SOAS University of London

School of Arts

School of Arts Staff

Head of the School of Arts and Head of the Department of History of Art and Archaeology

Professor Shane McCausland

Management Team

Professor Shane McCausland
Head of the School of Arts
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 Crispin Branfoot
Director of Learning and Teaching
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
Director of Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing (DRAM)
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 Caspar Melville
Director of Student Support and Experience
Caspar Melville

Specialist interest in popular music, the music industry, music of the Black Atlantic, Afro-diasporic music scenes and London music scenes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4249
  • Email: cm54@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 405
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11-1

Professor Scott Redford
Director of Research
Scott Redford

Islamic art, archaeology, and architecture of the medieval (11th-14th) period in the central and eastern Islamic lands.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4469
  • Email: sr63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-5 and by appointment
Professor Ashley Thompson
Director of Doctoral Studies
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

Professor Louise Tythacott
Director of Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing (DRAM)
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-5pm
Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen
Associate Director for Student Experience and Outcomes, Director of Student Support and Experience
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; music and religion in north Africa; Biblical cantillation; ritual and gender; Diaspora.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
  • Email: iw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays, 9-11am

Administration



Permanent Academic Staff

Dr Crispin Branfoot
Director of Learning and Teaching
Crispin Branfoot
Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage, sacred geography; material religion; histories of archaeology, conservation and collecting.
Professor Anna Contadini
Anna Contadini
Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4458
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 451
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave in term 1

Professor Lindiwe Dovey
Professor of Film and Screen Studies
Dovey, Lindiwe - SOA IMG

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • Academic Support Hours: Terms 1&3: Tuesdays, 9-11am; Term 2: On Leave
Professor Lucy Durán
Lucy Durán
Music in the Mande world; Music of Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau; gender and music in West Africa; popular musics of Atlantic Africa; childhood music learning in West Africa; Cuban music, especially son and rumba; radio as a medium; and the world music industry.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4374
  • Email: ld@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 596
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Dr Kai Easton
Kai Easton

Cultures of travel (especially the Cape and the Indian Ocean; Australia; Sri Lanka); archives;  visual and material cultures; landscape; maritime history; South African fiction and non-fiction in English (Coetzee; Wicomb); intertextuality; auto/ biography

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4373
  • Email: ke@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 394
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Professor Rachel Harris
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; Silk Road narratives; cultural and heritage policy, Islamic soundscapes; gender; minority rights and identity politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 11am-1pm
Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 429
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 2: Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Dr Richard Hylton
Richard Hylton

Researching various aspects of contemporary art practice and display within the international arena including Diasporic art, African American art in the international arena, Black British artists, politics of curating, the role of art criticism, the relationships between contemporary art, ethnography, and the western museum.

  • Email: rh73@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 556
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm
Professor Angela Impey
Angela Impey
Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm

Dr Christian Luczanits
Director of Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing (DRAM)
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
Professor Shane McCausland
Head of the School of Arts
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 Malcolm McNeill
MA Dissertation Coordinator
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 Caspar Melville
Director of Student Support and Experience
Caspar Melville

Specialist interest in popular music, the music industry, music of the Black Atlantic, Afro-diasporic music scenes and London music scenes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4249
  • Email: cm54@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 405
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11-1

Dr Stephen A. Murphy
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.

Dr Simon O'Meara
Simon O'Meara

Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4559
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Fridays, 4:00pm-6:00pm; Term 2: On leave

Dr Stacey Pierson
Stacey Pierson

History and production of Chinese ceramics; history and theory of collecting and display

  • Tel: 020 7898 4441
  • Email: sp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 566
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Professor Scott Redford
Director of Research
Scott Redford

Islamic art, archaeology, and architecture of the medieval (11th-14th) period in the central and eastern Islamic lands.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4469
  • Email: sr63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-5 and by appointment

Dr Polly Savage
Polly Savage

History of African Art; Modern and contemporary art and curating in Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean, with particular focus on Haiti and Lusophone Africa; art and the Cold War in Africa; art education and cultural policy; post-colonial theory and trans-national exhibition practice.

