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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- Neoliberalism, Authoritarianism and the Dark Sides of Social Policy in China
Professor Jane Duckett (University of Glasgow)
A strand of work on the politics of social policy internationally has argued that expansions of provision in the period since the global spread of neoliberalism in the 1980s sometimes facilitate neoliberal projects.
- China’s Demographics and its Implications for Future Growth
Dr. Lauren Johnston (Research Associate, SOAS China Institute)
- Chinese Positionality: A reflective discussion on conducting research in Africa
This workshop aims to contribute to a growing awareness of ‘self-reflexivity’ in China-Africa studies by focusing on the ‘Chinese positionality in Africa’ as a starting point.
- 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.
- US-China Trade Relations Going Forward
Mr Craig Allen (President, US-China Business Council)
- 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.
- Surveillance and Repression of Muslim Minorities: Xinjiang and Beyond
This public event aims to show how China’s extensive repression of the Muslim population in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China connects to regional and global trends.
- Cross-Gender Performance in Chinese Yueju Opera
Mao Weitao茅威濤 shares her forty-year experiences and performing techniques of cross-gender performance in this lecture.
- The Rare, the Surprises, the Misunderstood, and the Enigmas: Revisiting Harvard’s Early Chinese Jades
Dr Jenny F. So (Harvard University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Dr. So’s lecture will focus on a few outstanding examples that best illustrate how close hands-on study of artifacts, coupled with nearly half a century of archaeological discoveries, can lead to a deeper appreciation of China’s oldest surviving artistic achievement.
- CANCELLED: Reporting China, 1978-2003: A quarter century of change on the mainland and in Hong Kong; what did we get right — or wrong?
John Gittings (SOAS China Institute)
John Gittings reported from mainland China for The Guardian from the 1970s until he retired in 2003 after setting up the paper’s first staff bureau in Shanghai.
- CANCELLED: China, Iran and the USA: The Prospect for Peace and Cooperation
This panel discussion will explore how we should understand the triangular relationship among China, Iran and the USA, what each wants out of their relationships and how the third country plays an important role as the other two engage with each other.
- China’s Recovery from COVID-19: Prospects and Challenges
Professor Yongding Yu (Senior Fellow, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
- CANCELLED: The China Debate 2020: China will Sustain its Economic Rise
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.
- CANCELLED: State and Society during China's Republican Era (1911–1949)
Xavier Paulès (EHESS)
Two political notions of crucial importance transformed China during the first decades of the twentieth century. First, the legitimacy of the State was no longer derived from divine power but from a constructed social entity: Society. Second, this social body was to be shaped and organized by the State for the purpose of strengthening the nation in the context of a highly competitive international environment.
- SOAS Transnational Dialogues on Covid-19: a virtual event focused on globalising various social aspects of the COVID 19 pandemic.
SOAS Transnational Dialogues is a series of panels organised by the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies and part of the SOAS Festival of Ideas.
- SOAS Transnational Dialogues: How should we remember Covid-19?
Siva Sai Jeeva, Adira Thekkuveettil, Linda Chernis
SOAS Transnational Dialogues is a series of panels that are part of the SOAS Festival of Ideas.
- Library research for China & Inner Asia (Virtual)
Ludi Price & Wei-Chen Lin, Librarians for China & Inner Asia
- "State Formation in China and Taiwan: Bureaucracy, Campaign, and Performance" Book Talk
Professor Julia Strauss
- 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.
- Australia’s Engagement with China: An Australian Perspective
Tony Abbott, AC (former Prime Minister of Australia, 2013-15) and Tom Tugendhat, MP (Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, House of Commons)
The WSD Handa Distinguished Lecture 2020, at SOAS University of London. This lecture will focus on the key drivers behind the relationship between Australia and China.
- The Reinvention of Dictatorship
Kai Strittmatter (writer and correspondent for Sueddeutsche Zeitung)
The past seven years under the leadership of China’s strong man Xi Jinping have been remarkable. Repression and censorship are stronger than they have been for decades, and ideology has crept back in.
- China's Grand Strategy under Xi Jinping: Reassurance, Reform, and Resistance
Professor Avery Goldstein (University of Pennsylvania)
China's grand strategy under Xi Jinping is clearly distinctive. It does not, however, fundamentally break with the grand strategy that China has embraced since the early 1990s—one that aims to realize what is now labeled “the dream of national rejuvenation.”
- Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas - The Opening Program
The Opening Programme of a week-long series of virtual events, the theme of which is decolonising
- Contentious Politics in China under Xi Jinping’s rule
Lynette H. Ong (University of Toronto)
Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, China’s domestic political landscape has gone through some significant transformation.
- Yenching Academy Scholarship 2021 Information Session
Dr Brent Haas (Yenching Academy of Peking University)
Candidates from SOAS interested in learning more about the Yenching Academy’s competitive, full fellowship Master’s Program in China Studies are invited to attend this information session.
Dr XU Min 徐敏 (SOAS Visiting Scholar)
- YCW London Mentorship Programme: Call for Mentee Applications
The Programme will run from November 2020 – July 2021, during which time Mentors and Mentees will meet regularly to discuss career opportunities, aspirations and growth.
- What Is Xi Fighting? The Dynamics of Corruption in Post-Mao China
Professor Andrew Wedeman (Georgia State University)
Analysis of the anti-corruption crackdown launched by Xi Jinping in late 2012, early 2013 shows its primary effect was to dramatically increase the number of senior officials – popularly known as “tigers” – charged with corruption.
- China Straddling the Persian Gulf
Jonathan Fulton (Zayed University - Abu Dhabi, UAE)
China is a major economic actor in the Persian Gulf and its expansive Belt and Road Initiative ambitions add a strategic element. In an intensely competitive regional security environment, China has maintained an unusual approach, deepening ties with all Gulf states, perhaps best exemplified by its comprehensive strategic partnerships with Iran and its rivals Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
- ’The invention of the Han race’
Bill Hayton (Chatham House)
In this talk Bill Hayton will argue that the idea of a Han Race was constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century as a political strategy to support the arguments of revolutionary Chinese nationalism.
- What Explains the Resilience of Chinese Communist Party Rule?
Tony Saich (Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation / Daewoo Professor of International Affairs)
This talk will look at different explanations for the continued resilience of the Communist Party of China.
- Xi Jinping’s Counter-Reformation: The Reassertion of Ideological Governance in Contemporary China
Timothy Cheek (University of British Columbia)
How can we make sense of what Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party are doing? This talk offers perspectives from the history of the Party and its notable style of governance: Rectification.
- China’s Engagement and Relations with Iran
Anoush Ehteshami (Durham University)
China has been leading the Middle East/West Asia’s ‘Asianization’ since the late 1990s and has emerged as the primary trading and investment partner of ME/WAsian countries. PRC-IRI relations in this process stand out for both geopolitical and ideo-political reasons.
- Between Tradition and Innovation: the (Re)Invention of Tragedy in Early Republican China
Dr Letizia Fusini (SOAS Post-doctoral Research Associate)
This talk will analyse ways in which tragedy (beiju 悲剧) was received and reinterpreted in May Fourth China, where it was hailed as a 'progressive' ;modern' and 'civilised' literary genre.
- The Sino-Indian Crisis: Hindsight is 20/20?
Dr Jabin T. Jacob (Shiv Nadar University) and Prof. Steve Tsang (SOAS China Institute)
This panel discussion examines the Sino-Indian crisis.