Events calendar: Centres and Programmes Office
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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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- 中国基本公共服务均等化: 理论、现状与对策分析
Prof. Luanyu Yin (Beijing Normal University)
- Diasporic perspectives on cultural heritage: A Kachin case study
Helen Mears (Royal Pavilion & Museums and University of Brighton)
- Adjudicating Victory in Postwar East Asia: the spectacle of war crimes and the theatre of justice
Dr Barak Kushner (University of Cambridge)
Please note that this seminar has been rescheduled and now takes place on the 18 January (originally 11 January).
- Media and Creative Industries in Korea, UK and France: Transnational Approaches.
In this workshop, scholars from Korea, France and the UK debate theoretical relevance and pragmatic implications of the fourth industrial revolution for the studies of media, art and culture.
Professor Henry Em (Yonsei University)
This seminar has been cancelled.
- Liberal Internationalism Reconsidered: Japan’s Strategy Today
Professor Go Ito (Meiji University)
Toshiba International Foundation Lunch with Professor Go Itio
- Rule of Law in Hong Kong History Demythologised: Student Umbrella Movement of 1919
Michael Ng (Hong Kong University)
- Professional Precarity among Fishers on the Java North Coats: A Rhythmanalytic Approach
Dr Katharina Schneider (Heidelberg University)
- The Transition from Sovereignty to Modernity in 19th Century Ceylon: The Colebrooke-Cameron Reforms and Colonial Governmentality
Dr Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne (Griffith University)
- The Ooku, the Shogun’s ‘Harem’: Life in the Women’s Palace in Nineteenth Century Japan
Lesley Downer (Writer)
- The First Hot War of the Cold War
Brigadier (Retd) Brian Parritt CBE
- Democratizing China: What can history teach us?
Prof. Minxin Pei (Claremont McKenna College)
- Homage to Ukiyo-e
Dr Monika Hinkel (SOAS University of London)
- On the selling of Khmer artefacts during the colonial era
Dr Gabrielle Abbe ((Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, UMR SIRICE))
- Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Annual Lecture: The Liberté Series - The Struggle for Human Rights in India
Vrinda Grover (Advocate, Supreme Court of India)
Vrinda Grover is an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India based in New Delhi. Her work as a lawyer, researcher and human rights activist has led to landmark cases representing victims and survivors of sexual violence, communal conflict, extra-judicial executions, custodial torture and rights defenders.
- Sikh Hauntologies: Post-theistic Sikh Ontology and the Question of the Phallus in Mandair’s Religion and the Specter of the West
Dr Sîan Hawthorne (Department of Religions and Philosophies, SOAS University of London)
- Tenth-century kanabun and esoteric Buddhist techniques
- The Situation on the Korean Peninsula and Challenges for ROK Diplomacy
HE Mr Hwang Joonkook (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea)
In his lecture, Ambassador Hwang will focus on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula including analysis of North Korea’s WMD capabilities and human rights abuses carried out by the regime.
- Early Buddhism and Central Asia
Dr Hannes A. Fellner (Vienna), Prof Jan Nattier (UC Berkeley), and Prof Jonathan Silk (Leiden)
- Visuality and sexuality in Republican China: photograph, text and method in the periodical press
Professor Joan Judge (York University, Canada)
- Skylarks, Frogs and River-drenched Robes: Reality, Formality and Poetic License in the Poetry Contest in Six Hundred Rounds
Dr Thomas McAuley (University of Sheffield)
- Why are the Chinese media Chinese?
Prof. Hugo de Burgh (University of Westminster)
- Recent Advances in Tangut Studies
This event brings together eight scholars at the cutting edge of Tangut studies to explore this lost civilization, its language, religion, and culture.
- From Dept Bonded Slaves to Vagrants: Poor Cambodian Farmers under French Rule
Dr Mathieu Guérin (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales)
- Japanese Castles: Tradition, Modernity, and Militarism from the 1860s to the Postwar
Dr Oleg Benesch (University of York)
- Challenges of Reading: ‘Disentangling’ Badal Sircar’s Plays
Dr Manujendra Kundu (ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research) Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Delhi)
The seminar discusses whether there is scope for an ‘other’ reading of Sircar’s plays (though critics might argue that a play is to be played and not read), what happens when ideology/theory and practice (vis-à- vis Sircar’s Third Theatre) go their separate ways, and very briefly the reasons for a dismal state of the alternative theatre in Bengal.
- Bringing Back Yoshikono: Songs of 7-7-7-5 in a WWII-Era Osaka Rakugo Magazine
Dr Matthew Shores (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Chan E. Park (Ohio State University)
- Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Foreign Domination
Professor Robert Bickers (University of Bristol)
- Emplaced Piety: Temple, Polity, and Religious Geography in Gupta India
Dr Elizabeth Cecil (British Museum)
- At the origins of Srivijaya: The emergence of state and cities in southeast Sumatra
Dr Pierre-Yves Manguin (Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient)
- Sanitation in Rural India: Beyond Individual Toilets
Professor Philippe Cullet (SOAS University of London)
- Consumer Citizenship: The Social Life of Industrial Foods in India
Professor Amita Baviskar (Institute of Economic Growth)
This lecture will focus on the role of processed foods, specifically instant noodles, in the cultural imagination of Indians across regions, classes, and the rural-urban continuum.
- 19th Jaina Studies Workshop, Jainism and Buddhism
The Jains and the Buddhists have distinctive attitudes to religion and knowledge. Their approaches define religion as encompassing all forms of knowledge, including the physical sciences, the humanities and the spiritual journey. Yet, both ancient Indian traditions co-evolved, and mutually influenced each other.
- Finger Crossed for the Cross-Strait Relations
Dr. Charles I-hsin Chen (SOAS)
- Whose heritage? The 2015 Nepal Earthquakes and the Dharhara Tower
Professor Michael Hutt (SOAS University of London)
- Reading and Rationality in Late First Millennium Indian Philosophy
Prof Larry McCrea (Cornell University)
- China: An innovation superpower in the making?
Prof. George S. Yip (Imperial College London)
- Aspects of Royal Ideology in the Buddhist Vinayas
Dr Vincent Tournier (SOAS, University of London)
This literature shows a clear tendency towards appropriating the values and imaginary of the ruling and the brahmanical classes.
- Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia
*Call for papers*
Deadline: 31st January 2017
This one-day symposium seeks to explore the ways in which colonial and post-colonial film and photographic archives have been (re)used and (re)worked within Southeast Asian political and aesthetic contexts.
- The Birth of Materialism in the DPRK
Dr. Vladimir Glomb (Charles University)
- The Sanskritisation of Gandharan culture
Prof Ingo Strauch (Lausanne)
Dr Markus Bell
- Annual Philippine Studies Workshop
The Third Annual Philippine Studies Workshop invites scholars and Ph.D. students to present ongoing, upcoming and recently completed works on the Philippines and its peoples, including those in the diaspora.
- Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe
This is the third day of a three-day conference convened by the British Academy and SOAS. The Conference investigates the legacy of Neoplatonism in the poetry produced by the monotheist cultures of the greater Mediterranean. Papers will cover writings in Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Persian, Spanish and Turkish, from antiquity to the modern period.