School of Advanced Study Open Day

Friday 11 January 2013
The next School of Adanced Study postgraduate open day will take place on Wednesday 6 February 2013.  School open days offer an excellent opportunity to find out more about postgraduate study and research opportunities across the School. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk to teaching, supervisory and student support staff, and current and past students. Please email if you are interested in attending. Option sessions offered include: Funding your study Making an application How postgraduate study can help your career

Book Launch - Gondar's Child: Songs, Honor & Identity Among Ethiopian Jews In Israel

Wednesday 9 January 2013
17 January 2013, 5pm-6.30pm ICwS fellow Dr Shihan de Silva will chair the forthcoming book launch hosted by the Centre of African Studies, SOAS. About the book In Ethiopia, Ethiopian Jews were attributed with dishonourable status because of their perceived dissociation from the land.  Yet they derived their self-ascribed honour from their link with Israel, expressed through their name:  Betä Israel (“House of Israel”). 

History On Film: Slavery & The African Diaspora From A Global Perspective

Wednesday 9 January 2013
Convened in co-operation with ICwS and hosted by SOAS History Department, the inaugural session of this film series will take place on 30 January in the Khalili Lecture Theatre,Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square.  Following a panel disucssion titled, 'Silences & Taboos:Ethical Dilemmas in Making African Slavery Visible on Film' there will be screening of 'Yesterday’s Slaves: Democracy and Ethnicity in Benin' by Eric Komlavi Hahonou & Camilla Strandsbjerg.  For more information click here. 

Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy

Thursday 3 January 2013
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is saddened to receive the news that Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy passed away on 17 December 2012 following a long battle with cancer. An internationally respected artist, Chukwuogo-Roy achieved particular prominence with her portrait of the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth which was commissioned for the Golden Jubilee Year of 2002. Chukwuogo-Roy was also  a good friend of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and several of her works are on display in the Institute.

CD Launch: ICwS Visiting Fellow John Cowely co-produces the re-issue of 'Calypso Dawn: 1912 - Lovey's Original Trinidad String Band'

Tuesday 18 December 2012
These completely restored masters should be of special relevance for the state of Trinidad and Tobago. Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1962, the islands finally became independent from Great Britain. The people celebrated carnival for a week, remembering and celebrating their own identity. Half a century earlier, Lovey's Original Trinidad String Band had played a substantial role in developing and promoting the identity of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. For more information or to purchase a copy click here.

ICwS fellow Martin Plaut - 'The legacy of Meles Zenawi' Review of African Political Economy, Volume 39, Issue 134, 2012

Tuesday 18 December 2012
I recently obtained a somewhat grainy, black and white photograph dated 14 December 1935. It shows a long line of men, walking down a dusty street in Addis Ababa. It is entitled ‘“The sinews of war”: rich merchants bring bags of money to finance the Emperor Haile Selassie’s doomed attempt to halt the Italian invasion’. As the caption indicates, the money is carried by slaves.