SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Simon Digby Memorial Conference

Simon Digby

Date: 9 June 2014Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 11 June 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Kamran DJAM Lecture Theatre (Formerly G2)

Type of Event: Conference

This conference celebrates the vast and pioneering scholarship of the late Simon E. Digby in Sultanate and Mughal South Asia by focusing on the areas and materials he explored—coins, paintings, manuscripts another material objects, art history, Sufism, language and literary history, and travel. The conference brings together some of the most renowned scholars of pre-modern South Asia who knew Simon Digby personally as well as younger scholars who have been influenced by his path-breaking work. Papers will address the various aspects of his work and will discuss and apply “Simon’s method”, a unique mix of lapidary attention to objects and ideas with an intense awareness of the larger historical patterns that produced them and influenced their subsequent use.

Panels will include Material traces, Sufi Texts and History, Sufi Texts and Oral Traditions, Reworking Traditions, Tales of Art, Kashmir, Cosmology and the Occult, Travel and Encounters, Tales across Languages, Explorations in Popular Culture.



Simon Digby Memorial Conference Programme 2014 (pdf; 269kb)  
Simon Digby Memorial Conference Book of Abstracts (pdf; 293kb)


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Simon Digby

Venturing beyond the bounds of a passing affection for the country of his birth, British India, the late Simon Everard Digby (17/10/1932 - 10/01/2010)—a respected scholar, prolific author, committed connoisseur and collector of art—was driven by an intense and lasting enthusiasm  for the cultural heritage of pre-modern South Asia. His broad interests crossed disciplinary boundaries (covering art history, economic, political and social history, languages, literature, and religion), and prodigious writing embraced a wide range of subjects that have secured his reputation as a scholarly authority. Most significantly, his generosity and commitment to colleagues, friends, and numerous students has over time ensured that his exemplary contribution to the study of Sultanate and Mogul  South Asia, as well as contemporary Iran and Central Asia, will endure far beyond his demise

Links to obituaries (accessed 12/2/14)

Further Events

Hurst Publishers and Arthur Probsthain Bookshop invite you to the launch of Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones's new book The Last King in India: Wajid Ali Shah.

  • on Tuesday, 10 June, 18:00
  • at 41 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PL

Wine provided, all welcome. Copies of the book signed by the author will be available for purchase.
This event is being held courtesy of Hurst Publishers.  

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