Jenny Balfour-Paul – Journeys in the Footsteps of Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 14th, 2016

Event Date: 14 April 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul (University of Exeter) – Journeys in the Footsteps of Thomas Machell, forgotten explorer

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Isabella Tree – The Living Goddess

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 12th, 2016

Event Date: 12 April 2016
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Isabella TreeThe Living Goddess

In a small medieval palace on Kathmandu’s Durbar Square lives Nepal’s famous Living Goddess—a child chosen from the Buddhist caste of goldsmiths whose role is to watch over the country and protect its people. Once she attains puberty, another girl takes her place.
To Nepalis she is the embodiment of Devi and for centuries the kings of Nepal have sought her blessing to rule. Legends swirl about her. But the facts remain shrouded in secrecy and closely guarded by the Living Goddess’s priests and caretakers. Why are Buddhist girls worshipped by Hindu monarchs? Are the initiation rituals as macabre as they are rumoured to be? And what happens to Living Goddesses once they attain puberty?
Using myth, religion, history and her unprecedented access to the priests, caretakers and ex-Living Godessess, Isabella Tree takes us deep into this hidden world. Through it she draws a vivid portrait of the girl-goddess, the beliefs and practices of traditional Nepal, and the uneasy journey it now makes towards modernity. Deeply felt and written over many years of travel and research, The Living Goddess is a profound, compelling and extremely moving book.

Isabella Tree is a writer and journalist based in the UK. She is the author of three other non-fiction books and writes for publications such as Granta, National Geographic Magazine, the Sunday Times and the Observer. She has been travelling regularly to Nepal since the 1980s.

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Thomas Bell – Kathmandu

in Academic Service - Archive by on March 31st, 2016

Event Date: 31 March 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Royal Asiatic Society ‘Britain Nepal 200′ Lecture Series

Thomas BellKathmandu

Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalaya; a place where unique cultural practices that died out in India a thousand years ago have survived. It is a carnival of sexual license and hypocrisy, a jewel of world art, a hotbed of communist revolution, a paradigm of failed democracy, a case study in bungled Western intervention, and an environmental catastrophe.

Closed to the outside world until 1951 and trapped in a medieval time warp, Kathmandu’s rapid modernisation is an extreme version of what is happening in many traditional societies. The many layers of the city’s development are reflected in the successive generations of its gods and goddesses, witches and ghosts, the comforts of caste, the ethos of aristocracy and kingship, and the lately destabilising spirits of consumer aspiration, individuality, egalitarianism, communism and democracy. Erudite, entertaining and accessible, it is the fascinating chronicle of a unique city.

Thomas Bell studied at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art before moving to Kathmandu to cover the civil war in Nepal for the Daily Telegraph and The Economist. He was later Southeast Asia correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

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John Whelpton – Jang Bahadur in Europe

in Academic Service - Archive by on March 18th, 2016

Event Date: 18 March 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Royal Asiatic Society ‘Britain Nepal 200′ Lecture Series

Dr John Whelpton (CU Hong Kong) – Jang Bahadur in Europe

John Whelpton’s talk looks at the 1850 visit to London and Paris by Jang Bahadur Rana, founder of the Rana family regime which ruled Nepal from  1846 to 1951. As the first Hindu head of government to cross the `black water’  and travel to Europe, Jang was a media sensation, while his first-hand observation of British power led him to side with the East India Company against the revolt of 1857 in northern India. the speaker will draw on material from his book Jang Bahadur in Europe: The First Nepalese Mission to the West, shortly to be published in a revised edition by Mandala in Kathmandu. This combines a translation and commentary on an account of the embassy written by one of Jang’s travelling companions with extensive extracts from contemporary British and French press coverage, providing a detailed portrait of how two cultures appeared to one another.

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Nicholas Reese – Thieves, Cut throats and Vagabonds – European Mercenaries in Eighteenth Century India

in Academic Service - Archive by on March 15th, 2016

Event Date: 15 March 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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Nicholas Reese (Independent Scholar) – Thieves, Cut throats and Vagabonds – European Mercenaries in Eighteenth Century India

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Benedict Leigh – C R Ashbee’s vision of Jerusalem, the English Arts and Crafts Movement in the Middle East

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 23rd, 2016

Event Date: 23 February 2016
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Benedict Leigh (UCL Qatar, British Museum) – C R Ashbee’s vision of Jerusalem, the English Arts and Crafts Movement in the Middle East

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Jim Mallinson – A History of Yoga and Yoga Scholarship

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 11th, 2016

Event Date: 11 February 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr Sir Jim Mallinson (SOAS) – A History of Yoga and Yoga Scholarship

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Federica Gigante – Collecting Islamic Art in seventeenth-century Italy: Ferdinando Cospi, the Medici Court and the Ottoman World

in Academic Service - Archive by on January 19th, 2016

Event Date: 19 January 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Federica Gigante (The Warburg Institute and SOAS) – Collecting Islamic art in seventeenth-century Italy: Ferdinando Cospi, the Medici court and the Ottoman world

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Kaveh Bakhtiar – The British Mosque: fragments of an alternative architecture

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 10th, 2015

Event Date: 10 December 2015
Royal Asiatic Society
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Mr Kaveh Bakhtiar (Independent Scholar) – The British Mosque: fragments of an alternative architecture

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John Earle – British Vice-Consul and Local Hero: Nicholas Loney and a Sweeter Life on a 19th Century Philippine Island

in Academic Service - Archive by on December 8th, 2015

Event Date: 8 December 2015
Royal Asiatic Society
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The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr John Earle (University of Plymouth) – British Vice-Consul and Local Hero: Nicholas Loney and a Sweeter Life on a 19th Century Philippine Island

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