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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- Artist Talks: Zarina Bhimji
- Sake Symposium: Understanding the Unique Aspects of Sake
This seminar will bring together various experts to discuss sake from various perspectives: historically, culturally, commercially and diplomatically.
- The place of bronze drums in Southeast Asian Buddhist art production and associated ritual practices: transformations of heritage
Anna Karlström (Uppsala University)
- Japan's Long Stagnation, Deflation, and Abenomics - Mechanisms and Lessons
Prof Kenji Aramaki (Tokyo Woman's Christian University & University of Tokyo)
Launch of Kenji Aramaki's new book on Japan's Long Stagnation, Deflation, and Abenomics - Mechanisms and Lessons.
- Robots vs immigrants? Reconfiguring the future of Japanese institutional eldercare
Dr James Wright (EHESS)
An examination of the future of institutional eldercare in Japan.
- Malay Literature and the Qur'an
Prof Peter G. Riddell (Melbourne School of Theology)
A survey of the Qur’an’s role in the development of the Malay literary tradition
- Japan Forum 'History of Disability' Workshop
The workshop will be an intensive discussion of pre-circulated manuscripts that includes roundtable discussions of general difficulties in translation as well as disciplinary distinctions in approaching the study of disability in modern Japan.
- Shamans and Confucian Public Officials: Religion and Social Recognition in Korea
Dr Antonio J. Domenech (Universidad de Málaga)
The influence of social changes in the social recognition of Shamanic practices and practitioners in Korea
- Japan's Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire
Prof David Ambaras (North Carolina State University)
In this lecture, David Ambaras reveals how the movement of migrants, smugglers, pirates, and trafficked people between China and Japan -- and their sensationalization in the popular press -- created surprising cross-currents in the politics of Sino-Japanese relations during the years of Japanese imperial expansion.
- The Play of Language, Art and Ritual: Interpretation of Iconography at Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor
Siyonn Sophearith (Royal University of Fine Arts, Cambodia/UC California, Berkeley)
- The Non-Russian face of Russia: Muslim Soundscape of post-soviet Moscow
Dr Razia Sultanova (University of Cambridge)
An exploration of the sense of national identity as a social category for those finding themselves both on the inside and the outside of Central Asian communities.
- Ominous Clouds over Korea: The Failure of the US-Soviet Joint Commission, 1946—1947
Prof Mark E Caprio (Rikkyo University)
This discussion will consider the failure of the Joint Commission meetings held between the United Stats and the Soviet Union to erase Korean peninsular division, as both a historical and contemporary issue.
- Disability in China: Citizenship, Identity and Culture
Dr Sarah Dauncey (University of Nottingham)
Who defines what it means to be ‘disabled’ in China today? In this talk, Sarah Dauncey looks at the construction of disabled identities specifically from the perspective of Chinese cultural epistemologies.
- Early Buddhists in Upper Mustang, Nepal: 400-650 CE
Prof Mark Aldenderfer (University of Califonia Merced)
- On the trail of Shiba Ryotaro and Jane Austen: Novels, Heritage, and Contents Tourism in Japan and the UK
Prof Philip Seaton (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
This talk explores how the “narrative worlds” created by novelists Shiba Ryotaro and Jane Austen have triggered “contents tourism” at heritage sites in Japan and the UK.
- Democracy in Indonesia: Cultural Perspectives
Prominent Indonesian writers Djenar Maesa Ayu, Leila S. Chudori and Norman Erikson Pasaribu talk about their perspective on the Indonesian cultural scene in this key election year.
- Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture 2019: Connecting citizens with the state? Changing discourses and programmes on community development & local governance in Afghanistan
Dr Orzala Ashraf Nemat (Director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and Research Associate, SOAS Dept of Development Studies)
The talk aims to uncover the different and clashing perspective and approaches by highlighting the fault lines between politics, development and peace-building in light of the latest Citizen’s Charter program implementation and the evolving peace talks in search of a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
- Organised Labour, Dualisation and Labour Market Reform: Korean Trade Union Strategies in Economic and Social Crisis
Dr Soohyun Christine Lee (King's College London)
Dr Soohyun Lee will talk about how and why Korean Trade Unions have addressed growing inequality in the labour market
- Indonesian Genre and Cult Comics, 1939-2019, A Mini Comics Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing Indonesian popular genre comics from fantasy strips in the colonial days to independent comics today.
