Up and coming events at the King’s India Institute- this September

By Farzana Whitfield|September 17, 2015|Development Studies, Economics, Films and Sound Recordings, History, Literature, Politics and International Relations, South Asia|0 comments

All the events organised by the King’s India Institute are free. RSVP is not needed unless mentioned on the event listing.  Events in September 2015 Uski Roti ‘His Bread’ (1969, dir. Mani Kaul, Hindi with English subtitles) Indian Modernisms film series at The Tagore Centre for Global Thought Date:              21 September 2015 Venue:           Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), Strand Campus, London Time:              6.30-9pm Our first screening in the Indian Modernisms series.

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Remarkable Acquisitions for SOAS Library’s South-East Asia Collections

By Jotika Khur-Yearn|August 10, 2015|Art and Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Literature, Religions, South East Asia|0 comments

Here’s an update and good news from SOAS Library. We have recently purchased two remarkable acquisitions for the South-East Asia collections in the library. 1. The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew : speeches, interview and dialogues (1950-2011), comprising 19 volumes plus bibliographical references and index. All the 20 items are kept under the classmark: L. HI320 / 515961. Key features of the publication include: The most comprehensive collection of various

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Ceremony at Tagore Statue- Gordon Square with Chief Minister of West Bengal

By Farzana Whitfield|July 24, 2015|Linguistics, Literature, South Asia|0 comments

Image courtesy of indiainlondon.com SOAS are delighted to announce that the West Bengal Government has generously offered the SOAS South Asia Insitutue (SSAI) some scholarships for Bengali Studies. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, will be visiting London next week and we will be holding a short ceremony in her presence at the Tagore statue in Gordon Square at 5.30 on Tuesday 28 July.

The Shubbak Festival is back in London 11-26th July 2015

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|July 7, 2015|Art and Archaeology, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Photography|0 comments

The Shubbak Festival is back in town for another fortnight of inspiring events (gigs, talks, films, theater, and family events)  providing a Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, from 11th-26th July 2015. Check it out at http://www.shubbak.co.uk/ To note: this year the Shubbak Literature Festival is organised in cooperation with the British Library and will includes talks on 25th and 26th July such as : The Rise of Arabic Literature in

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Benjamin Harshav, scholar of Hebrew and Yiddish (1928-2015): an appreciation

By Mary Fisk|June 18, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics, Literature|0 comments

Professor Benjamin Harshav, the distinguished scholar of Hebrew and Yiddish literature, died on April 23rd 2015, aged 86. He was born in Vilna in Lithuania in 1928 (a town which he described as the “self-styled bastion of Yiddish culture“) but escaped across the Urals in 1941, along with his family, after the Germans ousted the Soviets from the city After the war, he moved to Israel, where he established the Department

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Africa Writes – Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July 2015

By dsw|June 15, 2015|Africa, Literature|0 comments

  Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature festival. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend. The festival features book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions, youth and children’s workshops, and other activities. This year’s programme is available at:  http://africawrites.org/category/eventsprogramme/ About

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SOAS academic book launch- ‘Key Concepts in Modern Indian Studies’

By Farzana Whitfield|June 10, 2015|Economics, History, Linguistics, Literature, Politics and International Relations, South Asia|0 comments

Kings India Institute is holding a book launch on the 18th June for a title co edited by Jahnavi Phalkey (King’s College London) and Rachel Dwyer (School of Oriental and African Studies) Bringing together ideas, issues, and debates related to modern Indian studies, this volume charts out the social, cultural, political, and economic processes at work in the subcontinent. Authored by internationally recognized experts, this work consists of over one

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A Trial Access to E-Journal Database for Burma/Myanmar Studies

By Jotika Khur-Yearn|June 3, 2015|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Religions, South East Asia|0 comments

We now have a trial access to the online version of the Rare Journals of the Burma Research Society until the 2nd of July 2015. There are two options for you to access the online database: The link for on-campus access: http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/  (no login required, when you are in SOAS buildings using SOAS Internet) The link for off-campus access: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/ (login required with your normal SOAS Login) Note: external members

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Want to compare your Aristotle to your al-Farabi? Here’s the place…

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|December 11, 2014|Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Philosophy, Religions|0 comments

The Digital Corpus for Graeco-Arabic Studies is the result of a collaborative project at Harvard and Tufts University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It assembles a wide range of Greek texts and their Arabic counterparts. It also includes a number of Arabic commentaries and important secondary sources. The texts in the corpus can be consulted individually or side by side with their translation. The majority of texts can

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Middle East & Islamic Studies : 15 Brill’s articles free accessible until 31 January 2015

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|November 10, 2014|Gender, Law, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Philosophy, Religions|0 comments

“The following articles are freely available until 31 January 2015!* Islamic Law in the Modern World Author: Aharon Layish Islamic Law and Society, (Volume 21, No. 3, pp. 276-307) An Epistemic Shift in Islamic Law Author: Aria Nakissa Islamic Law and Society, (Volume 21, No. 3, pp. 209-251) Reconstructing Archival Practices in Abbasid Baghdad Author: Maaike van Berkel Journal of Abbasid Studies, (Volume 1, No. 1, pp. 7-22) The Early

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