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Week beginning Monday 17 May 2021

Monday 17 May 2021

  • The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong
  • Michael C. Davis (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; New York University and Jindal Global University) and Nathan Law (Hong Kong democratic activist and former legislator)
  • This panel discussion will trace how Hong Kong got to where it is today, what the key challenges are, and what roles supporters of democracy in Hong Kong or elsewhere can play in the foreseeable future.

Tuesday 18 May 2021

  • Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China
  • Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China retells one of the largely forgotten histories between Britain and China in the 19th Century. Drawing on several collections using artefacts to explore the history of the Opium Wars through botanical arts and tools; historical artefacts about silk; missionary work and intercultural shared experiences in China recorded by British Missionaries throughout this period. 

Wednesday 19 May 2021


Thursday 20 May 2021

  • The Politics of Restitution
  • Jos van Beurden (Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Hilmar Farid (Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia)
  • Jos van Beurden will present Lessons for the Future: Returns by the Netherlands to Indonesia in the 2010s and the 1970s, and Hilmar Farid will discuss The Future of Restitution: What is Possible?

  • How Fangyan became Dialects: A history of language and nationalism in China
  • Gina Anne Tam (Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas)
  • What does it mean to speak the Chinese language? The most common answer to this question would be Mandarin, the national language of the People’s Republic of China. Yet within China, the languages spoken on the streets of China's cities and towns are often not its national language.

Friday 21 May 2021

  • Artefacts, Identities and Restitution
  • Phacharaphorn Phanomvan (Lecturer, University of Oxford), Charlotte Galloway (Honorary Associate Professor, Australian National University)
  • Phacharaphorn Phanomvan will present Plai Bat: Reclaiming Heritage, Social Media, and Modern Nationalism and Charlotte Galloway will discuss Repatriation, Restitution and Myanmar.