Do you own your own body?

By Hasan Almusawi, LLB Law The question of whether we are truly the proprietors of our bodies has been a surprisingly obscure one. While it is easy to assume that we obviously own our own bodies because we carry them throughout the entirety of our lives, the law surrounding the issue has not been so […]

Society Spotlight: SOAS World Music Choir

Who: SOAS WORLD MUSIC CHOIR What: We are a small, friendly group who sing songs from all over the world, such as Spain, Kenya, Ghana, Wales, England, Russia, Bulgaria and more. It is a completely relaxed atmosphere and there are no auditions. We are always willing to learn requested songs and usually sing acapella or […]

Black Flags in Iraq: Arba’een – one of the largest peaceful gatherings in history

This November again witnessed, one of the largest peaceful gatherings in human history take place in Southern Iraq. An estimated 20 million-plus people travelled to the region in the space of two weeks to observe the day of Arba’een, commemorating the brutal killing of a seventh century Arabian nobleman. Millions flock to the region to […]

Humans of SOAS: Rani Perinparaja

Tell us about yourself. My given name is Mano-Rani il-ankkaren. It means Great Queen of Lanka. The stall is to raise money for Sri Lankan refugees. As a South Asian I’m one of every three people on the planet; I don’t feel like a minority. But at SOAS, even the nice people say, “I want […]


You’ve been here at SOAS for twenty years, where were you before?  This is the first university I’ve worked at. Before that, I worked for MTV for about a year as a production assistant on a show called The Real World, which was like a proto-reality TV show. It was like the fifth biggest TV […]

My first time: Fangsheng

By V A Douglas As soon as I stepped over the threshold of my apartment and walked into the courtyard outside, I smelt the familiar musk of summer heat, exhaust fumes and dust. I walked out onto the street – and something caught my eye. It was about the size of a desktop computer, and […]