Tamil Studies at SOAS, University of London has a long history dating back over 75 years. However, as a result of increasing cuts in government funding, regional languages such as Tamil are no longer taught at SOAS. With a view to see Tamil Studies remain an area of scholarship and teaching in London, SOAS and TamilChairUK cordially invite you to join this event to mark the launch of the Tamil Studies campaign at SOAS.
- Ensure Tamil is taught and is accessible for all university students, to a standard that provides credits for their degree, whatever their institution
- Support Tamil language study and accreditation in schools and the community
- Invigorate Tamil Studies at SOAS enabling students and academics to study and research Tamil culture and social sciences to the highest level
- Award scholarships to ensure that academic and individual quality is the only requirement for access to Tamil Studies, for undergraduate and postgraduate applicants
The Future of Tamil Studies at SOAS
- Invest in an endowment for scholarships to establish them in perpetuity
- Conserve and digitise cultural and material heritage such as the palm-leaf manuscripts enhance the statue and surrounding environment of the Thiruvalluvar statue at SOAS with the aim of making it a ‘destination’ and focus for Tamil community events
- Establish and support institutional partnerships valuable to Tamil and Tamil Studies in the UK and internationally
- Create sustainable academic posts focused on innovative teaching and research of Tamil and Tamil Studies
- Endow a professorial/senior academic Chair in Tamil and Tamil Studies
tamil at soasWorld renowned Tamil Scholars such as Dr John Marr, Stuart Blackburn and David Shulman are the prodigies of SOAS. The famous English scholar M.S.H Thompson once taught Tamil here. Due to the government funding cuts, and lack of student participation, Tamil Studies in SOAS had to come to an unfortunate end. The partnership between SOAS and the TamilChair UK aims to invigorate Tamil Studies at SOAS.
Where will the money go?
Create a academic post, focused on innovative teaching and research of Tamil and Tamil Studies
Professor Edward Simpson, Director of the SOAS South Asia Institute with members of Tamil Chair UK in January 2018 marking the auspicious day of Pongal