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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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  • Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy.
  • Li Zhang (Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Davis)
  • This talk is an overview and open discussion of Zhang’s newly published book - an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding “inner revolution” is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times in China.


  • Socialist Hot Noise: Loudspeakers and Open-Air Cinema in Maoist China
  • Jie Li (John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University)
  • This talk excavates a media history of loudspeakers and open-air cinema through the conceptual framework of “socialist hot noise”: a participatory sociothermic affect and a synergy between body and electricity that soldered scattered populations into the revolutionary masses.