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Events calendar: Centres and Institutes Office

The Centres & Institutes 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 & Institutes Office.

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  • The Arab Winter: Democratic Consolidation, Civil War, and Radical Islamists
  • Stephen J. King (Georgetown University)
  • This unique comparative analysis of countries before, during and after the Arab Spring seeks to explain the divergent outcomes, disappointing and even harrowing results of efforts to overcome democratic consolidation challenges, from the tentative democracy in Tunisia to the emergence of the Islamic State, and civil war and authoritarian retrenchment everywhere else.

  • CPS Annual Lecture 2021: The Apartheid Paradigm
  • Raef Zreik (Tel Aviv University)
  • Professor Zreik will offer an interpretation regarding the recent increase in the deployment of the Apartheid paradigm to describe the current reality in Palestine-Israel.

  • Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy in Africa - A Global Perspective
  • Various speakers
  • China and Africa have long decades of interaction. The vaccine diplomacy is simply a counterpoint of 'vaccine wars' that have swept Europe itself - especially between the UK and EU. In Africa/China terms, this diplomacy is just one further aspect of old rivalries between China and the West - albeit conducted within the crisis of a pandemic - but also may be seen as a genuine Chinese outreach that echoes the nature of an earlier relationship between the two continents.

  • History, Fiction, and Japan
  • Prof Amy Stanley (Northwestern University)
  • This talk, from a Japan historian whose work has often been miscategorized as fiction, considers the opportunities and dangers of borrowing the narrative strategies of the novel, and presents some ideas about why fiction and history are so often confused when we talk and write about Japan.

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia: A Transcultural History of Heritage?
  • Michael Falser (Heidelberg University/Technical University of Munich)
  • Michael Falser will take you on a journey, one that will give you the chance to see some of the results of his recent monograph Angkor Wat. A Transcultural History of Heritage (DeGruyter, Berlin 2020), which traced the multiple lives of Angkor Wat over a 150-year-long period from the 1860s to the 2010s, and presented for the first time a kind of visual anthology of the temple with more than 1,400 historic photographs, architectural plans and samples of public media.

  • Rescuing Art History from the Nation: Late Chosŏn Korea between Europe and Edo Japan
  • Prof J.P. Park (University of Oxford)
  • By introducing evidence that testifies to the late Chosŏn public’s active interest in Japanese art, this paper will point to the neglected exchange of art and ideas between early modern Korea and Japan, and expose how age-old academic conventions and nationalisms remain firmly fixed in the study of East Asian art history.

  • Epistolary Revolution in Chosŏn Korea
  • Asst Prof Hwisang Cho (Emory University)
  • While discussing his book The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea (Washington 2020), Hwisang Cho will give a survey of the “epistolary revolution” that shaped Korean society from the sixteenth century to the present.


  • LOOT: Britain and the Benin Bronzes
  • Barnaby Phillips (Author), Enotie Paul Ogbebor (Visual artist and singer/songwriter)
  • The story of a powerful West African kingdom & British imperial greed. The dispersal of the Bronzes and today’s debate about their future.

  • Do Not Disturb
  • Michela Wrong (Author), Miles Tendi (University of Oxford), Susan Thomson (Colgate University)
  • Join us for the launch of 'Do Not Disturb' by award-winning author Michela Wrong.

  • Shadows & Illuminations
  • Robert Lemelson (UCLA)
  • A film screening of Shadows & Illuminations. A film that follows an older Balinese man, Nyoman Kereta, as he struggles with the intrusion of spirits into his consciousness. Kereta says he has been living in two worlds, the world of his family and community and the world of the spirits, for the past 40 years.


  • 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.

  • 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.