Keep the Helen Kanitkar Library open!

A project by: Jonelle Twum


WE RAISED £1,007

from 49 donors

This project received pledges on Mon 12 Dec 2016
Help us keep our anthropology library open!

We are a group of SOAS Anthropology students and we are raising money to keep the Helen Kanitkar Library running at SOAS

Dr Helen Kanitkar was for many years a Lektor in the Department of Anthropology at SOAS. Students and staff from that period will recall the warmth and pastoral care she extended to generations of students. No knock on her door ever came at an inconvenient moment. When Dr Kanitkar passed away in 2001, her husband Hemant funded the refurbishment of the departmental library, which has been Helen's particular love. Additionally, he donated 800 of her books to what was reopened as the Helen Kanitkar Library and Research Centre (HKL) - Anthropology's Departmental Library at the School of Oriental and African Studied (SOAS), University of London. When Hemant also sadly passed away, he left a legacy which established studentships for research into the religions that had fascinated them.

The HKL contains a  LARGE number OF valuable resources to SOAS students

Copies of popular anthropological texts used on BA and MA courses, as well as videos and other resources have provided vital resources for generations of SOAS Anthropology students. Particularly valuable to current students are the outstanding examples of BA Independent Study Projects, MA dissertations, MPhil upgrade documents and PhD theses from which inspiration and guidance can be taken.
The HKL is also a study place for anthropologist, somewhere for writing and research, as well as for informal meetings and the exchange of ideas between BA, MA and research students. 

In the words of one SOAS student, 'the HKL has been fundamental to any and all success in my degree programme'. 

Fifteen years on, we have exhausted Hemant’s legacy and need your donations to keep this vital resource alive.

Your donations will enable the Anthropology Department to continue to appoint a Student Librarian who is responsible for coordinating volunteers, cataloguing books and dissertations, and fulfilling Helen Kanitkar's ambitions of bringing students together in a place where diversity and difference are celebrated. The position has also provided valuable work experience for SOAS students and we hope to be able to continue to offer this opportunity.

Please help us continue the generous Kanitkar legacy and the living reminder of a much-loved colleague.

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The HKL is an excellent resource for students of the Anthropology Department. It would be a huge loss if it is allowed to close.

Designed to get you through the magic £500 mark in good time to ensure your project viability! But WHY are SOAS Anthropology Dept not themselves getting involved in this - surely they have the money to help too ????

The Helen Kantikar Library is a learning space for students at different levels to meet and to learn from each other. This peer support is highly effective: many, many students have told me that without the HK library, they would not have completed their studies successfully. Jonelle has great plans with the HK library. Donations are needed to put these plans into effect.

Thanks to Helen and Hemant and all those who have kept the HKL&RC going for so many years

Love our social learning space which actually works extremely effectively ** exactly because it is dedicated and site-specific**. Much work gets done here towards various things, including: student peer to peer learning, mentoring down the generations / cohorts, pastoral and study peer support, and cranking up a level or three of research work, thanks to synergies and cross-fertilisations. When I asked a SOAS leaver what wisdom they would have me pass on to new students, they replied: " Tell them that in SOAS Anthropology, they will have many conversations which will begin but never finish......." In HKL some of those conversations get started and developed.