SCI Bulletin
5 October 2017
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Book Launch

Gender, Sexuality and Power in Chinese Companies: Beauties at Work

Dr Jieyu Liu (SOAS, University of London)
When Mon 9 October 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Where Brunei Gallery Suite, SOAS University of London
Open to Students, scholars, public, alumni 
Registration Free, registration required
Dr Jieyu Liu will talk about her book which offers the first ethnographic account of the experiences of highly educated young professional women, hailed by the Chinese media as ‘white-collar beauties’. It exposes the organizational mechanisms – naturalization, objectification and commodification of women – that wield gendered and sexual control in post-Mao workplaces. 
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SCI News
New SCI Staff Member

We are excited to welcome Isabelle Scott to the SOAS China Institute as our new Events and Communications Assistant. She is a graduate of York University, and has just begun her MA in Chinese Studies at SOAS, University of London. She has previously spent time in China, studying at both Peking University, Beijing, and Hubei University, Wuhan, as well as working for the Shanghai Business Review.

Find her contact details here.

SCI Special Report
Xi Jinping’s report to the 19th Party Congress
– a Pre-construction

Written by Charles Parton

(Alumnus of SOAS and Associate of the SOAS China Institute, Charles Parton worked for the British and European foreign services for 37 years.  A RUSI Associate Fellow, he was also a Special Adviser on China to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee.)

The investment industry is fond of pointing out that past performance is no guide to the future.  Suggesting the same of the Party would surely risk being condemned as ‘historical nihilism’: the Party’s performance is a constant and upward progression.  Even though a constant theme of Xi Jinping’s speeches is the need for innovation, his Report is likely not just to follow the format of past congress reports, but also to repeat much of their content.  That should be no surprise, not least because he was in charge of the drafting of the Report delivered to the 18th Party Congress by his predecessor Hu Jintao.
This paper looks at what we might expect to see in Xi’s Report in the autumn.  There are likely to be 13 sections and we can make a fair estimation of the outline content, based upon past practice, upon the themes which Xi Jinping has emphasised in his first five years of power and upon the bare bones reporting on a number of key meetings in the last month (a symposium on 21 July attended by representatives of non-Communist parties, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, as well as non-party personages; the Politburo meeting on 24 July and its study group session on 25 July; a 26-27 July workshop to prepare for the Party Congress attended by 400 provincial and ministerial level officials).
Background – What is the significance of the Party Congress and the Report?
A Party Congress is held every five years for the formal purposes of electing a new Central Committee and Central Commission for Discipline inspection, amending the Party constitution and approving the General Secretary's Report, which is given on the first day and studied on the subsequent six days of the Congress (of the last five, all but the 1992 Congress have lasted seven days; two have been held in October, two in November and one in September). 
The deeper purposes of the Congress and the Report are to reaffirm the Party's importance to itself and to the nation; and to set the guidelines for governance.  For the 18th Party Congress the 28,734 character Report was drawn up over ten months and after consulting over 4,500 people and looking at 2,400 proposals. This year’s report is likely to have been based on similar consultations.  The result is not a set of detailed policies for the next government; those have already been laid out in the 13th Five Year Plan, which began in 2016.  Given that he has already set out much of that framework in the contents of Central Committee annual Plenums over the last five years, we should not expect too many surprises.  While many parts of the 19th Congress Report will mirror those of the 18th, nevertheless this year the Report will reflect Xi Jinping’s own vision for governing China up to 2022 and beyond, with less dilution from other interested parties.  That is the privilege of having consolidated power and having thrown off the influence of his two predecessors.

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SCI in the Media
Asian Sentinel - 05 October 2017
Steve Tsang interviewed on Taiwan's criminal gangs.

BBC Worldwide - 02 October 2017
Dr Andrea Janku interviewed about the Great Wall of China and its place in Chinese history.

Radio France International - 28 September 2017
Steve Tsang interviewed on the 19th Congress.

