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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

		    			
April 2018
Quis custodiet? Nationalist narratives of British Imperialism in India by Mr Charles Allen View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Charles Allen
Job title
Author

Charles Allen has had a distinguished record as a writer on India and Indian history stretching over more than thirty years and almost as many books. Plain Tales from the Raj in 1975 began a publishing record that continues. His most recent publication, A Corrective to Northern-focused Histories of India, came out in 2017. He is no apologist for imperialism but he is also unafraid to question the idea that Britain’s role in India was unmitigatedly negative. His lecture will focus on challenging some aspects of recent popular publications on Indian history.

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April 2018
Myanmar – engagement or disengagement? by Ms Vicky Bowman View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Ms Vicky Bowman
Job title
Retired diplomat; Head of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business
Website
www.myanmar-responsiblebusiness.org/index.php

Mynamar was for decades portrayed in the western media as a binary conflict of good (Aung San Suu Kyi) and evil (the former military regime). A new complexity is emerging and Vicky Bowman is exceptionally well placed to help us to understand how best to respond to the challenges that face this poor and politically fragile country.

Vicky went to Myanmar on her first diplomatic posting in 1990. She returned as the UK Ambassador 2001 – 6, having travelled extensively in the country in the interim. Since 2013 she has lived in Yangon, running the Myanmar Centre for Responsible business, a joint initiative of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Danish Institute for Human Rights

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March 2018
Short Talks Evening by Faraz Shibli, Charles Stevens, Matt O'Driscoll, Christian Dixon, Daoud Jackson View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Faraz Shibli, Charles Stevens, Matt O'Driscoll, Christian Dixon, Daoud Jackson

Christian Dixon RSAA Travel Awardee 2017, Daoud Jackson SPHMA Travel Awardee 2016

Faraz Shibli – Outer Mongolia: the last place on earth Charles Stevens – Cycling the Silk Road: 10,000km from Beijing to Tehran Matt O’Driscoll – By Rickshaw from Kerala to Pakistan Christian Dixon – Between Da’esh and rijjāl ad-dīn: the experiences of displaced Christians in Northern Iraq Daoud Jackson – Central Anatolia’s Seljuk Buildings: their pre-history

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March 2018
Crossing the Desert of Kazakhstan and Exploring the Ust-Yurt Peninsula by Mr Jamie Maddison View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Jamie Maddison
Job title
Explorer
Website
www.jamiemaddison.com

Jamie Maddison is an accomplished Explorer, nominated National Adventurer of the Year, equestrian Long Rider and Content Strategist. He first cut his teeth in the world of journalism working for the British rock-climbing magazine Climber. Since that time, he has mounted a host of exploratory expeditions across the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, including: riding horses 800 miles across the central plains of Kazakhstan, running seven and a bit marathons across an uncrossed desert, embedding with environmental protesters in Armenia, exploring unvisited valleys in Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan mountains, and living with indigenous communities in both Tajikistan and Mongolia.

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February 2018
The Society Tour to Sumatra by Mr Charles Humfrey CMG View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Charles Humfrey CMG
Job title
Ex-Diplomat

Former British Ambassador to Indonesia

A look at the tour taken in 2017 to the northern half of Sumatra, starting in Aceh and ending in Padang. See the lecture below:

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February 2018
The Bamiyan Buddha Statues: archaeology, conservation and …. reconsruction? by Mr Jonathan Rider View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Jonathan Rider

Former project manager for UNESCO , and has spent the last five years in Afghanistan. He speaks on: The Bamiyan Buddha Statues: archaeology

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed two giant Buddha statues in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. Work has been underway since then to document, conserve, and possibly reconstruct one of the statues. In light of recent attacks on cultural heritage elsewhere in the world, Jonathan will share his experience of working for UNESCO in Bamiyan, reflecting on some

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January 2018
Prospects for Kurdish Independence in a Changing Middle East by Mr Michael Stephens View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Michael Stephens
Job title
Research Fellow RUSI

Michael Stephens is the Research Fellow for Middle East Studies and Head of RUSI Qatar. He joined RUSI’s London office in September 2010, first in the Nuclear Security Programme before moving to International Security Studies.

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January 2018
The Syria Conflict Today by Dr Christopher Phillips View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Dr Christopher Phillips
Job title
Senior University Lecturer
Website
cjophillips.wordpress.com

Dr Christopher Phillips, Reader in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London and author of The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the new Middle East offers an insight into one of the world’s most complex and brutal civil wars. He discusses the domestic and international origins of the conflict, how the picture looks today and posits a few insights into where the conflict and Syria may be headed.

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December 2017
With the Younghusband Tibet Expedition 1903-1904: the unpublished diary of Lt Harvey-Kelly by Dr Christoph Baumer View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Dr Christoph Baumer
Job title
Academic

Christoph Baumer is a Swiss scholar and explorer. From 1984 onwards, he has conducted explorations in Central Asia, China and Tibet, the results of which have been published in numerous books, scholarly publications and radio programs

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November 2017
Orazbek & East Tajikistan by Mr Matt Traver View bio

SPEAKER BIO

Name
Mr Matt Traver
Job title
Film maker and photographer
Website
matthewtraver.com

Matt Traver is a filmmaker, photographer and creator of content relating to adventure, travel and culture. He originally began pursuing adventurous projects and expeditions including first ascents and reconnaissance trips to alpine peaks along the Kyrgyz-Chinese border, the Tajik-Afghan border, Arctic East Greenland, the Malaysian jungle and exploratory first descents of caves in Austria, China and Spain.

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Society Tour

RSAA 2019 TOUR: CROSSING THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD: CHINA AND CENTRAL ASIA

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25 SEP

UPCOMING EVENT

Return to Kurdistan: revisiting the history and cultural identity of Iraqi Kurdistan and northern Iraq

Where: 3.00pm. Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1

Teatime event with refreshments afterwards

Tickets: Free

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