Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund: Call for Proposals – Deadline 3rd December 2014

Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund: Call for Proposals
Application forms for this special fund scheme are now available on e-GAP.

Intending applicants need to register themselves in the system, if not already registered, and should access full details by following the links to ‘funding schemes’ from the personal welcome page.

Stein-Arnold Exploration Fund
The Fund was established according to the terms of the Will of Sir Aurel Stein, FBA, to commemorate his friendship with Sir Thomas Arnold, FBA, for ‘the encouragement of research on the antiquities or historical geography or early history or arts of those parts of Asia which come within the sphere of the ancient civilisations of India, China, and Iran, including Central Asia, or of one or more of these and so that special consideration shall be paid, if possible, to research of this character bearing upon the territories comprised in the present Kingdom of Afghanistan including the region of ancient Bactria and in the north-western frontier region of India’.

Research should be ‘so far as possible by means of exploratory work’, and applicants must be British or Hungarian subjects.

Level of grant: Awards do not normally exceed £2,500.
Deadline for submission of applications: 3 December 2014.
Results expected: end March 2015.
Earliest Start Date for Research: 1 April 2015.

Sam van Schaik: “The Married Monks of Kroraina”, Friday 14th November, 5.30pm

Fri 14th November, 5.30pm

Sam van Schaik of the International Dunhuang Project, British Library, will speak on

The Married Monks of Kroraina

The kingdom of Kroraina flourished in the middle of the Taklamakan desert in the first centuries of this millennium. Among the most important of the discoveries excavated from the kingdom were documents providing a detailed (if incomplete) picture of the daily life of Buddhist monks in the region in the 3rd to 4th centuries, revealing how Buddhism was adapted outside of India during the Gupta period. In this talk, Sam van Schaik will look at the evidence for the existence of married Buddhist monks (śramana) and will explore the reasons why this situation might have developed.

Sam van Schaik obtained a PhD in Tibetan Buddhist literature at the University of Manchester in 2000, with a dissertation on the translations of Dzogchen texts by Jigme Lingpa. Since then he has published several books on Tibet and Esoteric Buddhism and is currently part of the International Dunhuang Project, based at the British Library.

Ancient India and Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG

tel. 01223 356841

Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome

AIIT Christmas and New Year closure

The Trust will be closed from Wednesday 24th December to Tuesday 6th January inclusive.  We will re-open as usual on Wednesday 7th January.


Public lecture: ‘The Last of the Lascars’, Wednesday 12 November, Cambridge Muslim College

Seddon public lecture


Centre of South Asian Studies: Visual Constructions of South Asia Seminar series 2014-15

Visual constructions of south asia series 2014

Lecture at Centre of South Asian Studies, Tuesday 21st Oct: Visual anthropological perspectives on South Asian society

Visual anthropological perspectives on South Asian society

Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Research Fellow, Clare Hall; Affiliated Lecturer and Research Associate, Centre of South Asian Studies

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 16:30-18:00

S3 Seminar Room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Rd, CB3 9DP.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes.

While stereotypical illustrations of South Asian society permeate most of its commercial and official representations, amateur visual productions (films and photographs) often contribute towards an ethnographic representation of it. This seminar identifies several visual anthropological research methods able to further new perspectives on modern South Asian society.

This talk is part of the Visual Rhetoric and modern South Asian history (2014) series.

Lecture by Imre Galambos, Friday 17th October, 5.30pm: “A Forgotten Civilisation”

The Ancient India and Iran Trust Michaelmas Term lecture programme begins this Friday 17th October at 5.30pm

with a talk by Dr Imre Galambos

A Forgotten Civilisation – Remains of the Tangut Kingdom in Central Asia

Refreshments from 5pm. All welcome.

Having studied for several years in China (Tianjin) and Hungary, Imre Galambos received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley with a dissertation on the orthography of Chinese writing during the Warring States period. On graduation, he started working for the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library and became involved in the study of Dunhuang manuscripts and the manuscript culture of medieval China in general. After ten years at the British Library, he came to Cambridge in 2012 where he is University Lecturer in Pre-modern Chinese Studies.

Ancient India & Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BG
Tel: +44 (0)1223 356841


Please note:  The Trust car park will be unavailable Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October while the driveway is resurfaced.

AIIT Michaelmas Term Lecture Programme

Michaelmas Term: Focus on Central Asia

17 October: Imre Galambos (Cambridge)
A Forgotten Civilisation: Remains of the Tangut Kingdom in Central Asia

14 November: Sam van Schaik (British Library)
The Married Monks of Kroraina

28 November: Razia Sultanova (Cambridge)
Music of the Uzbeks of Northern Afghanistan

Lectures begin at 5.30pm with refreshments from 5pm.
All welcome.
~ Special Events (booking required) ~

24 October: Sir Nicholas Barrington
Envoy: the experiences of a diplomat in Asia

N.B. this event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and booking is essential.  Please telephone the Administrator on: 01223 356841 or e-mail:       Booking opens 22nd September.

7 November: Amed Gökçen (Istanbul)
Black Book, Black Fortune: Cultural and religious practices of the Ezidi (Yazidi)

N.B. this event is for Friends of the Trust only.
To book or to join as a Friend, please contact the Administrator as above.

Events begin at 5.30pm with refreshments from 5pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Workshop: Sanskrit Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge, 25-27 September

The final workshop of the AHRC-funded “Sanskrit Manuscripts in the University Library, Cambridge” will be held in Cambridge, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, on 25-27 September 2014. The full programme is available on the weblog:

All are welcome.