SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series: Professor Phil Clark and Professor Dafydd Fell (Department of Politics and International Studies)

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5:30 pm
Brunei Gallery
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
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In our first inaugural lecture of 2024, we welcome Professor Phil Clark and Professor Dafydd Fell from the Department of Politics, who will be presenting lectures on Rwanda under the Rwandan Patriotic Front: Assessing 30 Years of Post-Genocide Recovery and Alternative Politics in Taiwan: The Birth of Asia's First Green Party respectively.

April 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi population in Rwanda. Drawing on more than 20 years of field research in Rwanda, in his lecture Professor Clark will assess how far the country has come since the Genocide in terms of justice, reconciliation, socio-economic equality and civic freedom.

In the second lecture of the night, Professor Fell will discuss how a conversation with a SOAS student led to a decade long journey researching Taiwan's Green political parties. This inaugural lecture will the focus on the party's first year, including its formation, first election and relationship with the international Green Party movement.


5:30pmProfessor Laura HammondWelcome and introduction
5:35pmProfessor David M. AndersonFirst testimonial
5:40pmProfessor Phil ClarkFirst inaugural lecture + Q&A 
6:05pmProfessor Laura HammondIntroduction to second lecture
6:10pmProfessor Robert AshSecond testimonial
6:15pmProfessor Dafydd FellSecond inaugural lecture + Q&A 
6:40pmProfessor Laura HammondClosing remarks

About the speakers

Professor Phil Clark

Professor Phil Clark

Phil Clark is a Professor of International Politics at SOAS University of London. He specialises in conflict and post-conflict issues, including transitional justice, peacebuilding and reconciliation after mass atrocity in Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

Professor Dafydd Fell

Professor Dafydd Fell

Professor Dafydd Fell's main research focus has been on Taiwan’s political parties and electoral politics. As director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies he has helped develop the world’s most extensive Taiwan Studies teaching, academic events and publications programme. 

SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series

The SOAS Inaugural Lecture Series recognises that research is an integral part of university life, and offers a platform for newly appointed and promoted professors to share their significant contributions to their field while also showcasing the overall strength, depth and vitality of research at SOAS.

This event is free of charge and open to SOAS staff and students, as well as the general public.