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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- China 1949: Year of Revolution
Graham Hutchings (University of Oxford China Centre and University of Nottingham)
This talk will explore something of the human drama at the heart of the 1949 story, and show how the communist conquest of mainland China in that year provides a key to understanding the behaviour of the Chinese state under Xi Jinping, more than 70 years later.
- Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities
Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University)
Making the radical argument that the nation-state was born of colonialism, this book calls us to rethink political violence and reimagine political community beyond majorities and minorities.
- Maritime Trade and Shipwrecks: Recent Discoveries from Vietnam and Central Thailand
Abhirada Komoot (PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia) and Do Truong Giang (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences)
Abhirada Komoot will discuss The Phanom-Surin Shipwreck and Cultural Exchange between Mainland Southeast Asia and the wider Indian Ocean World, and Do Truong Giang will talk about Champa’s Long-distance Cultural Exchange: A View from Maritime Archaeology and History.
- Rethink, Reset, Recalibrate: The Implications of the transition from Trump to Biden on U.S.-China Relations
Dr Elizabeth Economy (Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Council on Foreign Relations)
- Mapping Philippine Material Culture In Overseas Collections ca. 1500-1950
For the launch, we will introduce the project's parameters and goals, and will be in conversation with Pastor Roces, as she gives an overview of “what is out there” in overseas collections and why an aggregated inventory is needed to map this landscape of diasporic objects.
- ‘Black people of Iran’: Documentary on the Lives of Afro-Iranians in the Southern Coasts of Iran
Farhad Varahram (Tehran University & Iranian Documentary Guild)
This event commences with the film ‘Black people of Iran’, followed by a Q&A session with the director Farhad Varahram.
- Why China Should Democratize (and sooner rather than later)
Professor Joseph Wong (Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto)
In this webinar, Professor Wong argues the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should consider democratizing sooner rather than later, to usher in democratic reform in China, and importantly, for the regime to maintain political power
- Reluctant Reception: Refugees, Migration and Governance in the Middle East and North Africa
Kelsey Norman (Baker Institute, Rice University)
Seeking to understand why host states treat migrants and refugees inclusively, exclusively, or without any direct engagement, Kelsey Norman offers this original, comparative analysis of the politics of asylum seeking and migration in the Middle East and North Africa.
- The Metabolist Imagination: Visions of the City in Postwar Japanese Architecture and Science Fiction
Will Gardner (Swarthmore)
Will Gardner will discuss the confluence between architecture and science fiction in postwar Japan, exploring how architects and SF authors developed such shared themes as futurity, ruins, and apocalypse.
- Artist talk series: Yinka Shonibare in Conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford
Yinka Shonibare, CBE and Dr Gus Casely-Hayford (Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)
Yinka Shonibare, CBE, and Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will discuss Shonibare’s career path as an artist and current projects—both in the UK and internationally.
- Comparisons of a New Sino-US Cold War with the Old Soviet (Sino)-US Cold War
Professor Gilbert Rozman (Princeton University and The Asan Forum)
Professor Gilbert Rozman compares a new Sino-US Cold War with the Old Soviet (Sino)-US Cold War by differentiating a cold war into four primary dimensions: geographic, strategic, economic, and national identity.
- Mapping Kurdistan: Territory, Self-Determination and Nationalism
Zeynep Kaya (SOAS)
Since the early twentieth-century, Kurds have challenged the borders and national identities of the states they inhabit.
- Knowing and Showing Difference: Sex, Gender and Disability in Japanese Film
Forum Mithani (JRC Research Associate)
Forum Mithani discusses how contemporary Japanese film is pushing as well as reinforcing boundaries of discourse in relation to gender, sexuality and disability.
- Launch of SOAS South East Asia Research Special Issue on the Philippine Cordillera
Rachel Harrison (SOAS), Laurence Goodchild (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group), Cristina Martinez-Juan (SOAS)
In this launch event, we will have a conversation about publishing for SEAR in general and the Cordillera special issue in particular with Philippine studies conference organisers and participants.
