Partition Memories Exhibition

October 30, 2023

On the 16th August, Farzana Qureshi (SOAS Arts and Humanities Librarian) and Dr. Aditi Kumar (Post Doctoral at Warwick University) held a walk and talk event in SOAS library, around the Lady David Cases. Thirty-five people attended the afternoon, from the British Library, SOAS staff and students and family members whose stories are shared in the exhibition…

Hidden Histories #11 –  A Brief Record of my Father’s Time at Sea

May 30, 2023

A Brief Record of my Father’s Time at Sea

SOAS Library Decolonisation Group

A screening of “A Brief Record of My Father’s Time at Sea”, the latest documentary from Toronto-based Hakka filmmaker, Jeanette Kong.

Discussion and Q&A session with Dr. Richard Hylton.

Wednesday 21st June, 6pm – 8pm, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre.

Hidden Histories #10 – Losing Home: Finding Home

April 24, 2023

75 years after the Partition of India, who owns the narrative? This question has been pondered at length in different forms on different forums, and the Sindh story has been markedly absent. It’s hard to understand why this is so, as it is a big story affecting a large and diverse population, with many remarkable features.
When Partition gave the province of Sindh intact to Pakistan, it was believed that the non-Muslims would continue as a peaceful and prosperous minority, as they had been for centuries. And when the trouble escalated, they faced their abrupt exile with courage and enterprise. At the moment it starts with the decolonising group…

Hidden Histories #9 – Celebrating through Masquerade

January 26, 2023

Gambia celebrated its 53rd year as a republic on 24 April and for this occasion we seek to celebrate our independence from total colonial rule by showcasing our cultural diversity as a country in masquerades. Masquerade in Africa symbolises unity, as all ethnic and religious groups celebrate together through Masquerade. SOAS Decolonising Working Group (DWG) Hidden Histories A seminar series curated by the Library Decolonisation Operational Group, led by Farzana

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Hidden Histories #8 – African and Caribbean People in Britain (book launch)

September 1, 2022

Despite the best efforts of researchers and campaigners, there remains today a steadfast tendency to reduce the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain to a simple story: it is one that begins in 1948 with the arrival of a single ship, the Empire Windrush, and continues mostly apart from a distinct British history, overlapping only on occasion amid grotesque injustice or pioneering protest. SOAS Decolonising Working Group (DWG)

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Hidden Histories #7 – BlindianProject — The HOME of Black x Brown Culture

June 14, 2022

The BlindianProject is a social impact media platform and community at the intersection of Black x Brown culture. We aim to normalize Black x Brown relationships and dismantle anti-Blackness and Indophobia. SOAS Decolonising Working Group (DWG) Hidden Histories A seminar series curated by the Library Decolonisation Operational Group, led by Farzana Qureshi, Dr. Ludi Price, Amma Poku and Angelica Baschiera Hidden Histories seeks to highlight stories from African, Caribbean and Asian communities in the UK

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Hidden Histories #6 – Undocupoets: A Conversation Among Undocumented Poets of America

May 3, 2022

“Poetry doesn’t feed mouths, doesn’t build homes, doesn’t cure systemic ills” yet there are undocumented in America who choose metaphor and the line to make their way in a country that does not recognize them. These poets write on eros, silence, humor—and, yes, of their experiences of being “illegal.” On May 24, 2022, the Fellows of the Undocupoets will read poems and discuss the role of poetry in this highly

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The ‘A’ in SOAS

March 16, 2022

By Amma Poku Thumbing through a back copy of West Africa magazine, as I do from time to time, I accidentally came across a short piece in the February 4, 1939 edition entitled “School of Oriental Studies Changes Title”. The article states that the name change “shows the value placed by the University of London on African studies”.  SOAS Library holds an incomplete set of bound copies of West Africa, located

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