Chinese Studies at SOAS

Chinese Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) can be traced back to 1968 when the Contemporary China Institute (CCI) was founded with Ford Foundation support. This mainly served those interested in contemporary Chinese affairs and policy studies1.  Until the early 1990s the CCI had been well known for hosting The China Quarterly, founded by Roderick MacFarquhar in 1960. It also published the book series 'Contemporary China Institute Publications'. 

In 1992 the Centre of Chinese Studies (CCS) was established which focused on research, teaching and other activities relating to China from both social sciences and the humanities.

Both CCI and CCS have been supporting China related activities and engaged China experts inside and outside SOAS, e.g. the Early China Seminar, and the China Postgraduate Network (CPN) before 2007. The CPN moved to the University of Oxford in 2007 and is now affiliated with the BACS (the British Association for Chinese Studies). The Centre of Chinese Studies also hosted the weekly London China Seminar from 1973 to 1998, organised by the China Research Unit, City University.  Both Professor Stephan Feuchtwang and Dr Xiangqun Chang have been associated with SOAS' Centre of Chinese Studies since the1990s and the early 2000s respectively.

The annual AC Graham Memorial Lecture was launched in 2000, organised jointly by the Early China Seminar at the Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia, the SOAS China Institute and the London Confucius Institute. Click HERE for details of the AC Graham Memorial Lectures. Click HERE to see more about Angus Charles Graham (葛瑞汉)

In October 2013 the CCS has been integrated into the new SOAS China Institute, which is being launched with Professor Michel Hockx, a specialist in contemporary literature and society, as the Founding Director.  The SOAS China Institute hopes to 'reclaim its position as a pre-eminent international centre for the study of China' (SOAS news, 19th July 2013).


1. see: Stuart R. Schram (1968). The Contemporary China Institute. The China Quarterly, 36, pp 129-132; Roderick MacFarquhar (1995). The Founding of The China Quarterly. The China Quarterly, 143, pp 692-696.

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