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

Learning & Teaching Coordinator

Dr Charlotte Horlyck

Research Coordinator

Dr Angela Impey

Chair of the Centre for English Studies

Dr Katie Reid

Chair for the Centre for Media and Film Studies

Dr Lindiwe Dovey

Permanent Academic Staff

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 and sacred geography; material religion; colonialism and material culture.

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: B306
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Pamela Corey
Lecturer in South East Asian Art
Pamela Corey

Modern and contemporary art and critical theory; Southeast Asian art history and visual studies (expertise in Vietnam and Cambodia); urban studies; postcolonial studies; theories of subjectivity, space, diaspora, transnationalism, intermedia and aesthetics.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4452
  • Email: pc50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B318
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical 2018/2019

Lindiwe Dovey
Reader in Screen Arts and Industries
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: Email for an appointment
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: 020 7898 4374
  • Email: ld@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 596
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays, 3-5pm

Kai Easton
Kai Easton

Colonial and postcolonial studies, especially South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee); gender and the culture of travel; Indian Ocean diasporas; theories of fiction and history.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4373
  • Email: ke@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 394
  • Academic Support Hours: On sabbatical Term 1 2018. Term 2 TBC.
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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4445
  • Email: he2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B310
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 2-5pm or by email appointment

Charles Gore
Senior Lecturer in the History of African Art
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: Wednesdays 2-3.30pm
Nick Gray
Senior Lecturer in the Music of South East Asia
Nick Gray

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4686
  • Email: ng18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 505
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11-1pm

Rachel Harris
Reader in Ethnomusicology, Research Coordinator
Rachel Harris
Ethnomusicology; musics of China and Central Asia, especially Uyghur; recorded music; music and ritual; music, identity and politics
  • Tel: 020 7898 4513
  • Email: rh@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 513
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 11:30-12:30 or email for an appointment
Charlotte Horlyck
Senior Lecturer in the History of Korean Art; Learning & Teaching Coordinator
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: B403
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Mon, 3.30-5pm; Terms 2&3: Tue, 4-6pm

Angela Impey
Reader in Ethnomusicology, Research Coordinator
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: Thursdays, 4-6pm
Jaeho Kang
Senior Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies
Jaeho Kang

Critical Theory; Media Theory; Aesthetics; Art, Technology and Politics; Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asian Cities; Screen Culture and Media Art in Korea; Mega-Events in the Global South

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4585
  • Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 510
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 5-6 pm & Thursdays 5-6 pm

Maria Kostoglou
Lecturer in Curating and Museology, MA Dissertation Coordinator
Maria Kostoglou

Curating archaeological collections; university museums and curriculum reform; heritage interpretation; artefact and material culture studies; ancient metalwork; archaeology of the 1st millennium BC eastern Mediterranean

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4406
  • Email: mk124@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B319
  • Academic Support Hours: T1: Wed, 3-4pm; T2: Wed, 5-6pm; or by appointment
Kadialy Kouyate
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.


Christian Luczanits
David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art
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: Friday 10am-12pm
Shane McCausland
Percival David Professor of the History of Art, 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: 020 7898 4705
  • Email: sm80@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B304
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 10:30-12:00

Caspar Melville
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: 512
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 13.00-15.00 (1-3 p.m.) or email

Simon O'Meara
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: 020 7898 4559
  • Email: so20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays, 5-6pm
Sarah Pett
Sarah Pett

Modern and contemporary Anglophone literature, the medical humanities, and South African studies.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4384
  • Email: sp52@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 463
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 10-11, Thu 2-3 (online booking: see Biography)

Scott Redford
Scott Redford

Art, archaeology, and architecture of Anatolia, the eastern Mediterranean, and SW Asia from the 11-14th centuries with a special interest in landscape, urbanism, and ceramics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4469
  • Email: sr63@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B303
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-5pm
Polly Savage
Senior Teaching Fellow, History of Art and Archaeology
Polly Savage

Contemporary art and curatorial strategies in twentieth and twenty-first century Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean; post-independence visual arts in Angola, Madagascar and Haiti; post-colonial critique and trans-national exhibition practice.


