SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia


Head of Department

Dr Barbara Pizziconi

Associate Head of Department

Professor Tian Yuan Tan

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Ms Lik Suen

Undergraduate Programme Convenor

Dr Tian Yuan Tan (BA Chinese, BA Chinese Studies, BA Chinese plus another subject, BA Tibetan plus another subject)

Postgraduate Programme Convenors

Dr Rossella Ferrari (MA Chinese Literature)

Dr Cosima Bruno (MA Chinese Studies)

Professor Bernhard Feuhrer (MA Sinology)

Dr Dafydd Fell (MA Taiwan Studies)

Postgraduate Tutor

Dr Xiaoning Lu

Please note that for Masters Students the Admissions Tutor and Personal Tutor is the MA Programme Convenor.

Academic Staff

Cosima Bruno
Senior Lecturer in China Studies
Cosima Bruno

Contemporary Chinese poetry; translation studies; Chinese language art; Sinophone literatures

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4421
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  • Room: 456
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Wednesdays 2-3pm
Rossella Ferrari
Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Theatre Studies
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Chinese-language theatres; Chinese-language cinemas; intercultural performance; theories and practices of the avant-garde
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
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  • Room: 399a
  • Office Hours: Term 1 ONLY: Thursday 11.30-12.30 or appointment*
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2, 2016/17

Bernhard Fuehrer
Professor of Sinology
Bernhard Fuehrer
Classical Chinese philology, rhetoric, philosophy and literature; the history of Sinology in Europe; reception of the canon with specific reference to the Analects
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4218
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  • Room: 398
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm
Nathan W. Hill
Reader in Tibetan and Historical Linguistics (on research leave)
Nathan Hill

Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian

Song Lianyi
Principal Teaching Fellow
Lianyi Song
Modern Chinese language and language pedagogy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4226
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  • Room: 397
  • Office Hours: Monday 2-3pm/Tuesday 2-3pm
Andrew H-B Lo
Emeritus Professor of Chinese
Andrew Lo
Chinese language (Cantonese and Mandarin); fiction and prose from the Ming-Qing periods; cultural activities of Ming and Qing scholars, especially games; export paintings; traditional horticulture
  • Tel: 020 7898 4213
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  • Room: 393
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-12noon/Fridays 11am-12noon

Xiaoning Lu
Lecturer in Modern Chinese Culture and Language
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4670
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  • Room: 453
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3 - 4 pm, Term 3 Research Leave
Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅
Professor of Chinese Studies
Tian Yuan Tan
Pre-modern Chinese literature, with emphasis on drama, fiction, and poetry in the later dynasties; Chinese literary history and historiography; court theatre and performance; cross-cultural interactions between China and other countries
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4570
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  • Room: 396
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm(Term Time), or by email appointment

Senior Lectors

Yan Cui
Senior Lector in Chinese
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Chinese language teaching, styles of modern Chinese literary language, Chinese rhetoric
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4237
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  • Room: 382
  • Office Hours: Monday 11:10-12:10; Thursday 11:10-12:10
Wanli Gao
Senior Lector in Chinese
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Chinese language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4234
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  • Room: 382
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 12-1pm(V322)/Wednesday 2-3pm(382)

Zhaoxia Pang
Senior Lector in Chinese
Zhaoxia Pang
  • Tel: 020 7898 4257
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  • Room: 480
  • Office Hours: Monday 16:00-17:00 / Thursday 11:00-12:00

Lik Suen
Principal Lector in Chinese
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Modern Chinese languages; language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4264
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  • Room: 361
  • Office Hours: Mon. 11.15-11.45am & 1.15-2pm/Wed. 11.05-12.05

Senior Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellows

Paul Bevan
Research Associate and Teaching Fellow
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How Wee Ng
Senior Teaching Fellow
How Wee Ng

My principal research interests lie in unravelling the presuppositions of cultural discourse. For example, how do different individuals variously imagine and construct the effects of media on society?

  • Email:
  • Room: 367
  • Office Hours: Monday 11:00 - 12:00, Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00

Research Associates

Mary Mazzilli
Research Associate
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Modern and contemporary Chinese Drama (with particular expertise on Gao Xingjian); Comparative Literature; Gender studies; Literary Theory

Visiting Scholar