- Propaganda and the Protectorate: Swedish Explorer Sven Hedin’s Visit to Korea in 1908
Dr Anders Karlsson (SOAS University of London)
This talk describes the visit Swedish explorer Sven Hedin (1865-1952) made to Korea in December 1908, and his audience with Emperor Sunjong of Korea, invited by Japan to improve the impression in the West of Japan and its activities in the region.
- Sexualities and Queer Studies in/from Africa
Rachel Spronk, Thomas Hendriks, S.N. Nyeck, Hakima Abbas, Andrea Cornwall
- The Political Genesis of Local Government Debt in China
Professor Jean C. Oi (Stanford University)
This seminar looks at China’s rapidly growing local government debt (LGD), which is now branded a “grey rhino,” a known threat that has received little attention.
- Moroccan Cinema Uncut: Decentred Voices, Transnational Perspectives
Will Higbee (University of Exeter), Florence Martin (Goucher College), Jamal Bahmad (Mohammed V University)
This is the first book length study to consider the transnational dimension of Moroccan cinema. It argues that Moroccan cinema has de-orbited from Francophone cinema and Morocco's postcolonial legacy to become a transnational cinema.
- Empress Shōken and the Politics of Meiji Imperial Images
Asst Prof Alison J. Miller (Sewanee: The University Of The South)
This lecture analyzes how prints of Empress Shōken in the 1880s and 1890s were used to define modern femininity.
- Surviving Imperial Intrigues: Korea’s Struggle for Neutrality amid Empires, 1882-1907
Dr Sangpil Jin (University of Edinburgh)
What does the failed Korean neutralisation tell us about the history of international relations of East Asia?
- A World Safe for Autocracy? The Domestic Politics of China’s Foreign Policy
Associate Professor Jessica Chen Weiss (Cornell University)
Weiss will discuss her new book project, which theorizes and illustrates the domestic-international linkages in Beijing’s approach to issues ranging from sovereignty and homeland disputes to climate change and COVID-19.
- Seeking Legitimacy: Why Arab Autocracies Adopt Women's Rights
Aili Mari Tripp (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Aili Mari Tripp explains why autocratic leaders in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria embraced more extensive legal reforms of women's rights than their Middle Eastern counterparts.
- Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire
- Where there is hair, there will be lice: Managing the Descendants of Ming Migrants in Late Chosŏn Korea
Dr Adam Bohnet (King's University College at Western University Canada)
Dr Adam Bohnet will discuss the bureaucratic complications involved in trying to shape the descendants of Ming migrant to conform to the idealized Ming Loyalist type.
- To Rise or to Lead? The Challenge of Chinese Universities in the 21st Century
Professor William C. Kirby (Harvard University)
This seminar examines the prospect for Chinese leadership in the world of universities in the 21st century.
- LGBTQ in Iran
This seminar is an introductory session with three Iranian academics providing an overview of their research into the Iranian LGBTQ community.
- The Rise of the Chinese Techno-Security State Under Xi Jinping
Tai Ming Cheung (Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, and Director, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation)
Dr Cheung examines China under Xi Jinping as an expansive techno-security state.
- Eleven Wars against Palestinians: How Palestinians are coping with their Elimination
Invoking the myth of Palestine as "a land without a people” to justify its project, Zionism physically destroyed most of Palestine and depopulated it from most of its native population to replace them with settlers, coming mostly from Europe initially.
- Okinawa-ron: Representations of Okinawa in Essay Literature
Prof Ina Hein (University of Vienna)
This lecture attempts to identify the major lines of arguments developed in essays discussing Okinawa and its relation to Japan.
- The Future of EU-China Relations: Core values, the investment agreement, and the Biden Administration
Professor François Godement (Institut Montaigne, Paris)
- Contested Spaces: Epistemic (A)Symmetries, Mobilities, Identities
SOAS University of London and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, present their first joint Symposium on the theme of 'Decolonising Knowledge'.
