Asian Studies seminars, and selected conferences, lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and workshops 2017-2019.
Asian Studies Seminar Series
Asian Studies Seminar Series: Autumn 2019
Asian Studies Seminar Series: Spring 2019
Asian Studies Seminar Series: Autumn 2018
Asian Studies Seminar Series: Spring 2018
Asian Studies Seminar Series: Autumn 2017
Conferences and symposia
Three-day, triennial meeting of scholars of Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, and anyone with an interest in cross-regional and intra-regional issues in East Asia.
A two-day symposium on the impact of inequality in global cities, with a particular, comparative focus on Seoul.
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.
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
In this lecture, Professor Aaron Moore focuses on the relationship East Asian modernity shared with the personal diary, which came to both reflect and contribute to phenomena such as 'total war' mobilisation, revolution, and the experience of childhood.
'Strategies in Global Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies'. A free seminar by guest speaker, Professor Sheldon Lu (University of California). Part of the Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series .
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.
Nov 28 2017 -
Understanding Modern Korea: Why Korea Matters to the UK
A talk on Korean history, economic and political development by Korean Ambassador to the UK, Joonkook Hwang.
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.
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’.
Nov 10 2017 -
Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis
Dr Youngmi Kim will provide insights into the ongoing Myanmar Rohingya Crisis. This lecture aims to give some context on the current situation as well as an explanation of the changes that the country is experiencing.
Film screenings and festivals
A series of three Korean films screening at Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of the 14th London Korean Film Festival's annual UK tour.
A series of three Korean films screening at Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of the 13th London Korean Film Festival's annual UK tour.
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
This event is for students, academics and all who are interested in the traditional theatre and culture of Japan.
A hands-on workshop with Professor Nozomi Fukasawa, Kanazawa University, to try out a new type of speech activity called “Biblio Battle”, followed by a discussion of public speaking and how this skill is taught in Japanese language education.