SOAS South Asia Institute Events
The events draw a varied audience with an interest in the region.
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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- State and Nation-building in Pakistan: beyond Islam and Security
Professor Gurharpal Singh, Professor Ian Talbot and Professor Sarah Ansari
- Mahasthan, the easternmost Indian city
Dr Vincent Lefèvre (CNRS)
- Going Public: Parsi Women and Practices of Dress, Dining and Menstrual Confinement, c. 1860-1910
Simin Patel (University of Oxford)
- Gendering the City: ‘Feminization’ of Urban Space in Postcolonial Delhi
Anjali Bhardwaj (University of Cambridge)
- Zinda Bhaag
Rachel Dwyer (SOAS) in conversation with director Dr Meenu Gaur
Screening of award winning Pakistani feature film Zinda Bhaag (Run for your life, 2013) and discussion with director Meenu Gaur
- Settling the Citizen, Settling the ‘Nomad’: ‘Habitual Offenders’, Rebellion and Civic Consciousness around India’s Partition
Will Gould (University of Leeds)
- The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities
Amanullah De Sondy
- Screening of Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms For The Blind Horse)
Film Screening and Q&A with director
- Screening of Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction)
Derek Malcolm in conversation with director Gurvinder Singh
Film Screening and Derek Malcolm in conversation with director
- The reflection of India in early Tibetan historiography: a comparative approach
Dr Lewis Doney (British Museum)
- Politics and the Promise of Bhagat Singh, 1907-2015
Christopher Moffat (Queen Mary College)
- Documentary Screening of Azad and Jinnah: A Political Rivalry in Late Colonial India
Amrita Shodhan (SOAS) in coversation with producer Amar Sohal
Please note this event is now fully booked
- Torture, the State and Sexual Violence against Men in Colonial India
Deanna Heath (University of Liverpool)
- State, religious institution and community: Conservation and stigmatized slaughter in pastoral societies in the Himalayas
Mari Miyamoto, Newton International Fellow
- The ethos of royalty in Gupta-period literature
Dr Csaba Dezső (Eötvös Loránd University)
- “Like a Pioneer through a Wilderness of Danger”: Picturing William Fraser’s Survey of Pastoral Delhi, 1815-20
Yuthika Sharma (The University of Edinburgh)
- Lost in Transition: Rebuilding Nepal
Kul Chandra Gautam
**Please note change of venue to DLT (Main Building, SOAS)**
- Film Screening of 'The True Cost' and panel discussion
A film screening of The True Cost (2015), followed by a panel discussion, as part of the London Asian Film Festival
- A World of Words: Popular Print and Global News in Colonial North India, c. 1870-1900
Leigh Denault (University of Cambridge)
- Cosmopolitanism as aesthetic/political survival? Defamiliarizing India
Laetitia Zecchini (Thalim, CNRS)
- The new Pakistani consensus: Democracy as an agreed façade?
Professor Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po and CNRS (Paris) and King's India Institute (London) )
- Britain-Nepal Academic Council Bicentenary Workshop on Britain-Nepal Relations
Various speakers and public lecture by John Whelpton
A series of papers on aspects of the history of Britain-Nepal relations, to celebrate 200 years of official Britain-Nepal ties.
- 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)
- Multilingual Sri Lanka I: Itineraries
Professor Ronit Ricci
Professor Ronit Ricci will lead a discussion of essays relating to Multilingual Sri Lanka for graduate students and academic colleagues (event 1 of 3).
- Syncretic Erotics: Pre-colonial Modernity in Nawabi Lucknow
Professor Ruth Vanita (University of Montana)
- Multilingual Sri Lanka II: Reading Multilingual Texts
Professor Ronit Ricci
Professor Ronit Ricci will share and discuss excerpts from a Sri Lankan Malay manuscript titled Hikayat Tuan Gusti (knowledge of Malay not required) (event 2 of 3).
- Kiss me!: Protest against moral policing in Kerala, India
Dr Bidu Bhusan Dash (Charles Wallace India Fellowship 2015-2016 Recipient)
- Multiingual Sri Lanka III: Lanka and the Exilic Imagination
Professor Ronit Ricci
Professor Ronit Ricci will deliver the CCLPS lecture on Multilingual Sri Lanka (event 3 of 3).
- Contemporary Hindi Film Directors: From Behind the Scenes to Being Scene Stealers
Professor Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan (IIT Madras)
- Cultures of Fear: Community Journalism amidst Chronic Urban Unrest
Dr Laurent Gayer (CNRS/CERI-Sciences Po, Paris)
- Radical South Asia: Protest, interventions and movements
Third Annual Graduate Workshop for PhD students and early postdocs
- 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)
- Ambedkar Dialogues: Challenges faced by Ambedkarite radicalism today: interrogating attempts to silence debates on caste
Dr. Alpa Shah, Dr George Kunnath, Dr Jayaseelan Raj, Sruthi Herbert, Murali Shanmugavelan
- ISIS, Paris, Pakistan and the search for peace: conversations with an Islamic scholar
Professor Akbar Ahmed in conversation with Professor Bhikhu Parekh
For the CSP Annual Lecture 2016, we will welcome Professor Akbar Ahmed who will be in conversation with Professor Lord (Bhikhu) Parekh.