- How America’s China Policy Was Shanghaied and Rescued
Dr Miles Yu (United States Naval Academy)
- The Arab Winter: Democratic Consolidation, Civil War, and Radical Islamists
Stephen J. King (Georgetown University)
This unique comparative analysis of countries before, during and after the Arab Spring seeks to explain the divergent outcomes, disappointing and even harrowing results of efforts to overcome democratic consolidation challenges, from the tentative democracy in Tunisia to the emergence of the Islamic State, and civil war and authoritarian retrenchment everywhere else.
- Why do we know so little about the Goddess and her worship among the ancient Khmers?
Dominic Goodall (Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO)
All of us start with misconceptions about what Khmer inscriptions and art can tell us, and most find ourselves asking: Why is it so hard to marry iconographic and epigraphic data?
- Welcoming the Foreign: Hospitality and International Tourism in the Japanese Empire, 1912–1941
Andrew Elliott (JRC Visiting Scholar)
This lecture analyses inbound tourist hospitality policy and host/guest encounters in the Japanese empire from the establishment of Japan Tourist Bureau to the beginning of the Pacific War.
- CPS Annual Lecture 2021: The Apartheid Paradigm
Raef Zreik (Tel Aviv University)
Professor Zreik will offer an interpretation regarding the recent increase in the deployment of the Apartheid paradigm to describe the current reality in Palestine-Israel.
- Chinese Vaccine Diplomacy in Africa - A Global Perspective
China and Africa have long decades of interaction. The vaccine diplomacy is simply a counterpoint of 'vaccine wars' that have swept Europe itself - especially between the UK and EU. In Africa/China terms, this diplomacy is just one further aspect of old rivalries between China and the West - albeit conducted within the crisis of a pandemic - but also may be seen as a genuine Chinese outreach that echoes the nature of an earlier relationship between the two continents.
- Iran: 25 years, 45 visits, A Journey Behind the Headlines: An illustrated talk by Scott Peterson
Scott Peterson is the senior Middle East correspondent, covering the Middle East for the Monitor from London with a special focus on Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
- Book Discussion on ‘Aid Imperium: United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia’
Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr. (Leiden University)
Does foreign aid promote human rights? As the world’s largest aid donor, the United States has provided foreign assistance to more than 200 countries. This seminar presentation discusses the key arguments and findings from the forthcoming book Aid Imperium: United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia.
- History, Fiction, and Japan
Prof Amy Stanley (Northwestern University)
This talk, from a Japan historian whose work has often been miscategorized as fiction, considers the opportunities and dangers of borrowing the narrative strategies of the novel, and presents some ideas about why fiction and history are so often confused when we talk and write about Japan.
- Aspects of Defense Industrialization in China, 1949-1989
Professor David Bachman (Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington)
This seminar is based on Prof. Bachman's book project in process on China’s defense industrialization.
- The Kaʿba Orientations: In conversation with author Dr Simon O'Meara
Simon O'Meara (SOAS)
The discussion will be around Dr O'Meara's newly published book, The Kaʿba Orientations: Readings in Islam’s Ancient House.
- The Arab and the Jewish Questions: Geographies of Engagement in Palestine and Beyond
Bashir Bashir (Open University of Israel) and Leila Farsakh (University of Massachusetts Boston)
This book talk discusses the attempts of leading scholars to consider how the “Jewish Question” and the “Arab Question” are entangled historically and in the present day.
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia: A Transcultural History of Heritage?
Michael Falser (Heidelberg University/Technical University of Munich)
Michael Falser will take you on a journey, one that will give you the chance to see some of the results of his recent monograph Angkor Wat. A Transcultural History of Heritage (DeGruyter, Berlin 2020), which traced the multiple lives of Angkor Wat over a 150-year-long period from the 1860s to the 2010s, and presented for the first time a kind of visual anthology of the temple with more than 1,400 historic photographs, architectural plans and samples of public media.
