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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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  • Abina and the Important Men (2017)
  • Director: Soumyaa Kapil
  • Abina and the Important Men is a lightly animated film adaptation of the award-winning graphic history by Trevor R. Getz and Liz Clarke.

  • Ethnic Politics in North Sumatra
  • Dr Budi Agustono (University of Sumatera Utara, Medan)
  • This seminar examines the ethnic politics in North Sumatra, one of the 33 provinces in Indonesia.

  • Course: Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script
  • Keramat Fathinia
  • This eight-week exercise-based course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced. It is based on a one-to-one teaching method, so everyone will be given the instructions based on their own level and previous experience.

  • Reconfiguring Security Landscapes: Evidence from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Dr Tahani Mustafa (LSE)
  • This presentation evidences how programmes of internationally sponsored Security Sector Reform (SSR) alters security landscapes and transforms societal and political power apparatuses in its applied contexts, to the extent that, rather than creating a homogenous central state security apparatus, it instead often exacerbates socio-political divisions.

  • Japanese Mermaids in Darwin’s West
  • Dr Mateja Kovacic (Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford)
  • Japanese fabricated mermaids, scientific modernity and the making of Darwin’s West.

  • Rethinking empires: What is the Mongol Great State, and why do we need it?
  • Timothy Brook (Professor of Chinese and World History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver)
  • Since the 17th century, commentators on China have adopted the language of "empire" to speak of the Chinese state. The original model was the Roman empire, and that analogy was not misplaced when Europeans first applied it, but it may not help us with formulating a global history that recognizes the multiplicity of historical paths to the present. This presentation explores the possibilities of using the Mongol concept of Great State.


  • Prayut’s Rejection of Parliamentary Sovereignty Undermines Thai System of Checks and Balances
  • Dr Titipol Phakdeewanich (Ubon Ratchathani University)
  • Parliamentary sovereignty, the notion that supreme power is vested in the House of Parliament; which receives consent from the people to represent their interests and to scrutinise the government in order to hold government accountable. Instead, General Prayut has regarded the House as supporting institution for the function of the executive. 

  • Hong Kong on the Edge
  • Jeff Wasserstrom (Chancellor's Professor of History, UC Irvine)
  • This talk will focus on patterns of protest and the tightening of political controls in Hong Kong during the last few decades, paying particular attention to the 2014 Umbrella Movement and of this dramatic events of this year, including the most recent June 4th anniversary vigil.

  • The Fight for China’s Future: Civil Society Vs the Party
  • Dr Willy Lam (Adjunct Professor, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • The Fight for China’s Future throws light on the quintessence of 21st century Chinese politics through the prism of the struggle between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China’s vibrant intelligentsia and civil society. This book talk examines Xi Jinping’s 24-hour, multidimensional, AI-enabled police-state apparatus and explores the CCP’s policy towards civil society. 

  • China-Africa and an Economic Transformation - Book discussion
  • Dr Arkebe Oqubay (Editor of the book/SOAS Alum), Prof Carlos Oya (SOAS) and Prof Stephen Chan (SOAS)
  • Authored by leading scholars on Africa, China and China-Africa relations, the book brings together stimulating and thought-provoking perspectives and deeper analysis.

  • Banking on the state: the Financial Foundations of Lebanon
  • Dr Hicham Safieddine (Kings College London)
  • In 1943, Lebanon gained its formal political independence from France; only after two more decades did the country finally establish a national central bank. Inaugurated on April 1, 1964, the Banque du Liban (BDL) was billed by Lebanese authorities as the nation's primary symbol of economic sovereignty and as the last step towards full independence.



  • Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan
  • Assoc. Prof. Justin Jesty (University of Washington)
  • Justin Jesty presents the talk "Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan" based on his recent book by the same title.