School of Oriental and African studies – SOAS (United Kingdom)

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The School was founded in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies. It took its present title in 1938, by which time it had also established itself as a centre for African Studies. It moved to its present site in 1941 (London).

The School of Oriental and African studies has more than 300 academics. It is structured academically into three faculties. In addition to academic departments SOAS also has regional and interdisciplinary centres which are responsible for a vigorous programme of activities such as conferences, colloquia, seminars and publications.

The number of academics in each center is indicated in brackets.

All details are on: http://www.soas.ac.uk/academic/

Faculty of Arts and humanities Departments

  • Anthropology & Sociology (19)
  • History of Art & Archaeology (14)
  • History (23)
  • Music (7)
  • Study of Religions (14)
  • School of Arts (25)

Faculty Centres

  • Media and Film Studies (8)
  • Sainsbury Institute for the study of Japanese art (7)

Departmental Centres

  • Buddhist Studies (8)
  • Eastern and Orthodox Christianity (1)
  • Jaina Studies (11)
  • Migration and Diaspora Studies (69)
  • The Study of Japanese Religions (6)
  • SOAS Food Studies Centre (41)

 

Faculty of Languages and culturesDepartments

  • Africa (13)
  • China and Inner Asia (13)
  • Japan & Korea (14)
  • Language Centre (15)
  • Linguistics (10)
  • Near & Middle East (24)
  • South Asia (13)
  • South East Asia (9)

Faculty Centres

  • Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (40)
  • Film and Screen Studies (20)
  • Language Pedagogy (23)
  • Translation Studies (25)

Departmental Centres

  • Languages of the Wider World LWW-CETL (6)
  • Jewish Studies (4)
  • Islamic Studies (2)
  • London Confucius Institute (6)

 

Faculty of Law and social sciences Departments

  • Development Studies (20)
  • Economics (26)
  • Financial & Management (20)
  • Law (29)
  • Politics (24)

Faculty Centres

  • Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science (4)
  • Gender Studies (38)
  • International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) (17)
  • Taiwan Studies (5)
  • Water and Development (7)

Departmental Centres

  • Colonialism, Empire and International Law (4)
  • Development, Environment & Policy (13)
  • Development Policy and Research (CDPR) (2)
  • East Asian Law (9)
  • Ethnic Minority Studies (CEMS) (2)
  • Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS) (7)
  • International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice (18)
  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) (8)
  • Law and Conflict (10)
  • Law, Environment and Development (7)
  • Politics of Energy Security (CEPES) (11)

Regional centres

  • Centre for Iranian Studies (30)
  • Centre for Palestine Studies (33)
  • Centre of African Studies (130)
  • European Association of Israel Studies (3)
  • London Middle East Institute (113)
  • Centre of South Asian Studies (62)
  • Centre of South East Asian Studies (32)
  • Centre of Korean Studies (14)
  • Centre for the Study of Pakistan (13)
  • Centre of Chinese Studies (46)
  • Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus (11)
  • Japan Research Centre (27)

Interdisciplinary centres

  • Centre for Digital Africa, Asia and the Middle East (3)
  • International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies IFCELS
  • London International Development Centre

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