- Hooghly: The Global History of a River
- The Arab Uprisings Ten Years on: A Continuing Process
Gilbert Achcar (SOAS) in conversation with Dina Matar (SOAS)
Ten years ago, most of the Arabic-speaking countries were shaken by the chain of uprisings that was called the Arab Spring. Three years later, it looked as if the hopes raised in 2011 had been defeated, with the partial exception of Tunisia where democratic gains have been preserved.
- The role and vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the making of the Bangladesh nation state
Prof. Rehman Sobhan, Chairman (Centre for Policy Dialogue)
- Life, and Death, of A King in Exile: The Final Years of Reza Shah Pahlavi, Founder of Modern Iran
Reza Shah's authoritarian and modernising reign transformed Iran, but his rule and Iran's independence ended in ignominy in 1941.
- Rescuing Art History from the Nation: Late Chosŏn Korea between Europe and Edo Japan
Prof J.P. Park (University of Oxford)
By introducing evidence that testifies to the late Chosŏn public’s active interest in Japanese art, this paper will point to the neglected exchange of art and ideas between early modern Korea and Japan, and expose how age-old academic conventions and nationalisms remain firmly fixed in the study of East Asian art history.
- China's Changing National Security Strategy under Xi Jinping
Sheena Chestnut Greitens (University of Texas-Austin)
This paper argues that Xi Jinping has pursued a new national security strategy for China.
- Turkey in the Global Economy: Between Neoliberalism and Authoritarian Populism, 2000-2020
Bülent Gökay (Keele University)
Turkey in the Global Economy examines the transformation of Turkey over the past two decades, from an underdeveloped and weak economic power into an important regional player with a dynamic economy in global networks.
- Agrarian change in the Chao Phraya delta (1950-2020)
François Molle (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)
The Chao Phraya delta has been the historical heart of commercial rice production in Thailand since the Bowring Treaty (1855). In the early 1900s, it accounted for 70% of the country’s production and 100% of exports. What happened to this agrarian system in the following 100 years?
- Discourses of Discipline - Anthropological Notes on Corporal Punishment in Japan
Aaron L. Miller, MSc, DPHil (Oxon) (California State University)
Anthropological notes on the phenomenon of corporal punishment in Japan.
- Superpower Dreams: China's Economic and Technological Ambitions
Arthur R. Kroeber (Gavekal Dragonomics)
- GDAI Webinar #8 - The challenge of state-making in South Sudan: the shifting everyday realities and experience of violence and conflict
Jimmy Awany (SOAS Alumnus), Ponsiano Bimeny (SOAS University of London)
Drawing on South Sudan as a case study, this webinar will explores how civil society is shaped and constructed, and how civic actors navigate different spaces within a conflict context, shrinking civil society space and international influence to impact peace.
- Epistolary Revolution in Chosŏn Korea
Asst Prof Hwisang Cho (Emory University)
While discussing his book The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea (Washington 2020), Hwisang Cho will give a survey of the “epistolary revolution” that shaped Korean society from the sixteenth century to the present.
- Obscene and Sacred Dimensions of Medieval Persian Poetry: Sa'di's Literary Pornography as "Counter-Text" to Mystical Lyric
Domenico Ingenito (UCLA)
Pornographic depictions of sexual passion abound in the literary tradition of the medieval Persian world. Often revolving around the explicit portrayals of same-sex desire, these texts challenge the expressive boundaries of poetic language in a variety of surprisingly playful, alluring, and occasionally disturbing ways.
- LOOT: Britain and the Benin Bronzes
Barnaby Phillips (Author), Enotie Paul Ogbebor (Visual artist and singer/songwriter)
The story of a powerful West African kingdom & British imperial greed. The dispersal of the Bronzes and today’s debate about their future.
- 10th Annual Igbo Conference - A New Dawn: Rebirth, Renewal, Regeneration
The Igbo Conference is an annual international conference that aims to encourage and promote Igbo Studies in the UK and beyond. It seeks to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange between scholars, practitioners, students and members of the community, serving as a unique bridge between the community and academia.
- Do Not Disturb
Michela Wrong (Author), Miles Tendi (University of Oxford), Susan Thomson (Colgate University)
Join us for the launch of 'Do Not Disturb' by award-winning author Michela Wrong.
