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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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January 2021

UKRI and AHRC awards SOAS Library Research Grant of nearly £1 million

The grant will be used for improving the library’s environmental systems by upgrading the heating, ventilation and arc conditioning (HVAC) systems in its archives, manuscripts, museum objects and rare books stores.

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Maro Itoje

January 2021

SOAS alumnus and England rugby star Maro Itoje campaigns to help schoolchildren amid the pandemic

Inspired by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford's free school meals campaign, SOAS alumnus and England rugby star Maro Itoje is campaigning to provide laptops to pupils disadvantaged by the ‘digital divide’.

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23 February 2021

Art and Power: the Ghanaian presidential art collections

A discussion on the correlation between art and power, looking at the art collection of the former President of Ghana, with cultural and literary historian Ivor Agyeman-Duah (MSc Development Studies, 2007), and David Malik (Senior Teaching Fellow in the Art History of Africa, SOAS).

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9 February 2021

Suspect Objects: Anti-racism in Art, Archives and Decolonial practice

Suspect Objects: Anti-racism in Art, Archives and Decolonial practice. A discussion with SOAS's Dr Amina Yaqin and artist Faisal Hussain

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Steve Tsang

25 February 2021

A year on. How Covid is changing China and how it engages with the world

In this short presentation, Professor Steve Tsang will highlight how China’s successful containment of the Covid Pandemic, in contrast to the failure of most major liberal democracies to do so, has enhanced the confidence of the Chinese Government under Xi Jinping to adopt an assertive approach to foreign policy.

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Pakistan event

19 February 2021

Sharing The Journey: A reunion of the SOAS Alumni Network in Pakistan

Join us for an informal alumni meet-up for all our SOAS Pakistan alumni. The meet up will include a short talk by Dr Amina Yaqin, SOAS alumna and Chair of SOAS Centre for the Study of Pakistan, on her journey from a SOAS student to an academic.

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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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