Events

  • Taiwan’s Lost Commercial Cinema: Weekly on Thurs 6pm

    Did you know regular filmmaking on Taiwan only started in the 1950s? With a Taiwanese-language film industry? Between then and the 1970s, 1000+ Taiwanese-language features were made. However, the budgets were miniscule, the companies short-lived, and there was no archive. They were quickly forgotten, and only 200+ survive. With the establishment of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive in 1979 ... Read more
  • From Shanghai w Love: Fashion Show/Exhibition 25/26 Aug 2017

    For full details visit our microsite www.confuciusinstitute.ac.uk/qipao Join us in the stunning Playfair Library on either Friday 25th or Saturday 26th August for a this combined exhibition and fashion show.  Discover elegant, enduring and evolving Qipao fashion, Shanghai Style, through the ages and into the future. Our Exhibition features Qipao from 1840’s-1940’s – the late Qing Dynasty ... Read more
  • Asia Focus Day for Senior School Students 3 Oct 2017

    The Royal Society for Asian Affairs is working with the support of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, and with backing from the Scottish Government, to offer a free day long Asia focused programme for senior school students on Tuesday 3 October 2017.  Schools across Scotland are invited to register their interest in sending ... Read more
  • Liu Zhenyun: Book Festival and Filmhouse 12 & 13 Aug 2017

    One of China’s foremost novelists, Liu Zhenyun, winner of the Mao Dun prize for Chinese fiction, will make two appearances in Edinburgh this August. The first opportunity to hear from him is on the opening day of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 12th August at 12.15. Liu Zhenyun’s work reflects on aspects of China’s newly urbanised ... Read more
  • From Shore to Shore, Saigon Saigon, 8 June 7pm

    Three stories, three lives, three journeys to find a place to call home.  Join us for the Edinburgh leg of this nationwide site specific touring programme. Cheung Wing is escaping from war, Mei Lan’s had enough of the potato peeler and Yi Di wants the impossible; her parents’ approval. Award-winning writer, Mary Cooper, with multilingual collaborator, M.W. ... Read more
  • 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 ... Read more
  • Year 3: Conference on Teaching Chinese in Scotland: 02 June 17

    The Third Conference on Chinese Teaching in Scotland: Teaching and Learning is a free one-day event for all who are involved or interested in the teaching of Chinese. Taking place on Friday 2 June 2017 at 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, this event is jointly organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and Asian ... Read more
  • Kunqu Opera performance
    10 June 2pm

    The Scotland China Association which is now entering its 51st year is holding its AGM at Abden House on the morning of Saturday 10th June. After the member’s lunch there will be a short performance of Kunqu Opera by Yanmei Wu, who is the co-founder of the Chinese Opera Association Scotland, will perform a short excerpt ... Read more
  • Shanghai Story: Traditions and Modernity: 26 April 2pm

    Join us on Wed 26th April at 2pm when we host a high profile cultural delegation from Shanghai who will present two very different aspects of Chinese culture. Our first speaker, Shi Dawai will consider the tradition and evolution of Chinese painting arts over the centuries and the vision for its future development. Our second speaker Wang ... Read more
  • Hong Kong Carbon Capture Innovation Centre, 24 Jan 8.30am

    We are pleased to share with you the opportunity to meet with Dr Shelley Zhou, newly appointed CEO of HKCCI (Hong Kong Carbon Capture Innovation). Come along on Tuesday 24 January between 8.30-10.30am at ECCI for a business breakfast and networking event. For more info and to register, please click here. ... Read more

2015 will see a wide and varied range of lectures, conferences and other events organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

January 2015

14 Jan Professor Henrietta Harrison, University of Oxford
“The Early 20th Origins of Popular Ideas about Traditional China Foreign Relations: The History of the Qianlong Emperor’s Letter to George 3rd”
Research Seminar Series

February 2015

03 Feb Prof. David Der-Wei Wang, Harvard University
“Writing History after ‘Post-History’: On Contemporary Chinese Fiction”
Distinguished Lecture Series

04 Feb Dr Carl Kilcourse, Nottingham Trent University – Research Seminar Series
“The Taipings’ Religious World: A Case of Localised Christianity in China”
Research Seminar Series