- The Covid Pandemic in Southeast Asia: An assessment of its severity and economic consequences
Prof Anne Booth (SOAS)
The main focus of the talk is to assess the economic impact of the COVID 19 pandemic across Southeast Asia, and explain the different outcomes by country and region.
- Shadows & Illuminations
Robert Lemelson (UCLA)
A film screening of Shadows & Illuminations. A film that follows an older Balinese man, Nyoman Kereta, as he struggles with the intrusion of spirits into his consciousness. Kereta says he has been living in two worlds, the world of his family and community and the world of the spirits, for the past 40 years.
- China’s Quest for Foreign Technology: Beyond Espionage
Didi Kirsten Tatlow (German Council on Foreign Relations; Projekt Sinopsis)
For decades, the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese state have operated a vast, intricate and highly successful system of science and technology transfer from overseas to “serve the country.” This seminar will present the findings of Didi Kirsten Tatlow's recent co-authored book explaining how the system works - and why it is becoming an existential challenge to democracies.
- Few Strings Attached: Why Countries Join the Belt and Road Initiative
Prof. M. Taylor Fravel (Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Although the motives for China’s development of the Belt and Road Initiative have been well studied, scholars have yet to examine why partner states seek to join in the first place. Professor Fravel will talk about his paper, which seeks to fill this gap by focusing on the memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that states sign with China to formally join BRI.
- The China Debate 2021: 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.
- What does a world with less water mean for the Middle East?
Peter Schwartzstein (journalist)
As the driest part of the planet, the Middle East never had much water to begin with. But a potent combination of climate shocks, rampant mismanagement, and increasing demand is pushing the region to the brink.
- African Migration, Human Rights and Literature
Prof Fareda Banda (SOAS)
This innovative book looks at the topic of migration through the prism of law and literature. The author uses a rich mix of novels, short stories, literary realism, human rights and comparative literature to explore the experiences of African migrants and asylum seekers.
- Book Launch: The Colonizing Self, by Hagar Kotef
The Colonizing Self explores the cultural, political, and theoretical apparatuses that enable people and nations to construct a home on the ruins of other people’s homes or to feel that they belong to spaces of dispossession.
- Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture 2021 - The Palace Politics of 'Precarious' Sovereignty: Afghan State-building in the Era of Counterterrorism
Dipali Mukhopadhyay (University of Minnesota)
- War and Genocide in South Sudan
Clémence Pinaud (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Using more than a decade's worth of fieldwork in South Sudan, Clémence Pinaud here explores the relationship between predatory wealth accumulation, state formation, and a form of racism―extreme ethnic group entitlement―that has the potential to result in genocide.
- LGBTQ Iran: Art, Activism and Therapy of Trans theatre in Iran
For the third session on LGBTQ Iran, Saman Arastoo, Iranian actor, director and activist, will share his life of being trans in Iran.
- The Politics of Restitution
Jos van Beurden (Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Hilmar Farid (Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia)
Jos van Beurden will present Lessons for the Future: Returns by the Netherlands to Indonesia in the 2010s and the 1970s, and Hilmar Farid will discuss The Future of Restitution: What is Possible?
- How Fangyan became Dialects: A history of language and nationalism in China
Gina Anne Tam (Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas)
What does it mean to speak the Chinese language? The most common answer to this question would be Mandarin, the national language of the People’s Republic of China. Yet within China, the languages spoken on the streets of China's cities and towns are often not its national language.
- Artefacts, Identities and Restitution
Phacharaphorn Phanomvan (Lecturer, University of Oxford), Charlotte Galloway (Honorary Associate Professor, Australian National University)
Phacharaphorn Phanomvan will present Plai Bat: Reclaiming Heritage, Social Media, and Modern Nationalism and Charlotte Galloway will discuss Repatriation, Restitution and Myanmar.
- Bob Dylan’s vision of Asia: What does the singer’s new art reveal about China’s image in American popular culture?