- Film Screening: Journey into Europe
Professor Akbar Ahmed and Professor Peter Morey
Film screening of Journey into Europe and panel discussion with discussants Professor Akbar Ahmed and Professor Peter Morey (Executive Producer). Chaired by Dr Amina Yaqin.
- The Dabistan and Orientalist views of Sufism
Professor Carl W. Ernst (UNC-Chapel Hill)
- The Making of Gondwana and the Colonial Conquest of Time
Pratik Chakrabarti (University of Manchester)
- Petitioning Publics: Early Colonial Law in South India
Dr Aparna Balachandran (Delhi University)
- Queer Asia 2016: Diversity, Contestations and Developments
The first ever 'Queer' Asia Conference is being held at SOAS on 10-11 June, 2016 and supported by 14 Societies, Departments and Institutes at SOAS including Centre for Gender Studies, Film Studies, South Asia Institute and Department of Film Studies, Development Studies and South East Asian Studies.
- Kushan state formation: From a horse breedersʼ tribe to an empire
Prof Harry Falk (Freie Universität Berlin)
- The Past Before Us: Heritage and History in South Asia
An international cross-disciplinary conference exploring the place of 'heritage' in South Asia's local and global futures. Architects, historians, geographers, anthropologists, musicians and literary theorists come together to discuss the construction, contestation and conservation of South Asia’s heritage in our rapidly changing world.
- Past cultures as the heritage of the present
Professor Romila Thapar
The keynote lecture, ‘Past cultures as the heritage of the present’, was delivered by the renowned Indian historian Professor Romila Thapar on the evening of Monday 5 September.
- Madan Gopal Singh and Chaar Yaar: The Faqiri Quartet
Renowned popular Sufi musician Madan Gopal Singh and his ensemble 'Chaar Yaar/Faqiri Quartet' will be performing their original rendition of Heer in marking the 250th anniversary of Waris Shah's literary composition at SOAS. This will be a unique opportunity to hear an iconic voice of our time.
- Digital Humanities
Dr Roger Evans (Brighton), Dr Stefan Baums (LMU Munich), and Stephen White (Venice)
- Recent Research on Pyu Language and Material Culture
Dr Marc Miyake (British Museum) and Prof Janice Stargardt (Cambridge)
- Looking ‘East’ from the ‘Margins’ of Europe; Rabindranath Tagore and the Slovenes in the 1920s
Dr Ana Jelnikar (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
- Tax Exemptions, Religious Codes, and Equality before the Law: Jostling for Fiscal Privilege among Buddhist and Brahminical Ascetics in Ancient India
Dr Ulrich Pagel (SOAS, University of London)
- Sangat: Shah Hussain
Dr Navtej Purewal
- Reporting defeat: war correspondents in Burma, 1942-43
Philip Woods (NYU in London)
- The Indian village: From Marx to Modi
Professor Edward Simpson, Anthropology (SOAS University of London)
- Britain - Nepal Academic Council (BNAC) Annual Lecture 2016: Transitional Justice, Accountability, and the Rule of Law in Nepal
Mandira Sharma (University of Essex)
- Demography vs. Democracy: Producing Consent for Population Control in 1950s India
Rebecca Williams (Exeter)
- Critical Topography of Itinerancy in ‘Pre-modern’ India: Histories of Discourse Reception
Avishek Ray (Edinburgh and National Institute of Technology, Silchar)
- An evening with Ralph Russell’s ''The Famous Ghalib: the Sound of my Moving Pen''
Marion Molteno (Editor)
- Feathered folk of the 'Eastern skies': Hunting and Studying Birds in Colonial India, 1830-1920
Saurabh Mishra (Sheffield)
- CANCELLED: The Hatha Yoga Project
Dr James Mallinson (SOAS University of London)
This seminar has been cancelled. The Re-scheduled date will be announced in due course.
- Understanding Pakistan's Military
Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, Dr Farzana Shaikh and Dr David Taylor
The speakers in this event will analyse the past few years as well as more recent developments in terms of the military's approach to internal, regional South Asian, and international security.
- Intoxicants in Gupta Period South Asia
Prof James McHugh (University of Southern California)
- Outside caste? The enclosure of caste and claims to castelessness in India and the UK
Professor David Mosse (SOAS Unversity of London)