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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.

For further information contact Li-Sa Whittington at the Institute on sci@soas.ac.uk

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2020

January

13/01/20
15/01/20
17/01/20
27/01/20
  • 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.

February

03/02/20
  • 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.

05/02/20
  • 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.

17/02/20
  • 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.

18/02/20

March

02/03/20
  • 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.

07/03/20
10/03/20
11/03/20
16/03/20

April

20/04/20
30/04/20

May

13/05/20
  • CANCELLED: The China Debate 2020: China will Sustain its Economic Rise
  • Various speakers
  • 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.

18/05/20
  • 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.

20/05/20

June

08/06/20
18/06/20

July

14/07/20

September

03/09/20
  • 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.

October

05/10/20
  • 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.

12/10/20
  • 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.”

19/10/20
26/10/20
27/10/20
  • 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.

28/10/20
31/10/20

November

02/11/20
  • 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.

03/11/20
  • 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.

09/11/20
  • ’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.

16/11/20
23/11/20
24/11/20
  • 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.

25/11/20

December

07/12/20