Duncan Bartlett (SOAS University of London)
In 2021, the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan launched a new set of art works known as the Asia series of pictures. They include several images of China. This talk will consider what the art reveals about Bob Dylan and how it connects to his music.
- How does women's participation in non-state armed groups affect those groups' practice of sexual violence?
Hilary Matfess (University of Denver)
Explaining why certain non-state armed groups engage in sexual violence, while others do not is an urgent question for both conflict scholars and the policy community. In this mixed-methods project, Hilary Matfess considers how women’s participation in non-state armed groups shapes the organization’s pattern of sexual violence.
- Chinese Innovation in an Age of Decoupling
Eric Thun (Oxford’s Saïd Business School)
- GDAI Webinar #9 - Engajamento político da juventude na África Lusófona (Youth Political Engagement in Lusophone Africa)
Aleida Borges (Kings College London), Dércio Tsandzana (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
Seeking to discuss the practices and experiences of political participation of young Mozambicans and Cabo Verdeans, it will be argued that young people face challenges which do not find an adequate political response, which is why they resort to "new", non-conventional forms of political engagement, characterised essentially by the social networks of the Internet and activism.
- Samaritans from the Far East: Korean nurses in Germany
Prof Yonson Ahn (Goethe University of Frankfurt)
This talk examines the role of emotions involved in nursing care delivery by the (former) Korean migrant nurses in Germany.
- Chinese neostatist thinkers and the restructuring of Hong Kong
Prof. Sebastian Veg (EHESS)
The recent changes to Hong Kong’s constitutional framework, including the 2020 National Security Law and the 2021 Electoral Reform, are not simply an adjustment, but can be seen as a comprehensive “restructuring”. What are the ideas underpinning these changes and do they hold significance beyond Hong Kong?
- The Great Decoupling: China, America and the Struggle for Technological Supremacy
Nigel Inkster (International Institute for Strategic Studies and SOAS University of London)
The USA and China have become locked in a struggle for control of the commanding heights of advanced technologies. This struggle has been a major factor in what has become known as The Great Decoupling, a progressive technology disengagement that has major economic and political implications for the entire planet.
- The Contemporary Colonial Struggle: Palestinian Resistance, Rights and the Law
This panel discussion comes at a critical moment of a renewed assault on Palestine and Palestinians.
- Re-visiting the Rwandan Genocide
Omar Shahabudin McDoom (London School of Economics)
The Path to Genocide in Rwanda: Security, Opportunity, and Authority in an Ethnocratic State (Cambridge University Press, 2021) draws on extensive and unique field evidence, collected over many years, to offer rigorous answers to two simple but fundamental questions often asked about the genocide. How and why did it occur? And how and why did many Rwandans participate in it?
- SOAS Annual Philippine Studies Conference 2021
The 6th SOAS Annual Philippine Studies Conference aims to bring together academics in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences, as well as artists, writers and performers that are based in the Visayas. The objective of the conference is to bring together key people in Visayan scholarship and cultural production and develop a body of discourse on Visayan cultural practices.
- We’re Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire
Ian Sanjay Patel
- Re-envisioning Pakistan
Syed Shamoon Hashmi
- China’s Technology and Growth Strategy: Focus on the Electronics Industry
Professor Barry Naughton (University of California, San Diego)
- Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko: Authorship and Gender Discourses
This project proposes a rediscovery of probably the most important female documentary maker from Japan, Haneda Sumiko (1926-), who was a pioneer female documentarist and one of the most prolific in post-war Japan.
- In Conversation with AKO Caine Prize Shortlisted Authors: African Literatures in the Digital Age
We invite you to a conversation with 2021 AKO Caine Prize finalists on the many ways in which new (digitised) media is democratising the production, accessibility, and consumption of literatures by writers on the African Continent and the Diaspora.
- Virtual Launch of the Journal of African Law (JAL) - Special Issue on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons
The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, the School of Law, SOAS University of London, the SOAS Centre of African Studies and Cambridge University Press, cordially invite you to the virtual launch of the Journal of African Law (JAL) Special Issue on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons.
