SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Asia Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries will examine the cultural constitution and configuration of the centres of political power, map how Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali – the languages of political and religious discourse – came to be used across Asia, and analyse how temples, monastic organisations and landed estates emerged as autonomous socio-economic institutions with stable endowments. For more information on Beyond Boundaries, please visit the project homepage

Previous Events in this series

Recent Advances in Yi Studies

Prof Mark Bender (Ohio State University), Dr Halina Wasilewska (Adam Mickiewicz University), Dr Kazue Iwasa, Prof. Qumu Tiexi (Minzu University)
11 February 2020, Brunei Gallery, B104, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Recent Advances in Kuki-Chin Linguistics

Prof Shobhana Chelliah (University of North Texas), Dr Linda Konnerth (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr David Peterson (Dartmouth), Professor Justin Watkins (SOAS), and Dr Muhammad Zakaria (SOAS)
10 December 2019, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), SG36, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Persephone: a tool for the automatic phonemic transcription of endangered languages

Dr Christopher Cox (Carleton University), Dr Hilaria Cruz (University of Kentucky), Dr Alexis Michaud (CNRS) and Dr Sandy Ritchie (SOAS University of London)

This workshop introduces Persephone (/pərˈsɛfəni/), an automatic phoneme transcription tool. The event includes three presentations that showcase the use of Persephone for Sino-Tibetan and Athabaskan languages, and there will also be a hands-on training the following day for linguistics who want to try Persephone on their own data. 

12 November 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, L67 Day 1; BBK RS25, room G10 Day 2., 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Translation, Transmission and Manuscripts

Dr Michael Willis (British Museum), Matt Kimberley (British Library) and Prof Fabrizio Speziale (CNRS)
12 February 2019, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), S211, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Cults of Viṣṇu in early India

Francesco Bianchini (Oxford), Dr Serena Biondo (British Museum), Dr Gergely Hidas (British Museum), Dr Nirajan Kafle (Leiden), Sanne Mersch (Leiden), Dr Marion Rastelli (Austrain Academy of Social Sciences), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
11 December 2018, 21/22 Russell Square, T102, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bodhgaya: Collections and Archives

Dr Sam van Schaik (British Library), Dr Michael Willis (British Museum), Dr Daniela Simone (British Museum), Dr Danièl Balogh (British Museum) and Dr Marc Miyake (British Museum)
13 November 2018, 21/22 Russell Square, T102, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Upland societies and lowland polities in Asia

Dr Cristina Bignami (Tübingen), Dr Daniela De Simone (British Museum), Dr Letizia Trinco (La Sapienza, University of Rome), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
11 September 2018, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), S211, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Newar Buddhism and Hinduism

Prof Alexander von Rospatt (UC Berkeley) and Dr Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz (University of Illinois)
8 May 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, 116, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Revisiting the Traikūṭakas and historical problems in western India

Prof Hans T. Bakker (British Museum), Dr Dániel Balogh (British Museum), Francesco Bianchini (Oxford), Dr Serena Biondo (British Museum), Robert Bracey (British Museum), Dr Gethin Rees (British Library), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
10 April 2018, Senate House, S118, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Epic Narratives in India and Asia

Dr Sven Bretfeld (NTNU Trondheim), Dr Csaba Dezső (Eötvös Loránd University), Dr Laxshmi Greaves (Leiden), Dr Kevin McGrath (Harvard), Dr Ulrike Roesler (Oxford), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
13 February 2018, Senate House, S116, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jainism

Dr Andrew Ollett (Harvard), Prof Paul Dundas (Edinburgh), and Lucas den Boer (Leiden)
9 January 2018, , 116, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Language in Early Burma

Dr Patrick McCormick (SEAJunction, Yangon), Dr Hideo Sawada (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), and Dr Tilman Frasch (Manchester Metropolitan University)
10 October 2017, 21/22 Russell Square, T102, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Aspects of Royal Ideology in the Buddhist Vinayas

Dr Vincent Tournier (SOAS, University of London)

This literature shows a clear tendency towards appropriating the values and imaginary of the ruling and the brahmanical classes.

9 May 2017, Brunei Gallery, B202, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Philosophy in the Gupta Period

Prof Larry McCrea (Cornell University) and Prof Isabelle Ratié (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)
11 April 2017, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), S208, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Recent Advances in Tangut Studies

This event brings together eight scholars at the cutting edge of Tangut studies to explore this lost civilization, its language, religion, and culture. 

28 February 2017, 21/22 Russell Square, T102, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Early Buddhism and Central Asia

Dr Hannes A. Fellner (Vienna), Prof Jan Nattier (UC Berkeley), and Prof Jonathan Silk (Leiden)
14 February 2017, Brunei Gallery, B104, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Digital Humanities

Dr Roger Evans (Brighton), Dr Stefan Baums (LMU Munich), and Stephen White (Venice)
13 September 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 22 RS T101, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Epigraphy at Bodhgaya

Dr Dániel Balogh (British Museum), Dr Tilman Frasch (Manchester Metropolitan), Dr Gergely Hidas (British Museum) Dr Sam van Schaik (British Library), Dr Vincent Tournier (SOAS, University of London), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
10 May 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, L67, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Spatial technologies for research on past societies

Dr Riza Abbas (Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies, Nasik), Dr Anne Casile (French Institute of Research for Development, Paris), Dr Jason Hawkes (British Museum), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
12 April 2016, 21/22 Russell Square, T102, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Gupta Numismatics

Robert Bracey (British Museum)
13 January 2015, 21/22 Russell Square, MBI Al Jaber Room, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bailang and the Burmish Languages

Dr Nathan W. Hill (SOAS, University of London)
16 December 2014, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, MBI Al Jaber Room, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Religion, Region, Language and the State in Asia

Dr Nathan W. Hill (SOAS, University of London), Dr Sam van Schaik (British Library), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
14 October 2014, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square, MBI Al Jaber Room, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM