the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

By Jiyeon Wood|May 23, 2018|Music, Media and Film Studies|

What is the earliest audio format you can remember? If you are saying MP3s, CDs – Okay. you are still young. Some of you may remember cassette tapes, vinyl records, Gramophone Record and possibly 78 RPM. Has anybody seen Phonograph Cylinder, the grandfather of the recording sound? University of California-Santa Barbara Cylinder Audio Archives released exciting news that they made their Cylinder Audio Archives publicly available. You can stream/download more than

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November launch of ‘South Asia Series’ talks at the British Library

By Farzana Whitfield|November 7, 2016|Art and Archaeology, History, Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Nathaniel Halhed’s ‘A Grammar of the Bengal Language’ (Hoogly, 1778). British Library, T 6863. This November sees an exciting series of talks taking place at the British Library centering around the British Library’s South Asia collections and the Two Centuries of Indian Print digitisation project. The talks will bring cutting research to the forefront including discursive debates with academics, curators and researchers from the UK and beyond. Themes include lithographs, manuscripts

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Alchemy 2016 Festival- South Asian Culture at its Best!

By Farzana Whitfield|May 19, 2016|Art and Archaeology, Films and Sound Recordings, Music, Media and Film Studies, Photography, South Asia|0 comments

Courtesy of Alchemy Festival 2016 webpage I cannot praise this event enough, it is fun, colourful, vibrant and cultured! Each year, Alchemy fills Southbank Centre with a vibrant array of performances, workshops and exhibitions – and a delicious food market. The festival celebrates the rich cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and explores the creative influences generated by our shared history. In 2016, the seventh Alchemy brings

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Free PDF link to: Tellings and texts music, literature and performance in North India

By Farzana Whitfield|April 1, 2016|Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Image courtesy of Open Book Publishers Francesca Orsini- SOAS professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature has a recently published book out titled: Telling and Texts music, literature and performance In North India. Examining materials from early modern and contemporary North India and Pakistan, Tellings and Texts brings together seventeen first-rate papers on the relations between written and oral texts, their performance, and the musical traditions these performances have entailed.

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Africa on the Square – Saturday, 10 October 2015 – 12:00pm to 6:00pm

By dsw|October 7, 2015|Africa, Music, Media and Film Studies|0 comments

Celebrate the best of African culture in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 10 October, from noon-6pm. Launched in 2014, this new festival proved a big hit with 20,000 people coming on the day.This year’s packed line-up of entertainment includes live music, DJs, dancing and a talent show. There’ll also be an African market, food stalls, a fashion show and lots of activities for kids. Africa on the Square is organised by

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Just arrived in the library- 4 volume set focusing on a critical analysis of Bollywood!

By Farzana Whitfield|July 27, 2015|Films and Sound Recordings, Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Image courtesy of SOAS Library has now acquired this new multi volume set regarded as a ‘mini library’ centering on contemporary Bollywood. Edited by our very own Bollywood specialist, Rachel Dwyer it is a one stop resource about the progress of Indian cinema, with an emphasis on Hindi film from Bombay. Contemporary periods chart the success of several genres including, the silent era, the studio period and the ‘Golden

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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 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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Recent Acquisitions to SOAS Library reviewed

By Mary Fisk|May 5, 2015|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Gender, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Religions|0 comments

The following books have all been recently acquired by SOAS Library either in print or as e-books. Slandering the Jew: sexuality and difference in early Christian texts / Susanna Drake. [e-book only, via ebrary] – reviewed by Gail Labovitz on H-Net (who states that there is “much to be learnt” from this study on gender, sexuality and stereotypes of Jews within early Christian writings) Ancient Syria : a three thousand year

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New DVD cases in SOAS Library

By Jiyeon Wood|September 19, 2014|Music, Media and Film Studies, Unknown|0 comments

SOAS Library has implemented security cases for Short Loan DVDs over the summer. Short Loan DVDs (stacks 58-59, Level E) are now kept in security cases which need to be unlocked. Items can be issued and unlocked at the Issue Desk. If you are using the self-service machine, do not forget to unlock the DVD using the swipe device just outside Library entrance. When you return the item via self-service

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