Events calendar: Centres and Institutes Office
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See below for the calendar of events organised by the SOAS Centres & Institutes Office.
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- Culture, Time and Publics in the Arab World: Media, Public Space and Temporality
Tarik Sabry, Omar al-Ghazzi, Helga Tawil-Souri and Ramy Aly
In this revealing new study, the authors preside over an original new exploration of Arab culture. They employ subjects as varied as anthropology, media studies, philosophy, political economy and cultural studies to illuminate the relationship between culture, time and publics in an Arab context, whilst also laying the foundations for a much more nuanced picture of Arab society.
- Neoliberalism, Authoritarianism and the Dark Sides of Social Policy in China
Professor Jane Duckett (University of Glasgow)
A strand of work on the politics of social policy internationally has argued that expansions of provision in the period since the global spread of neoliberalism in the 1980s sometimes facilitate neoliberal projects.
- Draw Me a Revolution: Aesthetics of Solidarity in the Trenches of Arab Hanoi
Dr Zeina Maasri (University of Brighton)
Mobilised by radical networks of solidarity, stretching from Cuba, through Algeria and all the way to Vietnam, an anti-imperialist revolutionary subjectivity was being constituted through a global flow of discourses and associated translocal visuality.
- China’s Demographics and its Implications for Future Growth
Dr. Lauren Johnston (Research Associate, SOAS China Institute)
- Chinese Positionality: A reflective discussion on conducting research in Africa
This workshop aims to contribute to a growing awareness of ‘self-reflexivity’ in China-Africa studies by focusing on the ‘Chinese positionality in Africa’ as a starting point.
- Turkey’s economy during the AKP era
Prof. Şevket Pamuk (Boğaziçi University)
- Geospatial Mapping in North Korean Human Rights Monitoring
Dr Sarah Son (Sheffield University)
This talk discusses the potential of geospatial information systems (GIS) to support human rights research on North Korea.
- 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.
- Women, Religion and the state in Israel
Professor Nira Yuval-Davis (SOAS)
The lecture outlines the Zionist project and its relationship with the Jewish religion and then how this was institutionalized and transformed in different periods in the history of the state of Israel, focusing on the transformation of Israel into an (atypical) neo-liberal state.
- 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.
- Meritocracy and Democracy: the Social Life of Caste in India
- The Zainichi Korean Question: Decolonization and the Cold War in U.S.-Occupied Japan and Korea
Dr Deokhyo Choi (Sheffield University)
This talk will illuminate the critical intersection of postcolonial and Cold War politics that involved and connected the Korean peninsula and Japan.
- The Implications of Xi Jinping’s New Era for Global Human Rights
Professor Eva Pils (King's College London)
In Xi Jinping’s ‘New Era,’ the role and visibility of the Chinese Communist Party has been enhanced, while the role of law in limiting public power has been reduced. This seminar draws on examples from Professo Eva Pils engagement with human rights defence in and about China.
- Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria
Sam Dagher (journalist)
This ground-breaking account of the Syrian Civil War reveals the never-before-published true story of a 21st-century humanitarian disaster from a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist specializing in the Middle East.
- The Memetics of Cerita Silat
Professor Edward Buckingham (Monash University)
Exploring Indonesian martial arts fiction and its links to the works of Louis Cha (Jin Yong) and other Chinese writers.
- Syria after the Uprisings: The Political Economy of State Resilience
Dr Joseph Daher (University of Lausanne)
Syria has been at the centre of world news since 2011, following the beginnings of a popular uprising in the country and its subsequent violent repression.
- What should I wear with my tape-recorder? Aurality, mobility and sound technology in postwar Japan
Dr Martyn Smith (University of Sheffield)
This paper explores the wider social and cultural contexts within which sound and sound recording technology resonated in postwar Japan and offers an important case study for the role of technology and consumerism in sound studies.
- Tracing Patterns of Textiles in Ancient Java (8th-15th century)
Dr Sandra Sardjono (Tracing Patterns Foundation)
The lecture provides an overview of the repertoire of textile-related patterns found on Ancient Javanese art and architecture, dated from 8th-15th century.
- The Small China concept in the “T’aengniji” by Yi Chung-hwan (1690-1756?)
Dr Nataliya Chesnokova (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
This seminar will explore the interpretation of the “T’aengniji” in different historical periods and the political influence on the contents of it.
- 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.
