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China Goes Global

On 27th & 28th June, a number of renowned scholars from around the world came to Cambridge to explore new trends of research on historical and contemporary Chinese migration. The focus was placed on areas until now less studied, such as Latin America. The event served as an important platform for interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars from across humanities and social sciences, on a subject that has many implications on research and policymaking.

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Israeli Cinema Series

8 leading Israeli film directors were guests of the Faculty during Lent Term 2016, as part of an homage to Israel's first professional film school, the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem on its 25th anniversary. The film series, titled "Between Escapism and Strife", was a cross between a film festival and an academic conference. It explored the diverse cinema of Israel, introduced audiences to a unique array of films and provided a rare opportunity to meet major Israeli filmmakers and converse with them about their art.

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Sights & Sounds of Japan

The Japanese Studies group at the University of Cambridge invites you to experience different aspects of Japanese traditional culture as it is lived today!

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Understanding Japanese Through Its Invisible Structures

Professor Wesley M. Jacobsen of Harvard University gave a talk at the Faculty on the subject of "Understanding Japanese Through its Invisible Structures: How Linguistics Can Contribute to Language Learning". A video recording of the talk may be viewed online at and Prof. Jacobsen very kindly agreed to allow the slides he used in his talk to be made available.

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Modalities of Doing Religion

‘How do people do religion in China?’ This is a much better question to ask than ‘How many religions are there in China?’ In examining the ways in which Chinese people have been engaged in religious activities historically as well as today Dr Adam Chau has identified five ‘modalities of doing religion’: discursive/scriptural; personal-cultivational; liturgical; immediate-practical; and relational.

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Thinking Through Agriculture

From early China’s legalist philosophers through to Mao Zedong, one of the most enduring descriptions of China over the past three millennia has been its image as the ultimate agrarian society. Professor Roel Sterckx is studying how farming life influenced the political and social ideologies that shaped the Chinese empire.

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Documenting dialects

Over the last twenty years Professor Geoffrey Khan, together with his PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, has been undertaking a major project to document all of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects. Some of the dialects are now spoken by only a handful of people and some have become extinct over the last few years.

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The Parthenon Mosque

The early modern Parthenon was a monumental palimpsest. The layers were architectural: the Parthenon mosque had previously been a church of the Virgin Mary, and before that a temple of Athena. But how these layers were interpreted depended on who was looking: European or Ottoman travellers, or the muezzin of Athens.

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Welcome to AMES

Cambridge has a long and distinctive tradition in the study of the Middle East and Asia. This Faculty prides itself on exploring these fields through the local languages and encourages students to learn through real world engagement. If you are interested in these world regions and want to discover their languages, cultures, histories, religions, and politics, then this is the home for you. 


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