In April and May, Rana Mitter introduced listeners to a range of Chinese Characters on Radio 4 – twenty lives that illustrate the range and complexity of China from the earliest times to the late twentieth century. From a cosmopolitan Mongol emperor to impoverished girls working in sweatshop conditions in Shanghai’s factories, the series ranges across time and geography to give a multi-dimensional picture of this fascinating society. Figures covered include political leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping as well as literary figures such as Song dynasty poet Li Qingzhao and modernist author Ding Ling.
There’s a link here to the omnibus edition, which will enable listeners to catch up on episodes.
Connections: China and the West in the Making of History
During this day-long dialogue, scholars from both sides came together, and researchers from a wide range of disciplines had the rare opportunity to hear about work done in neighbouring fields. Despite the diversity of the subjects treated during the sessions, there is a unifying theme and a common goal: the discovery of convergences in our varying experiences in art, literature, language, history, social organization, and historical development. As part of the current Sino-British dialogue in the humanities, this forum aimed to discuss the various connections between Chinese and British researchers and to explore opportunities for innovation and further connections in the coming years.
Universities represented at the forum included Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai International Studies University, Peking University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Oxford, the University of Exeter, Loughborough University, the University of Reading, and SOAS University of London.
The proceedings were concluded by a few words from Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, and Ms Chen Xu, Chair of University Council, Party Committee Secretary, Tsinghua University.
On 23 November, the Honourable Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah visited the China Centre with a delegation of judges. Following a lecture given by Professor Matthew Erie at the Lahore High Court last August on ‘Chinese law for judges’, the delegation visited the China Centre to further discuss legal issues in the $46 billion investment known as the ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’.
The Michaelmas Term 2017 China Centre Distinguished Lecture will be given by Douglas Paal, now of the Carnegie Endowment, formerly Head of Asia at the US National Security Council under Presidents Reagan and G H W Bush, who will speak on ‘China after the Party Congress: Challenges to America’s Role’.
The lecture and discussion (lecture theatre) will be followed by a drinks reception (Wordsworth Tea Room).
On 4 September 2017, Rana Mitter gave the keynote address at the WARMAP (War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership) conference – ‘Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and Its aftermath in Asia.’ The conference was hosted by the National Museum of Singapore.
The China Centre hosted The International Academic Symposium of Language Communication and Civilization Dialogue, 27-30 June 2017. It was jointly organized by the University of Oxford China Centre, Wuhan University and Leeds University.