- The Warrior & Fantasy Films from Indonesia
This film screening session presents the Mondo Macabro version of Jaka Sembung (The Warrior), a classic exploitation Indonesian film directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra in 1981.
- Cult Texts: From Cult Comics to Cult Movies
Hikmat Darmawan, Ekky Imanjaya
This event will discuss the significance of the films and the comics and the adaptation process, as well as fan culture and the cult status of the media.
- Seven Men-Tigers & Blood, Guts, and Bad Acting
This film screening highlights the attempt of restoration of a cult film adapted from a cult book with a comic aesthetic sensibility.
- Garuda Power: The Spirit Within and Gundala trailer
This documentary underlines the history of Indonesian action films, starting from as early as Chinese-influenced martial arts movies (1930s), including the trend of super hero comic book adaptations of the 1970s.
- Documenting Fantasy in Indonesia
Pete Tombs, Bastian Meiresonne, Iain Robert Smith
A talk with the film practitioners on their works related to Indonesian cult movies adapted from comics and other books.
- Wiro Sableng
Film screening of Wiro Sableng, directed by Angga Sasongko and produced by Lala Timothy from Lifelike Pictures in 2018.
- Creating ‘Yogi and Ghat’: A Baithak in Classical Music with Barnali Chattopadhyay
Barnali Chattopadhyay, Sanju Sahai (SOAS) and Sunil Jadhav (Royal School of Music)
- Radical Writing for Radical Times: Mishima Yukio's Inochi Urimasu (Life for Sale) as a Critique of Post-War Japanese Culture
Prof Stephen Dodd (SOAS)
Mishima Popular Literature as a powerful critique of post-war Japanese culture.
- Remembering a dissident Confucian Monk: How Kim Sisŭp became Sŏlcham, and Sŏlcham the Boyi of Korea
Dr Dennis Wuerthner (Ruhr-University Bochum)
- The 19th Annual Jaina Lecture
Dr Richard Fynes (SOAS)
- From courtship culture to dating culture: China's single child generation and the transformation of the value placed on love
William Jankowiak (University of Nevada)
Hot Romance and Cold Calculation: Understanding Mate Selection, Dating, and Valued Place on Love in Urban China.
- The 1947 Partition Archive
Kamaldeep Singh Sandhu (KCL)
- Liturgical Redaction and Doctrinal Differentiation in the Newar Buddhist Suvarṇakumāravivāhavidhis
Prof Christoph Emmrich (Toronto)
- Motions Of This Kind: Propositions & Problems of Belatedness
First institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines.
- Empire by Association: The Re-Organization of the Rural Economy in Modern Korea, 1870-1945
Dr Holly Stephens (University of Edinburgh)
An examination of agriculture and everyday life in the colonial rural economy using previously unexamined farmers’ diaries
- The Growth and Development of Chinese NGOs Domestically and Abroad, and its Implications for International Affairs
Professor Reza Hasmath (University of Alberta)
This talk looks at the strategies Chinese NGOs employ domestically to survive and operate in an advanced authoritarian institutional environment.
- Vernacular Sexologies: Santram BA and Translations of the Erotic
Charu Gupta (University of Delhi)
- The China Debate 2019: Will China’s Rise be Peaceful?
The rise of China will have a major impact on the world in the 21st century. Graham Allison may or may not be right in arguing that China and the USA are at serious risk of being caught in a ‘Thucydides Trap’, in which an incumbent hegemonic power feels compelled to respond forcefully to a rising new peer competitor, with potentially dire consequences. In the light of recent developments, the panellists will discuss whether China’s rise will prove peaceful.
- Governance Reform, Social Inequality and the Changing Public Opinion in China
Dr Zhenqing Zheng (Tsinghua University, Beijing)
Since China’s reforms in the 1980’s, bureaucratic changes and market forces have reshapened the general public’s lives and opinions. This seminar examines to what degree, social differences in urban-rural divide, social stratification, distributive fairness perceptions, generational gap and so on have impacted people’s attitudes regarding governance reform and performance in China.
- Mindanao: Cartographies of History, Identity and Representation
The Annual Philippine Studies Conference SOAS focuses its 2019 edition on Mindanao. It seeks to gather academics, policymakers, cultural workers and artists to map the contours of Mindanao’s porous and overlapping ethnolinguistic homelands and its conceptual and physical sites of representation, identity formation, and conflict.