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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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  • Personal Trust and Stranger Solidarity: Competing Moral Economies of Chinese Organic Farming
  • Dr Anders Sybrandt Hansen (Aarhus University)
  • The widespread phenomenon of unsafe food on the Chinese market has been argued to be both symptomatic of moral disregard for the well-being of strangers, and productive of social distrust. In response to the ongoing food safety crisis some agricultural producers have turned to organic farming, and this seminar discusses the moral reasoning of farmers based on ethnographic fieldwork at one such organic farm in northern China.

  • Nanjing
  • Written and performed by Jude Christian, directed by Elayce Ismail
  • Nanjing is a monologue about identity, flawed heroes, and the consequences of war. Written and performed by Jude Christian, Nanjing is a personal response to the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking.


  • It Won't Be Long Now
  • Dr Bill Aitchison (Artistic Director Bill Aitchison Company / Nanjing University)
  • It Won’t Be Long Now is a solo theatre piece set in 1940s Hong Kong under Japanese occupation. It follows the experiences of Allied prisoners of war incarcerated in the Shamshuipo Prison Camp. It is based on real histories and is a show about survival in a time of hardship. It is a part of the Shamshuipo Heroes series of performances that give voice to diverse histories of this part of Kowloon.


  • 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.





  • Will China’s Rise be Peaceful?
  • The rise of China will have a major impact on the world in the 21st century. Graham Allison may or may not be right in arguing that China and the USA are at serious risk of being caught in a ‘Thucydides Trap’, in which an incumbent hegemonic power feels compelled to respond forcefully to a rising new peer competitor, with potentially dire consequences. In the light of recent developments, the panellists with discuss whether China’s rise will prove peaceful.