Events calendar: Centres and Institutes Office
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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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- The Struggle for Democracy in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong: Sharp Power and its Discontents
Dr Andreas Fulda (Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham)
The key question at the heart of this talk is to what extent political activists in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have made progress in their quest to liberalise and democratise their polities.
- 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.
- Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos
Jim Masselos in conversation with Rachel Dwyer, Arjun Appadurai, Faisal Devji and Prashant Kidambi
- 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
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.
- Think Like a White Man; Nels Abbey and Symeon Brown in conversation
Nels Abbey and Symeon Brown
Join Nels in conversation with Channel 4 reporter, Guardian writer and SOAS Alumni, Symeon Brown for an evening exposing the prejudices of the modern workplace.
- The Struggle for Modern Turkey: Justice, Activism and a Revolutionary Female Journalist
Tia O’Brien, Nur Deriş and Kaya Genç
Sabiha Sertel rewrote history. She was a woman of firsts. Modern Turkey’s first professional female journalist. The first to face prosecution and imprisonment for her writings. And the first to end her life in political exile.
- 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.
- Oppenheimer: a modern Noh play (2015) about karma, suffering and liberation
Prof Allan Marett FAHA (University of Sydney)
Allan Marett’s modern Noh play Oppenheimer (2015), presents a Buddhist perspective on the role of Robert Oppenheimer in the creation of the bombs that destroyed the cities or Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- India as a Post-Democratic State: The Dynamics of Citizenship by Certificate
Arjun Appadurai (New York University)
- Colonial Power and its Afterlives on the Indus River
Dr. Daniel Haines (Bristol) and Dr. Majed Akhter (KCL)
- How do we achieve fair access to quality higher education in practice? Insights from Indonesia
Dr Elisa Brewis (UCL Institute of Education)
This talk explores how national policies and institutional teaching practices can support the goal of inclusive higher education, drawing on fieldwork from Indonesia.
- The story of Palestine’s stonemasons and the building of Israel
Dr Andrew Ross (New York University)
Looking at the Palestinian–Israeli conflict in a new light, this book, largely based on field interviews in the region, asks how this record of labor and achievement can and should be recognized.
- 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.
- Old Mon inscriptions and the Dvāravatī culture
Hunter Ian Watson (National University of Singapore)
This presentation will elaborate on debates about what the name Dvāravatī implies and how it should be used.
- 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.
- Contextualizing Gordon Luce's Intellectual Legacy
Dr Carol-Ann Boshier (SOAS) and Dr Patrick McCormick (SEAJunction, Yangon)
- Annual Presentation on Asia for Sixth Form Students 2019
The aim of this presentation is to introduce students to subjects and concepts they may not have previously explored as part of their curriculum and, which will, we hope, inspire them.
- 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.
- India, Pakistan and the Sikhs: The Kartarpur corridor in its historical and political perspective
Prof. Gurharpal Singh, SOAS
- Book Launch - Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, Future
Dr Seyed Ali Alavi (SOAS)
Examining the nature of relations between Iran and Palestine, this book investigates the relationship between state and authorities in the Middle East.
- 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.
- “Marriage? I’m too busy for that…”: Japan's Volleyball Women of 1968 and Overcoming Gender Norms
PD Dr Christian Tagsold (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)
A year before the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Christian Tagsold analyzes, how the Japanese volleyball women of the 1968 Olympic team struggled with gender norms and social expectations of marriage.
- Nepal’s Contemporary Linguistic Landscape: Its Implications for Language Endangerment and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education
Emeritus Prof. Dr. Yogendra P. Yadava (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu)
- Yenching Academy of Peking University Full-Fellowship Master’s Program 2020 Information Session
Dr Brent Haas
Find out more about scholarship opportunities for a two-year interdisciplinary Masters Program at the Yenching Academy of Peking University in China.
- Buddhist in Public, Animist in Private: Semicolonialism and Outlines for an Enchanted History of Thai Modernity
Prof Peter A. Jackson (Australian National University, Canberra)
- Book Launch - Contested Politics in Tunisia: Civil Society in a Post-Authoritarian State
Dr Edwige Fortier (Research Associate, Department of Development Studies, SOAS)
Several thousand new civil society organisations were legally established in Tunisia following the 2010–11 uprising that forced the long-serving dictator, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, from office.
- Waste knot: Materials, waste and productivity in postwar Japan
Dr Sarah Teasley (Royal College of Art)
What materials can tell us about industrial and social change in postwar Japan.
- 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.
- Under-education in Africa: From Colonialism to Neoliberalism
Karim Hirji and Andrew Coulston (BTS)
- 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.
- Kumo (work in progress): sci-fi, folklore and disaster in future Japan
Kirsten Irving (Editor at Sidekick Books) and Renee O'Drobinak (Co-founder at Ladies of the Press)
Post-apocalyptic poet and artist discuss their WIP poetry/illustration sci-fi collaboration, Kumo.
- Overcome by the Present: The Tyranny of the Immediate in the Literature of Takahashi Gen’ichirō
Dr Filippo Cervelli (SOAS)
This talk argues that immediacy and the longing to forge new communal ties are a fundamental theme in the literature by postmodern writer Takahashi Gen’ichirō, especially in light of recurring critical debates theorising the “end of literature” in the contemporary age.
- 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.
- Great Achievements, Big Failures: How to Evaluate the Social Changes of the Mao Era
Dr. Felix Wemheuer
In the Mao Era (1949–1976), millions of Chinese people experienced social upward mobility, while others were marginalized or lost their lives. Efforts to build a communist society created hopes, dreams, fear, enthusiasm, disillusion, painful disappointments and nostalgia.