- Religious Claims and Nationalism in "Secular" Zionism: Obscuring Settler Colonialism
Professor Nadim Rouhana (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)
In this presentation Prof. Rouhana will examine how nationalism, religious claims, and settler colonialism enmesh within Zionism and demonstrate how their interaction played a major role for Israeli academia and politics in sidelining or obfuscating settler colonialism as an appropriate frame of analysis for Zionism’s encounter with the Palestinians.
- Between Men: Homosocial Desire in Abe Kazushige’s Early Fiction
Maria Roemer (Newcastle University)
A queer reading of erotic triangles in Japanese contemporary author Abe Kazushige’s fiction.
- One Piano, Two Cultures
Kiu Tung Poon (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
This lecture recital will look at selected piano works by four contemporary Chinese composers, living away from the direct jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China in particular, to examine the sonic attributes that have been framed as “Chinese” and “Western,” as well as the language and strategies of musical syncretism that have been identified as an expression of their cultural identities in their compositions.
- Nefertiti’s Daughters: Women, Art and Revolution
Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art, and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings.
- “Lynchings”, Communal Violence, and Visuality in India
- Looking at Spanish-Philippine Colonial Texts
An introductory lecture and discussion on Early Spanish sources and Philippine Studies (1593-1825), followed by a workshop on Transcribing Spanish Manuscripts.
- Rebel Politics: A Political Sociology of Armed Struggle in Myanmar’s Borderlands
David Brenner (Goldsmith)
How do the internal politics of rebel movements drive wider dynamics of war and peace in Myanmar's changing borderlands?
- China’s Century?: Implications for us all
Lord Stephen Green
The next hundred years will bring more change than we can easily imagine: more opportunities for more people to achieve the fulfilment of a good life - and more risk of catastrophe and harm to the whole planet than we have ever known before. Asians in general - and perhaps China in particular - will play a leading role in all this.
- The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe: Mujuru, the Liberation Fighter and Kingmaker
Miles Tendi (Oxford University)
This first full-length biography of General Solomon Mujuru or Rex Nhongo throws much needed light onto the opaque elite politics of the 1970s liberation struggle, post-independence army and ZANU PF.
- A Map of Absence: Palestinian Writings on the Nakba
Dr Atef Alshaer (University of Westminster) and Ghada Karmi (University of Exeter)
A Map of Absence presents the finest poetry and prose by Palestinian writers over the last seventy years. Featuring writers in the diaspora and those living under occupation, these striking entries pay testament to one of the most pivotal events in modern history – the 1948 Nakba.
- The Iran-Iraq War and its Socio-Economic Effects
Professor Mohammad Farzanegan (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
This talk will be based on Professor Farzanegan's current research on the following two topics: 'The opportunity cost of the Islamic revolution and war for Iran' and 'Growing up in the Iran-Iraq war and preferences for strong defence'.
- US-China Trade Relations Going Forward
Mr Craig Allen (President, US-China Business Council)
- Stamping out Death in Japanese Buddhist Palimpsests
Dr Halle O'Neal (University of Edinburgh)
This talk explores the highly visual and poignant relationship between the materiality of paper, embodied writing, and stamped Buddha figures in medieval Japanese mourning practices.
- After Coal: Indigenous mining and life outside neoliberal extractivism in India's northeastern borderlands.
Bengt G. Karlsson (Stockholm University)
- Ironies of Solidarity: Insurance and Financialization of Kinship in South Africa
Elizabeth Hull (SOAS), Maia Green (Manchester), Erik Baehre (Leiden)
An ethnographic study of how financial products and services affect inequalities and conflicts in South Africa.
- Islamist Occidentalism: Sayyid Quṭb and the Western Other
Nadia Duvall (author)
This book focuses on illuminating modern-day Islamist Occidentalism and puts in question the underlying assumptions of some of the post-9-11 scholarship which fails to understand the non-West on its own terms.
- Do the Women of ISIS Deserve Rights?
Azadeh Moaveni (International Crisis Group)
In her latest book, Guest House for Young Widows: Women of ISIS, Azadeh Moaveni looks at a cast of young women who in many instances left their comfortable lives behind to join the Islamic state.
- Diversification as stratification - Work-style reform and its consequences on inequality in Japan
Prof Jun Imai (Sophia University, Tokyo)
This seminar will explore the work-style reform that is currently underway in Japan.
