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.

British Library Persian Manuscripts – One Day Symposium: Friday 31st October, 2014

One day symposium: British Library Persian Manuscripts: Collections and Research
British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Friday, 31 October 2014, 9.30-18.00 – See more at:

AIIT Closed Friday 29th August

******The Trust will be CLOSED ON Friday 29th August.  Open again as usual from Monday 1st September, 2014******


*****The Trust will be CLOSED on Monday 25th August, 2014.  Open again as usual from Tuesday 26th August*****

Ancient India and Iran Trust Friday Lectures

Our summer lecture programme is now over.  The autumn programme, which will have a Central Asian theme, will begin on Friday 17th October.  Details will be confirmed early in September.

The programme will also include the Trust’s contribution to the Cambridge Festival of Ideas on Friday 24th October.

Lectures will take place as usual on Fridays and begin at 5.30pm, with refreshments from 5pm.