Asian Studies

Past events

Asian Studies seminars, and selected conferences, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and workshops 2017-2019.

Asian Studies Seminar Series 

 Conferences and symposia 

This conference seeks to unveil, decode, and critically interrogate deeply rooted meanings that the senses have ingrained in the culture and society of modern China. Fourteen internationally recognised scholars from Asia, Europe and America, will critically examine the series of political, social, and technological revolutions that shaped the contours of modern China in the realm of the senses.
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Sustainable Silk Roads

A two-day conference with over 30 leading business and academic speakers who will look at the geo-politics, the opportunities and the challenges associated with China's 'Belt and Road' initiative, the largest economic development programme in the world. It's an opportunity to hear from global experts in policy, trade and infrastructure, including the former Prime minister of the UK, Gordon Brown, who will deliver an opening keynote address.

Lectures and talks

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Feb 20 2018 -

The Shogun's Harem

"The Shogun’s ‘Harem’: Life in the Women’s Palace in Nineteenth Century Japan" by Lesley Downer. No westerner ever visited the Women’s Palace or even knew it existed. The women were sworn to secrecy and even after the palace closed down in 1868 very few ever revealed anything of their lives there. At its pinnacle it was home to three thousand women, but only one man, the shogun, could enter. It was an unimaginably different world, with its beauty, riches, Byzantine social codes and internecine struggles. Registration required.
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Nov 27 2017 -

Japan’s Support of Britain in WW1: Lecture by Professor Ian Gow

1917 marks the 100th anniversary of the dispatch of Imperial Japanese Navy ships to protect British troop and supply ships under attack from German submarines in the Mediterranean. Despite the widespread coverage in the media remembering WW1 little has been said about Japan’s role. Professor Ian Gow OBE is a former Chairman of the Japan Society of Scotland. He has published extensively, in English and Japanese, on military and defence matters.
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Nov 24 2017 -

PhD Research in Japanese Studies, Work in Progress Seminar

EAPG Work in Progress. Two PhD students in Japanese, Frank Fan and Chantal Bertalanffy, will discuss their current research. Frank Fan: "To understand the development of Kaidan (怪談) in Tokugawa Japan as a vehicle for the transmission of Buddhist, Confucian and Kokugaku (National learning 國學) ideologies". Chantal Bertalanffy: ‘“3.11”, trauma and gender’.

Film screenings and festivals

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Japanese film festival

The Japanese film festival will be held at the University of Edinburgh on the 26th January, and the 2nd, 9th and 23rd of February. For the films this year we have selected a mixture of animé, comedy and drama films that will get you thinking about how we, as humans, should live our lives. Please book tickets in advance.

Exhibitions, workshops and performances