Robin Masefield – The World Administered by Irishmen: The Life and Times of Robert Hart and Irish Contemporaries in East Asia

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London, United Kingdom

Robin Masefield’s latest book, published by Queen’s University Belfast, is entitled The World Administered by Irishmen: The Life and Times of Robert Hart and Irish Contemporaries in East Asia. While, the initial focus is on the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, and the Ulsterman Sir Robert Hart who led it for 45 years, the book brings…

Ann Wilks (CBE) – Britain’s Man on the Spot in Iraq and Afghanistan

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London, United Kingdom

  The newly discovered papers and colourfully-written letters of Anglo-Irish Sir Henry Dobbs, which form the backbone of this book, reveal his importance in the development of the modern Middle East. An influential civil servant and Britain's longest serving High Commissioner in Iraq at a time when the British empire was facing increasing challenges to…

Dr James White: Community Formation and the Edges of Empire: Panegyric Poetry in Sanʿaʾ and Isfahan, 1670-1690.

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London, United Kingdom

Dr James White is Departmental Lecturer of Persian Studies at Oxford University. His research focuses on multilingualism and the social uses of poetry in the Middle East and South Asia during the late medieval and early modern periods.   Talk Abstract: During the latter half of the seventeenth century, the question of who wielded –…