Financial Crisis Strikes SOAS

University in financial crisis following crash in undergraduate intake By: Jude Omidiran, BA Economics & Development   SOAS management has disclosed that the university is facing a massive deficit, following a 40% collapse in undergraduate enrolment over the past two years. The Executive Board called an emergency meeting to reveal the £7.1m gap in the […]

Few Answers Materialise in Controversy Around SOAS’ Rare Buddha Statue

Caren Holmes, MA Postcolonial Studies In March 2018, SOAS accepted a controversial gift from American alumni, Mary and Paul Slawson. The gift, a 13th-century Thai sculpture, housed within the Brunei Gallery, is estimated to be worth more than €60,000 but lacks documentation of its transactional history. Dr Angela Chiu, who has a PhD in Thai […]

#ThisIsNotConsent: Victim-blaming and the State of Justice

By:Céline Raynaud, BA Southeast Asian Studies The viral hashtag #ThisIsNotConsent began trending when media reports on the 6th of November 2018 highlighted a rape trial in Northern Ireland. In this trial, the defence lawyer passed the 17-year-old complainant’s underwear around the courtroom as evidence, claiming “the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and […]

Interview with Jude Blay Yawson, Co-Writer of “Rise Up” and Former SOAS Student

Interviewed by Kitty Walsh, BA History and World Philosophies With the publication last month of the best-selling story of grime artist Stormzy’s meteoric rise to fame, Jude Blay Yawson has been everywhere, from Jonathan Ross, BBC1, The Financial Times, Capital to Kiss FM and The Guardian (among others). Here, the ex-SOAS student himself answers some […]

Beyond The Scenes of BTS

Syraat Al Mustaqeem, BA English BTS: an acronym oft-heard meaning “Behind The Scenes”. On 13th June 2013, an alternative was offered – bangtan sonyeondan (방탄소년단). The South-Korean boy band whose namesake offers many alternatives (see: bulletproof boy scouts, Beyond The Scene) has since erupted as a global sensation. “Do you know BTS?” is easily the […]