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Academical Year 2008-2009

Summer, 2009

Summer Hebrew Ulpan for University Students

Centre for Modern Hebrew Studies Ulpan 2009

Easter Term, 2009

Asian Studies Centre Seminar Series - Easter Term 2009


Israeli Film Club

Every Monday, at 1.15pm, from 27th April, 2009, Room L1 (Basement Lecture Room), Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.

All films are in Hebrew with English sub-titles. All are welcome.

Bilingual Discourse and Cross-cultural Fertilisation: Sanskrit and Tamil in Mediaeval India

International Workshop: 22nd - 23rd May, 2009 - Wolfson College, Cambridge

The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā of Nāgārjuna

South Asian Studies Graduate Seminar, Lent & Easter Terms 2009

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit - Research Seminars

Programme, Easter term 2009

There will be a special film showing on 2nd June to precede the seminar by Dr Sara Shneiderman. This is to be presented by Ben Campbell of the University of Durham and is entitled: 'A Trans-Himalayan Road and the People of the Border'.

Junior Scholars Conference on Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

10am - 5.15pm on Monday, 15th June, 2009 in Room 8-9
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The Junior Scholars Conference on Modern Chinese Literature and Culture is intended for junior scholars to present their research and get to know others working in the field of modern Chinese literature and culture. Topics range widely covering modern and contemporary poetry, film, fiction, journals, literary societies, etc. This year's conference is a continuation of last year's event held at SOAS and will have participants presenting papers from SOAS, Cambridge, and Leiden. The keynote speech, "Chinese, Literature, and the World Wide Web", will be given by Professor Michel Hockx.

Contact: Dr Christopher Rosenmeier (E-mail:

Asian Studies Centre Seminar Series - Easter Term, 2009

The University of Cambridge Department of East Asian Studies is pleased to announce the programme for its Easter Term series of East Asian Seminars.

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars start at 5:00pm and take place in Lecture Room 8-9 of the Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (formerly Oriental Studies), Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge.


2009 Conference on 'Radicalisation'

Jointly organised by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS) and the Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA, this will take place on 11th June, 2009 in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

At Home Abroad: Arab Writers in the UK

The Prince Alwaleed Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS) presents a series of readings and discussions with some of the foremost Arab authors writing in the UK today.

Wednesday evenings at 5.00 pm in Rooms 8-9 (unless otherwise specified),
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. All are welcome.

Annual Semitic Philology Lecture 2009

Modern South Arabian

To be given by Professor Janet Watson (University of Salford)
Thursday, 21st May, 2009 at 5pm in Room 8-9
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

Chuan Lyu Lectures, 2009

Tuesday, 12th and Thursday, 14th May, 2009

Delivered by Professor Chou Wan-Yao
(Department of History, National Taiwan University)


Reproductive Technology and the Shariah

Tuesday 5 May, 2009, 4 to 6pm, Rooms 8&9.

A lecture by Dr Morgan Clarke, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

Assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization have provoked global controversy and ethical debate. This talk will describe the course those debates have taken in the Islamic Middle East, drawing on fieldwork in Lebanon as well as Islamic legal literature, Sunni and Shiite. [Further details].

Confucius from the Heart: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World
  • Talk in Mandarin Chinese by Prof. Yu Dan (Beijing Normal University)
    Tuesday, 21st April 21, 2009 at 5-7pm in room LG17, Faculty of Law

The Tradition of Hippiatric literature from 3000 BC to the Islamic era (Akkadian, Ugaritic, Greek, Arabic)

Lecture given by Martin Heide (University of Munich)
Monday, 27th April, 2009 at 2.30pm in Room 7
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Lent Term, 2009

Israeli Film Club

Lent Term programme - "Different faces of the Israeli Society in the Israeli cinema"

Asian Studies Centre Seminar Series - Lent Term 2009


Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit: Research Seminars, Lent Term 2009


Sasakawa Lectureship Programme Conference

Organised by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
23rd January, 2009 at Birkbeck College (University of London). Further details.

