Events calendar: Centres and Programmes Office
The Centres & Programmes Office provides School-wide event management support on all aspects of event delivery.
See below for the calendar of events organised by the SOAS Centres & Programmes Office.
For further information about any of the events please contact the Centres & Programmes Office.
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- Ratih Kumala’s collection of short stories Larutan Senja
Author Ratih Kumala in converation with Dr Soe Tjen Marching (SOAS)
During the book launch, there will be the screening of the short film "Schizophrenia" written by the author and directed by Ikhwan Ridho.
- The Scribblers Mafia: Radical Ideologues in Mao’s Coalition
Professor Victor Shih (University of California at San Diego)
This talk explores how scribblers (笔杆子), who were junior and obscure cadres prior to the Cultural Revolution, were rocketed up to important positions by Mao Zedong.
- The Women's Movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam and Democracy
Book launch on the history of women’s social, legal and political status in Pakistan as contested through its urban-based modern women’s movement.
- Rising Authoritarianism? Evaluating political and economic development in Hong Kong
This panel brings together four distinguished Hong Kong citizens to discuss Hong Kong’s current political impasse, the city’s relationship with China and its future as a both a cosmopolitan economic Asian hub and exemplar for democratic reform in China – or not.
- The Merchant’s Tale: one family’s experience of the Meiji Restoration and the transformation of Japan
Prof Simon Partner (Duke University)
This lecture examines the dynamics of Japan’s revolutionary 1860s, focusing on the economic opportunities, political threats, and social and economic disruptions of the restoration era, as seen through the eyes of one participant and his family.
- Indonesia Kontemporer 2018
Inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions, Indonesia Kontemporer 2018, is a creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food and handicrafts stalls. This year's theme is music.
- Utmost Happiness & Utmost Sadness: The diary of India nowadays.
Arundhati Roy and Shohini Ghosh
- Famines, earthquakes and climate events
Dr Michael Willis (British Museum) and Dr Christopher Davis (Durham)
Islam Issa (BCU), Roberta Garrett (UEL), Mahmood Jamal (writer and producer), Ahmed Jamal (director)
Film screening of the award winning Anglo Pakistani film 'Rahm', an adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Measure For Measure' in Urdu, followed by a discussion.
- The representation of otherness and foreignness in the art of early Southeast Asia c.100 BCE – c.900 CE
Ben Wreyford (SOAS)
Ben Wreyford, PhD Candidate at SOAS University of London, gives a talk on figures claimed to represent ‘foreigners’ in the art of early Southeast Asia.
- A Celebration of 40 Years of the SOAS Japan Research Centre
JRC academic members will give visual presentations providing insight into the various fields of research and activity in Japanese Studies covered at SOAS.
- Li Manshan: Portrait of a folk Daoist
Dr Stephen Jones (SOAS, University of London)
- China’s Rise and the Security of East Asia
Professor Thomas J. Christensen (Columbia University)
This lecture will be the second of the WSD Handa Distinguished lectures at SOAS
Experience traditional Japanese stories told through the art of Rakugo and performed in english for all to hear.
- Afghanistan in Academia conference
Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (Associate Professor of History at James Madison University, author of the forthcoming book, "Mountstuart Elphinstone in South Asia: Pioneer of British Colonial Rule")
Day-long workshop to create a platform for prospective scholars to exchange ideas and perspectives that contribute towards the academic discourse on Afghanistan.
- What is an author’s view of noh? How is a new noh in traditional style conceived from ‘page to stage’?
Jannette Cheong (Poet, writer, designer and curator)
- Red Flags: Why Xi Jinping’s China is in Jeopardy
George Magnus (Research Associate, SOAS China Institute) Discussants: Jonathan Fenby (Research Associate, SOAS China Institute) and Carrie Gracie (Former BBC China Editor)
Under President Xi Jinping China has become a more controlling and assertive power both at home and abroad. Since the financial crisis, it has eagerly stepped into the gap left by a retreating US. But how rosy and robust are its prospects, really?
- Poisoning the Well: From Postwar Anti-Nuclear Protest to J-Horror
Jennifer Coates (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
A Halloween-themed public talk tracing the iconography of 1990s Japanese horror film back to 1950s anti-nuclear protest.
- Women’s Pornographies and Social Activism in Hong Kong
This talk analyzes the views and activities of sex activists and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and San Francisco, who were interviewed about the topic of queer and feminist pornography and its relationship to social movements.
- Annual Presentation on Asia for Sixth Form Students 2018
The aim of this presentation is to introduce students to subjects and concepts they may not have previously explored as part of their curriculum and, which will, we hope, inspire them.
- Tibetan Monastery Collections and Museums
This workshop, thus, addresses the usage, management and display of institutional collections of Tibetan artifacts both in situ and in the West.
- Central Asia in the 21st century: Caught between Russia, China, the USA and Islamic Extremism
Dr Christoph Baumer (Author and photographer)
An illustrated lecture by Dr Christoph Baumer, author and photographer
- China, from Present to Past
Professor Valerie Hansen (Yale University)
- The Impact of Investment Treaty Law on Host States: Some empirical insights from Central Asia
Mavluda Sattorova (University of Liverpool)
How Developing States Learn from International Investment Law: A Central Asian Experience
- Beijing from below: new light on the recent history of China’s capital
Harriet Evans (University of Westminster)
This talk tells a story of revolution and reform that challenges many of the familiar themes of dominant chronology of the PRC.
- Chinese State Capitalism in Hong Kong
Ho-fung Hung (Johns Hopkins University)
- Tea dreams? How Brits feel and think about China, and why: preliminary survey findings
Peter Gries 葛小伟 (Lee Kai Hung Chair and Director, Manchester China Institute, and Professor of Chinese Politics, The University of Manchester)
- Cults of Viṣṇu in early India
Prof Hans T. Bakker (British Museum), Dr Dániel Balogh (British Museum), Francesco Bianchini (Oxford), Dr Serena Biondo (British Museum), Dr Gergely Hidas (British Museum), Dr Marion Rastelli (Vienna), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)