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.
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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- The Scribblers Mafia: Radical Ideologues in Mao’s Coalition
Professor Victor Shih (University of California at San Diego)
This talk explores how scribblers (笔杆子), who were junior and obscure cadres prior to the Cultural Revolution, were rocketed up to important positions by Mao Zedong.
- Rising Authoritarianism? Evaluating political and economic development in Hong Kong
This panel brings together four distinguished Hong Kong citizens to discuss Hong Kong’s current political impasse, the city’s relationship with China and its future as a both a cosmopolitan economic Asian hub and exemplar for democratic reform in China – or not.
- Li Manshan: Portrait of a folk Daoist
Dr Stephen Jones (SOAS, University of London)
- China’s Rise and the Security of East Asia
Professor Thomas J. Christensen (Columbia University)
- Red Flags: Why Xi Jinping’s China is in Jeopardy
George Magnus (Research Associate, SOAS China Institute) Discussants: Jonathan Fenby (Research Associate, SOAS China Institute) and Carrie Gracie (Former BBC China Editor)
Under President Xi Jinping China has become a more controlling and assertive power both at home and abroad. Since the financial crisis, it has eagerly stepped into the gap left by a retreating US. But how rosy and robust are its prospects, really?
- Women’s Pornographies and Social Activism in Hong Kong
This talk analyzes the views and activities of sex activists and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and San Francisco, who were interviewed about the topic of queer and feminist pornography and its relationship to social movements.
- China, from Present to Past
Professor Valerie Hansen (Yale University)
- Beijing from below: new light on the recent history of China’s capital
Harriet Evans (University of Westminster)
This talk tells a story of revolution and reform that challenges many of the familiar themes of dominant chronology of the PRC.
- Chinese State Capitalism in Hong Kong
Ho-fung Hung (Johns Hopkins University)
- Tea dreams? How Brits feel and think about China, and why: preliminary survey findings
Peter Gries 葛小伟 (Lee Kai Hung Chair and Director, Manchester China Institute, and Professor of Chinese Politics, The University of Manchester)