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Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness: The City, Emotions and the Insane at the Dawn of Mass Society

A History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar with Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine (University of Auckland, NZ / QMUL.
Time: Mon 19 November 2018, 18:00 – 19:30.
Place: SELCS Common Room, G24 Foster Court, Malet Place.
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Movement Matters: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Avant-Garde

A workshop-performance event to mark the paperback edition of Irina Sirotkina and Roger Smith, The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde: Dance, Kinaesthesia and the Arts in Revolutionary Russia (Bloomsbury, December 2018).
Time: Saturday 1 December 2018, 2:00–6:00pm.
Place:  IAS Common Ground (ground floor, south wing, Wilkins building).
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Longing For Rain: Spectral lovers and the new urban spaces of middle-class Beijing

A UCL Health Humanities seminar with Vivienne Lo and Nashuyuan Wang.
Time: Thursday 15 November,  6.15–7.15pm.
Place: SELCS Common Room, G24 Foster Court, Malet Place More...

The Cholera Pandemic,Transnational Politics, and the Cold War in Southeast Asia and China, 1960-1965

An IAS Talking Point seminar with Visiting Research Fellow Dr Fang Xiaoping 方小平 and responses from Dr Vivienne Lo  and Dr Andrew Wear.
Time: Wed 20 June 2018, 6–8pm
Place: IAS Common Ground (ground floor, south wing, Wilkins building)
Registration via Eventbrite.
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Ma Kanwen Memorial Lecture 2018

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH) will be giving the 2nd Ma Kanwen Memorial Lecture at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge on Friday 25 May, 4pm. More...

Imagining Chinese Medicine

(edited volume, Vivienne Lo & Penelope Barrett, Brill, 2018) has now been published in Open Access. You can browse or download it at:

MA Dissertation Conference 2018: Transnational Studies and Chinese Health & Humanity

Wednesday 23 May, 09.00–13.00, Room 101, 16–18 Gordon Square.
Please come along to support our wonderful students and find out about the breathtaking range of their research! More...

Chinese Visual Festival 2018

Don't miss the 2018 edition of the excellent Chinese Visual Festival – on at KCL and BFI Southbank from 3rd to 6th May before transferring to Edinburgh Filmhouse for 11th–14th May.

University of Westminster Contemporary China Centre Seminar

15 November 2014

Hong Kong as a Political Community: Sense of Belonging and Personal Expressions. Speaker: Professor Pang Laikwan, Discussants: Dr Shao Jiang, Tim Zihong Yue. Tuesday 18 Nov. 5.30-7.30pm.

Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW

Hong Kong

Non-University of Westminster attendees should register with Helena Scott at

The talk is organized into three sections. First it lays out some historical background explaining how community-based activism developed in Hong Kong in the last few years and how these events escalated in size and scope of influences. Second it explains the logic of the original “Occupy Central with Love and Peace” movement before it actually took place on September 28, 2014. The third section, which is the most important part of this talk, explains the meanings of “occupying” in this current form of “umbrella movement,” and demonstrates how the many expressions found in the occupied areas are organically developed out of a continuing engagement of the Hong Kong people with the city. Equal attentions are given to the political and artistic activities, in order to explore how the originally focused, and relatively narrow, political demand is gradually transformed to become loosely defined place-making activities, which more fundamentally and subtly challenges the problems Hong Kong, and many other global cities, are facing.

Laikwan Pang is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Department of Cultural & Religious Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is the author of several books, including Creativity and Its Discontents: China’s Creative Industries and Intellectual Property Rights Offenses (Duke UP, 2012) and The Distorting Mirror: Visual Modernity in China (U of Hawaii P, 2007).

Shao Jiang, a former prisoner of conscience for his active role in the 1989 pro-democracy movement in China, is a committed activist-scholar who lives and works in exile in London. His academic interests focus on politics and media, social movements, democratisation, law in PRC and Hong Kong, autonomy, sovereignty and self-determination, international human rights mechanisms, comparative studies on development models and political institutions, and theory and practice of civil society. Forthcoming publications include Citizen Publications in China before the Internet (Palgrave, 2015).

Tim Zihong Yue is a practising architect in London. He studied architecture at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the Bartlett, and maintains strong links with UCL. He was born and raised in mainland China until the age of 12, when he came to the UK for his secondary schooling. He is the founder of the ‘Madness Symposium’, a London-based organisation that advocates the creative construction of confrontational ideas in areas of intense conflict in order to generate new possibilities for architectural design, particularly in the context of debates about the clash of Chinese and Western values in the 21st century. He intends to pursue these issues in a PhD on architectural design.

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