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Access to the Society's premises is still restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though the Library is now open by appointment. Staff are continuing to work and should you have any enquiries, members of staff can be reached by email:

Director: Alison Ohta
Email: aoATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

Librarian: Edward Weech
Email: ewATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

Archivist: Emma Jones
Email: ejATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

Journal Executive Editor: Charlotte de Blois
Email: cdbATroyalasiaticsocietyDOTorg

We send our best wishes to all our members and supporters. We hope everyone stays virus free and we look forward to resuming our activities once this difficult time has passed.

 
RAS 034.016
A portico of four columns. Ram Raz Collection c.1825
 
RAS 077.001 (37-39)
Kunisato Triptych: View of Akabane, Yedo, early evening. From an album of theatrical prints presented by Herbert Charles Fanshawe, December 1923
 
RAS 063.034
Tod Collection: Rana Jai Singh of Newar being weighed, Udaipur
 
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Demons and kings seated in two main rows. Illustration from the Adi parva of the Mahabharata.

Latest News: Lectures, Collections and Prizes

The Early Ottoman Peloponnese - Book Deal

We are happy to offer a discount for Georgios C. Liakopoulos' The Early Ottoman Peloponnese published by the Royal Asiatic Society Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt Fund. Please use the following link to purchase the book at a discounted price of £25 (RRP £40) with free shipping for the UK.

www.gingko.org.uk/title/the-early-ottoman-peloponnese/

27/10/20 UPDATE ON THE BAYLY PRIZE

Bayly Prize

We are sorry that the coronavirus pandemic has so badly disrupted procedures for the award. However, the adjudicating panel has now undertaken to complete its work by the end of the year and the Council of the Royal Asiatic Society has committed to publishing the short list and the winner as soon as the judges’ report is received. The Society is also scheduling a virtual celebration for the Prize in mid-January 2021. On behalf of the Society I renew our apologies for the three-month delay caused by the pandemic, but we look forward to the publication of the results by the end of the year. Dr. Alison Ohta Director

RAS Zoom Book Launch 31st October 11.30am

Aap Beeti

Please join us on the 31st October for the virtual book launch of Tript Kaur’s translation of Mohinder Singh Randhawa’s Aap Beeti. Featuring a discussion between translator Tript Kaur, Norbert Peabody and Mrinalini Venkateswaran, with an introduction by Gordon Johnson. To register for this event please email Matty Bradley mb@royalasiaticsociety.org

Reading Room to Re-Open from Thursday 23 July

We plan to re-open the RAS Library service for one day per week from Thursday 23 July. This will be an appointment-only service and numbers will be extremely limited. Please see here for further information: https://royalasiaticsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Reading-Room-Re-Opening-for-Website.pdf

Chinese Letter Hongs Project Now Live

https://letterhongs.com/

A new project on the history of Chinese private letter hongs is now online at: https://letterhongs.com/ This website is devoted to the long history of letter exchange and letter writing by Chinese people, from the early nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century. The efficient operation of private letter hongs was noted by British observers in the nineteenth century including Sir George Thomas Staunton, Herbert A. Giles, and Sir Robert Hart, who founded the Great Qing Imperial Postal Service. Visit the site to see many original letters and learn more about this fascinating aspect of cultural history.

Upcoming Events

  1. Aap Beeti launch

    October 31 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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This weeks blog post reports on the AGM that was held virtually last Thursday evening and how the society has adapted to new ways of working under Covid.

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This weeks blog post reports on the AGM that was held virtually last Thursday evening and how the society has adapted to new ways of working under Covid. 

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This weeks blog post focusses on the cataloguing of the Oriental Translation Fund papers and the book launch of Aap Beeti which has been supported by the fund.

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This weeks blog post focusses on the cataloguing of the Oriental Translation Fund papers and the book launch of Aap Beeti which has been supported by the fund. 

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