A brief history of cricket at SOAS

By Angel Lambo|June 13, 2017|1960s|2 comments

The emblematic image featured in The Guardian’s ‘One hundred years of SOAS’ picture gallery shows Sir Cyril Philips, Director of SOAS from 1957 – 1976, looking at plans for the new building with a group of students.  Fourth from the right (top) is Professor Philip Jaggar, Emeritus Professor of West African Linguistics (social anthropology and Hausa, 1968), who at the time was the President of the SOAS Students’ Union. Philip

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The end of WWII and government occupation of Senate House

By Angel Lambo|March 14, 2017|1940s|0 comments

The morning of 3 September 1945, as pictured, was the day after the formal surrender of Japan and, consequently, the end of World War II. The turning in of the rubber stamp and defense regulation books by the press censors also marked the end of the government’s need to ‘massage’ the news and public perception. An exemplary situation of the Senate House press team at work was during the battle

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100 years of SOAS Women

By Sohinee Sen|March 8, 2017|Uncategorized|28 comments

Today, SOAS is currently one of only two UK universities where the top four management positions (President, Director, Registrar, Chair of the Board of Trustees) are held by women. In 2012, renowned humanitarian and activist, Graça Machel, was appointed as the new President of SOAS and in 2015, Baroness Valerie Amos CH was appointed as the first female Director of SOAS. Our female alumni too have gone on to inspire people

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Sir Philip Hartog: Remembering SOAS’s forgotten founder

By Angel Lambo|February 28, 2017|Uncategorized|55 comments

Sir Philip Joseph Hartog (1864 – 1947) has now become the largely forgotten founder of SOAS after he campaigned for the parliamentary committee to consider starting an Oriental school in London. Even in the face of cynicism from Oxbridge wigs and crippling underfunding Hartog still managed to see the future of the school beyond being a post-war language training arm of the University of London. While the government was only

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Who was SOAS’s first graduate?

By Angel Lambo|February 21, 2017|1910s|2 comments

K A Subranamia Iyer was one of the SOAS’s first students, enrolling on the Sanskrit and Pali programme in 1917 at the then School of Oriental Studies. Born in 1896, he matriculated in 1912 and by the time he came to the School had already studied in Paris and London. He was the School’s first graduate, receiving in 1920 the Diploma in Sanskrit for ‘research in Indology.’ He returned to

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Royal opening of the ‘School of Oriental Studies’

By Angel Lambo|January 31, 2017|Uncategorized|16 comments

Pathé Film footage shot on the occasion of the opening of the School of Oriental Studies at the London Institute in Finsbury Circus. King George V was accompanied by Queen Alexandra and Princess Mary on 23 February 1917. According to its Royal Charter, the School’s purpose was “to give instruction in the Languages of Eastern and African peoples, Ancient and Modern, and in the Literature, History, Religion, and Customs of

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Sir Denison Ross urges the BBC to stop offending Muslims and the Chinese

By Angel Lambo|January 10, 2017|Uncategorized|1 comments

Sir Edward Denison Ross had a much decorated career before becoming the School of Oriental Studies’ first director in 1916. He famously spoke thirty languages from the then called ‘Far East’ and spent almost two decades travelling India and Central Asia. His obituary in the School’s bulletin read “he contributed more than any Englishman of his generation to the encouragement of Oriental studies in this country.” Ross was well regarded

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A link with the past

By Sohinee Sen|August 12, 2016|Uncategorized|14 comments

Earlier this month, SOAS buried a time capsule to celebrate its Centenary, which will be opened in 2116. But what’s it like to be on the other side and open a time capsule? Christine Wise, Assistant Director (Research Library Services) at SOAS, shares her memories of discovering a time capsule buried at The Women’s Library at LSE and  the excitement of finding a link to the past. Some months ago, Centenary Project Manager Shoshanna Goodman and

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The Elephants have come out of the Room and on to the Piccadilly Line

By Vesna Siljanovska|July 29, 2016|Uncategorized|9 comments

Award-winning poet, artist and documentary film-maker Imtiaz Dharker, renowned for her work centring on freedom, cultural intolerance and gender politics, was this year awarded an Honorary Doctorate at SOAS University of London. In SOAS’ 100th year she delighted the audience at the 2016 graduation ceremony with her poem ‘The Elephants have come out of the Room and on to the Piccadilly Line’ that was in praise of SOAS. ———– The Elephants

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An interview with Professor Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar

By Sohinee Sen|July 22, 2016|Uncategorized|14 comments

Prof. Dr. Dewi Anwar is a renowned  Indonesian academic and policy maker. She is a SOAS alumna and holds her BA Hons and MA from SOAS. Currently the Deputy for Government Policy Support to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, Dewi is also a Research Professor and held the position of the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities at The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) from 2001-2010.

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