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While onsite events remain suspended, the Society's Reading Room has now re-opened on an appointment basis and we continue to run an active events programme online. Staff are contactable and should you have any enquiries, 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 full programme of activities once this difficult time has passed.

 
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A portico of four columns. Ram Raz Collection c.1825
 
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Kunisato Triptych: View of Akabane, Yedo, early evening. From an album of theatrical prints presented by Herbert Charles Fanshawe, December 1923
 
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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.

Applications open for the position of Editor of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

Professor Sarah Ansari, who has been the Editor for twenty years, is retiring after taking up office as the Society’s President. The Society invites applications from individuals or editorial partnerships based anywhere in the world. The successful candidate(s) will have a clear and exciting vision for the journal’s future development and the energy, commitment, and standing to realise that vision.

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief CV and covering letter to Dr Gordon Johnson (gj206@cam.ac.uk), who is the chair of the Society’s Publications Committee. Dr Johnson is willing to answer informal enquiries. Covering letters should outline how the applicant(s) would approach the editorship, including:

• thoughts on the future content and strategic direction of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, development of the journal’s international profile, aims and scope
• day to day running of the journal editorial office in the digital world
• financial and administrative support required from the Society
• an indication of the support available (if any) from the applicant’s home institution (if relevant), including financial or administrative support and time allowed for journal work
• details of any prior journal experience, especially digital publishing The total document should comprise no more than five pages.
Applications (by email to gj206@cam.ac.uk) are welcome at any time up to 16 July 2021.

For more info: https://royalasiaticsociety.org/journal/jras-editor-applications/

Latest News: Lectures, Collections and Prizes

Upcoming Events

To register for any event please contact Matty at mb AT royalasiaticsociety DOT org who will send you a zoom link to attend.

20th May Amanda Phillips Book Launch
8th June Stephen Martin Lecture
15th June Luca Olivieri Lecture
24th June Elizabeth Lambourn Lecture

These events will take place at 6.30pm BST over Zoom.

BAYLY PRIZE 2021

Applications are now closed for the 2021 prize.
The Society has appointed the following to be the adjudicating panel for 2021:
Dr T. C.Sherman (LSE) Chair; Professor Naoko Shimazu (NUS); Professor Susanne Brandtstädter (Koln); Professor Rebecca Empson (UCL); Professor Arne Westad (Yale);
The Society records its thanks to Professor Carole McGranahan and to Professor Sunil Amrith for their work as they step down as adjudicators.
The timetable for the competition is as follows: Submissions must be sent to Alison Ohta (ao@royalasiaticsociety.org) and Amy Riach (ar@royalasiaticsociety.org) by Wednesday, 31st March, 2021. The winner will be announced in October 2021.

15/01/21 ANOUNCEMENT OF THE BAYLY PRIZE 2020 WINNER

The Society is delighted to announce that the adjudicators for the Bayly Prize have reached their decision about the winners for the 2020 competition. The Society regrets that present regulations governing social events during the pandemic prevent us from holding the usual prize giving celebration. Such an event will be organised later in the year when conditions permit. The judges report a gratifyingly strong field of submission with three dissertations being of outstanding merit:
Liana Chase, School of Oriental and African Studies, Healing ‘Heart-Minds’: Disaster, Care, and Global Mental Health in Nepal’s Himalayan Foothills.
Hannah Theaker, University of Oxford, Moving Muslims: The Great Northwestern Rebellion and the Transformation of Chinese Islam, 1860-1896.
Hedwig Waters, University College, London, ‘Living from loan to loan’: Tracing networks of gifts, debt and trade in the Mongolian borderlands.
After further deliberation, the Prize is awarded to Dr Liana Chase: congratulations to her, Dr. Hannah Theaker and Dr. Hedwig Waters, the other short-listed candidates.

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.

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The papers of the West brothers is now available to view on the Society's Archives Hub page.

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From Tuesday the 20th July, the Society's collections will be open to readers for three days a week. To keep our readers safe, we ask for you to book with us in advance.

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