SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Dr Paul Bevan

AGSM (Associate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama), MA (SOAS), PhD (SOAS)
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Paul Bevan is a Research Associate at SOAS where he has taught courses in the History and Culture of China and Classical Chinese. He currently teaches Modern Chinese Literary Texts at the University of Cambridge and has recently completed a 14-month period as Departmental Lecturer in Modern Chinese Literature at the University of Oxford and Lecturer in Chinese at Wadham College, Oxford. 

Paul obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2012 with a dissertation entitled: Manhua Artists in Shanghai 1926-1938: From Art-for-art’s-sake to Wartime Propaganda. Research interests include, a study of the impact of Mexican art on the work of artists in Shanghai during the 1930s and an on-going collaborative project, ‘Handel in the Forbidden City’ which looks at the export of European clocks to China during the eighteenth-century and the transcultural exchange of ideas in art and music which resulted from this. 

Paul works as a freelance researcher and translator of Chinese inscriptions and has worked in this capacity as, translator of the inscriptions on Chinese art objects in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen; Historical Consultant for the Royal Geographical Society; and Ethnographic Consultant for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. Paul is also Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library where he is currently working on a project entitled “Classical Music of the Jazz Age.”  


Chinese 103: History and Culture of China
Chinese 104: Introduction to Classical Chinese