RSAA: notice with regards to Covid-19

IMPORTANT: RSAA notice with regards to Covid-19: Closure of office and postponement of lecture programme until further notice


Governance update, 22 November

Governance update


Sir David John KCMG

We regret to anounce the death of Sir David John KCMG, Chairman of the RSAA 2009-2016


Annual Sixth Form Students Event 6 November 2019

Details and programme on the Lectures and Events page/Schools Day

RSAA Archives Policy


RSAA Archives Policy

On 9 September 2019 the RSAA Board adopted the Society's first formal Archives Policy.


The Festival of Norfolk and Punjab

The Festival of Norfolk & Punjab is a countywide celebration of the life and achievements of the Duleep Singh family


Keep up to date with what’s happening at the RSAA, as well as with other interesting, Asia-focused events.

27 June 2018

The new Aga Khan Centre at Kings Cross was inaugurated on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

The Aga Khan Centre also houses Britain’s largest collection of Islamic gardens, terraces and courtyards inspired by different Muslim cultures from around the world.

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6 June 2018

Michael Vatikiotis & Lionel Shriver discuss: Asia’s Rise and its Rejection of the West

We are so excited to invite you at Asia House for a fascinating event discussion regarding Southeast Asia, which takes places on Wednesday 13 June 2018. Southeast Asia at first glance is a region rich in culture and resources and has one of the world’s fastest growing economics. However, this is set against the backdrop

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The Battle of Baku

16 May 2018

by Turan Gafarli (University College London)

Date: Thursday 17 May 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, 10 Maple Street, London,

FREE ADMISSION but registration required via EventBrite at http://bit.ly/battleofbaku2018   In 1918, the British-led local forces of Baku waged a defensive battle for control of the city, the oil-rich centre of Transcaucasia and hosting port of the Russian Empire’s Caucasian Naval Fleet. The British military mission, named ‘Dunsterforce’ after its eponymous commander Major-General L.C. Dunsterville,

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last few days of exhibition at the Supreme Court

23 January 2018

A selection of articles etc linked to Asia - 23 January 2018

RSAA Lectures Wednesday 24 January 1.15pm SCI, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London SW1 Mr Michael Stephens speaks on Prospects for Kurdish Independence in a changing Middle East   Wednesday 7 February 2018 1.15pm SCI, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London SW1. Mr Jonathan Rider, former project manager for UNESCO at the Bamiyan World Heritage site and RSAA member

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28 November 2017

A never-before-seen archive exploring the role of traditional medicine

  The exhibition tells the story of Paira Mall, a young Indian doctor who was tasked in 1911 with bringing back materials about the ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Dating back 3,500 – 4,000 years, it is part of the Vedas, the divine texts of Hinduism and literally translates as ‘the science of life’. The

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16 January 2017

An award established by The JPT Family Trust, supported by members of the RSAA

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs invites applications from individuals aged 21-30 for an award established by The JPT Family Trust, supported by long-standing members of the Society, who have a special interest in medical science and practice in challenging environments. The aim of the award is to encourage purposeful travel in Asia by medical

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22 March 2016

22 March - a selection of items linked to Asia.

  NEXT RSAA LECTURES 7.00 pm, Wednesday 6 April  – Venue: St. Peter’s Parish Church Hall, Eaton Square, London SW1   Helmet and a Hijab by Ms Lois Pryce, Author & Journalist   In 2013 and 2014 Lois spent two months riding her motorcycle 3000 miles around Iran. The popular image of Iran here in

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25 November 2015

As we wait to see how a new Myanmar will emerge, Alex Bescoby will talk on this subject at Goldsmith's University on 2 December.

Alex Bescoby recently gave the Society the talk on this subject. If you missed it, he is giving the lecture at MRB Screen 1, Goldsmith’s University, London on 2nd December, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. For booking and details of how to get there email: r.shannon@gold.ac.uk

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14 October 2015

Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director-General of Antiquities and Museums for Syria is to give the human story from behind the headlines.

As you know only too well, the tragic loss of ancient heritage in Palmyra and throughout Syria is repeatedly making the headlines. In this exclusive talk, we welcome Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director-General of Museums and Antiquities for Syria, in his first visit to the UK, to talk about the story behind the headlines. With James

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13 October 2015

The Royal Asiatic Society have acquired papers re Thomas Manning.

Read the article in the Guardian about Thomas Manning and his travels.   http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/oct/13/thomas-manning-first-englishman-in-lhasa-intimate-letters-reveal-story-behind-unsung-explorer

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22 APR


Postponed until later in the year. Political quietism in Islamic societies: a neglected tradition?

Where: 1.15pm at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House

Tickets: Free

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