- Digital Humanities Approaches to the Study of Baybayin
Prof Ramon Guillermo (University of the Philippines Diliman)
The lecture aims to demonstrate how methods from Digital Humanities can be used to deepen our understanding of the inner workings of the baybayin writing system.
- Reporting on Palestine and Israel: Mainstream Media, Online Media, and Citizen Journalists
This virtual webinar invites experts to explore the shifts and future trends in the media landscape, with special reference to reporting on Palestine and Israel.
- Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko: Authorship and Gender Discourses. 2nd Symposium
This project proposes a rediscovery of probably the most important female documentary maker from Japan, Haneda Sumiko (1926-), who was a pioneer female documentarist and one of the most prolific in post-war Japan.
- Midnight's Borders: A People's History of Modern India
- The Allied Occupation of Japan, Religious Freedom, and Japanese Public Schools
Jolyon Baraka Thomas (University of Pennsylvania)
The Japan Research Centre Meiji Jingu Autumn Lecture is sponsored through the generosity of the Meiji Jingu-Intercultural Research Institute.
- Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia
This lecture series will explore what it means to decolonise the museum and curatorial practice in a Southeast Asian context. The speakers cover a range of topics, including the display of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture, ethnographic and colonial collections, curating contemporary art, and the use and exhibition of Southeast Asian material in western museums.
- What does decolonial curatorial practice look like in a Global and Southeast Asian context?
Stephen A. Murphy (Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art, SOAS)
This event is part of the Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia lecture series (1 of 6).
- Artists' talk series - Fathi Hassan in Conversation with Najlaa El-Ageli
The event is a conversation, in Arabic with simultaneous translation, between the Artist Fathi Hassan and curator Najlaa El-Ageli about Fathi’s practice over three decades and across various localities in North Africa and Europe.
- China’s Quest for Environmental Sustainability: An International Business Perspective
Prof. Maoliang Bu (School of Business, Nanjing University; Hopkins-Nanjing Center)
This seminar will share Dr. Bu’s research on China’s environmental sustainability from the intersectional field of international business (IB), sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). The presenter will reflect from broader perspectives (including history, geography, and political science) while focusing on the insights from international business.
- Critical Reflections on Middle East Economics
Hassan Hakimian (HBKU and SOAS)
The knowledge of Middle Eastern economies as an autonomous field is of relatively recent origins and has evolved in uneven ways. Unlike some other regions, which have played a more active role in the genesis or evolution of development theory and practice (notably Latin America), the contribution of Middle Eastern economies has been more limited and to a large extent confined to recent decades.
- Dance, Divinity and Narratives of Sohinimoksha Troupe
- Mining the Museum: Contemporary Art and Decolonial Practice in Southeast Asia
Pamela N. Corey (Fulbright University Vietnam) and Vera Mey (SOAS)
This event is part of the Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia lecture series (2 of 6).
- The Making of China’s Wolf Warrior Diplomacy: A Book Talk with Peter Martin
Peter Martin, Defense Policy and Intelligence Reporter for Bloomberg News
Peter Martin joins us for a discussion on his book, "China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy," which charts China's transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China's diplomats.
- From Early Adopter to Rigorous Regulator: the Case of Cryptocurrency in Japan
Dr Julie Valk (King's College London)
- Must We Decolonise the Museum? Sacred and Ritual Art and the Raffles Collection in Singapore
Conan Cheong and Faisal Husni (Assistant Curators for Southeast Asia, Asian Civilisations Museum)
This event is part of the Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia lecture series (3 of 6).
- The Mass Biopolitics of Medicine in Socialist China
Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies, Stanford University
This talk will discuss the films Spring Comes to Withered Trees (Kumu fengchun 枯木逢春, 1961) and Spring Shoots (Chunmiao春苗, 1975).
- IAS Book Launch: The Palestinian Prisoners Movement
Providing a contemporary history of the Palestinian prisoners movement, this book illustrates the centrality of the movement in the broader Palestinian national struggle.