- Film Screening: From Tent Encampments to New Settlements
Screening and discussion of an Azeri film from Avaz Hasanov 'From Tent Encampments to New Settlements' which charts the story of internally displaced people since the conflict with Armenians.
- Re-thinking religious politics in Turkey: The ulema and the Islamist
Dr Ceren Lord (British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, St Antony’s College & Oxford School of Global and Area Studies)
- 1871 Survey of Western Palestine Revisited: The Visible and The Hidden
Salman Abu Sitta (Founder and President of Palestine Land Society)
The Survey of Western Palestine (SWP), conducted between 1871 and 1878 and first published in 1880, was considered the first scientifically based comprehensive survey of Palestine and it was unequalled for its time.
- Everything under the Sun: Buddhism and Christianity in Postwar Taiwan
Dr Scott Pacey (University of Nottingham)
Mao’s rise had profound implications for inter-religious engagement in the People’s Republic of China (PRC); at the same time, the subsequent expansion of Christianity in Taiwan meant that to understand the history of Chinese Buddhist-Christian engagement, we must consider the Republic of China (ROC) as well.
- Critical Lives of Rabindranath Tagore
- Crisis thinking in regional Japan – the case study of Kamaishi City
Prof Naofumi Nakamura (University of Tokyo)
For the WG Beasley Memorial Lecture this year, Prof Nakamura takes Kamaishi as a case study to investigate crisis thinking in post-war regional Japan – the policies and actions of both the public and private sectors in their pursuit to find solutions to depopulation, economic restructuring, and disaster readiness.
- African Solutions, Global Challenges: The role of the Diaspora
This event will focus on the role of the African diaspora in shaping Africa’s present and future.
- The Lion and the Nightingale: Representations of ‘New Turkey’
Kaya Genç (Novelist and essayist, Istanbul)
- When Pots Whisper: Ceramics, Society, and Life in a Medieval Burmese Palace
Goh Geok Yian
This presentation provides an update on research at Bagan with a focus on a project the author and her co-investigators have been undertaking since 2014. In the long term, this research should expand to provide important insights into medieval Burmese urbanism.
- The Injustice of the Century: the Legitimation of Israeli Apartheid - CPS Annual Lecture
In this talk, former Knesset Member (2009-2019) and renowned Palestinian leader Haneen Zoabi will argue that in light of recent developments such as President Donald Trump's so-called “Deal of the Century”.
- Land Use Planning, Dispossession and Contestation in Western India
Kenneth Bo Nielsen
- Surveillance and Repression of Muslim Minorities: Xinjiang and Beyond
This public event aims to show how China’s extensive repression of the Muslim population in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China connects to regional and global trends.
- SSAI International Women’s Day Concert: AKHTARI – the Musical
Chandra Chakraborty (singer-actor), Kiran Thakrar (keyboard), Hamit Walia (tabla), Indrani Dutta (Kathak dance), Satarupa Ghosh (actor)
- Abiola Irele: The African Scholar and Other Essays
Mpalive Msiska (Birkbeck) and Bankole Olayebi (Bookcraft Nigeria)
A discussion about the legacy of Abiola Irele.
- Book Launch: Political Economies of the Middle East and North Africa
Dr Robert Springborg
This book focuses on national and regional politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to explain why economies there are underperforming. Variations in performance are traced to historically rooted capacities of states.
- Cross-Gender Performance in Chinese Yueju Opera
Mao Weitao茅威濤 shares her forty-year experiences and performing techniques of cross-gender performance in this lecture.
- Women and Sport in Japan
This is the fourth event in our JRC Sport Symposia Series which will focus on the theme of Women and Sport in Japan. Discussion will focus on the changing environment for women and sport, in terms of participation, progress and challenges. Guest speakers will share the inspirational stories of their sporting careers.
- The Rare, the Surprises, the Misunderstood, and the Enigmas: Revisiting Harvard’s Early Chinese Jades
Dr Jenny F. So (Harvard University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Dr. So’s lecture will focus on a few outstanding examples that best illustrate how close hands-on study of artifacts, coupled with nearly half a century of archaeological discoveries, can lead to a deeper appreciation of China’s oldest surviving artistic achievement.
- Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture 2020: Hearts & Minds: Afghanistan's Contested Culture
Jolyon Leslie (ACHCO)
- CANCELLED: Reporting China, 1978-2003: A quarter century of change on the mainland and in Hong Kong; what did we get right — or wrong?
