Yearly Archives: 2013

Professor Chih-Jou Jay Chen – November 2013

A book launch workshop Religious Diversity in Chinese Thought: Contributions to a Global Discourse? will take place from 5.30pm to 7pm, Friday, 29th November 2013 followed by a drinks reception at the Confucius Institute for Scotland. All welcome.

The topic of this recently published book is not about the diversity of Chinese religions but rather how the various religious traditions of China in pre-modern, modern, and contemporary times have reflected on and reacted to the fact of religious diversity.

The event will be introduced by Dr.Steven Sutcliffe (Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh)and contributors of the book chapters will speak at the event.
Prof. Barend Ter Haar (Chair of Chinese at the University of Oxford)
Dr. Adam Yuet Chau (University Lecturer in the Anthropology of Modern China at the University of Cambridge)
Prof. Perry Schmidt-Leukel (Head of the Centre for Religious Studies and Inter-faith Theology at the University of Glasgow until 2009, and now Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Muenster, Germany)
Prof. Joachim Gentz (Junior professor in Religious Studies at Goettingen University until 2006, and now Reader in Chinese at the Asian Studies Department at the University of Edinburgh).

The book is already out of stock but we will have copies available at the launch event at 30 pound per copy (50% off from the original price).

Book launch and academic workshop – November 2013

A book launch workshop Religious Diversity in Chinese Thought: Contributions to a Global Discourse? will take place from 5.30pm to 7pm, Friday, 29th November 2013 followed by a drinks reception at the Confucius Institute for Scotland. All welcome.

The topic of this recently published book is not about the diversity of Chinese religions but rather how the various religious traditions of China in pre-modern, modern, and contemporary times have reflected on and reacted to the fact of religious diversity.

The event will be introduced by Dr.Steven Sutcliffe (Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh)and contributors of the book chapters will speak at the event.
Prof. Barend Ter Haar (Chair of Chinese at the University of Oxford)
Dr. Adam Yuet Chau (University Lecturer in the Anthropology of Modern China at the University of Cambridge)
Prof. Perry Schmidt-Leukel (Head of the Centre for Religious Studies and Inter-faith Theology at the University of Glasgow until 2009, and now Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Muenster, Germany)
Prof. Joachim Gentz (Junior professor in Religious Studies at Goettingen University until 2006, and now Reader in Chinese at the Asian Studies Department at the University of Edinburgh).

The book is already out of stock but we will have copies available at the launch event at 30 pound per copy (50% off from the original price).

Business Lecture by Lord Clement Jones CBE – November 2013

Lord Clement-Jones CBE, London Office Managing Partner, China Desk Chairman, DLA Piper and Deputy Chairman of All-Parliamentary China Group will give a public lecture on Thursday 21st November 2013 at Abden House. Lord Clement-Jones CBE will talk about China, Britain and the Creative Industries

This lecture is the final lecture of Confucius Institute for Scotland`s 2013 Autumn Business Lecture Series. The lecture will start from 6pm to 7:30pm and a networking drinks reception will follow the talk and Q&A.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please email: info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk to reserve your place.

For further information of the talk or our forthcoming lectures, please visit our Microsite for the series.

Independent Filmaking in Contemporary China – November 2013

You are cordially invited to join a special lecture with film clips by our visiting fellow:

Prof Paul Pickowicz (University of California)
The Tangled Dynamics of Independent Filmmaking in Contemporary China
Friday, Nov 8th 14.00-16.00
Film Room 1.01, 14 Buccleuch Place

Abstract
Since 1990, independent filmmaking has been on the rise in China. This illustrated lecture offers a broad survey of representative works. Independent filmmaking in China does not fall into a single, neat category. Instead, it is known for its thematic and artistic diversity.

Some of the work reflects on history and memory, some of it engages in what might be called individual identity searches, and some of it amounts to investigative journalism. With the rise of the internet, the social impact of independent, non-state sector filmmaking grows day by day and those interested in the complexities of `restless` China would be wise to familiarize themselves with its tangled dynamics.

Biography

Paul G. Pickowicz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chinese
Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and inaugural holder of the UC San Diego Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History. His books(authored, co-authored, and coedited) include Marxist Literary Thought in China (1981), Unofficial China (1989),Chinese Village, Socialist State(1992, winner of the Joseph R. Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies), New Chinese Cinemas (1994), Popular China(2002), Revolution, Resistance, and Reform in Village China (2005), From Underground to Independent (2006), The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History(2006),Dilemmas of Victory (2007), China on the Margins (2010), Radicalism,Revolution, and Reform in Modern China (2011), China on Film (2012),and Restless China (2013). He has won three distinguished teaching awards: UC San Diego Alumni Association (1998), Chancellors Associates (2009), and Academic Senate (2003). He is associate producer of the documentary
film The Mao Years, 1949-1976 (1994).

Heavenly Pond – November 2013

Confucius Institute for Scotland visiting artist Li Huai will open a site-specific installation `Heavenly Pond` at the Mathew Architecture Gallery on Monday, 11 November.

