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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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2020

January

07/01/20
  • 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.

13/01/20
14/01/20
15/01/20
17/01/20
17/01/20
17/01/20
20/01/20
  • Course: Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script
  • Keramat Fathinia
  • 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.

21/01/20
  • 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.

22/01/20
24/01/20
27/01/20
  • 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.

27/01/20
28/01/20
  • 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. 

28/01/20
29/01/20
29/01/20
31/01/20

February

03/02/20
  • 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.

04/02/20
  • 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.

05/02/20
05/02/20
  • 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.

06/02/20
  • 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.

07/02/20
  • Looking at Spanish-Philippine Colonial Texts
  • Jorge Mojarro
  • An introductory lecture and discussion on Early Spanish sources and Philippine Studies (1593-1825), followed by a workshop on Transcribing Spanish Manuscripts.

12/02/20
17/02/20
  • 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.

17/02/20
17/02/20
  • 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.

18/02/20
  • 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'.

18/02/20
19/02/20
  • 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.

24/02/20
24/02/20
25/02/20
  • 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.

26/02/20
27/02/20
28/02/20
28/02/20
  • 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.

March

02/03/20
  • 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.

04/03/20
04/03/20
  • 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.

04/03/20
06/03/20
06/03/20
06/03/20
07/03/20
08/03/20
09/03/20
10/03/20
10/03/20
11/03/20
  • 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.

11/03/20
16/03/20
16/03/20
17/03/20
20/03/20
21/03/20
22/03/20
  • 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.

April

20/04/20
20/04/20
  • CANCELLED: Persian Miniatures Course
  • Anahita Alavi
  • The course starts with a short historical introduction to Persian miniatures and the stylistic features of different Persian miniatures’ schools.

25/04/20
27/04/20
28/04/20
28/04/20
30/04/20

May

13/05/20
  • CANCELLED: The China Debate 2020: China will Sustain its Economic Rise
  • Various speakers
  • 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.

15/05/20
18/05/20
  • 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.

19/05/20

June

03/06/20
08/06/20
29/06/20

July

14/07/20
31/07/20

September

03/09/20
  • 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.

09/09/20
11/09/20
23/09/20
23/09/20
  • 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.

October

05/10/20
05/10/20
  • 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.

08/10/20
12/10/20
  • 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.”

14/10/20
14/10/20
14/10/20
19/10/20
19/10/20
19/10/20
21/10/20
23/10/20
  • Gems and Jewels: The Religions of Pakistan
  • Amineh Hoti
  • “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.

23/10/20
23/10/20
24/10/20
24/10/20
  • Decolonising - The Debate
  • An Oxford-style debate - the audience will be asked to register their position before and after the debate.

24/10/20
26/10/20
27/10/20
  • 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.

27/10/20
28/10/20
31/10/20
31/10/20

November

02/11/20
  • 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.

03/11/20
  • 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.

04/11/20
09/11/20
  • ’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.

16/11/20
17/11/20
18/11/20
23/11/20
24/11/20
  • 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.

25/11/20
26/11/20
30/11/20
  • 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.

December

01/12/20
  • 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.

02/12/20
04/12/20
04/12/20
07/12/20
08/12/20
09/12/20
  • 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.

09/12/20
15/12/20
18/12/20