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92nd Conference of the South Asia Archive and Library Group

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We are pleased to announce that the next South Asia Archive and Library Group conference will take place on Friday 30th January, 2015 at the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre in South London.

The conference will include the following talks plus a chance to view items from the Salvation Army’s archive collection and museum displays, as well as the SAALG Business Meeting.

‘Cataloguing the Michael Stokes Indian postcard collection’ Rosie Llewellyn-Jones (Archivist, Royal Society for Asian Affairs)

‘Searching for Mahabharatas: An inquiry into the modern adaptations of an Indian ‘national epic’ in Hindi and English cultural spheres’ Chimnay Sharma (PhD Candidate, SOAS University of London)

‘Three books about South India in the days of the Raj. Discovering the life and work of the photographer A. T. W. Penn’ – Christopher Penn (Independent Researcher, Author)

‘Digitising with volunteers: the experience of the Centre of South Asian Studies’ – Dr. Kevin Greenbank (Archivist, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge).

The conference fee is £20 including lunch and refreshments and is payable on the day. If you would like to attend please fill in the online booking form . For more information, you may contact Helen Porter (contact details included on the online booking form).

(forwarded from the SAALG Committee)

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88th SAALG Conference

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SAALG is very pleased to announce that its next conference will take place on Friday 8th February at the British Library in London. The day will focus on The Mughals and will include talks on Mughal music, art and the Mughal imperial library. There will also be a fantastic opportunity to view the current British Library exhibition Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire with highlights presented by the curatorial team.

A folio from the Royal Asiatic Society's manuscript Persian 239 which bears the sealsof several Mughal Emperor's and is displayed in the current British Library exhibition

A folio from the Royal Asiatic Society’s manuscript Persian 239 which bears the seals
of several Mughal Emperor’s and is displayed in the current British Library exhibition

The full program for the day is:

10.15 – 10.45 Arrival, networking and refreshments
10.45 – 11.00 Welcome by Dr Malina Roy (Curator of Visual Arts, British Library)
11.00 – 11.40 The ‘Spurious’ Jahangirnamah: A Preliminary Study. Dr Saqib Baburi (Teaching Fellow, Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS)
11.40 – 12.20 The Mughal Imperial Library. Ursula Sims-Williams (Curator of Iranian Collections, British Library and Honorary Librarian, Ancient India and Iran Trust)
12.20 – 13.00 SAALG Business Meeting
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.40 ‘Cultivation and connoisseurship: the social history of musical manuscripts in Mughal India’ Dr. Katherine Schofield (Lecturer, Music Department, Kings College London)
14.40 – 15.20 ‘Image and essence in the Akbarnama’ Emily Hannam (MPhil Student, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford)
15.20 – 16.00 Guided tour of highlights of the British Library Exhibition ‘Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire’
16.00 – 17.00 Additional time to view the exhibition http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/mughalindia/index.html.

The conference fee including the visit to the exhibition is £15 payable on the day. Although lunch is not included the British Library has a number of food and drink establishments on site and so there will still be an opportunity to network with colleagues during the break.

If you would like to attend please email Helen Porter, SAALG Chair at hp@royalasiaticsociety.org for a booking form or more information, by Friday 1st February.