Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dialogue with Emperor Qin’s Warriors: 3-30 June Summerhall

A stunning exhibition of 31 contemporary sculptures from Europe and China is on its way to Edinburgh. From 3-30 June 2017, Dialogue with Emperor Qin’s Warriors will be on display in Summerhall’s Church
Galleries in Hope Park Terrace. A few of the larger sculptures will be found around Summerhall with four sculptures in residence at Edinburgh Zoo.

Please visit our microsite for more information including images of all 31 sculptures.






The concept of ‘culture’ :
Basile Zimmerman 01 June 6pm

Culture is famous in social sciences and humanities for the difficulty of its definition. This presentation will discuss the various usages of the word “culture” since the 19th century, the solutions that have been suggested up to now, and the impact that this situation had on the development of area studies.

In this lecture entitled The concept of ‘culture’ and its quotation marks: Learning from electronic music practice in China Prof Basile Zimmermann will review a case study on electronic music in China from the book Waves and Forms (MIT Press, 2015) to illustrate how science and technology studies frameworks can be used to address the concerns of Chinese studies.

Basile Zimmermann is Assistant Professor in Chinese studies and Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His current research projects focus on China studies methodology and science and technology studies. He is the author of Waves and Forms: Electronic Music Devices and Computer Encodings in China (MIT Press, Inside Technology, 2015).
This event will take place in the Project Room, 50 George Square on Thursday 1st June 2017 from 6pm. Following on from the talk and Q&A, a networking drinks reception will take place.  Please reserve your seat via this Eventbrite link.

Chinese Bridge Winners – Congratulations!

Despite pressure of end of year exams, four intrepid undergraduate Chinese Studies students from the University of Edinburgh opted to take part in the 2017  Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition. Not only did all four reach the final – one second year student won first prize!

In the face of strong competition from 28 contestants from other UK universities, the support team for the competitors from the University of Edinburgh were delighted when each of them secured a place in the final. While the Grand Prize was awarded to a candidate from the University of Sheffield, warmest congratulations must go to Christopher McNulty (second year Chinese and French) who took First Prize which means he will go to Beijing to compete in the Global Final this summer.

The other three finalists from Edinburgh were also awarded specific prizes. Third prize overall was awarded to Olivia Contini (fourth year Chinese) with Jozette Allan (fourth year Economics and Chinese) receiving the Best Creative Award and  William Mitchell (fourth year Chinese and French) receiving the Best Talent and Performance Award.

Senior Teaching Fellow Dr Zhu Zhu who encouraged the students to take part in the competition, congratulated all the Edinburgh finalists and thanked them for all their hard work in preparing for the competition.