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Adam Habib

January 2021

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

Amina Yaqin appointed as Chair for CSP, SOAS

The SOAS South Asia Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Amina Yaqin as the Chair for the Centre for the Study of Pakistan, SOAS. Amina is a Reader in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies at SOAS.

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December 2020

SOAS accounts show positive and sustained improvements

SOAS has published its accounts for financial year 2019/20 showing the range of positive action it has been undertaking to respond to extremely challenging conditions in the face of the global pandemic and global recession which has had a strong impact on higher education

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December 2020

SOAS forges Dual Degree with Korea University

The School of Finance and Management and Global Engagement Directorate are pleased to announce a new dual masters programme in collaboration with Korea University, one of the country's leading centres of higher learning.

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1 February 2021

Sexualities and Queer Studies in/from Africa

This seminar takes the recent publication of two edited volumes on sexuality/queer studies in Africa as a timely occasion for reflecting on this quickly growing field in relation to the longer tradition of African gender studies

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12 January - 20 March 2021

Suspect Objects Suspect Subjects

SOAS’s Brunei Gallery will be open to present the exhibition and project Suspect Objects Suspect Subjects as a collection of works which question, highlight and respond to the victimising of Muslim communities in the UK and around the world.

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25 January 2021

Yinka Shonibare in Conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford

Yinka Shonibare, CBE, and Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of V&A East, will discuss Shonibare’s career path as an artist and current projects—both in the UK and internationally.

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28 January 2021

Cut, Paste, Patch: Text-Image Relationship in Safavid and Mughal Paintings

A Study Of Text-Image Relationship in Safavid and Mughal Single-Page Compositions. A talk with SOAS Alumna Naciem Nikkhah, and SOAS's Dr Heather Elgood MBE and Dr Malcolm McNeill

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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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