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: B408
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 2-3 (14:00-15:00)
Peter D. Sharrock
Senior Teaching Fellow, History of Art and Archaeology
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: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm

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: 020 7898 4130
  • Email: at50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm (16:00-17:00)
Louise Tythacott
Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art
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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4159
  • Email: lt15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B320
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Research Leave; Terms 2&3: Thursdays 11-12

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

Ethiopian music; Music in Israel/Palestine; Biblical cantillation; migration and nationalism; music and gender

  • Tel: 0207 898 4334
  • Email: iw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 503
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5 (15:00-17:00)
Richard Widdess
Professor of Musicology
Richard Widdess
History and theory of Indian classical music; dhrupad; Newar music of Nepal; historical ethnomusicology; analysis of musical performance; cognitive approaches to music; music and meaning; music and religion
  • Tel: 020 7898 4685
  • Email: rw4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 507
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 5-6 (17:00-18:00)

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

Amina Yaqin
Amina Yaqin
Urdu literature; Postcolonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian writing; Pakistani literature and culture; Multiculturalism; Muslim Studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4305
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 3-4pm

Research Fellows and Associates


Gina Barnes
Professorial Research Associate
Gina Barnes

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


Mehreen Chida-Razvi
Reseach 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.


María Rocío Cobo-Piñero
Research Associate
Maria Rocio Cobo-Pinero

Postcolonial Nigerian literature, contemporary African and African American women writers, black diaspora, gender and the political possibilities of music.


Valerie Gonzalez
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.



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

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.

Alessandra Lopez y Royo
Research Associate
Alessandra Lopez y Royo

Alessandra specialises in the study of dance performance and media, especially photography. She has done extensive research in Indonesia and also in India. She has to her credit numerous publications.



Rowan Pease
Staff Silhouette

Rowan Pease is the Editorial Manager for SOAS journals. She learnt Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Xiamen University, China, before undertaking postgraduate study in ethnomusicology at SOAS. She is also a senior teaching fellow in the SOAS music department.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4063
  • Email: chinaq@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 414
  • Academic Support Hours: By Email Appointment

Ilenia Pittui
Ilenia Pittui

Islamic Art, particularly Ottoman Art; Artistic contacts between the Islamic World and Europe in the Renaissance; Iconography; relationship between art and literature, images and texts; Aesthetics.



Hwee-San Tan
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Ethnomusicology, Buddhist music in China, Taiwan, diaspora studies, intangible cultural heritage preservation, music in Singapore and Malaysia.

Massoumeh Torfeh
Research Associate
Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh, has been appointed UN Director of Strategic Communication and Spokesperson for Afghanistan and is a former senior producer in BBC World Service, specializes on the politics and media of Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.



Postdoctoral Researchers


Emeritus

Mark Hobart
Emeritus Professor
Mark Hobart: Centre for Media and Film Studies

South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali: cultural and media studies; philosophical issues and eurocentrism in the human sciences; media and performance.


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
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

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

John Picton
Emeritus Professor
John Picton

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


Annabelle Sreberny
Emeritus Professor
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.


Owen Wright
Emeritus Professor of Musicology of the Middle East
Owen Wright
Music of the Islamic Middle East; historical musicology

Associate Members (Centre for Media Studies)

Gilbert Achcar
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email: ga3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292b
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 2 and 3 (18/19)
Stephen Chan, OBE
Stephen Chan

Politics of southern Africa, normative values and non-Western methodologies

  • Tel: 020 7898 4655
  • Email: sc5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 4pm - 6pm

Lindiwe Dovey
Reader in Screen Arts and Industries
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: Email for an appointment
Narguess Farzad
Narguess Farzad
Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4346
  • Email: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm, Friday 1-2pm

Sian Hawthorne
Sian Hawthorne

Narrativity; Cultural Memory; Religion and Gender; Feminist Historiography; Postcolonial theory; Postsecularism and gender; Intellectual history in the study of religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4215
  • Email: sh79@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 337
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1 - 3pm
Stephen P Hughes
Stephen Hughes
India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
  • Email: sh37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11.00-13.00

Griseldis Kirsch
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 12noon-1pm & Fridays 11am-12noon
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
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4423
  • Email: kl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 565
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14.00 to 16.00

Nima Mina
Mina Nima - NME IMG 240, 186, 56
Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 1-3pm

Dan Plesch
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4417
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
Marie Rodet
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 2018-2019
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019

Subir Sinha
Subir Sinha
South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon. 11 - 1

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 April 2019 - SEE BELOW

Lynn Welchman
Lynn Welchmann
Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S235
  • Academic Support Hours: Please see inside profile for details
Cosimo Zene
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia, world philosophies.


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