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亚非学院中国研究院, 拥有超过50名教职员, 汇集了亚非学院所有的中国问题专家,致力于创建一个全球性的
研究机构及学术中心, 从古代到当代, 跨越政治、经济、语言、法律、艺术和文化各个学科,对不同语境下的中国及其复杂性进行全面的探讨和交流。

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54
affiliated academics working in 14 humanities and social science departments.

Research

The Institute is working closely with exceptional regional academic and business partners to build a truly world-leading, interdisciplinary research programme across the social sciences and humanities within eight China-focused themes.

Dr Jieyu Liu, Deputy Director of the Institute, received a European Research Council (ERC) grant of almost €1.5 million for her research on Chinese families in East Asia. The five-year project entitled 'Doing Intimacy: A Multi-sited Ethnography of Modern Chinese Family Life’ will provide the first comprehensive study of practices of intimacy in Chinese families, their intertwining with gender and intergenerational dynamics, and interrelations with local and global change

The Institute delivers interdisciplinary research seminars and workshops; organises high profile lecture events; and facilitates roundtable meetings on current affairs.

Teaching

The MA Advanced Chinese Studies provides high-level bilingual training in Chinese Studies across more than ten different disciplines in the social sciences and humanities

The MSc Contemporary China Studies combines high quality postgraduate social science research methodology training with a comprehensive study of contemporary China.

We rank 2nd in the UK in the Times & Sunday Times University League Table 2015, 5th in the Complete University Guide 2015 (East & South East Asia)

In Memoriam: Roderick MacFarquhar (1930-2019)

With the passing of Harvard University Professor Emeritus Roderick MacFarquhar, international China Studies has lost a true giant in the field, and the SOAS community has lost an esteemed colleague and cherished friend of many decades.

Tue23Apr

Hidden Binomes in Chinese Canonical Texts: Both Transmitted and Excavated
Hidden Binomes in Chinese Canonical Texts: Both Transmitted and Excavated

One of the most important, but still under-investigated, features of the Old Chinese lexicon is its large number of alliterative binomes (i.e., compounds of two characters that regularly appear together with distinctive meaning). Lianmian ci 連綿 詞/聯緜詞 or “binome” (borrowed from the French word binôme) is a sound- correlated (alliterative or rhyming) disyllabic compound that carries meaning only when it is used as a single word.

Thu25Apr

Tetrasyllabic Poetry on Bronze Inscriptions and the Zhou Hymns
Tetrasyllabic Poetry on Bronze Inscriptions and the Zhou Hymns

In this presentation Professor Chen Zhi examines formulaic expressions and set phrases that appear both in the received version of the Shijing (Book of Songs), China’s earliest anthology of poetry, and excavated Western Zhou bronze inscriptions (1045-771 BC).