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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- With and against the family, with and against the state - Staying single and getting rich in China’s ‘harmonious society’
Roberta Zavoretti, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
- 镜与梦：中国文学传统中的风月空间 (Mirror and Dream: The “Wind and Moon-scene” in the Chinese Literary Tradition)
Dr Lu Jie (South China Agriculture University)
- Quick-Fix Talk
Bill Aitchison 比尔•艾奇森
This talk explores the phenomenon of the ‘quick-fixes’ that can be seen widely on the streets and in homes across China. These seemingly spontaneous and insignificant quick-fixes, when viewed as a whole, offer a unique way of viewing contemporary Chinese society.
- Was Bruce Lee Chinese, or American, or British, or What?
Dr Paul Bowman, Cardiff University
- 天变人争—清咸丰五年黄河铜瓦厢改道研究 (A study of the Yellow River’s changing course at Tongwa Xiang during Emperor Xianfeng’s reign)
Dr Jia Guojing (Shandong University)
- A ‘Silent Turmoil’? Art by Women and the Politics of Women’s Art (nüxing yishu) in 1990s Mainland China
Monica Merlin, Christie's Education (London) and University of Glasgow
- One Belt One Road: Contemporary Geopolitical Perspectives and Implications for China-EU relations
Prof. François Godement (European Council on Foreign Relations)
- In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China
Michael Meyer (Author)
- Benefit Sharing in the Mekong River Basin between China and the Lower Mekong Countries
Professor Seungho Lee, Graduate School of International Studies Korea University and SOAS China Institute Visiting Scholar
- Yucong 1: An Excavated Canon of Ancient Chinese Philosophical Logic
Professor Christoph Harbsmeier
- 托尼•莫里森与莫言文学创作中的记忆场 (Cultural memory and literature based on the works of Toni Morrison and Mo Yan)
Professor Wu Haifang (School of Foreign Language Studies, Changzhou University)
- Han Feizi on the Logic of Social Engineering
Professor Christoph Harbsmeier
Master Seminar (Open to Graduate and Research Students).
- Some Limitations of Pre-Buddhist Chinese Rhetoric, Syntax and Semantics
- 清代“封建论”的阶段性特征 (Characteristics of the Qing dynasty's feudal phases)
Dr Tian Qinyun (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law)
- Things you may think you know about China that aren't really so
Guy de Jonquières (Senior Fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy (Ecipe))
- “五四”与新文学 (The May Fourth New Literature Movement)
Dr Wang Xiaodong
- China’s Ambition in the South China Sea: Hegemonic Power versus Maritime Order
Prof. Katherine Morton (University of Sheffield)
- Re-reading accounts of the Qin unification of writing
Dr Imre Galambos (University of Cambridge)
- China: Remnants of Revolution
The 2016 China Debate to a discussion of the remnants of the many revolutions that continue to permeate life in China today.
- 精神的契合——现代主义诗学在抗战时期的中国 (Spiritual affinity——The Modernist Poetics in China during the Anti-Japanese War)
Dr Tianhong Wang (Jilin University)
- Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art Annual Lecture - Bronze Daggers and Silver Bowls: What China gained from the West
Professor Dame Jessica Rawson (Oxford University)
The lecture will consider the different ways in which the Chinese interacted with their neighbours and the new materials and artefacts that this exchange produced
Prof. Xia Zhongyi ( Shanghai University)
- The Drum or Bell of Justice and Remonstrance. The transcultural adaptation of a political installation across Eurasia
Professor Rudolf Wagner (University of Heidelberg)
- One-Child: The story of China’s most radical experiment
Mei Fong (Author and Journalist)
- Travels with Lao She: from Beijing to Britain, Manhattan to Mars
Professor Jeff Wasserstrom (University of California at Irvine), Professor Robert Bickers (University of Bristol)
A double presentation by Robert Bickers (University of Bristol), who will speak on "China & Britain during Lao She's London Years", and Jeffrey Wasserstrom (University of California, Irvine), who will speak on "Fantasy in Lao She's Life & Fiction.
- Materialising Manchus
Fresco Sam-Sin (Leiden University)
- Being Chinese
Ms Jeanne-Marie Gescher
Ms Jeanne-Marie Gescher (Barrister) questions what does it mean to be Chinese?
- Queer Asia 2016: Diversity, Contestations and Developments
The first ever 'Queer' Asia Conference is being held at SOAS on 10-11 June, 2016 and supported by 14 Societies, Departments and Institutes at SOAS including Centre for Gender Studies, Film Studies, South Asia Institute and Department of Film Studies, Development Studies and South East Asian Studies.
- International Premiere of PAPA RAINBOW directed by Fan Popo - Chinese Documentary (with English subtitles)
Post-screening Q&A and dialogue hosted by Dr Luke Robinson
As part of The Queer Asia Conference 2016: Diversity, Contestations and Developments
Prof Luo Zhengfu (Guizhou University)
- One-Stroke Calligraphy
Venerable Master Hsing Yun at Asia House
- 禅与现代人的生活 - Chan Buddhism in Contemporary Life
Venerable Man Chien (President of Fo Guang Shan Overseas Executive Council)
- One-Day International Symposium: Buddhist Art and Material Culture
Venerable Master Hsing Yun
- Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEAS) 2016
This conference provides a major venue for the dissemination of research on East Asian Studies in various disciplines for academics from both the UK and abroad.
- City-to-City Cultural Exchange Forum: Hong Kong-Nanjing-London-Tokyo - Cross-Cultural Collaboration in the Performing Arts
Danny Yung (Zuni Icosahedron Hong Kong), Ke Jun (Jiangsu Performing Arts), Prof. Uchino Tadashi (University of Tokyo), Dr Ágota Révész (Freie Universität Berlin), Dr Rossella Ferrari (SOAS)
- 2016 Chinese Art Film Festival London Showcase
Introduced by Dr Rossella Ferrari (SOAS), Dr Xiaoning Lu (SOAS) & Dr How Wee Ng (SOAS)
- Tang Xianzu and Shakespeare in the Chinese Cultural Context
Professor Pei-kai Cheng (President, China Institute, City University of Hong Kong; Chairman, Hong Kong SAR Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee)
The 400th Anniversary for Tang Xianzu (1550-1616) and Shakespeare (1564-1616) raises intriguing questions among Chinese literary scholars.
- Grandparents and Grandchildren in Rural China
Professor Merril D Silverstein (Syracuse University)
- Back to a Maoist Future?
Dr. Simon Ogus (DSG Asia Limited)
- Educating the Chinese Individual: Political Ambitions and Processes of Individualization
Professor Mette Halskov Hansen (University of Oslo)
- China’s Economy: Powerhouse, Menace or the Next Japan?
Mr. Arthur R. Kroeber (China Economic Quarterly)
Professor Yang Yuda (Institute of Historical Geography, Fudan University)
- Party Spirit: Producing Communist Belief in Contemporary China
Professor Frank Pieke (Leiden University)
- 他者形象的“妖魔化”与自我认同的“迷失" —试论《死水微澜》对基督教的想象与书写
Associate Professor Li Zifen
- The China Model and its Implications for the West
Prof. Xhang Weiwei (Fudan University)
- The Spaces and Forms of the Political
Prof. Michael Dutton (Goldsmiths University)
- The Impossible Law: Sharia in China
Prof. Matthew Erie (University of Oxford)
- The Diamond Sutra in Medieval China and Beyond
Dr. Chiew-Hui Ho (University of Sydney)
- Diamond Sutra 金剛經 Workshop
Professor Stefano Zacchetti (Oxford University), Dr. Chiew-Hui Ho (University of Sydney)