Communist Pub Crawl Through London

Harry Wise, BA Politics During the 1970s, when the trade unions were considered more powerful than the government, union leaders, such as Jack Jones, would often pop round to 10 Downing Street for ‘beer and sandwiches’ to thrash out a new deal with the government of the day. Beer has always been a favourite for […]

A Radical Story

An interview with Jack Shenker on the topic of his first book, ‘The Egyptians: A Radical Story,’ published by Allen Lane / Penguin in January 2016, the Egyptian revolution, and journalism. Atika Dawood, BA Arabic and Linguistics Atika Dawood: I’ll start with a cliché, were you always interested in journalism? Jack Shenker: “When I was […]

London’s Dark Winter Illuminated

Ameera Iqbal, BA International Relations and History Last weekend, the first ever lights festival to hit the capital took place with London’s iconic buildings and locations illuminated by 30 jaw-dropping installations. Taking inspiration from the Fete Des Lumieres festival held annually in Lyon, France, Lumiere London featured installations, large scale video-mapped projections and interactive artwork […]

Student Led ‘Tales of 1947’ Casts Light on Partition and Diaspora

Ella Linskens, BA Arabic and Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish On the 5th of December, the preview performance of a student led multilingual play, ‘Tales of 1947’ was performed at SOAS. This play is based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’, ‘A Tale of 1947’, other accounts of the partition of British-colonised India, […]

The Plight of Freedom

Racha Sobratee, BSc Economics SOAS students have collaborated to found a new online platform, Huraia, publishing articles discussing the wider MENA (Middle East North Africa) region. To celebrate the launch of Huraia, the JCR hosted a screening of a rough cut of a short documentary film, which will go on to be edited and released […]

The Music of the Calais Migrants

Ed Emery It all starts with the drum. Not just any old drum but the darbuka drum. It has a long-standing, ancient history in the Mediterranean and Arab world. I am an ethnomusicologist, and I do musical research at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. SOAS for short. The drum… is my methodology. Tamburology, I like to call […]