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PAST LECTURES

The RSAA has been hosting thought-provoking lectures from expert speakers twice a month since 1901.

We maintain a record of all the lectures that have been given to the RSAA, and transcriptions of many of the most interesting lectures have been published in Asian Affairs. In recent years we have also started filming major lectures so that members around the world can enjoy them at their leisure.

LATEST LECTURES

		    			
March 2020
The Frozen River: Seeking Silence in the Himalaya by James Crowden View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
James Crowden
Job title
Author and Poet
Website
https://jamescrowden.co.uk

James Crowden is an author and poet living in Somerset. Born in Plymouth in 1954, he was raised on the western edge of Dartmoor. In 1972 he joined the army and served in Cyprus travelling widely in Eastern Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and north west India. In 1976-77 he spent a winter on the northern side of the Himalaya, in the remote Zangskar Valley in Ladakh. It was from this experience that he developed a lifelong interest in agriculture and Buddhism.

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February 2020
Social Structure and Social Media in India: caste in the internet age by Tejas Harad View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Tejas Harad
Job title
Academic

Tejas Harad is currently a Fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Over the last five years he has been a frequent commentator in India on the traditional caste structures of Hindu society. In this lecture he will look at the ways in which those structures have been affected by the social media revolution. Some of his articles can be found here: https://feminisminindia.com/author/tejas/ and https://www.epw.in/author/tejas-harad.

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January 2020
The Atkinson’s Adventures in Siberia and Kazakhstan by John Massey-Stewart View bio

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Name
John Massey-Stewart
Job title
Author
Website
www.jms-piclib.co.uk

John Massey Stewart has written the first full biography of Atkinson -“Thomas, Lucy and Alatau; The Atkinsons’ Adventures in Siberia and Kazakhstan”, published by Unicorn, and has spent many years researching the story of Thomas William Atkinson (1799-1861), an architect, artist, traveller extraordinaire, author – and bigamist. Famous in his lifetime as ‘the Siberian traveller’, but now unjustly forgotten, he spent nearly 7 years travelling nearly 40,000 miles through the Urals, Kazakhstan and Siberia with special authorisation from the Tsar, producing 560 watercolour sketches of the often dramatic scenery and exotic peoples. This is also the story of Lucy, his spirited and intrepid wife and their son Alatau Tamchiboulac, called after their favourite places and born in a remote Cossack fort. They both shared his many adventures and extremes of heat & cold, travelling with him on horseback up and down precipices and across dangerous rivers, escaping a murder plot atop a great cliff and befriending the famous Decembrist exiles.

As writer, lecturer, professional photographer and environmental activist, John has travelled extensively in the USSR/Russia many times since 1960, embracing inter alia the Caucasus, Ob estuary and Vladivostok. He has lectured and given academic papers on different aspects of past and present Russia i n the UK, USA, France, Israel, Canada & Siberia, which he has visited 11 times. He co-founded with the Conservation Foundation the London Initiative on the Russian Environment and has been a Specialist Adviser to a House of Commons environmental inquiry and a delegate to the NATO Advanced Workshop on ecotourism at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Watch a short clip about John's quest into the Atkinsons and their travels here: https://rsaa.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f88132eee70b2c04fb5200a23&id=88a96fbdb6&e=b841990f73

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January 2020
China’s Eurasion Ambition: A Remapping of Global Technology and Geopolitics by Dr Shirley Yu View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Dr Shirley Yu
Job title
Academic & Journalist

Dr Yu will talk about Huawei, the implications for Europe of China’s infrastructure pivot to the Nordic states, and Kissinger’s remarks on the EU’s collective future as it relates to China.

Shirley Ze Yu is a senior visiting fellow with the Institute of Global Affairs of the LSE, an associate with the Lau China Institute of Kings College London, and an Asia fellow with the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School.
She is a former China National Television News Anchor, a seasoned senior executive for multinational listed companies and board member. She is a frequent speaker on China’s political economy, political philosophy, and geopolitics, in particular, China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its geopolitical implications.
She is a frequent guest on BBC News on China. She is a column contributor to the FT, and South China Morning Post. She is also a keynote speaker at leading global think tanks including the Chatham House, Asia Society, Harvard Kennedy School and the LSE, among many.
She was also the deputy director of the Xin FIntech Centre under the Tsinghua PBOC School of Finance.
She has a Ph.D. in political economy from China’s Peking University, and a Master’s degree in Government from Harvard University. She has published three books in Chinese, including On China, by Ambassadors, and the Rise of the RMB and the Fall of the Yen. She also serves as a mentor for Cherie Blair’s Foundation for International Women.

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December 2019
Hindu Rashtra and the future of Indian muslims by Saeed Naqvi View bio

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Name
Saeed Naqvi

Saeed Naqvi is a distinguished Indian journalist and author of the recent book "Being the Other: The Muslim in India

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November 2019
Sixth Form School Event SOAS by Professor Kerry Brown View bio

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Name
Professor Kerry Brown
Job title
Director, Lau China Institute, Kings College London
Website
www.kerry-brown.co.uk

The Chinese 'Belt and Road Initiative'; good or bad?

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event SOAS by Hamaad Al Hasan View bio

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Name
Hamaad Al Hasan
Job title
JPT Family Trust Medical Science Award winner 2018.

Medical Elective: Eye care in Jerusalem

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event SOAS by Sophie Ibbotson View bio

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Name
Sophie Ibbotson

Fighting terrorism with tourism in Tajikistan

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event SOAS by Dr Morgan Phillips View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Dr Morgan Phillips
Website
www.morganhopephillips.com

Climate Change in the Himalayas

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November 2019
Sixth Form Schools Event, SOAS by HE Mr Mohammed Zakaria View bio

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Name
HE Mr Mohammed Zakaria
Job title
High Commissioner for Pakistan

'Pakistan Today'

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