Centre of Chinese Studies
The Centre of Chinese Studies was established in 1992 to facilitate and develop in the United Kingdom and Europe interdisciplinary research, teaching, and other activities relating to China. Within the School the Centre works closely with The China Quarterly, the Early China Seminar, the Contemporary China Institute, and the China Postgraduate Network.
In addition, the Centre maintains close links with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the British Council, the Department for International Development (DFID) and other government departments, the European Commission, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), the Great Britain-China Centre, the British Association of Chinese Studies (BACS), the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (UCL), the British Library, the British Museum, other colleges and education institutions in the UK, Europe and China (including Hong Kong), and the media.
Membership of the interdisciplinary Centre includes over 40 members of staff whose interests span both historical and contemporary Chinese studies. The Centre also hosts research associates and visiting scholars who are working on projects relevant to the Centre.
The Centre fosters postgraduate research on Chinese societies, and is responsible for the MA degree in Chinese Studies.
It organises interdisciplinary research seminars and provides annual events for the analysis of developments in contemporary China. The Centre’s Annual Lecture is given by distinguished invited speakers of international standing, and recent presentations have been made by Wilt Idema (Harvard), Professor Rudolph Wagner (Heidelberg) and Peter Nolan (Cambridge).
The Centre publishes an annual newsletter, The Centre of Chinese Studies Annual Review, which reports the activities of the Centre and its members and lists past and forthcoming events in SOAS.