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.
For further information about any of the events please contact the Centres & Institutes Office.
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- Gorillas Can Dance: Lessons from Microsoft and Other Corporations on Partnering with Startups
Professor Shameen Prashantham (Professor of International Business & Strategy, and Associate Dean (MBA), China Europe International Business School)
This presentation draws upon Professor Shameen Prashantham's recent book synthesizing insights for multinational corporation managers on challenges associated with partnering with startups and associated strategies to overcome these.
- Siyah Zibast, Black is beautiful
With Siyah Zibast, Black is beautiful, the Collective for Black Iranians invites you for a conversation about the importance of language in identity formation and in seeing ourselves.
- Udagawa Youan (1798-1846), Pioneer of Botany and Chemistry Studies in Japan from Western Sources
Dr Yona Siderer (Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Yona Siderer presents European scientific sources that were introduced to Japan during the 1800s and started Japan's scientific modernization.
- Momentous changes in Hong Kong: Implications for Taiwan
Dennis W.H. Kwok (Harvard Kennedy School), Chun-Yi Lee (University of Nottingham) & Shelley Rigger (Davidson College)
Hong Kong is quietly undergoing a momentous transformation since the introduction of the State Security Law in the middle of 2020. The changes are not dramatic like the protests of 2019 but their significance should not be underestimated. This panel discussion will address both the changes in Hong Kong and their implications for Taiwan and its people. It will also look at how Hong Kong is changing the political dynamics in Taiwan.
- Countless Palestinian Futures
Danah Abdulla and Sarona Abuaker
The talk will discuss the role of imagination as a tool to build ideas of liberation, to cultivate alliances and material developments between the very people who are systematically denied their return.
- Terror Capitalism: Producing the 'Terrorist-Worker' through Uyghur Subtraction in Northwest China
Darren Byler (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver)
In this talk, Professor Darren Byler draws on more than 24 months of ethnographic research in the Uyghur region of Northwest China and nearby Kazakhstan between 2011 and 2020, it considers how Muslim farmers can be turned into unfree workers under the sign of terrorism.
- Animating Amusement: The Seriousness of Robot Play in Contemporary Japan
Daniel White (University of Cambridge) and Hirofumi Katsuno (Doshisha University)
This talk examines how play and amusement are leveraged to address deeply challenging philosophical questions posed by the increasing rise of machines with artificial intelligence in Japan’s social spaces.
- Rethinking Statehood in Palestine: Self-Determination and Decolonization Beyond Partition
Leila H. Farsakh (University of Massachusetts Boston)
This book critically explores the meaning of Palestinian statehood and the challenges that face alternative models to it.
- Highway to Prosperity: Brantas River Delta in Premodern Java
Agni Mochtar (University of Naples L’Orientale / Regional Agency for Archaeological Research in D.I. Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia)
- Decolonizing Intermediaries: African Women’s Delegations to China 1960-1976
Jamie Monson (Michigan State University)
During the Cold War the Chinese government invited delegations of women from newly independent East African countries to travel to China, where they could see for themselves the achievements of China’s revolutionary modernization. African women were not just a passive audience, but actively engaged with their hosts and with one another in negotiating personal, national and international agendas.
- Rise and fall of technology in Chinese history
Yasheng Huang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Professor Yasheng Huang will show that China’s technological collapse happened much earlier than previously thought and the collapse coincided closely with the rise of autocracy and ideological homogeneity.
- The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs
Marc David Baer (LSE)
Recounting the Ottomans’ remarkable rise from a frontier principality to a world empire, historian Marc David Baer traces their debts to their Turkish, Mongolian, Islamic, and Byzantine heritage.
- Health and Social Activism of Self-Identified Gay Men in Postsocialist China
Tiantian Zheng, SUNY Distinguished Professor, State University of New York
Based on ethnographic research on self-identified gay men in Northeast China, this seminar addresses the ways in which these self-identified gay men cope with the hostile social environment through consciously shifting identities between the public and the private.
- The 21st Annual Jaina Lecture: The End of the Word
Andrew Ollett (University of Chicago)