Author: Andrew Osmond

Climate change and development © Morag Dempsey
Development Studies
Andrew Osmond

Climate Change and Development

Climate change is the foremost challenge, which faces humanity in the 21st century, and it is being prioritised as such by (most!) governments around the world.

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Wind farm, Africa
Languages and Cultures
Andrew Osmond

Examining the future of Africa

The pace of change in Africa promises huge transformations to African societies, economies and cultures: a subject, which will be discussed at the Imagining Africa’s Future conference.

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View towards Senate House, Torrington Square
History
Andrew Osmond

Remember to smile in Torrington Square

Torrington Square is at the centre of the compass for the University of London, with Senate House to the south; SOAS to the east; Birkbeck to the west; and UCL further off to the north.

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View from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Languages and Cultures
Andrew Osmond

Hong Kong: 20 years of history

1 July 2017 sees the twentieth anniversary of the end of more than 150 years of British control of Hong Kong. A lot can happen in twenty years.

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Newspapers in SOAS Library
Media Studies
Andrew Osmond

Academia vs journalism? Reaching a career crossroads

SOAS student Selim Yaman finds himself in a professional quandary. Should he choose an academic path or pursue a career in journalism? Having trialled both professions, discover his personal observations of the pro and cons of academia vs journalism.

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Anthropology
Andrew Osmond

A colourful celebration of Holi at SOAS

SOAS students typically celebrate Holi with a big party in one of the Bloomsbury squares. Rather more emphasis is placed on the fun and the frolics of the festival, and slightly less on chasing out evil on a big bonfire.

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History
Andrew Osmond

Holocaust Memorial Day

A selection of podcasts provided by the Jewish Music Institute that examines the work of suppressed composers forced to flee from the Nazis between 1933-1945.

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Languages and Cultures
Andrew Osmond

North Korea: behind the tabloid headlines

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has long been a subject of fascination for the Western popular media. It is typically portrayed by the shorthand of four recurring motifs – isolationism; nuclear weapons; the Kim ruling family; and vast military parades.

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We are SOAS
Andrew Osmond

Tom White

“People complain a lot in London about the tube network when there is a tube every three mins, it’s not that bad”

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Development Studies
Andrew Osmond

Finding Peace in the Park

Bloomsbury is characterised by its historic squares and gardens: each has its own distinct atmosphere and special appeal. Tavistock Square can be reached within a

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Politics and International Studies
Andrew Osmond

Paper Airplanes Across Syria

The civil war in Syria has its origin in civilian protests, which sprung up across many countries in the Middle East and North Africa as a consequence of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.

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Languages and Cultures
Andrew Osmond

World Arabic Language Day

World Arabic Language Day (WALD) is celebrated on 18 December each year. Arabic language is believed to have its origins among nomadic tribes in the

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History
Andrew Osmond

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. In the United Kingdom the event

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Languages and Cultures
Andrew Osmond

Korean Studies

There are approximately 80 million Korean language speakers in the world, which include 50 million in South Korea, 24 million in North Korea, and nearly

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Religions and Philosophies
Andrew Osmond

A Celebration of Max Weber

Hinduism and Buddhism was Max Weber’s second essay (after Confucianism and Taoism), which examined the economic ethics of the world religions. SOAS University of London

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Languages and Cultures
Andrew Osmond

Joint East Asian Studies Conference

SOAS University of London hosted the Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEAS) from 7-9 September 2016. The conference is a triennial meeting held by the

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Politics and International Studies
Andrew Osmond

New student facilities at SOAS

SOAS University of London celebrated the opening of the Paul Webley Wing in the North Block of Senate House as part of its Centenary celebrations.

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Languages and Cultures
Andrew Osmond

South Asian Studies

The South Asia Institute (SSAI) at SOAS University of London represents the largest multi-disciplinary community of scholars working on South Asia of any university in

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Development Studies
Andrew Osmond

World Humanitarian Day

The United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day recognises those who face danger and adversity in order to help others; honouring both those who have lost their

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