John Gittings (SOAS China Institute)
John Gittings reported from mainland China for The Guardian from the 1970s until he retired in 2003 after setting up the paper’s first staff bureau in Shanghai.
- In the Wake of Disaster
Dr Ayesha Siddiqi
This event has been cancelled.
- Challenges for Jokowi’s second Term: Improving Human Development
Professor Anne Booth (SOAS)
What should the Indonesian government do to improve human resource development over the next five years and beyond?
- Decolonisation: not just a buzzword… Sharing practice and experience
This event has been cancelled.
- CANCELLED - The 20th Annual Jaina Lecture
Professor Christine Chojnacki (University of Lyon)
- SSAI Sanglaap International Women’s Day: Music, Dance and Language in Arksh, Ashtaleela and Ardhanareeswara
Prachi Saathi and Namrata Mehta (ICCR, India)
This event has been cancelled.
- The Night of Balkh
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule this event for later this year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
- CANCELLED: China, Iran and the USA: The Prospect for Peace and Cooperation
This panel discussion will explore how we should understand the triangular relationship among China, Iran and the USA, what each wants out of their relationships and how the third country plays an important role as the other two engage with each other.
- CANCELLED: Persian Miniatures Course
The course starts with a short historical introduction to Persian miniatures and the stylistic features of different Persian miniatures’ schools.
- African Women Front & Centre
Reflecting on African women's involvement in international politics, peacemaking and movement building.
- Explore the Balinese Cockfight with a Screening of Tajen: a Sensory Ethnography and Discussion on Tajen Interactive: a Multimodal Experiment
Robert Lemelson (UCLA)
A sensory ethnography film screening and lecture on a multimodal project on the Balinese cockfight with psychological anthropologist Robert Lemelson.
- The Things They Carried : Objects from the Partition of India
This event has been cancelled.
- Reassessing Indonesia’s 1998 Democratic Transition
Adam Tyson (University of Leeds)
This presentation focuses on the contentious events surrounding President Soeharto’s downfall in May 1998.
- China’s Recovery from COVID-19: Prospects and Challenges
Professor Yongding Yu (Senior Fellow, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
- CANCELLED: The China Debate 2020: China will Sustain its Economic Rise
Will China be able to sustain its economic rise? Will the economic miracle that has defined China’s development during the last four decades be a sufficient basis from which to lift it out of the Middle-Income Trap? Will the changes in the international environment unleashed by Xi’s assertive foreign policy and the US-China Trade War prove to be insurmountable obstacles? These are a few of the questions which this debate will address.
- Book Talk: The Hundred Years' War on Palestine (webinar)
Rashid Khalidi and Raja Shehadeh
Rashid Khalidi and Raja Shehadeh in conversation on "The Hundred Years' War on Palestine"
- CANCELLED: State and Society during China's Republican Era (1911–1949)
Xavier Paulès (EHESS)
Two political notions of crucial importance transformed China during the first decades of the twentieth century. First, the legitimacy of the State was no longer derived from divine power but from a constructed social entity: Society. Second, this social body was to be shaped and organized by the State for the purpose of strengthening the nation in the context of a highly competitive international environment.
- Book Launch - The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project
The Call chronicles the House of Saud’s vast project to systematically transform the Muslim world in its own image by spreading abroad Wahhabism, its brand of ultraconservative Islam.
- US-China Relations: What to Expect in the Post-Covid-19 World
Mr Randall Schriver (Chairman of the Board of the Project 2049 Institute)
- SOAS Transnational Dialogues: How should we remember Covid-19?
Siva Sai Jeeva, Adira Thekkuveettil, Linda Chernis
SOAS Transnational Dialogues is a series of panels that are part of the SOAS Festival of Ideas.
- Climate signals, floods, droughts and famine in South Asia from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century
Vinita Damodaran (Univ. of Sussex)
- Decolonising (Access to) Knowledge: Digitising African Law and Legal Scholarship
This webinar focuses on access to African law and legal scholarship. It brings together a panel of law, law and society, and open access academics and practitioners, who will share their experiences on law as lived in Africa.
- China Reconnects: Joining a Deep-rooted Past to a New World Order
Professor Wang Gungwu (National University of Singapore)
China Reconnects seeks to explain what China is doing and what its immediate and long-term interests are.
