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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- Strategies of Expansion: Evidence for the Spread of the Buddhist Image Cult at the Kānherī Caves
Prof Robert D. DeCaroli (George Mason University)
- The Transition from Sovereignty to Modernity in 19th Century Ceylon: The Colebrooke-Cameron Reforms and Colonial Governmentality
Dr Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne (Griffith University)
- Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Annual Lecture: The Liberté Series - The Struggle for Human Rights in India
Vrinda Grover (Advocate, Supreme Court of India)
Vrinda Grover is an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India based in New Delhi. Her work as a lawyer, researcher and human rights activist has led to landmark cases representing victims and survivors of sexual violence, communal conflict, extra-judicial executions, custodial torture and rights defenders.
- Sikh Hauntologies: Post-theistic Sikh Ontology and the Question of the Phallus in Mandair’s Religion and the Specter of the West
Dr Sîan Hawthorne (Department of Religions and Philosophies, SOAS University of London)
- Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures
Professor Aamir Mufti (UCLA)
Discussion with Professor Aamir R. Mufti (UCLA) of his book Forget English: Orientalisms and World Literatures. LINKS event.
- Early Buddhism and Central Asia
Dr Hannes A. Fellner (Vienna), Prof Jan Nattier (UC Berkeley), and Prof Jonathan Silk (Leiden)
- Baithak: Professor Javed Majeed on language and colonialism
Professor Javed Majeed (King's College London)
Join Professor Javed Majeed in discussing three essays on language and colonialism.
- Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India and the Colonial Archive
Professor Javed Majeed (King's College London)
Professor Javed Majeed examines how Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India constitutes a particular kind of archive which raises specific questions about the production of knowledge in colonial India, its epistemology of uncertainty, and its creative instabilities.
- Review of the Indus Valley Religious Beliefs – Through Analytical Study of Seals & Artifacts & Comparative Study of Contemporary Religions
Dr Sarah Umer (The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Visiting Fellowship at SOAS, 2016/17)
This study tries to identify the significant features of the religion and culture of the people of the Indus Valley Civilization (7000 BCE – 1500 BCE). This is done by examining relationships with past and later cultures found in the Indus River basin. My quest is made difficult by the absence of a readable Indus script.
- 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.
- Sanitation in Rural India: Beyond Individual Toilets
Professor Philippe Cullet (SOAS University of London)
- Challenges of Reading: ‘Disentangling’ Badal Sircar’s Plays
Dr Manujendra Kundu (ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research) Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Delhi)
The seminar discusses whether there is scope for an ‘other’ reading of Sircar’s plays (though critics might argue that a play is to be played and not read), what happens when ideology/theory and practice (vis-à- vis Sircar’s Third Theatre) go their separate ways, and very briefly the reasons for a dismal state of the alternative theatre in Bengal.
- Public Sphere in Conflict Zones: Study of Public Spaces in Kashmir
Dr Khalid Wasim Hassan (The Charles Wallace India Trust Visiting Fellowship at SOAS, 2016/17)
This article will explore the relationship between public space, resistance, and the hegemonic Indian state in Kashmir where the distinction between the symbolic label of IAK and IOK highlights the politics and re-production of public space in this state of exception.
- Whose heritage? The 2015 Nepal Earthquakes and the Dharhara Tower
Professor Michael Hutt (SOAS University of London)
- Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process
Deepak Thapa (Social Science Baha), Dr Alexander Ramsbotham (Conciliation Resources), Dr Mara Malagodi (City Law School, University of London), Elizabeth Drew (DFID)
Two steps forward, one step back: Nepal’s peace process is the 26th issue of Conciliation Resources’ Accord series. It f ocuses on the progress of inclusion and the function of power in Nepal’s peace process, and how peace and political negotiations in various forms and forums have tried to support transition from negative to positive peace.
