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The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar, Henry Thomas Colebrooke, on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 ‘for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia’.

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The Society’s Reading Room has now re-opened on an appointment basis and we continue to run an active hybrid events programme. Staff are contactable and should you have any enquiries, can be reached by email:

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Book Launch – ‘Cartooning China: Punch, Power, and Politics in the Victorian Era’ By Dr Amy Matthewson

5 May 2022
6.30pm Thursday 19th May – Book Launch – ‘Cartooning China: Punch, Power, and Politics in the Victorian Era’ By Dr Amy Matthewson

AGM Lecture – Vaseem Khan: Killing Gandhi, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and India at the crossroads

29 April 2022
6.30pm Thursday 12th May – AGM Lecture: Vaseem Khan: Killing Gandhi, Dante's Divine Comedy, and India at the crossroads

*POSTPONED* Award of the RAS Medal: Professors Robert and Carole Hillenbrand

24 March 2022
Thursday 7th April 6.30pm Award of the RAS Medal: Professors Robert and Carole Hillenbrand

Launch of the 2022 Bayly Prize

22 February 2022
Applications and nominations are now open for the 2022 Bayly Prize

Dr Stefano Gandolfo: Of Trees and Rivers: Cultural Assumptions within Digital Humanities

16 February 2022
6.30pm Thursday 10th February – Dr Mallika Leuzinger: Amateur photography in and beyond twentieth-century India

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