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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- 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)
This presentation discusses the role of Hong Kong as China’s offshore financial market amidst the rise and faltering of the China Boom, as well as its implications to the local politics and society of Hong Kong.
- Journalists and the Establishment of Cold War Sino-Japanese Relations
Dr Casper Wits (University of Cambridge)
An exploration of relations between Japan and China during the Cold War through the lens of journalism.
A documentary on nonviolent peace activism in the USA protesting the genocide of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1971
- Mapping Agglomeration in Early Mainland Southeast Asia
Where did growth come from? A macro perspective on urban data in first millennium CE mainland Southeast Asia.
- Kingdom of Pines: State Forestry and the Making of Korea, 1392-1910
John Lee (Manchester)
An exploration of the longest state forestry system in world history, that of Korea’s Chosŏn dynasty, and its fundamental role in the making of state, society, and ecology on the Korean peninsula.
- BRI: Bringing the East and the West Together?
This panel discussion with Mr Charles Parton OBE (SOAS, Trustee of Chinadialogue, Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and Specialist Adviser on China to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee), Dr Thomas Chan (Chu Hai College of Higher Education) and Mr Joseph Chan (Silk Road Economic Development Research Center, Hong Kong) will focus on what the Chinese Government hopes to achieve with its flagship foreign policy known as the Belt and Road Initiative.
- 2018 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase
The Chinese Art Film Festival returns to SOAS for its third iteration, from 27 to 29 November 2018. This year the festival will showcase three latest Chinese art films depicting female experiences in contemporary China.
- Angels Wear White 嘉年华 （Director: Vivian Qu文晏, 2017)
Ms Frida Jingwen Fan (Shanghai Art Film Federation)
As part of the 2018 Chinese Art Film Festival, this film is set in a small seaside town when two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing.
- Nihon to Seiyō – Japan and the West
Prof Neil Jackson (University of Liverpool in London)
An illustrated exploration of Japanese and Western architecture over the last 150 years.
- This is Life 生门 (Director: Chen Weijun, 2016)
As part of the 2018 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase, this film focusses around the life-saving decisions which have to be made at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China.
- The Burning of Whose Books? Li Si in the Peking University Zhao Zhengshu 趙正書
Dr Christopher J. Foster (Pembroke College, University of Oxford)
This Early China Seminar is led by Christopher Foster, a Stanley Ho Junior Research Fellow in Chinese at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. Advanced text reading proficiency is required.
- Girls Always Happy 柔情史 （Director Yang Mingming 杨明明, 2018)
As part of the 2018 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase, this comedy-drama depicts a strange, yet intriguing relationship between a single mother and her daughter living in a Beijing hutong.
- Women through the Lens: Beyond the Mainstream
In this panel discussion, Chinese cultural and media specialists offer their insights about questions such as 'Could Chinese art cinema lend momentum to social activism?' in relation to the three art films screened in this year’s Chinese Art Film Festival.
- Is digital feminism as public feminism in South Korea?
Dr JongMi Kim (Coventry University)
- Haiyan/Yolanda: Marking Five Years
The colloquium will gather academics, journalists and development workers in an informal discussion on the aftermath of one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded.
- The Problem of Discipline: ‘Shanghai’s Child Labor Problem,’ 1922-1925
Margaret Tillman (Purdue University)
This seminar will examine efforts to abolish child labor, not only to benefit the working class, but also to modernize the Chinese economy by enforcing industrial discipline. While scholars have noted some of the political reasons for the failures of child labor legislation, this seminar will attempt to conclude by placing these efforts in a longer-term historical perspective regarding social welfare movements.
- The Implication of the Thai Military’s Enforcement of Thai-style Democracy on Thai Society and Politics since the 2014 military coup d’état
Dr Titipol Phakdeewanich (Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand)
A question arises to what extent the NCPO’s enforcement of Thai-style democracy has become an obstacle to democratisation, and the promotion and protection of human rights in Thailand.
- Kanai Mieko's Textual Bodies: Dancing Girls and Inflated Men
Dr Hannah Osborne (SOAS)
A talk which focuses on the recurring motif of the textual body in Kanai's early writings, and discusses its implications for the acts of reading and writing.
- Nirbhaya, New Media and Digital Gender Activism
Adrija Dey (SOAS)
- Dragons in the Waters of Borneo: Power, Protection and Threat
Dr Monica Janowski (SOAS University of London)
A talk about the social and cosmological significance of water spirits and dragons among tribal groups, Chinese and Malays in Borneo
- The dialectics of post-Soviet modernity and the changing contours of Islamic discourse in Azerbaijan: Towards a resacralisation of public space?
Murad Ismayilov (University of Cambridge)
A detailed account of the dynamics behind the religious-secular divide in Azerbaijan over the past two decades of independence and the conditions underlying the ongoing process of normalization of Islamic discourse and the rising cooperation across the country’s secular-religious political landscape.
- UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Context of Korean Peninsula
Dr Sojin Lim (University of Central Lancashire)
Sustainable development and Korean Peninsula
- 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
Dr Serena Biondo (British Museum), Dr Gergely Hidas (British Museum), Dr Nirajan Kafle (Leiden), Sanne Mersch (Leiden), Dr Marion Rastelli (Austrain Academy of Social Sciences), and Dr Michael Willis (British Museum)
- The Relationship between Credit Guarantees and Zombie Firms: A Case Study of Japan's Credit Guarantee System for SME
Dr Scott Wilbur (EHESS)
An examination of Japan's credit guarantee system for small and medium enterprises (SME).
- Release your Fetters with a Song: Tagore's Contribution to Musicology in Indian University Education
Bisakha Goswami (Rabindra Bharati University and SOAS)
- Dynamic Texts as Hotbed for Transmedia Storytelling: A Case Study on the Story Universe of The Journey to the West
Barbara Wall (University of Copenhagen)
Transmedia storytelling is often promoted as the future of storytelling.