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SOAS China Institute

SOAS China Institute Monday Seminars

SOAS China Institute Monday Seminars examine the fundamental issues facing China today and provides unique opportunities to gain insight into China through the perspectives of internationally respected experts from both inside and outside of China.   

Convenor and Chair: Professor Steve Tsang

Contact Li-Sa Whittington/ Aki Elborzi on sci@soas.ac.uk for further information.

Please note that we do not distribute seminar notes.

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Forthcoming Events

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.

24 January 2022, Virtual Event, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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.

31 January 2022, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Decolonizing Intermediaries: African Women’s Delegations to China 1960-1976

Jamie Monson (Michigan State University)

During the Cold War the Chinese government invited delegations of women from newly independent East African countries to travel to China, where they could see for themselves the achievements of China’s revolutionary modernization. African women were not just a passive audience, but actively engaged with their hosts and with one another in negotiating personal, national and international agendas.

28 February 2022, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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.

7 March 2022, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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.

21 March 2022, Virtual Event, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM