SOAS University of London

Centre of Yoga Studies

Centre of Yoga Studies Members

Dr Jason Birch
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Indian history; religions; Sanskrit; yoga; Śaivism; āyurveda; textual criticism; codicology

Professor Ulrich Pagel
Ulrich Pagel

History of Buddhism in Tibet, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Kanjur Studies, Vinaya, Religions of Central Asia, Tibetan, Sanskrit. 

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4782
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  • Room: Room 343
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3:30-5:00 p.m
Dr Antonello Palumbo
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Ideological history of pre-modern China; Chinese religions, notably Taoism and Buddhism; history of the Buddhist canon in China; Manichaeism and Iranian influences in medieval China; Chinese cultural relations with Central Asia

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4768
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  • Room: 345
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 12:00-2:00pm - Term 2

Dr Richard Williams
Richard Williams

Music of South Asia; Hindustani classical music; historical ethnomusicology; cultural history; historical musicology and musical aesthetics; lyric, song, and musical literature; music and gender; music and religion; history of emotions

  • Tel: 020 7898 4687
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  • Room: 515
  • Academic Support Hours: Terms 1&3: On Leave; Term 2: By email appointment