- Philosophy in the Gupta Period
Prof Larry McCrea (Cornell University) and Prof Isabelle Ratié (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)
- Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton
In conversation with Mukti Jain Campion (of CultureWise, producer of BBC Radio 4 documentaries)
There are over 2.5 million practitioners of yoga in Britain alone, but surprisingly little knowledge of yoga’s roots amongst its practitioners. Full of postures and breathing practices, but also tales of extreme devotion and imagination, Roots of Yoga is a first stop for anyone curious to learn more than they are told at their yoga class, and an indispensable resource for serious yoga practitioners and teachers.
- 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.
- Reclaiming Azaadi: Decolonising the Partitions of 1947, Before and Beyond
An evening of spoken word and creative/critical expression
- Freedom of expression and independent media in India
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
- Tamil Studies Beyond Empires: Why India Celebrates Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg (2013, 69 minutes) directed by Christopher Gilbert
Christopher Gilbert (Producer), Discussion Chaired by Dr. Stephen Hughes, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS
- South Asian Sounds
An evening of South Asian classical music performed by artists associated with SOAS to celebrate SOAS’s centenary
- Interrogating the ‘rural’ in South Asia: ruptures and continuities
This workshop explores the varied interpretations of ‘the rural’ as a simultaneous space of both rupture and continuity in terms of its social, political and economic dimensions. Through such discussion, the workshop seeks to question and reimagine the continued relevance of ‘the rural’.
- Book discussion 'Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India' (CUP, 2016)
Dr Anuj Bhuwania, discussion chaired by Dr Mayur Suresh
- The Sanskritisation of Gandharan culture
Prof Ingo Strauch (Lausanne)
- Seminar: Academic, Vernacular, Region: Historical Demarcations and the Social Sciences 1905 - 1950s
Professor Veena Naregal, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
- Digital Queer Cultures in India: Book Launch & Discussion
Dr Rohit Dasgupta (Loughborough University)
Dr Rohit Dasgupta in discussion about his new book Digital Queer Cultures in India, part of the Queer Asia event series.
- The Bactrian Archives as a Source for the History and Historical Geography of Afghanistan
Prof Nicholas Sims-Williams (SOAS, University of London)
- Seminar- "Partition, Calcutta and the Crisis of Masculinity"
Dr Sutanuka Ghosh
- MY ENEMY'S ENEMY India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal
H. E. Mr Y K Sinha Indian High Commissioner to UK, Mr Shashank Joshi, Dr Farzana Shaikh, Dr Orzala Nemat and Dr Avinash Paliwal
To celebrate the publication, the Centre of International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS, of whom Dr Paliwal is an academic member, is hosting a launch event and panel discussion.
- Language in Early Burma
Dr Patrick McCormick (SEAJunction, Yangon), Dr Hideo Sawada (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), and Dr Tilman Frasch (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- Behind The Indian Boom: Inequality and Resistance at the heart of economic growth
Curators: Simon Chambers and Alpa Shah
Behind The Indian Boom: Inequality and Resistance at the heart of economic growth is an Exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS that explores the precarious conditions of work and everyday struggles of the Dalits and Adivasis.
- Seminar: 'Biometric Bodies or How to make fingerprinting technology work in India'
Professor Ursula Rao (Director of the Institute of Anthropology, Uni of Leipzig)
- One Belt, Many Questions
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the most ambitious geoeconomic vision in recent history. Jonathan Hillman, director of the Reconnecting Asia Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will put these developments into perspective by examining a few key projects and the challenges they face.
- Seminar: Uncertain Stations: Nineteenth Century Male Muslim Negotiations and Narrations of Railway Travel
Dr Soofia Siddique (Freie Universität, Berlin)
- Seminar: 'Neither a Mother nor a Daughter: The Devadasis and the Performing Arts of Bengal'
Dr Bisakha Goswami (SOAS)
- 'Deewaana: The Lover of Music'
Professor Tejaswini Niranjana (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
- Money Supply, Quantity Theory, and Feudalism in Sixth Century India
Dr Robert Bracey (British Museum)