SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Chinese History Seminar

History Department, Chinese History Seminar Series.

Open to the public.

Thursdays, 5-7pm.

Convenors: Dr Andrea Janku and Dr Lars Laamann

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Previous Events in this series

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.

18 May 2020, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT), 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Great Achievements, Big Failures: How to Evaluate the Social Changes of the Mao Era

Dr. Felix Wemheuer (University of Cologne)

In the Mao Era (1949–1976), millions of Chinese people experienced social upward mobility, while others were marginalized or lost their lives. Efforts to build a communist society created hopes, dreams, fear, enthusiasm, disillusion, painful disappointments and nostalgia.

5 December 2019, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT), 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Rethinking empires: What is the Mongol Great State, and why do we need it?

Timothy Brook (Professor of Chinese and World History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

Since the 17th century, commentators on China have adopted the language of "empire" to speak of the Chinese state. The original model was the Roman empire, and that analogy was not misplaced when Europeans first applied it, but it may not help us with formulating a global history that recognizes the multiplicity of historical paths to the present. This presentation explores the possibilities of using the Mongol concept of Great State.

31 October 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Problem of Discipline: ‘Shanghai’s Child Labor Problem,’ 1922-1925

Margaret Tillman (Purdue University)

This seminar will examine efforts to abolish child labor, not only to benefit the working class, but also to modernize the Chinese economy by enforcing industrial discipline. While scholars have noted some of the political reasons for the failures of child labor legislation, this seminar will attempt to conclude by placing these efforts in a longer-term historical perspective regarding social welfare movements.

3 December 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, G3, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Remembering Liu Xiaobo

‘Liu Xiaobo: China’s Conscience’ - Gerda Wielander, University of Westminster
16 November 2017, Brunei Gallery, B211, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Civil War China

3 November 2016, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), S320, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Materialising Manchus

Fresco Sam-Sin (Leiden University)
2 June 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Introduction of respective PhD topics

Kang Wonmook & Amy Matthewson

Amy Matthewson "The Power of Punch - British Concepts of China at the turn of the twentieth century"

Kang Wonmook "The Confused Empire: Qing Rulers’ Perspectives on Christianity, 1644-1840".

12 March 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Qipao and Modern Chinese Society

Liu Yu, School of Fashion and Art Design, Donghua University, Shanghai, and School of Humanities, Royal College of Art

Please note change of room to 563, Main College Buildings.

14 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 563, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Third-year research presentations

Shazwani Binti Haji Shahibulbahri, Chia-lin Huang, Carol Ann Boshier

Shazwani Binti Haji Shahibulbahri: The Integration of Basilan Island into the Philippines 1946-1986

Chia-lin Huang: Formosa Revisited – British Commercial Interests and Local Business Networks, 1860-1895

Carol Ann Boshier: Leslie Fernandes Taylor and the 'lost' Linguistic and Ethnographic Survey of Burma

7 May 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Upgrade presentations

Anneliese Smit, Wasitthee Chaiyakan

Anneliese Smit: The Dynamics of the Mao Cult in Tibet during the Cultural Revolution

Wasitthee Chaiyakan: Pan-Tai Notions in Thai Text Books

23 April 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Final Year Research Presentations

Fion So, Sangpil Jin
  • The Xinzheng Reform and Economic Integration in Shandong
    Fion So
  • Late Joseon Neutralisation (1882-1907): Influencing Factors and Proposals
    Sangpil Jin
22 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Final Year Research Presentations

Matthew Philips, Han Lifeng
  • Forming the Public Relations State: Thai Identity through Representation
    Matthew Philips
  • The Popular Sai Ritual and the Economy of Local Festivals in Song China, 960-1279
    Han Lifeng
15 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

MPhil/PhD Upgrade Presentations

Cyrus K.Y. Yee, Niki Alsford, Thanyarat Apiwong
  • China's New Administration in the Inner Asian Frontiers in the Late Qing Period, 1901-1911
    Cyrus K.Y. Yee
  • The Banka Petition: British Interactions at the Cession of Formosa in 1895
    Niki Alsford
  • Thai Borders and Burmese Migrants in Chiang Mai, 1880s-1980s
    Thanyarat Apiwong
8 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

MPhil/PhD Upgrade Presentations

Sarah Lee, Bo Bo Maung
  • Reading Between the Lines: Narrating the Voices of Filipino Domestic Workers in Hong Kong, 1970-1990
    Sarah Lee
  • The Burmese Military and the Press in U Nu's Burma
    Bo Bo Maung
1 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

MPhil/PhD Upgrade Presentations

Thomas Bruce, Lin Jiao, Simon Forbes
  • The Sole of the Nation:  Encounters with Western Feet, Footwear and Footwear Practices in Siam in the Nineteenth Century
    Thomas Bruce
  • Breast-binding in Republican China (1910s-1930s): The Female Body in an Age of Globalisation
    Lin Jiao
  • The Bombing and Occupation of Guangzhou: The British Response
    Simon Forbes
24 April 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Joint South and East Asia History Seminarheast India

Jonathan Saha (University of Bristol) / Willem van Schendel (University of Amsterdam and International Institute of Social History)

Joint South/Southeast/East Asia History Seminar: Defragmenting Asian Studies - Views from Northeast India and Burma

Willem van Schendel (Amsterdam) and Jonathan Saha (Bristol)

20 March 2012, Brunei Gallery, B104, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Bond Markets and China, 1895-1935

Hans van de Ven, University of Cambridge

This event has been cancelled.

7 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Anarchist Modernity

Sho Konishi, University of Oxford
4 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Emperor Huizong as a Daoist

Patricia Ebrey (University of Washington)

With Dr Naomi Standen (University of Newcastle) as discussant.

12 November 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Printing and Zen

Timothy Barrett

Printing and Zen

22 January 2008, Brunei Gallery, B103, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Nam Giao Ceremony

Erich DeWald

The Nam Giao Ceremony

15 January 2008, Brunei Gallery, B103, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Why Did Opium Spread into China?

Murakami Ei & Hsu Hung Bin

Murakami Ei
Why Did Opium Spread into China?

Hsu Hung Bin
Tastes Mattered: Laboratory, Factory and the Opium Monopoly in Taiwan, 1895-1945 (Or, how the non-smoking Japanese colonial officials learned to stop worry and become opium experts)

27 November 2007, Brunei Gallery, B103, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM