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Come and join the China-Taiwan cross-straits debate!

Monday 23 June, 2–3.30pm, Room 105, 24 Gordon Square, UCL
The debate will bring together established academics and UCL graduate students to explore contemporary Taiwan-China relations in the light of the recent Sunflower protest movement (太阳花学运).
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Published: Jun 10, 2014 3:48:29 PM

UK première – Sauna on the Moon (Chang’e 嫦娥), dir. Zou Peng 邹鹏, China 2011

This Thursday, 29 May 2014, 6.30–8.30pm. Roberts G06, Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre.
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Published: May 26, 2014 3:04:08 PM

The 'Subtle Body' in the Indo-Tibetan and Chinese traditions

Speakers: Prof. Geoffrey Samuel (Cardiff) and Dr Vivienne Lo (UCL)
Time: Thursday 15th May, 5–6.30pm
Place: RHB 137a, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6NW. More...

Published: May 13, 2014 4:14:02 PM

A transnational history of the forensic gaze

Speaker: Dr Vivienne Lo (UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity)
Time: Wednesday 14th May, 4–6pm
Room G01, 23 Gordon Square
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Published: May 8, 2014 3:26:54 PM

Chinese Visual Festival 2014

Don't miss the 2014 Chinese Visual Festival at KCL and other venues around London from 7th to 18th May.
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Published: Apr 25, 2014 10:59:52 AM

A History of Sport and Exercise

Shanghai Lady Footballers



The Olympics and Paralympics are undoubtedly the world’s most truly global spectator events, yet most histories of the Olympics fail to place them in the context of a history of the interconnections among the world’s peoples. Olympic sports are founded on some of the most ancient of sports cultures, but histories of sports, body cultivation and sports medicines in non-European cultures are only just now beginning to emerge.

With the two Olympic Games sited in Beijing and London, it has proved timely to explore the diverse traditions of perfecting body and soul, as a fascinating historical project in itself, but also to provide a rich context for envisioning the relationship between movement and health. This section of our website is dedicated to the history of Sport and Exercise worldwide. 

Histories of Sport and Exercise

a collection of abstracts and short articles (coming shortly)

Olympics Ancient and Modern

Ancient and modern Olympics (Jason König, University of St Andrews)
British Museum: Schools resource on the ancient Olympics
Upcoming Olympics Events and Exhibitions at UCL
UCL and the Olympics

Essential links

UCL collaborations in the cross-cultural History of Sport
University of Missouri-St Louis
British Museum
International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University


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