  • Email: ps52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 554
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 10:00am-12 noon
Professor Ashley Thompson
Director of Doctoral Studies
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

Professor Louise Tythacott
Director of Recruitment, Admissions & Marketing (DRAM)
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-5pm
Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen
Associate Director for Student Experience and Outcomes, Director of Student Support and Experience
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; music and religion in north Africa; Biblical cantillation; ritual and gender; Diaspora.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
  • Email: iw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays, 9-11am

Dr Richard Williams
Richard Williams

Music of South Asia; Hindustani classical music; historical ethnomusicology; cultural history; historical musicology and musical aesthetics; lyric, song, and musical literature; music and gender; music and religion; history of emotions

Dr Panpan Yang
Panpan Yang

Arts and visual cultures of China and the Sinophone world; cinematic arts; animation and digital media; art theory; medium and materiality; cultural flows.

  • Email: py6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 408
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3pm and by email appointment

Centre for English Studies

Dr Kai Easton
Chair, Senior Lecturer in English
Kai Easton

Cultures of travel (especially the Cape and the Indian Ocean; Australia; Sri Lanka); archives;  visual and material cultures; landscape; maritime history; South African fiction and non-fiction in English (Coetzee; Wicomb); intertextuality; auto/ biography

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4373
  • Email: ke@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 394
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Dr Crispin Branfoot
Reader in the History of South Asian Art & Archaeology
Crispin Branfoot
Architecture, sculpture and painting in South Asia, especially in southern India; pilgrimage, sacred geography; material religion; histories of archaeology, conservation and collecting.
Professor Anna Contadini
Professor of the History of Islamic Art
Anna Contadini
Arab and early Persian painting and the arts of the Islamic book in general, including the production of manuscripts of the Qur'an; art and material culture of the Islamic world; Fatimid art and architecture; the arts of Islamic Spain; artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe; aspects of contemporary Islamic art.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4458
  • Email: ac24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 451
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave in term 1

Dr Heather Elgood, MBE
Course Director of the Diploma in Asian Art
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 Monika Hinkel
Lecturer in the Arts of Japan
Monika Hinkel

Japanese woodblock prints, Contemporary reworkings and interpretations of Ukiyo-e, Meiji nostalgia


Dr Charlotte Horlyck
Reader in the History of Korean Art
Charlotte Horlyck

Visual and material culture of the Korean peninsula; Pre-modern Korean burial practices, particularly of the Koryŏ period (AD918-1392); Arts of the Koryŏ period, especially bronze mirrors and ceramics; 20th century  collecting of Korean artefacts; Heritage and museum practices; Gender and material culture.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4704
  • Email: ch10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 429
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 2: Fridays, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Dr Richard Hylton
Lecturer in Contemporary Art
Richard Hylton

Researching various aspects of contemporary art practice and display within the international arena including Diasporic art, African American art in the international arena, Black British artists, politics of curating, the role of art criticism, the relationships between contemporary art, ethnography, and the western museum.

  • Email: rh73@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 556
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm

Dr Christian Luczanits
David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
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
Professor Shane McCausland
Percival David Professor of the History of Art, Head of Department
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 Malcolm McNeill
Director of the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education
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 Stephen A. Murphy
Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art
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.


Dr Simon O'Meara
Senior Lecturer in the History of Architecture & Archaeology of the Islamic Middle East
Simon O'Meara

Islamic architecture and urbanism; sociological dimensions of the art and architecture of North Africa, especially Morocco; architectural and visual theory; Islamic studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4559
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Fridays, 4:00pm-6:00pm; Term 2: On leave
Dr Stacey Pierson
Reader in the History of Chinese Ceramics
Stacey Pierson

History and production of Chinese ceramics; history and theory of collecting and display

  • Tel: 020 7898 4441
  • Email: sp17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 566
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Professor Scott Redford
Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology
Scott Redford

Islamic art, archaeology, and architecture of the medieval (11th-14th) period in the central and eastern Islamic lands.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4469
  • Email: sr63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 428
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-5 and by appointment

Dr Polly Savage
Lecturer in the Art History of Africa
Polly Savage

History of African Art; Modern and contemporary art and curating in Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean, with particular focus on Haiti and Lusophone Africa; art and the Cold War in Africa; art education and cultural policy; post-colonial theory and trans-national exhibition practice.

  • Email: ps52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 554
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 10:00am-12 noon
Professor Ashley Thompson
Hiram W. Woodward Chair in Southeast Asian Art
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

Professor Louise Tythacott
Professor of Curating and Museology
Louise Tythacott

Chinese and Buddhist art in museums; history of Yuanmingyuan (or ‘Summer Palace’) collections; museology; colonialism and material culture; post-colonial critiques of museum representations; history and theory of collecting; art and anthropology.

