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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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.