2 December Dr Almut Hintze (SOAS) – Zoroastrianism and the Parsis
23 November Dr Malcolm Smith (Colwyn Bay, Wales) – In the Name of the Dead: How the near extinction of vultures across India threatens the Parsi faith.
Dr Malcolm Smith writes on environment, science and travel in The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and some magazines. Until 2004 he was Chief Scientist at The Countryside Council for Wales. He is now a Board Member (non-executive Director) of The Environment Agency in England and Wales and on the Council of the Welsh Consumers Council.
4 November Dr Julia Hegewald (University of Heidelberg) – Jaina Temples in India: The development of a distinct language in architecture and ritual
21 October Dr Razia Sultanova (SOAS) – Women and music in the great Silk Road
10 June Dr Cheryl Porter (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) – “First catch your bug …”: Re-discovering materials used for painting Armenian and Persian manuscripts – saffron and cochineal (An illustrated lecture about the history of the use of saffron and cochineal in manuscript painting and the search to find, harvest and reproduce these historic colours, according to the original recipes.)
3 June Dr Eivind Kahrs (University of Cambridge) - Some reflections on the notion of Karma
27 May Professor Helmut Humbach (University of Mainz) - Zarathushtra, the truthful and Truth
13 May Dr Johnny Cheung (AIIT, Cambridge) – Dating the Bactrian Documents
11 March Dr Sheila Canby (British Museum) - Mirza ‘Ali, a 16th century Persian court painter
25 February Mr Richard Blurton (Assistant Keeper, Department of Asia, British Museum) - On the edge of India; on the edge of Tibet: current research in Aruanchal Pradesh
11 February Professor Richard Widdess (SOAS, University of London) – The Music of Nepal
28 January Dr K Rajan (Tamil University, Thanjavur) - Recent archaeological findings in Tamil Nadu