The Director’s Summer Vote of Thanks
When I took up this post at the beginning of the academic year, I did not fully understand the role of our three regional institutes, nor had I grasped the reach and significance of their activity for the whole of SOAS.
Since last September, the South Asia Institute has hosted two annual lectures, over 40 seminars, three conferences, seven film screenings, nine book launches and five musical performances. These events have brought hundreds, if not thousands, of new faces into SOAS, as well as seen the return of old friends.
Through this activity, we work closely with Sunil Pun our Executive Officer and Jane Savory, Charles Taillandier-Ubsdell and Dorinne Tin Ming Kaw in the Centres and Programmes Office. We thank them whole-heartedly for their dedication and care. Together, we work to support the research and networks of academic colleagues across our departments. We rely on the goodwill and interest of our academic members and have consequently brought our community together at two receptions and a lunch to talk about South Asia. We have also managed to meet most members (although not all) on a one-to-one basis to discuss research and the ways in which the Institute can help. Read more...