Sohu - 28 September 2017
Article about the 2nd UK-China Social Governance Modernisation Seminar in London.

More articles about the seminar:
QQ Finance - 28 September 2017 - 28 September 2017
CSSN - 27 September 2017
China Daily- 26 September 2017

Chinese language version
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SCI Members Announcements
Sino-British Fellowship Trust

SOAS receives a generous grant from the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT), established by the late Dr Elizabeth Frankland Moore, to support individual or co-operative research projects. Research may be conducted either in Britain or in China, or in both countries. Small grants up to £2,000 are available.
The grants are given by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust to eligible members of SOAS and are administered on its behalf by the SOAS China Institute. 

The next closing date for applications is 31 October 2017.

How to apply / eligibility
SCI Monday Forums

The Evolution of the Chinese Social Model 

Prof. Michael Dunford (University of Sussex)
When Mon 16 October 2017, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Where Room G3, Russell Square College Buildings, SOAS University of London
Open to Students, scholars, public, alumni 
Registration Free, no registration required
The theory of uneven and combined development  (U&CD) highlights the way in which in a world of diverse civilizations with different values and systems of economic and political organization, contender countries can draw on the advantage of backwardness to appropriate what is relatively advanced (through investment, learning and acquisition), avoid steps on the path (through stage skipping investment), create combinations with a higher preponderance of modern elements and generate these effects quickly and strongly. The aim of this presentation is to examine these propositions through a consideration of the Chinese case, paying attention to the Chinese social model (a socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics and an entrepreneurial state), the way it has evolved as a result of successive transformations of economic and public institutions and policies designed to move the country forward economically, while dealing with the contradictions generated by earlier phases of development, and the challenges (especially of urbanization and more equal and sustainable territorial development) of the new phase of reform.   
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Forthcoming forums

30 October 2017
Book Launch: Entrepreneurship in China – The Emergence of the Private Sector
Prof Andrew Atherton (University of Lancaster)

07 November 2017
Book Launch: Becoming China
Jeanne-Marie Gescher (SOAS, University of London)

22 November 2017
Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism
Dr Maria Repnikova (Georgia State University)

04 December 2017
The China Paradox
Dr Paul G. Clifford (Paul G. Clifford & Associates)

15 January 2018
The Battle for China's Soul
Ian Johnson

29 January 2018
Eating and Drinking with Strangers:  Hospitality in Rural North China
Dr Mikkel Bunkenborg (University of Copenhagen)

05 February 2018
Educating Nurhaci's descendants: Manchu language training in Qing China
Dr Lars Laamann (SOAS, University of London)

26 February 2018
Reading as creative and social practice: Popular entertainment literature during the Cultural Revolution
Dr Lena Henningsen (University of Freiburg) 

08 March 2018
History of religion in Qing China 
Vincent Goossaert

12 March 2018
"China Watching" during the GPCR
John Gittings (SOAS, University of London)

30 April 2018
Socialist Feeling
Prof. Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (University of Lincoln & UNSW)
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School-wide notices and events
Centre of Buddhist Studies


The Heavenly Eye in Caves

Eugene Wang (Harvard University)
When Sat 07 October 2017, 9.00am - 1.00pm
Where Rm 4426, Russell Square College BuildingsSOAS University of London
Open to Students, scholars, public, alumni 
Registration Free, no registration required
Eugene Y. Wang is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, he is the art history editor of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Macmillian, 2004). His book, Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China (2005), garnered the Academic Achievement Award from Japan in 2006. His extensive publication covers all periods and aspects of Chinese art. His current research interests include the exploration of artful mind and its materialization.
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Centre of Taiwan Studies

Film Screening

台語片Taiyupian (Hoklo) film screening: 三鳳震武林Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters (1968)

