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SOAS South Asia Institute

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.

For further information the Institute on ssai@soas.ac.uk

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2017

January

February

07/02/17
08/02/17
08/02/17
14/02/17
21/02/17
22/02/17
  • 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.

22/02/17
28/02/17
  • 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. 

March

01/03/17
08/03/17
  • 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.

15/03/17
  • 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.

22/03/17

April

03/04/17
  • 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. 

11/04/17
24/04/17
  • 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.

May

09/05/17
11/05/17

June

02/06/17
07/06/17
  • South Asian Sounds
  • An evening of South Asian classical music performed by artists associated with SOAS to celebrate SOAS’s centenary

12/06/17
  • 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’.

13/06/17
14/06/17
14/06/17

September

12/09/17
27/09/17

October

10/10/17
  • Language in Early Burma
  • Dr Patrick McCormick (SEAJunction, Yangon), Dr Hideo Sawada (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), and Dr Tilman Frasch (Manchester Metropolitan University)
13/10/17
17/10/17
17/10/17
  • One Belt, Many Questions
  • Jonathan Hillman
  • 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.

November

December

12/12/17