- Gender, Protests and Political Change in Africa - Book Launch
Dr Awino Okech (SOAS)
In this webinar, Dr Awino Okech will discuss her latest edited book with some of the book contributors.
- Australia’s Engagement with China: An Australian Perspective
Tony Abbott, AC (former Prime Minister of Australia, 2013-15) and Tom Tugendhat, MP (Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, House of Commons)
The WSD Handa Distinguished Lecture 2020, at SOAS University of London. This lecture will focus on the key drivers behind the relationship between Australia and China.
- The Future of Hong Kong’s Separate Legal System under the National Security Law
Professor Donald Clarke (Professor of Law and David A. Weaver Research Professor at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C)
- GDAI Webinar #5 - “A hype, Really?”: A political economy of ‘land grabs’ in Senegal
Dr Rama Salla Dieng (Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh)
Dr Rama Salla Dieng will offer a critical analysis of the political economic context surrounding ‘land rush’ within the Senegalese context.
- The Punjabi folk or wonder tale
Neelam Hussain (SSAI, SOAS)
- An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defence Forces Made a Nation
Professor Haim Bresheeth (SOAS) in conversation with Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
Bresheeth-Zabner charts the evolution of the IDF from the Nakba to wars in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and the continued assaults upon Gaza, and shows that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars.
- ‘Aangan’ or the ‘Inner Courtyard’ and ‘Afshan’ – two novels by women writers
Neelam Hussain (SSAI, SOAS)
- Migration of Iranians (Shirazis) to East African Coasts and its Cultural Impacts
Amirbahram Arabahmadi (University of Tehran)
This talk focuses on historical relations of Iranians and east African coasts and specifically the immigration of a group of Iranians from Shiraz to the coasts and islands of East Africa about one thousand years ago.
- The Reinvention of Dictatorship
Kai Strittmatter (writer and correspondent for Sueddeutsche Zeitung)
The past seven years under the leadership of China’s strong man Xi Jinping have been remarkable. Repression and censorship are stronger than they have been for decades, and ideology has crept back in.
- Verbatim Theatre: looking beyond binaries
A creative journey that captures urgent and contentious conversations through nuanced and personal testimonies.
- China's Grand Strategy under Xi Jinping: Reassurance, Reform, and Resistance
Professor Avery Goldstein (University of Pennsylvania)
China's grand strategy under Xi Jinping is clearly distinctive. It does not, however, fundamentally break with the grand strategy that China has embraced since the early 1990s—one that aims to realize what is now labeled “the dream of national rejuvenation.”
- The Materiality of Writing in Premodern Java
Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan (University of Sydney)
The objects of study in this seminar are premodern texts from Java, written between the 9th and 17th centuries.
- The Cat and The City: Creative Writing and Japan
Dr Nick Bradley (Author and Visiting Research Fellow at UEA)
Nick Bradley talks about the creative process behind the recent publication of his fiction novel The Cat and The City.
- ‘Best Friends?’ China-Russia Relations under Xi and Putin
Assistant Professor Chris Miller (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)
- Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas - The Opening Program
The Opening Programme of a week-long series of virtual events, the theme of which is decolonising
- Poetry Masterclass with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan
- Cross Cultural Encounters - Panel Discussion
Cross Cultural Encounters Panel Discussion with Dina Matar, Lindiwe Dovey, and Amina Yaqin
- The Odyssey of Ajami - Keynote Lecture Professor Fallou Ngom
Professor Fallou Ngom
- Soul Mama Journey - Breaking the cycle & Healing the Motherwound
Nehanda Truscott Reid
- 'Oral narratives - memory from the margins' of Oral narratives - Subjugated Knowledges'
This session is based on three stories from the field to show how the fluidity of the spoken word has the potential to subvert the rock hard fixity of patriarchal laws, tradition and culture and change narrative trajectories and open up spaces for change.
- How to get Published: A Masterclass with Dr. Somnath Batabyal and Jack Ramm
Somnath Batabyal and Jack Ramm
- Gems and Jewels: The Religions of Pakistan
“Gems and Jewels: The Religions of Pakistan” is a welcome counter narrative to the media portrayal of a nation of rigid and at times militant exclusivism and extremism.
