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Chinese film – Sauna on the Moon (Chang’e 嫦娥), dir. Zou Peng 邹鹏, 2011

Time: Thursday 29 May 2014, 6.30–8.30pm. Place: Roberts G06, Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre. Part of the excellent UCL Festival of the Arts (27-30 May 2014). Register now on Eventbrite. More...

Published: Apr 14, 2014 10:42:42 PM

Twelve Scholars of the Bamboo Grove

To celebrate the end of lectures and UCL’s first UG course in Ancient and Medieval Chinese History, twelve talented students set out to emulate the Seven Scholars of the Bamboo Grove. Now read on...
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Published: Apr 11, 2014 11:33:19 AM

Imagining Chinese Medicine: Medical illustration from Han tombs to contemporary Comics.

The final lecture in the SOAS East Asia Art & Archaeology Research Seminar series will be given by Dr Vivienne Lo of UCL China Centre for Health and Humanity. She will present her work on Chinese medical illustrations.
Time: Friday, 21st March 2014, 3 pm.
Place: Room B111 (1st floor), Brunei Gallery, SOAS. All welcome.
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Published: Mar 14, 2014 7:28:32 PM

China and Freedom of Speech: new systems for the accountability of the press. An evening with John Kampfner

6th March 2014, panel discussion hosted by UCL’s China Centre for Health and Humanity and Centre for Transnational History and sponsored by UCL Grand Challenges (ii) and the UCL Institute for Human Rights.
Read all about it: Report by Dylan Brethour, PG History student. More...

Published: Mar 14, 2014 6:13:30 PM

Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities workshop

In the context of the UCL initiative for the creation of a Chinese Medical Humanities, on the 22nd and 23rd of February the collaborate workshop (with Peking University [PKU] Institute of Medical Humanities and King's College London [KCL]) convened international experts to reflect on the use of film in teaching the Medical Humanities.  More...

Published: Mar 4, 2014 4:59:57 PM

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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