An artists` reception will be held from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Tuesday, 12 November. All welcome. RSVP to info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk.

Li Huai received her BA in fine arts at the Beijing Film Academy and her MFA in art at the California Institute of the Arts. She is on the faculty in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. Li Huai`s specialties include installation, painting, drawing, multi-media, and Chinese calligraphy. In thematic terms, her work deals with various issues related to East-West cultural interaction in an increasingly transnational age, including issues involving the Asian diaspora. Her major one-person shows include: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the San Diego Museum of Art, Boehm Gallery, The Arts House (Singapore), The Substation Gallery (Singapore), the Carroll Gallery (Tulane University), the Hong Kong City University Gallery, and Galleria Ninapi (Ravenna, Italy). Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions in various national and international venues, including: the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Morlan Gallery (Transylvania University), the Centro Cultural de Tijuana (Mexico), the Centre Internationale d`Art Contemporain (Montreal), the Third Chengdu Biennale (Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, China) and in various contemporary art spaces in South Africa, Japan, and Italy. Li Huai is also art curator for the Women`s Museum of California.

The exhibition runs till 17 November. Open daily from 09.00 to 17.00.

Matthew Architecture Gallery
University of Edinburgh,
Minto House, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JZ

China Goes Global – November 2013

Eminent China scholar David Shambaugh will speak about his new book: China Goes Global—a sweeping account of China`s growing prominence on the international stage on Friday, 8 November 2013 at the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Thirty years ago, China`s role in global affairs beyond its immediate East Asian periphery was decidedly minor and it had little geostrategic power. As Shambaugh charts, though, China`s expanding economic power has allowed it to extend its reach virtually everywhere—from mineral mines in Africa, to currency markets in the West, to oilfields in the Middle East, to agribusiness in Latin America, to the factories of East Asia. Shambaugh offers an enlightening look into the manifestations of China`s global presence: its extensive commercial footprint, its growing military power, its increasing cultural influence or `soft power`, its diplomatic activity, and its new prominence in global governance institutions. But Shambaugh is no alarmist. In this balanced and well-researched volume, he argues that China`s global presence is more broad than deep and that China still lacks the influence befitting a major world power—what he terms a `partial power`.

The talk will start from 18.00, followed by book signing and drinks reception. This event is free but booking is requested. To book a place please email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk or call 0131 662 2180.

Rare footage of Cultural Revolution – November 2013

A viewing of documentary film of China in 1971 shot by Lewis McLeod, followed by discussion with Rory McLeod and Professor Paul Pickowicz(University of California, San Diego)

Lewis McLeod, who passed away in April 2013, was a professional lighting cameraman whose work stretched from documentaries with the naturalist Peter Scott to stints covering wars in Vietnam and the Middle East. In 1971 Lewis visited China at a time when remarkably few were allowed to enter the country, a year before the historic visit of Richard Nixon.

In 2012 the 10,000 feet of Eastman colour 16mm film that he shot in China were donated to the University of Edinburgh. The film is being transferred to DVD and will be stored in the university.

In this special event, you will have the opportunity to view this remarkable documentary of a closed off world during the Cultural Revolution.

The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD. All welcome.

China Series – Lecture 4 Professor Ni Shixiong, Fudan University – October 2013

We are delighted to welcome Chinas foreign policy expert Professor NI Shixiong from Fudan University to give a lecture on `Chinas Peaceful Rise and its New Diplomacy` from 17.15 to 19.00 on Thursday, 24 October 2013.

This lecture will take place at Lecture Theatre 7, 1st Floor, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place. We look forward to welcoming you there.

This event is free but booking is requested. To book a place please email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk or call 0131 662 2180.

Business Lecture by Lord Powell – October 2013

Lord Powell of Bayswater, member of the House of Lords and board member of Louis Vuitton Moet-Hennessy will give a public lecture on Thursday 31 October at Abden House. Lord Powell will talk about China Changes Gear: The Drivers of China`s Future Growth.

This lecture is the third lecture of Confucius Institute for Scotland`s 2013 Autumn Business Lecture Series. The lecture will start from 6pm to 7:30pm and a networking drinks reception will follow the talk and Q&A.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please email: info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk to reserve your place.

For further information of the talk or our forthcoming lectures, please visit our Microsite for the series.

Business Lecture by Lord Davidson – October 2013

Lord Davidson of Glen Clova, Labour`s Shadow Advocate General and Labour Treasury Spokesperson in the House of Lords will give a public lecture on Thursday 10 October at Abden House. Lord Davidson will talk about The Internationalisation of the Renminbi.

This lecture is the second lecture of Confucius Institute for Scotland`s 2013 Autumn Business Lecture Series. The lecture will start from 6pm to 7:30pm and a networking reception will follow the talk and Q&A.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please email: info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk to reserve your place.

For further information of the talk or our forthcoming lectures, please visit our Microsite for the series.