11 Feb Dr Lauren Richardson,University of Edinburgh
“Unravelling the ‘History Problem’ in Japan-Korea Relations”
Research Seminar Series

23 Feb Special Film Screening with Director Jocelyn Ford
“Nowhere to call home”
Special Guest Lecture

25 Feb Ms Emily Williams, Birkbeck, University of London
“Selling the Little Red Book in Hyde Park: The Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Counter-culture in Britain”
Research Seminar Series

30 March Prof Chris Berry, King’s College, London
“Cao Fei’s ‘Magical Metropolises’ : Chinese Video Art and the City”
Special Guest Lecture

March 2015

4 Mar Dr Frank Gaenssmantel, University of Groningen
“Issue Perceptions and International Cooperation: Case Studies from China-EU Relations”
Research Seminar Series

9 Mar Professor David Shambaugh, George Washington University
“China at the Crossroads? Major Reform Challenges”
Distinguished Lecture Series

11 Mar Prof. Miriam Kingsberg, University of Colorado at Boulder
“Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: The Making of Japan’s ‘Transwar Generation’ of Human Scientists”
Research Seminar Series

April 2015

1 Apr Prof Dominic Sachsenmeier, University of Bremen
“Chinese Capitalism? Recent Debates and Their Intellectual Contexts”
Research Seminar Series

28 Apr Prof Zhang Longxi, City University of Hong Kong
“Re-conceptualizing China in our Time:From a Chinese Perspective”
Distinguished Lecture Series

may 2015

21 May Prof Yang Guoqing, Former Vice Minister CAAC
“Doing Business with China: A Chinese Perspective”
Business Lecture Series

jUNE 2015

4 June Prof Wang Ban, Stamford University
“Where have all the villages gone?”
Distinguished Lecture Series

11-13 June James Legge & Scottish Missions to China conference
Three day conference for academics and scholarsSpecial Event

11 June Public Lecture Prof Yang Huilin, Renmin University of China
“The Translator’s Identity and Its Paradox”
Keynote lecture from Legge Conference

12 June Public Lecture Lauren Pfister, Hong Kong Baptist University
“Pulling the Plank out of One’s Own Eye”
Keynote lecture from Legge Conference

12 June Teaching Chinese in Scotland: Pedagogy Meets the Language
One day workshop programme for Chinese Language teachers.

Special Event

26 June Keynote Lecture: Sir Tom Devine
“Addicting the Dragon: China, Opium, and Scotland’
Seminar on Scots in Asia co-organised by Universities of Edinburgh, Otago and Hull.

aUGUST 2015

10 August Public Lecture: Michael Goedius“The New Chinese Cultural Revolution. Contemporary Chinese Art and Understanding its Potential and Meaning”
Public Lecture with Asia Scotland Institute

27 August Public Lecture: Ang Li
Sex Food and Politics
Spotlight Taiwan Programme

sEPTEMBER 2015

29 September Public Lecture: Tim Clissold
“Chinese Rules: Mao’s Dog, Deng’s Cat and Five Timeless Lessons from the Front Lines in China”
Public Lecture with CBBC

oCTOBER 2015

15 October Public Lecture: Lord Stephen Green
“China and Europe, from Confucius and Aristotle till now: Old Histories, New Understandings”.
Business Lecture Series

29 October Public Lecture: Professor Shen Dingli, Fudan University
China’s Peaceful Rise: Challenges & Opportunities
Distinguished Lecture Series

nOVEMBER 2015

4 November Academic Lecture: Dr Gerda Wielander, University of Westminster
“Happiness in recent Chinese socialist discourse – has Ah Q become a role model?”
Asian Studies Seminar Series

13 November Public Lecture: Professor Tony Chan, HKUST
“Rising China & Global Impact”
Guest Lecture

24 November Public Lecture: Professor Dong Zhenghua
“Farmland for Farmers”
Distinguished Lecture Series

25 November Public Lecture: Prof Erik Baark, HKUST
“China- A Science & Technology Superpower”
Occasional Lecture Series

dECEMBER 2015

No lectures are currently scheduled for December 2015