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Forthcoming Events

The China Institute coordinates activities at SOAS, University of London that relate to the study of China.  The events bring together academic staff and students with diverse interests and backgrounds.

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  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. It is not to defend or judge China. It does not employ theoretical frameworks that are not appropriate for describing Chinese conditions. It calls for understanding why history is particularly relevant to the Chinese state and most of its people. That way, we also see how the present and hopes for the future changes our perspectives of the past.


  • 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.



  • 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.