The People’s Republic of China at 60

The University is marking the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China with a series of lectures.

Detail of People's Republic of China flag

As the Chinese calendar comes full circle every sixty years, the 60th birthday of the founding of the People's Republic of China on 1st October 1949 is a truly special anniversary.

This rare occurrence will be marked and celebrated by a programme of events organised or sponsored by the University's Confucius Institute for Scotland throughout October and November.

The lecture series presents a variety of perspectives on China over the last 60 years.

Each lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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All lectures will be held in The Raeburn Room, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL.


How China's Wartime Past is Changing its Present - and Future

Professor Rana Mitter, University of Oxford

Wednesday 7 October 2009, 6.00pm

Wednesday 7 October 2009, 7.30pm

The 1950s in China: New Wine in Old Bottles?

Professor Paul Bailey, University of Edinburgh

Wednesday 14 October 2009, 6.00pm

Wednesday 14 October 2009, 7.30pm

Opening Pandora's Box: the Cultural Revolution and its repercussions on the ‘Reform and Opening Period’ of the 1980s

Professor Natascha Gentz, University of Edinburgh

Wednesday 21 October 2009, 6.00pm

Wednesday 21 October 2009, 7.30pm

The China Challenge: Models, Visions and Global Futures

Professor Jane Duckett, University of Glasgow

Thursday 29 October 2009, 7.00pm

Thursday 29 October 2009, 8.30pm

China’s Rise in Africa

Professor Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews

Wednesday 4 November 2009, 7.00pm

Wednesday 4 November 2009, 8.30pm

Understanding China’s Economic Transformation

Dr Felix Boecking, University of Edinburgh

Wednesday 11 November 2009, 7.00pm

Wednesday 11 November 2009, 8.30pm

The People’s Republic of China today occupies an integral place in international discussions. These lectures will offer insight into the country’s transformation over the past six decades.

Professor Natascha GentzDirector of the Confucius Institute for Scotland

Institute of the Year

The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh is a national centre to promote educational, economic, and cultural ties between Scotland and China.

Set up with Sino-Scottish government backing and partnered with Fudan University in Shanghai, the centre is one of almost 300 established under the auspices of Hanban - the Chinese government department responsible for promotion of Chinese language overseas.

In December 2008, the Institute received the accolade Confucius Institute of the Year; the second time such an honour has been given to the Confucius Institute for Scotland.