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Adam Habib

2020

Professor Adam Habib to be next SOAS Director

Professor Habib will take up the post at SOAS in January 2021. He is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and well-known public intellectual. He has been Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa since 2013.  

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December 2020

Alumni Campus/ Library Access Update

SOAS is currently undergoing a phased reopening and library and study spaces are currently reserved for students only. We are not able to issue or renew alumni cards until SOAS is fully reopened. 

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December 2020

SOAS Brunei Gallery reopens from 2 December

From Wednesday 2 December, the Brunei Gallery is re-opening to visitors with reduced opening times, safety measures and pre-booking in place. With installed sanitising stations, staff will be wearing face coverings and visitor numbers will be limited with one-way routes. In return, visitors will need to wear a face covering inside the gallery and when moving around the SOAS campus.

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October 2020

SOAS develops new degree pathways

New UG programme, BA Languages and Cultures launched, without regional specification in the title of this new degree. This is a statement that studying an African or Asian language carries the same weight and value as studying a European languages - to break the dichotomy between 'language study' and 'world language study'.

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9 December 2020 

Don’t Tax my Megabytes: Control Societies, Taxation and Digital Infrastructure in Africa

This talk explores recent efforts by the governments of Guinea and Benin to tax internet access as an entry way for analyzing how the digital infrastructure mediates relations between states and citizens in Africa.

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November 2020

Take a virtual tour of the latest Brunei Gallery exhibitions

In line with many other museums and galleries, the Brunei Gallery, SOAS is closing its doors from 5pm on 4 November as part of the national lockdown in response to COVID-19. This measure should be for one month and we look forward to welcoming you back in December. In the meantime, view our virtual museum tours by clicking the link below

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2 December 2020

Is K-Pop Taking Over Global Pop?

In this talk by Kim-Marie Spence, former head of Cultural Industries in Jamaica, co-author of Global Cultural Economy, cultural industries academic and unashamed K-Pop fan, she examines the rise and rise of K-Pop as a global cultural force.

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6 November 2020

Film Festivals and the Public Sphere

Join Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Board Chair Rob Buscher (SOAS MA Japanese Studies 2009-2010) and Dr Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS Department Head of East Asian Languages and Cultures) for a conversation about Rob's decade-long career as a film programmer that began during his time at SOAS. 

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Among the different institutions I have attended, this is the one I am proud of saying it is my alma mater because it is somewhere I really learnt something new rather than just expand on my high school knowledge. (...) I have moved out and about between different countries and (...) I have met alumni in unexpected places.

Charles Lor (MSc Violence, Conflict, and Development; 2002) 

 

 

Quite Ironically, I came into SOAS wanting to qualify in the bar and go into human rights, I came out understanding the world functions around economic development and I could work in the corporate world and yet be an instrument of change. I began to understand that it is better to be within the system and create progress rather than against it.

Nimisha Sara Philip (LLB, 2015)

 

 

 

I have been lucky to be able to put to use both my practical training as an economist and the regional focus on the Middle East in my career. For instance, with the Aga Khan Development Network, I worked in Syria for over a year, and in Canada’s Foreign Service, I have served in Ramallah. In my current role in Washington, I get to focus more on economic issues, both in the US and as they apply to international development.

Hussein Hirji (Development Economics, 2007)

 

 

 

SOAS challenges you on what you think you already know – we all have countries that we might defend or not defend – but then you meet people who may be from those regions who tell you how it is really on the ground. The different views and perspectives is a huge strength. I’d give SOAS a ten out of ten. It’s a great place to be. It’s also a very friendly and welcoming, and you settle in very quickly.

Nicholas Oniwon, MA International Studies and Diplomacy, 2013

 

 

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