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SOAS China Institute

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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  • China's Great Power Ambitions
  • Elizabeth Economy (Author, The World According to China)
  • For nearly a decade, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has called for the "Great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," - for China to strengthen itself at home and to claim greater centrality for itself on the global stage. But what does this mean in practical terms?

  • Cultural Industries and Cultural Policy in Asia
  • Anthony Y.H. Fung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Beijing Normal University) & Shin Dong Kim (Hallym University, Korea)
  • This talk will discuss the cultural industries and cultural policies in China and Korea.

  • Gorillas Can Dance: Lessons from Microsoft and Other Corporations on Partnering with Startups
  • Professor Shameen Prashantham (Professor of International Business & Strategy, and Associate Dean (MBA), China Europe International Business School)
  • This presentation draws upon Professor Shameen Prashantham's recent book synthesizing insights for multinational corporation managers on challenges associated with partnering with startups and associated strategies to overcome these.

  • Momentous changes in Hong Kong: Implications for Taiwan
  • Dennis W.H. Kwok (Harvard Kennedy School), Chun-Yi Lee (University of Nottingham) & Shelley Rigger (Davidson College)
  • Hong Kong is quietly undergoing a momentous transformation since the introduction of the State Security Law in the middle of 2020. The changes are not dramatic like the protests of 2019 but their significance should not be underestimated. This panel discussion will address both the changes in Hong Kong and their implications for Taiwan and its people. It will also look at how Hong Kong is changing the political dynamics in Taiwan.


  • The Politics of Expertise in China
  • Xufeng Zhu (Professor & Executive Associate Dean, Director of Think Tank Research Center, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University)
  • Professor Xufeng Zhu talks about his latest book The Politics of Expertise in China, in which he argues that expert involvement can be regarded as the result of the inherent characteristics of policy changes in the Chinese policy process. Moreover, experts influence some policy change cases significantly and in others not.

  • Global Parenting in Taiwan: How Globalization Shapes Family Lives across Class Divides
  • Pei-Chia Lan (Distinguished professor of Sociology, Director of Global Asia Research Center, National Taiwan University)
  • Professor Pei-Chia Lan will talk about her recent book 'Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US', where she uses parenting as an empirical lens to examine cultural transformation and persisting inequality in the contexts of globalization and immigration.

  • Marriage and childbearing among China's first single-child generation
  • Vanessa L. Fong (Professor of Anthropology, Amherst College)
  • This talk looks at how the intensive parental investment, high educational attainment, and egalitarian gender roles experienced by the cohort born under China’s one-child policy have led to high rates of late marriage and other social phenomena.


  • Rise and fall of technology in Chinese history
  • Yasheng Huang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Professor Yasheng Huang will show that China’s technological collapse happened much earlier than previously thought and the collapse coincided closely with the rise of autocracy and ideological homogeneity.

  • Echoes of the Past during the Wuhan Lockdown
  • Guobin Yang (Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania)
  • The sealing off of Wuhan from January 23 to April 8, 2020 was an unprecedented historical event in modern world history. Professor Guobin Yang recounts this history by presenting a galaxy of scenes and characters from his recently published book 'The Wuhan Lockdown'.

  • Health and Social Activism of Self-Identified Gay Men in Postsocialist China
  • Tiantian Zheng (SUNY Distinguished Professor, State University of New York)
  • Based on ethnographic research on self-identified gay men in Northeast China, this seminar addresses the ways in which these self-identified gay men cope with the hostile social environment through consciously shifting identities between the public and the private.




  • Marriage and Family in Modern China: Implications for China’s Future
  • Dr David E. Scharff, MD (International Psychotherapy Institute; Editor, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in China; International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Couple and Family Psychoanalysis)
  • This seminar introduces the way that large vectors of history and policy affect the intimate interior of families, and how that, in turn, will continue to influence China’s overall future.

  • Negotiating with the Chinese: A socio-cultural analysis
  • Professor Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham)
  • This seminar analyses the negotiation behaviour of Chinese businesspeople from a socio-cultural perspective. A Swedish multinational, Ericsson, is followed for several years and its negotiation process for different Chinese projects in the telecommunication industry is studied.

  • Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy.
  • Li Zhang (Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Davis)
  • This talk is an overview and open discussion of Zhang’s newly published book - an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding “inner revolution” is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times in China.


  • Socialist Hot Noise: Loudspeakers and Open-Air Cinema in Maoist China
  • Jie Li (John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University)
  • This talk excavates a media history of loudspeakers and open-air cinema through the conceptual framework of “socialist hot noise”: a participatory sociothermic affect and a synergy between body and electricity that soldered scattered populations into the revolutionary masses.