Chris Berry (King's College London)
When Tues 10 October 2017, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
Where Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), Russell Square College BuildingsSOAS University of London
Open to Students, scholars, public, alumni 
Registration Free, no registration required
In the prelude to this martial arts film, bandits kill a former sheriff and his wife. A servant carries their three little daughters to safety, but they grow up apart. Fifteen years later, each girl sets out to seek revenge. Eldest sister Xiufeng (Yang Lihua) disguises herself as a man, performing acts of chivalry as she seeks out the bandits. Along the way, she runs across her sisters, Qingfeng (Liu Qing) and Zhifeng (Jin Mei). They are entranced by the handsome stranger. Will Qingfeng and Zhifeng figure out he is in fact their sister, Xiufeng? Will the three “feng” girls phoenixes) find the bandits and avenge their parents?
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Centre of Taiwan Studies


The Problem of Authority: Dutch Political Theories of Aboriginal Autonomy in Seventeenth Century Taiwan

Leigh Jenco (LSE)
When Thurs 12 October 2017, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Where Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), Russell Square College BuildingsSOAS University of London
Open to Students, scholars, public, alumni 
Registration Free, no registration required
In this talk Leigh Jenco focuses on seventeenth-century Dutch representations of life in Formosan aboriginal villages, including the observations of missionaries such as Candidius and Junius, and connect them to broader trends in Dutch political thought concerning colonialism and expansion. She argues that these representations turned on a presumed similarity between aboriginal and Dutch values that ultimately justified the exploitation, and in some cases extermination, of indigenous peoples on the island.
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Seminar series

International History of East Asia Seminar

University of Oxford China Centre
Michaelmas Term 2017, Mondays, 5pm
Lucina Ho Seminar Room, First Floor, Oxford China Centre
Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, Oxford OX2 6LU
Week 2 (16 October, 5pm) – Rethinking the Opium War and Fascism in East Asia
- Song-Chuan Chen, Warwick University: ‘Merchants of War and Peace: British Knowledge of China in the Making of the Opium War’
- Chiao-In Chen, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: ‘Chinese Fascism. The Case of the Guomindang Fascist Organisations: the Lixingshe Society and the New Life Movement (1927-1937)’

Week 4 (30 October, 5pm) – Conflicts and Security among the Regional Powers in the Asia Pacific
- Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow, Chatham House: ‘The Modern Origins of China’s South China Sea Claims’
- Jeongseok Lee, Princeton University: ‘Unforced Concession: The Unexpected Origins of the U.S. Bilateral Alliance System in the Asia-Pacific’

Week 6 (13 November, 5pm) – China, Nation-state, and Cultural Diplomacy in Historical Perspectives
- Yvonne Liao, University of Oxford: ‘Peculiar Diplomacy: Municipal Opera in Shanghai’s International Settlement’
- Chien-Wen Kung, Columbia University: ‘Experiencing the Nation-State: Philippine-Chinese Visits to Taiwan, 1958-1971’

Week 8 (27 November, 5pm) – Sino-Japanese Wars: Communications, Cartoons, and Diplomacy
- Jenny Huangfu Day, Skidmore College: ‘A Covert History of Communications in the Sino-Japanese War, 1894-95’
- Mariia Guleva, St Petersburg Polytechnic University: ‘Soviet Diplomacy and Sino-Japanese Conflict in Krokodil and Shidai manhua (1931-37)’ 
Further information
Call for applications

Final call for papers:
International Conference China

Centre for European Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, China
This will be the first international conference of the recently established Centre for European Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, the function of which is to mirror the perception of China within the European sphere. Planned to take place between the 7-9 December, the first international conference welcomes papers on the general topic of the image of China in Europe, especially within the contemporary context involving media and popular culture but without neglecting academia and the political and economic arenas. 

Papers should be 20 to 25 minutes in length; in English, with questions to follow. Please send your proposal/abstract to the Conference organiser, Prof Stephen Rowley. 
Address: SYSU, School of International Studies, Zhuhai Campus, PRC
Email contact:
The deadline for the application is 15 October 2017.
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