- Transcribing Tagbanwa
Prof Myfel Paluga (University of the Philippines-Mindanao)
- The Prophet's Heir: The Life of Ali Ibn Abi Talib
- Visions of Beirut: The Urban Life of Media Infrastructure
Hatim El-Hibri (George Mason University)
In Visions of Beirut, Hatim El-Hibri explores how the creation and circulation of images has shaped the urban spaces and cultural imaginaries of Beirut.
- Malay Manuscripts: A Guide to Paper and Watermarks. The Collected Works of Russell Jones (1972–2015)
Dr Farouk Yahya (SOAS)
This special issue of the SOAS-based journal Indonesia and the Malay World gathers together the key works of the late Dr Russell Jones (1926–2019) on the paper used for copying Malay manuscripts and their watermarks.
- (Re)contextualising the Dong Duong Buddhist art gallery at the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang
Duyen Nguyen (SOAS)
This event is part of the Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia lecture series (4 of 6).
- BARAZA - Swahili Studies Conference
The aim of the meeting is to foster academic interaction and exchange about new or emerging research, developing ideas and interests for mutual benefit among Swahili scholars and students.
- Biden’s China Policy: Old Wine in New Bottles?
Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Professor Andrew J. Nathan will discuss the elements of Biden's China strategy and assess what he is likely to achieve.
- Body Like Withered Wood and Heart like Dead Ashes. Reconfiguring the Remains of Kamatari’s Statue at Tōnomine
Dr Benedetta Lomi (University of Bristol)
- Decolonisation in Colonial Institutions: Reparative Approaches to Philippine Collections in a U.S. University
Ricky Punzalan (University of Michigan)
This event is part of the Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia lecture series (5 of 6).
- Carbon neutrality and life cycle thinking
Ming Xu, Professor and Director of China Programs, School for Environment and Sustainability Professor, University of Michigan
This talk will discuss the landscape of carbon neutrality commitments around the world including in China, and the roles that life cycle thinking plays in carbon neutrality.
- The Politics of Greater India and Indonesian Collections in Museums of 'Asian Art'
Marieke Bloembergen (KITLV and Leiden University) and Mathilde Mechling (Independent Researcher)
This event is part of the Decolonising Curating and the Museum in Southeast Asia lecture series (6 of 6).
- Creative Radicalism in the Middle East: Culture and the Arab Left After the Uprisings
Caroline Rooney (University of Kent)
In her recent account of the Arab uprisings, Caroline Rooney outlines the importance of aesthetic strategies and creative expression in the left's critique of authoritarian and Islamic extremist discourse during the revolutions.
- Disciplining the reproductive bodies in Japan and beyond: Japanese family planning pilot projects in the 1950s-1960s
Dr Aya Homei (University of Manchester)
- Hong Kong, China and the New Feelings Between Them: the Sentimental Politics of the Great Prosperity Dream
Professor, Tsung-yi Michelle Huang, Department of Geography, National Taiwan University
- Cleft Capitalism: The Social Origins of Failed Market Making in Egypt
Amr Adly (American University in Cairo)
Cleft Capitalism offers a new explanation for why market-based development can fail to meet expectations: small businesses in Egypt are not growing into medium and larger businesses.
- Can robotics-aided care be person-centred? Talk & Film Screening 'Circuits of Care: Ageing and Japan's Robot Revolution'
Prof Naonori Kodate (University College Dublin) and Prof David Prendergast (Maynooth University)
- New Media and Revolution: Resistance and Dissent in Pre-uprising Syria
Billie Jeanne Brownlee (University of Exeter)
Investigating the root causes of the Syrian uprising of 2011, New Media and Revolution shows how acts of online resistance prepared the ground for better-organised street mobilisation.
- Reviving the Spirit of Traditional Japanese Culture through Education
Prof Masaya Iwasaki (Kogakkan University)
Masaya Iwasaki prepares to revive the traditional cultural spirit of Japan, as the Minister of Education of the future.