- Ladies Who Punch in Conversation with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Nyla Levy
- The Refugee and the Novel - A stage conversation with Susan Abulhawa
Ruba Salih (SOAS) in conversation with SUSAN ABULHAWA with performed readings by Rafeef Ziadah (SOAS academic, poet and human rights activist)
- What is Cedaw? A Workshop by Women's Resource Centre (WRC)
A workshop hosted by the Women's Resource Centre in collaboration with the UNA Global South Action Committee on CEDAW.
- Decolonising - The Debate
An Oxford-style debate - the audience will be asked to register their position before and after the debate.
- Decolonisation: not just a buzz word…
Decolonisation not just a buzzword- A creative journey that captures urgent and contentious conversations through personal testimonies.
- Contentious Politics in China under Xi Jinping’s rule
Lynette H. Ong (University of Toronto)
Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, China’s domestic political landscape has gone through some significant transformation.
- Yenching Academy Scholarship 2021 Information Session
Dr Brent Haas (Yenching Academy of Peking University)
Candidates from SOAS interested in learning more about the Yenching Academy’s competitive, full fellowship Master’s Program in China Studies are invited to attend this information session.
- Civil Society in Algeria: The Hirak, Non-violence and Youth Activism for Democracy
Jessica Ayesha Northey (Coventry University)
On 22 February 2019, Algeria saw the emergence of a peaceful movement for democracy, which brought ordinary people to the streets on an unprecedented scale. Known as the hirak, weekly marches of millions led to President Bouteflika standing down.
- History, Rage and Reversal; The Imran Khan Phenomenon
Dr Ammar Ali Jan
- Governing the Environment in Kenya: Confronting Contending Norms in a Plural Legal System
Patricia Kameri-Mbote (University of Nairobi)
- The Business Reinvention of Japan: What has changed since we last looked
Prof Ulrike Schaede (University of California San Diego)
How has Japanese business responded to the rise of China? Join us for an update on the ongoing business reinvention in Japan.
- Interior Adornment: On the Hidden Contents of Chinese Buddhist Statues in Context
Prof James Robson (Harvard)
- Silencing the left: anticommunist extermination in the Global South
Vincent Bevins (Journalist) and Dr Soe Tjen Marching (SOAS)
Remembering the US-backed slaughter of approximately one million Indonesian civilians in 1965, and tracing the ways that massacre has shaped the present.
- YCW London Mentorship Programme: Call for Mentee Applications
The Programme will run from November 2020 – July 2021, during which time Mentors and Mentees will meet regularly to discuss career opportunities, aspirations and growth.
- What Is Xi Fighting? The Dynamics of Corruption in Post-Mao China
Professor Andrew Wedeman (Georgia State University)
Analysis of the anti-corruption crackdown launched by Xi Jinping in late 2012, early 2013 shows its primary effect was to dramatically increase the number of senior officials – popularly known as “tigers” – charged with corruption.
- China Straddling the Persian Gulf
Jonathan Fulton (Zayed University - Abu Dhabi, UAE)
China is a major economic actor in the Persian Gulf and its expansive Belt and Road Initiative ambitions add a strategic element. In an intensely competitive regional security environment, China has maintained an unusual approach, deepening ties with all Gulf states, perhaps best exemplified by its comprehensive strategic partnerships with Iran and its rivals Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- China's Fifth Plenum: New Tensions in the Political System?
Professor Joseph Fewsmith (Boston University)
- ’The invention of the Han race’
Bill Hayton (Chatham House)
In this talk Bill Hayton will argue that the idea of a Han Race was constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century as a political strategy to support the arguments of revolutionary Chinese nationalism.
- COVID-19 and Bangladesh Economy: Path to Recovery
- What Explains the Resilience of Chinese Communist Party Rule?
Tony Saich (Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation / Daewoo Professor of International Affairs)
This talk will look at different explanations for the continued resilience of the Communist Party of China.
- Women, Writing and the Iraqi Ba'thist State: Contending Discourses of Resistance and Collaboration
Hawraa Al-Hassan (University of Cambridge)
This book traces the turbulent history of Ba'thist discourses on women and state patronage of the novel, and explores various literary responses from a wide spectrum of Iraqi women writers.
- Death Care Disarranged: Buddhism, memory and the afterlife of human remains in contemporary Japan
Dr Paulina Kolata (University of Chester)
Investigating proactive approaches to the end of death and the afterlife of human remains in contemporary Japanese Buddhism.
- Xi Jinping’s Counter-Reformation: The Reassertion of Ideological Governance in Contemporary China
Timothy Cheek (University of British Columbia)
How can we make sense of what Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party are doing? This talk offers perspectives from the history of the Party and its notable style of governance: Rectification.