  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-5pm
Dr Panpan Yang
Lecturer in the Arts and Visual Cultures of Modern China
Panpan Yang

Arts and visual cultures of China and the Sinophone world; cinematic arts; animation and digital media; art theory; medium and materiality; cultural flows.

  • Email: py6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 408
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3pm and by email appointment

Teaching Fellows/GTAs


Mr David Malik
Senior Teaching Fellow
Malik David

African art; African visual cultures; contemporary urban arts in Sierra Leone

Dr Peter D. Sharrock
Senior Teaching Fellow
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 Tanja Tolar
Tanja Tolar

Art and architecture of the Islamic world; Cross-cultural dimensions of Islamic material culture; Glass and Ceramics of Islamic lands; Orientalism.


Emeritus Staff

Dr Geoffrey R D King
Emeritus Reader
Geoffrey King

Islamic art and archaeology in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Yemen, UAE and Oman; late antiquity, Umayyads, Abbasids, Ayyubids and Mamluks


Professor Elizabeth Moore
Emeritus Professor
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 Youngsook Pak
Emeritus Reader
Youngsook Pak

Korean art history (from prehistory to the 20th century), Buddhist art, Confucian elite and its culture, Text and Images


Professor John Picton
Emeritus Professor & Professorial Research Associate
John Picton

The art and archaeology of Nigeria, masquerade, textile history, 20th-century transformations in the visual culture of sub-Saharan Africa


Professor Timon Screech
Professor of the History of Art
Timon Screech
History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 565
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave (2020-2021)

Professors of Practice


Research Associates and Visiting Scholars

Professor Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate & Senior Teaching Fellow
Gina Barnes

State formation; agricultural transition; urbanisation; landscape archaeology; geoarchaeology, tectonic archaeology; East Asian archaeology especially Japanese archaeology and prehistory/protohistory


Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Research Associate
Mehreen Chida-Razvi

History of Art & Architecture of the Muslim World, focusing on Mughal South Asia; Artistic, historic and cultural links between 17th Century Muslim South Asia and Iran, Anatolia and Europe; urbanism in Mughal South Asia.


Dr Farouk Yahya
Research Associate
Farouk Yahya

Southeast Asian art, Islamic art, illustrated and illuminated manuscripts and books, magic and divination.

Dr Valerie Gonzalez
Research Associate
Valerie Gonzalez

Islamic art history, aesthetics and visual culture. Phenomenology of artworks, cognitive processes, and issues of conceptualisation of visual forms in Islam. Relation between theory and practice in Islamic artistic creation.


Dr Charles Gore
Research Associate
Charlie Gore
Modern and contemporary arts of Africa, including its histories of photography; visual and material cultures of West Africa, and their linkages to diasporic arts past and present; the arts of the Benin kingdom, masquerade, textiles and other art forms in southern Nigeria, as well as a particular focus on contemporary arts in Nigeria.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4443
  • Email: cg2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B402
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment



Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Core Staff

Professor Lindiwe Dovey
Co-Chair
Dovey, Lindiwe - SOA IMG

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • Academic Support Hours: Terms 1&3: Tuesdays, 9-11am; Term 2: On Leave
Dr Caspar Melville
Co-Chair, Senior Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries
Caspar Melville

Specialist interest in popular music, the music industry, music of the Black Atlantic, Afro-diasporic music scenes and London music scenes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4249
  • Email: cm54@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 405
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11-1




Members

Dr Somnath Batabyal
Member
Somnath Batabyal

South Asia with a focus on India; transnational news spheres; Development discourses and its articulation in mainstream and alternate news forums; environmental politics.


