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Week beginning Monday 03 May 2021

Tuesday 04 May 2021

  • The China Debate 2021: China will Sustain its Economic Rise
  • Various speakers
  • Will China be able to sustain its economic rise? Will the economic miracle that has defined China’s development during the last four decades be a sufficient basis from which to lift it out of the Middle-Income Trap? Will the changes in the international environment unleashed by Xi’s assertive foreign policy and the US-China Trade War prove to be insurmountable obstacles? These are a few of the questions which this debate will address.

  • What does a world with less water mean for the Middle East?
  • Peter Schwartzstein (journalist)
  • As the driest part of the planet, the Middle East never had much water to begin with. But a potent combination of climate shocks, rampant mismanagement, and increasing demand is pushing the region to the brink.

Wednesday 05 May 2021

  • African Migration, Human Rights and Literature
  • Prof Fareda Banda (SOAS)
  • This innovative book looks at the topic of migration through the prism of law and literature. The author uses a rich mix of novels, short stories, literary realism, human rights and comparative literature to explore the experiences of African migrants and asylum seekers.

  • Book Launch: The Colonizing Self, by Hagar Kotef
  • The Colonizing Self explores the cultural, political, and theoretical apparatuses that enable people and nations to construct a home on the ruins of other people’s homes or to feel that they belong to spaces of dispossession.

Thursday 06 May 2021