Book Launch and Signing – Moin Mir (Author) in conversation with Dr. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE – The Prince Who Beat the Empire: How an Indian Ruler took on the might of the East India Company

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

"THE PRINCE WHO BEAT THE EMPIRE. How an Indian ruler took on the might of the East India Company" published by Amberely Publishing June 2018. An acclaimed history of Empire and resistance. An incredible story of the fall of Surat, Mughal India's greatest port to the English East India Company and the moving story of…

Dr. Jacob Ghazarian (Oxford University) – The Ancient Silk Road: Its enduring impact on China and renewed objectives

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

This lecture will deal with the arrival of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam in China, and more specifically the recent revival of interest in Buddhist traditions, the vanishing of Christianity and the defiant survival of Islam.  On the renewed objectives, the talk will offer how the new Chinese administration’s flag-initiative called 'Belt and Road' will widen…

Professor Elguja Khintibidze (Tbilisi State University) and Dr. Henry Sanford – Britain-Georgia Connection through Personalities & Arts; Rustaveli and Shakespeare

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

This event will explore the Britain-Georgia Connection through two talks. The first, on the theme of Personalities & Arts, will consist of a talk on the British-Georgian actress Gayane Mickeladze by Dr. Henry Sanford (her nephew). The talk will include her family history in Georgia, including stories of their friendship with Sir Oliver Wardrop (British…

Professor Ian Gow (University of Edinburgh) – The Scottish Sinologist Alexander Wylie 1815-1887: Missionary, Man of Letters, Mathemetician

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

The Scottish Sinologist Alexander Wylie 1815-1887, : Missionary, Man of Letters, Mathematician Alexander Wylie was one of the leading members of a unique concentration of Missionary Scholars and who lived and worked in Shanghai in the second half of the 19th Century. He was one of the founders of the North China Branch of the…

Dr. Alexandra Green (British Museum) – Sir Stamford Raffles: Civilised Views of Java

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

Alexandra Green is Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia at the British Museum. She has a PhD on the subject of 18th century Burmese wall paintings from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She recently curated an exhibition entitled Pilgrims, Healers, and Wizards: Buddhism and Religious Practices in Burma and Thailand (2014) at…

Dr. Cailah Jackson (Oxford University) – The Arts of the Book in a Time of Conflict: Manuscripts of Late Medieval Konya

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

This presentation will discuss several illuminated manuscripts produced in Konya between 1278 and 1332. Consisting mainly of works by Jalal al-Din Rumi and Sultan Walad, most of this material has not been published in detail or studied within a broader cultural framework. The talk will outline the diverse decorative features of these manuscripts and demonstrate that…

***POSTPONED TO 26th FEBRUARY AT REQUEST OF SPEAKER***Deborah Freeman Fahid (Independent Scholar) – The Àger Rock Crystal Chessmen: Some Early Medieval Imports from the Iranian World?

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

*** N.B. This event has been postponed at the request of the speaker. It will now take place on the 26th of February***     The talk will focus on a group of Islamic rock crystal chessmen from the early medieval period in The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait. These fifteen chess pieces have long been recognised…

Dr. John Clarke (V&A Museum) – Collecting Tibet at the South Kensington Museum: the legacy of the 1904 expedition and beyond

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

Dr. John Clarke is curator of Himalayan and South East Asian Art at the V&A Museum in London. He specialises in the arts of Tibet and of South East Asia, in particular of Burma and Thailand. He is the Lead Curator for the Robert H .N. Ho Family Foundation Buddhist Art Galleries at the V&A.

Dr. Oliver Crawford (University of Cambridge) – The Languages of Indonesian Socialism

Royal Asiatic Society Lecture Theatre 14 Stephenson Way, London

The Languages of Indonesian Socialism In the interwar years, Marxism exercised a powerful influence on Indonesian intellectual and political life. The most conspicuous proof of the spread of Marxism was the formation of the Partai Komunis Indonesia (PKI), which was founded in 1920 and openly acknowledged its fidelity to Marx’s principles. Even non-Communist nationalists, such…