Professor Andrew Gerstle
Member
Drew Gerstle
Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm / Email for an appointment
Dr Marlé Hammond
Member
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
  • Email: mh93@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 438
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 12-1pm

Professor Rachel V Harrison
Member
Rachel Harrison 2018
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1-2pm, Friday 1-2pm
Dr Griseldis Kirsch
Member
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 11am-12 noon

Dr Kevin Latham
Kevin Latham
China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
Dr Xiaoning Lu
Member
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4670
  • Email: xl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment (xl1)

Dr Dina Matar
Member
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, international political communication; media and conflict; critical global media studies; activism and media; social movements; memory studies and oral history; diasporas and ethnic minorities.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
Dr Ben Murtagh
Member
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 Wen-chin Ouyang
Member
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2-3pm, Thursday 2-3pm

Dr Marie Rodet
Member
Marie Rodet

Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4606
  • Email: mr28@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 309
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave Term 1 - 2019-20
Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Member
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

His research interests include:

  • Media in the Middle East with particular focus on Iran;
  • Diasporas and transnational media;
  • Islamophobia;
  • Shi’i Islam in the West;
  • Third Cinema;
  • Big data and digital methods.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Teaching Fellows/GTAs

Research Associates


Dr Joanna Lipper
Research Associate
Joanna Lipper

Using Film for Social Change; Transnational Feminist Filmmaking; Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria; Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nigeria; Theory and Creative Practice of Making Documentary and Narrative Feature Films in Nigeria.

Dr Hyun Seon Lee
Research Associate
Dr Hyunseon Lee

Film, Media and Literature – currently focusing on Korean Film and Media: The Cold War culture, media and gender (Korea/Germany), shamanism in visual media,  Korean cinema and history


PhD representatives


Department of Music

Professor Lucy Durán
Professor of Music
Lucy Durán
Music in the Mande world; Music of Mali, Guinea, Guinea Bissau; gender and music in West Africa; popular musics of Atlantic Africa; childhood music learning in West Africa; Cuban music, especially son and rumba; radio as a medium; and the world music industry.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4374
  • Email: ld@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 596
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Professor Rachel Harris
Professor of Ethnomusicology
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; Silk Road narratives; cultural and heritage policy, Islamic soundscapes; gender; minority rights and identity politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 11am-1pm

Professor Angela Impey
Professor of Ethnomusicology
Angela Impey
Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm
Dr Saeid Kordmafi
Lecturer in Music
Saied Kordmafi

Music of the Islamic Middle East and Central Asia, Persian art music, classical music of the Arab Mashriq, performance theory, music analysis, rhythm and temporality, historical ethnomusicology, music revival.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4433
  • Email: sk152@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10-11am, Thursdays 10am-1pm

Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen
Joe Loss Senior Lecturer in Jewish Music
Ilana Webster-Kogen

Ethiopian music; music and religion in north Africa; Biblical cantillation; ritual and gender; Diaspora.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
  • Email: iw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays, 9-11am
Dr Richard Williams
Senior Lecturer in Music and South Asian Studies
Richard Williams

Music of South Asia; Hindustani classical music; historical ethnomusicology; cultural history; historical musicology and musical aesthetics; lyric, song, and musical literature; music and gender; music and religion; history of emotions


Emeritus Staff

Professor Keith Howard
Emeritus Professor of Music
Keith Howard
Ethnomusicology; anthropology; Korean music; music traditions in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Thailand, and Siberia; studies of religion; composition; education; shamanism; early keyboard instruments, players and restorers
Professor Richard Widdess
Emeritus Professor of Musicology
Richard Widdess

Historical, analytical, ethnographic and cognitive approaches to music of South Asia; music, cognition and language.



Professors of Practice and Global Community Fellows



Music Events and Support Staff


Teaching Fellows/GTAs

Mr Kadialy Kouyate
Senior Teaching Fellow
Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate comes from a very large African musical family of dialis, who are well known in Mandinka history. Since 2005 he has been teaching the Kora to undergraduate and postgraduate students at SOAS.


Mr Sanju Sahai
Senior Teaching Fellow (Performance)
Sanju Sahai
Sanju Sahai represents the distinguished lineage of tabla players and teachers from Banaras. He performs internationally as a soloist and in a variety of ensembles, and has been teaching tabla at SOAS for many years.

Research Associates/Visiting Scholars

Dr Ahmet Ozan Baysal
Visiting Scholar
Ahmet Ozan Baysal

Bağlama (Saz) performance and şelpe technique, cross-cultural music creation, music and diaspora, Alevi music practices and bağlama (saz) education in the diaspora.


Dr Nick Gray
Research Associate
Nick Gray

Music of South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali, especially music for the Balinese shadowplay; composition; improvisation; analysis; music and religion

Dr David W Hughes
Research Associate
David Hughes
Ethnomusicology; music of East Asia especially Japan; Japanese folk and theatre music; music and linguistics; Indonesian gamelan and Javanese street music