- China’s Engagement and Relations with Iran
Anoush Ehteshami (Durham University)
China has been leading the Middle East/West Asia’s ‘Asianization’ since the late 1990s and has emerged as the primary trading and investment partner of ME/WAsian countries. PRC-IRI relations in this process stand out for both geopolitical and ideo-political reasons.
- From Black Ships to Black Smoke: Karatsu coal in the history of transpacific Japan
Prof Martin Dusinberre (University of Zurich)
Martin Dusinberre argues that mid-19th century Japanese coal mining is the key to rethinking the so-called "opening of Japan" in 1853.
- GDAI Webinar #6 - Between Afro-Pessimism and Naive Optimism-a Bias for Hope in Policy MakingBetween Afro-Pessimism and Naive Optimism-a Bias for Hope in Policy Making
John Sender and Christopher Cramer
Prof Christopher Cramer and Prof John Sender will discuss their latest book 'African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, Policy'.
- China as a Rising Military Power: Developments, Dynamics, Downsides, and Dangers
Professor Andrew S. Erickson (U.S. Naval War College; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Fairbank Center)
China has already parlayed the world’s second largest economy and defense budget into armed forces boasting global superlatives. China under Xi has likely reached its peak growth rate and the zenith of its leaders’ ability to mobilize resources to serve ambitious national objectives.
- Germany and Israel: Whitewashing and Statebuilding
Daniel Marwecki (Hong Kong University)
According to common perception, the Federal Republic of Germany supported the formation of the Israeli state for moral reasons—to atone for its Nazi past—but did not play a significant role in the Arab–Israeli conflict. However, the historical record does not sustain this narrative.
- Japanese Culture Through Videogames: Games as Texts and Discursive Practice
Rachael Hutchinson (University of Delaware)
What can videogames teach us about Japanese culture? Plenty and more, says Rachael Hutchinson.
- GDAI Webinar #7 - Sudan at the crossroads: hopes and fears for the future
Dr Bashàïr Ahmed (Shabaka) and Paul Asquith (African Foundation for Development/SLE, Humboldt University, Berlin)
CAS Research Associates Dr Bashàïr Ahmed and Paul Asquith discuss the prospects for Sudan at this critical time.
- One Left: A powerful tale of trauma and endurance that transformed a nation’s understanding of Korean comfort women
Bruce Fulton and Ju-Chan Fulton (Translators)
One Left is a provocative, extensively researched novel constructed from the testimonies of
dozens of comfort women.
- The Sino-Indian Crisis: Hindsight is 20/20?
Dr Jabin T. Jacob (Shiv Nadar University) and Prof. Steve Tsang (SOAS China Institute)
This panel discussion examines the Sino-Indian crisis.
- Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture shaped Europe
Diana Darke (author)
This book uncovers a long yet often overlooked history of architectural ‘borrowing’, revealing the Arab and Islamic roots of Europe’s architectural heritage.
- River Road to Angkor: Human Ecodynamics of a Tropical River Basin
Veronica Walker Vadillo (University of Helsinki)
Veronica Walker Vadillo will discuss how Angkor’s fluvial culture points to political and cosmological responses to the amphibious landscape they inhabited, and provided the kings of Angkor with a religious framework with which they exerted control over the river network and the people living in and around it.
- Entrepreneurial Aristocrats and Courtly Casters: Seeing Social Status through Artisanal Labor in Medieval Japan
Paula R. Curtis (Yale University)
Prevailing images of premodern Japan often evoke elegant, courtly life or the violence of warrior competitors. But what about the mundane? This talk highlights the lives of those “downstairs,” the lower nobility and artisanal producers whose work gave substance to elite ideals.
- Chinese Railway Infrastructure and PRC Power in Southeast Asia: Big and Small Nations React
Prof. David Lampton (Johns Hopkins - SAIS)
- Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic
Narges Bajoghli (Johns Hopkins University)
An inside look at what it means to be pro-regime in Iran, and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic.
- Between Distribution and Consumption: On The Social Practices of Food Acquisition
Dr Hanna Garth (University of California San Diego)
Based on ethnographic research in Cuba and the United States, Dr Hanna Garth will argue that the link between distribution and consumption is not a given, and food acquisition should be considered an important step in the chain from production to consumption.