WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE RSAA?
The RSAA hosts free lectures for members every other week during term time. Lectures typically take place on a Wednesday in a Central London location, and if the lecture is at 1.15pm it is preceded by an optional buffet lunch. Wine is served before evening lectures.
In addition to the lecture programme, there are also a number of social events where members and their guests can meet others with similar interests.
Although a printed calendar is sent out to members, dates and venues are subject to change and additional events may be added to the calendar at short notice. It is therefore advisable to check this online calendar for the latest details.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN MARCH
6 March 2017
Dinner Club Event: MENA Regional Responses to the Rise of IS
PROFESSOR ANOUSH EHTESHAMI
Professor of International Relations, Durham University
Professor Anoush Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations and the Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations and Director of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme in International Relations, Regional Politics and Security in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. He is Co-director of the £3.9 million AHRC-funded Open Worlds initiative entitled Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community. He is also Joint Director of the RCUK-funded Durham-Edinburgh-Manchester Universities’ Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), whose research focus since 2012 has been the ‘Arab World in Transition’. He has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and served as a member of the WEF’s foremost body, the Global Agenda Councils, 2010-12, focusing on energy. He was Vice-President and Chair of Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2000-2003. He is Editor of three major book series on the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, and is member of Editorial Board of seven international journals.
Where: David Lloyd George Room, National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1
7.00pm for 7.30pm
Dress Code: Men - Jacket and tie
Tickets: Dinner Club Members and their guests only: £50 (includes dinner and wine)
8 March 2017
The hidden history and culture of the Nepal-Tibet borderland
Presented by Dr Charles Ramble, Anthropologist/Academic
The northern borderlands of Nepal have long been recognised as a haven in which the Buddhist and Bön religions were able to survive intact during the ravages of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in their Tibetan homeland. However, more recent research in this area is beginning to shed light on aspects of civilisation that are barely known even from the high plateau. Archaeological discoveries have revealed funerary practices that suggest close links to Central Asia, while the study of the rich collections of local archives is providing insights into the lives of long-vanished villagers to a degree that is unlikely ever to be possible for Tibet. This lecture will show how the archaeological, textual and ethnographic discoveries that have been made in the past decade are both broadening and changing our understanding of Tibetan civilisation.
Where: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1.
No sandwich lunch available for this lecture.
Tickets: Free. Open to Members and their guests
22 March 2017
The Pearl of Khorasan: A History of Herat
The city of Herat in western Afghanistan long sat at the edge of empires and served as a hub for trade and a conduit for armies. Yet it has been much more than simply a staging post or plaything of political ambition. It has been an imperial capital, a city of extraordinary wealth, and has played host to a cultural renaissance to rival that of Florence. The lecture tells the history of this storied oasis city, from the invasions of Chingiz Khan in 1221 to the present day.
Presented by Mr Charlie Gammell. Charlie is a historian of Afghanistan and Iran who has written widely on Herat’s history and its place in Afghanistan. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, he has worked in Afghanistan and Iran since 2009, interpreting Dari and Pashtu for the ICRC, advising UNESCO on cultural and historical projects, and researching the history of Herat.
Where: St. Peter’s Parish Church Hall, Eaton Square, London SW1 at 7pm.
Tickets: Free to members and their guests.
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The Great War in the Middle East: A Study in Strategy
Where: The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 [Nearest Underground Stations Euston Square or Warren Street]
Lecture starts at 1.15pm and ends around 2.30pm. A sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked via the office by 2.30pm the day before.
Tickets: Free. Members and their guests only.Find out more > Show me all upcoming events