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Film and Discussion: When China Met Africa

Wednesday 20 May, 6.30pm, Roberts 106, UCL. FREE – part of UCL Festival of the Arts 2015. Book via Eventbrite.
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Lady Precious Stream

A symposium on S. I. Hsiung's 1935 play, and the obstacles to and opportunities for East Asian voices in UK theatre and literature. Monday 18 May, 6.30–8pm, Cruciform B304-LT1. More...

Medical Humanities in China

An international interdisciplinary conference at Peking University Institute for Medical Humanities, 15-17th October, 2015. Call for papers.
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Call for Chinese-speaking choral singers!

London Chinese Philharmonic Choir 伦敦华人爱乐合唱团 (LCPC) is looking for additional singers to perform the Yellow River Cantata 黄河大合唱 in September/October. More...

5th Annual Chinese Visual Festival

7–22 May 2015, at King’s College London, BFI Southbank, Bertha DocHouse and Chelsea College of Arts. The festival will welcome to London some of the most exciting directors currently working in Chinese-language cinema and art, showcasing documentary, fiction and experimental video art from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and beyond.  
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The Chinese Erhu during the First World War

An evening of performance and discussion with Dr Colin Huehns. Friday 8th May, 7pm, UCL South Cloisters More...

Thinking Chinese Exhibition (31/03–12/05 2015)

Venue: South Cloisters, Wilkins Building,
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Thinking Chinese Conference (31/03–1/04 2015) 思華 · 華思 (UPDATE)

A ground-breaking two-day interdisciplinary conference on British Chinese history and representations of Chineseness in the UK, convened by UCL in partnership with Ming-Ai (London) Institute. More...

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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