Past Lectures

Past Lectures

Past lectures of the Royal Asiatic Society are available to listen to online
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Lecture Series 2019 – 2020:

13 February 2020:

The Ka’ba of Mecca as Axis and Matrix Mundi

Dr Simon O’Meara (SOAS)

Dr Simon O’Meara

16 January 2020:

George Thomas Staunton and the Perils of being a China Expert in early nineteenth-century London

Professor Henrietta Harrison (Oxford University)

Professor Henrietta Harrison

20 November 2019:

The Human Odyssey – East, West and the search for Universal Values

Lord Stephen Green

Lord Stephen Green

19 November 2019:

Bagan and the Theravada Buddhist Ecumene in the 12-13th Centuries CE

Dr Tilman Frasch (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Dr Tilman Frasch

14 November 2019:

Phebe Gibbs, Our Calcutta Correspondent

Professor Michael Franklin (Swansea University)

Professor Michael Franklin

12 November 2019:

Vision and Landscape: New Perspectives on Oriental Scenery by Thomas and William Daniell

Dr Giles Tillotson (DAG, New Delhi)

Dr Giles Tillotson

6 November 2019:

Thai Silver and Nielloware

Paul Bromberg (Editor, Journal of the Siam Society)

Paul Bromberg

22 October 2019:

The Sun King and the Sultan: Louis XIV and the Ottoman Empire

Dr Philip Mansel (Author)

Dr Philip Mansel

17 October 2019:

Surviving Asia, Sponsoring Mozart: The Polymathic Portrait of Dr Ferdinand Dejean

Professor Stephen Martin (University of Chiang Mai)

Professor Stephen Martin

26 September 2019:

Two Missionary Accounts of Southeast Asia in the Late Seventeenth Century

Dr Stefan Halikowski-Smith (Swansea University)

Dr Stefan Halikowski-Smith

Lecture Series 2018-2019:

6 June 2019:

Systems of Religion and Morality in the Collections of the Royal Asiatic Society

Edward Weech (Librarian, Royal Asiatic Society)

Edward Weech

21 May 2019:

Painting Manuscripts with Metals and Insects: Grind or flatten, catch and cook

Cheryl Porter (Director of the Montefiascione Project)

Cheryl Porter

2 May 2019:

Lost Warriors- Seagrim and Pagani of Burma – The Last Great Untold Story of WWII

Philip Davies (Author)

Philip Davies

25 April 2019:

When Tehran was the Brightest Star: A Global History of the 1979 Iranian Revolution

Dr Simon Wolfgang Fuchs (Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg)

Dr Simon Wolfgang Fuchs

11 April 2019:

The Hidden History of Studio Ghibli: Short Films, Advertising and the Industrial Reality of Japanese Animation

Dr Rayna Denison (University of East Anglia)

Dr Rayna Denison

14 March 2019:

Lost Maps of the Caliphs: Drawing the World in Eleventh-Century Cairo – Lecture and Book Launch

Dr Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary, University of London)

Dr Yossef Rapoport

7 March 2019:

Forceps, Stethoscopes and Sisterhood: British Female Doctors in 19th Century India

Dr Jharna Gourlay (University of Lucknow)

Dr Jharna Gourlay

19 February 2019:

The Languages of Indonesian Socialism

Dr Oliver Crawford (University of Cambridge)

Dr Oliver Crawford

7 February 2019:

Collecting Tibet at the South Kensington Museum: the legacy of the 1904 expedition and beyond

Dr John Clarke (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Dr John Clarke

10 January 2019:

The Arts of the Book in a Time of Conflict: Manuscripts of Late Medieval Konya

Dr Cailah Jackson (Oxford University)

Dr Cailah Jackson

13 December 2018:

Sir Stamford Raffles: Civilised Views of Java

Dr Alexandra Green (British Museum)

Dr Alexandra Green

11 December 2018:

The Scottish Sinologist Alexander Wylie 1815-1887: Missionary, Man of Letters, Mathematician

Professor Ian Gow (Edinburgh)

Professor Ian Gow

27 November 2018:

Britain-Georgia Connection through Personalities & Arts; Rustaveli and Shakespeare

2018 Annual Rustaveli Day: Professr Elguja Khintibidze (Tbilisi State University)  and Dr Henry Sanford

2018 Annual Rustaveli Day

20 November 2018:

The Ancient Silk Road: Its enduring impact on China and renewed objectives

Dr Jacob Ghazarian (Oxford University)

Dr Jacob Ghazarian

15 November 2018:

The Prince who beat the Empire: How an Indian Ruler took on the might of the East India Company

Moin Mir (Author) in conversation with Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE

Moin Mir

7 November 2018:

Paper Jewels: Postcards from the Raj

Omar Kahn (Author)

Omar Kahn

2 November 2018:

The Islamic Architecture of the Deccan

Dr George Michell (Independent Architectural Historian) and Dr. Helen Philon (Deccan Heritage Foundation) in conversation

Dr George Michell

23 October 2018:

More than a Stuffed Bird Show: The RAS Legacy in Shanghai

Peter Hibbard MBE (RAS Shanghai)

Peter Hibbard MBE

11 October 2018:

The Mughal Madonna: Representations of the Virgin in Jahangiri-era Architecture

Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi (SOAS)

Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi

4 October 2018:

‘My Dear Schomberg’: Letters from Sir Aurel Stein

Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE (Independent Scholar)

Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE

Lecture Series 2017-2018:

15 June 2018:

The Contribution of the Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War

John de Lucy and Dr Frances Wood

John de Lucy and Dr Frances Wood

7 June 2018:

Like Sweet Smelling Blooms: Arabic Calligraphy in the Islamic West

Dr Umberto Bongianino (University of Oxford)

Dr Umberto Bongianino

24 May 2018:

Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road

Dr Susan Whitfield (Institute of Archaeology, University College, London)

Dr Susan Whitfield

15 May 2018:

The Yildiz Kiosk and the Queen Mothers of the Tanzimat Era: Gender, Landscape, and Visibility

Dr Deniz Tuerker (University of Cambridge) 

Dr Deniz Tuerker

10 May 2018:

The Illustration of Mirkhwand’s Raudat al-safa in RAS Ms. P.38

Professor Charles Melville (University of Cambridge)

Professor Charles Melville

3 May 2018:

Plunder and Restitution: Britain and the Mandalay Regalia

Professor Anthony Stockwell (Royal Holloway, London)

Professor Anthony Stockwell

26 April 2018:

The View from the Palace: The Sikkim Royal Archives

Dr Alex McKay (Sikkim Palace Archive Digitisation Project)

Dr Alex McKay

19 April 2018:

A Glorious Galaxy of Monuments.’ Photography and Archaeology in India in the 19th Century

John Falconer (British Library)

John Falconer

12 April 2018:

K.A.C. Creswell’s Photographic Archive at the V and A Museum

Omniya Abd al-Barr (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Omniya Abd al-Barr

10 April 2018:

Book Launch of Memory, Identity and Colonial Encounter in India:

Essays in Honour of Peter Robb (SOAS, University of London)

Essays in Honour of Peter Robb

8 March 2018:

Arab Origins: Identity, History and Islam

Dr. Peter Webb (University of Leiden)

Dr Peter Webb

6 March 2018:

The Domestic Collecting of Islamic Artefacts in 19th Century Cairo: The Meymar Objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Professor Mercedes Volait (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Professor Mercedes Volait

20 February 2018:

Mr. Punch and Chinamania: Blue Willow China and Consumer Consumption in ‘Punch’ Magazine, 1874-1880

Dr Amy Matthewson (SOAS, University of London)

Dr Amy Matthewson

8 February 2018:

The Great Seal of Aceh

Dr Annabel Gallop (British Library, London)

Dr Annabel Gallop

23 January 2018:

Images and (Post)colonial Encounters: A History of the Visual Representation of the Nagas of Northeast India

Dr. Alban von Stockhausen (Bern)

Dr Alban von Stockhausen

18 January 2018:

Anarchists, Revolutionaries, and Franco-British Imperial Policing in French Chandernagore, 1905-1930

Dr. Mark Condos (Queen Mary, University of London)

Dr Mark Condos

11 January 2018:

European Science and Colonial Anthropology in British India, c. 1871-1911

Professor Christopher Fuller (London School of Economics)

Professor Christopher Fuller

13 December 2017:

William Mesny: How a British Adventurer Became a General in Qing-Dynasty China

David Leffman

David Leffman

23 November 2017:

Lapis and Gold, Exploring Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qur’an

Dr Elaine Wright (Chester Beatty Library, Dublin)

Dr Elaine Wright

21 November 2017:

RAS Collections Open Evening with a presentation by

Rebecca Snow (Camberwell College of Arts)

Rebecca Snow

24 October 2017:

Introducing the New Edition of Ralph Russell’s Anthology of Urdu Literature: A Thousand Yearnings

Professor Francis Robinson Royal Holloway, London), Marion Molteno & Dr Rakhshanda Jalil

Professor Francis Robinson

12 October 2017:

A Journal of Three Months’ Walk in Persia in 1884 by Captain John Compton Pyne

Russell Harris (Institute of Ismaili Studies)

Russell Harris