• The China-Scotland Business Awards and Chinese Burns Supper 2021

    The Confucius Institute for Scotland is working with the China Britain Business Council Scotland once again this year on the unique Chinese Burns Supper event where we celebrate the two cultures and heritages together. Although we have to celebrate the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns and Chinese New Year virtually this year, we hope this opportunity ...
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  • From Shanghai with Love:
    Fashion Show/Exhibition 24-25.08

    After the sold-out success of 2017, Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries is set to return Edinburgh Fringe this year. Join us in the stunning Playfair Library on either Friday 24th or Saturday 25th August for this combined exhibition and fashion show.  Discover elegant, enduring and electrifying Qipao fashion, Shanghai Style, through the ages and ...
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  • The Red Heroine at Hippfest Bo’ness Saturday 23 March

    For the fourth year our Institute is supporting Hippfest – Scotland’s only festival dedicated to silent cinema with world-class music, red carpet glamour, and rarely-seen silent era films. Taking place in the retro surroundings of the Hippodrome, Bo’ness. SATUYDAY 23 March 2019: 15.30 UK Premiere The Red Heroine £10 | £8 conc. The oldest surviving Chinese martial arts film, featuring Fan Xuepeng ...
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  • Chinese New Year Party 23 Feb 2018 – book now!

    Join us in Abden House when the Confucius Institute for Scotland hosts a party to mark the arrival of the Year of the Dog from 6pm-9pm on Friday 23rd February 2018. As well as the chance to meet up with friends old and new over some delicious jiaoazi and a glass or two there will be ...
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  • The Chinese Common Reader: Joan Judge 15 Feb 2018 6pm

    In Search of the Chinese Common Reader: Usuable Knowledge & Wondrous Ignorance in the Age of Global Science How did late Qing and Republican Chinese common readers understand science, illness, and the natural world? To what extent did new concepts introduced into China from the mid-to late-19th century become integrated into the everyday lives of poorer ...
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  • Changes in China-The Fudan Lectures: Thurs 9 Nov 6pm

    Join us to hear from two visiting professors from our Confucius Institute partner, Fudan University.  Each speaker will reflect on the impact of different aspects of recent changes in China on the wider society and economy. An outline synopsis from each speaker is below. This event will take place in the UoE Business School.  You can book your ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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. ...
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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


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


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


No lectures are currently scheduled for December 2015