled “Writing as Talisman in Medieval Islamic Art” on February 3, 2021 at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

  • Christian Luczanits is giving a talk on “New Research on Alchi Monastery, Ladakh” at The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, Friday, 29 January 2021, 12:00 - 1:30PM.