Film: CAPE NO. 7 海角七號

Te-Sheng Wei 魏德聖 (2008) - 129 min with English subtitles

Sunday, 22nd February, 2009 from 2.00 - 6.00pm
Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College
Including a Q&A with the director and a snack reception

FREE admission. Registration required. Further details.

Co-organised by the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. & the Department of East Asian Studies, Cambridge

The Six Party Talks and Inter-Korean Relations

Talk by His Excellency Mr. Chun Yung-woo (Ambassador of the Republic of Korea)
Tuesday, 13th January, 2009 at 6pm in Clare Hall. Further details.

2009 Middle East Festival, MESP 2009

Middle East Festival Website:

17th January - 16th March, 2009
Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Inaugural Risa Domb Memorial Lecture

A.B. Yehoshua - "From Mythology to History: My Later Novels"

Michaelmas Term, 2008

Inter-Faith Relations in Islam: Religious Minorities under the Almohads, International Workshop 15-16th December 08

Venue: Newnham College

Sponsored by The Brish Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Middle Eastern Studies (University of Cambridge) and ILC, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CSIC).

For further details please contact the Convenors:

Amira K. Bennison ( or Maria Angeles Gallego (

BRISMES Annual Lecture, The British Academy, Weds 3rd Dec at 6pm

The BRISMES Annual Lecture will take place on 3rd December. Professor Yasir Suleiman
will talk on 'Arabic and I' at the British Academy.

Following the lecture, we will make the annual BRISMES Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies, which this year goes to Professor Fred Halliday.

The lecture and presentation will be followed by a reception. All are welcome.

The British Academy, 10 Carlton Terrace House, London, SW1Y 5AH.

South Asian Studies Graduate Seminar, Michaelmas 2008

Rasa in the Abhinavabhāratī of Abhinavagupta

Graduate Seminar, MES, Weds 5th Nov at 12 noon

Venue: McCrum Seminar Room on Bene't Street (between Bene't Cafe and the Bath House Pub)

The Graduate Seminar/Colloquium will begin anew on Weds 5th Nov. Tea and biscuits will be served and we will discuss the 'Language and Knowledge in Middle Eastern Societies' conference, that was such a success, and the possibility of its continuation. Last year, this graduate seminar provided an informal space to discuss ideas and for students to present their research works-in-progress to their colleagues.

To find the McCrum Seminar Room, head for the wrought iron gate between the Bene't Cafe and the Bath House Pub, follow the alley on your left and the room is in the basement. Please arrive on time or advise if you are going to be late because the gate sometimes locks and we will have to ensure that it remains open until 5 minutes past 12.

The Terrorist in Search of Humanity

Lecture given by Prof. Faisal Devji, New School University, New York
Thursday, 27th November, 2008
Rooms 8-9, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Both Right and Left Handed: Arab Women Talk About Their Lives

A public lecture, organised by the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, given by Dr Buthania Shabban, Damascus University [ further details ]

Tuesday, 18th November, 2008
5.00 pm
Rooms 8-9, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Asian Studies Centre Seminar Series - Michaelmas Term, 2008


In a Grain of Rice: Taiwan Documentary Film Day
米粒人生: 台灣紀錄片影展

Friday, 21st November, 2008
Ramsden Room, St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge

Co-hosted by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK and the
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge


Israeli Film Club

Michaelmas Term programme - "Coming to a new land (new immigrants and others)"

Festival of Ideas

The Faculty is delighted to be participating in the University of Cambridge's first Festival of Ideas (22 to 31 Oct 08), a 10 day event for all ages which will feature activities in history, literature, languages, drama, art and much more. Join us and discover how the study of arts, humanities and social sciences helps us understand vital issues past, present and future.

Faculty events include a Magic Lantern show, Arabic calligraphy workshop, an introduction to East Asian film and a series of talks from our academic staff on subjects including Persian epic poetry and eating your way through East Asian history. Details of all our events can be found in the attached programme. To join the mailing list for the complete Festival programme and for further details please visit the Festival website.

We do hope you will join us for the Festival and we look forward to welcoming you to the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

DEIFYING Zionism and DEFYING Religion: DEFINING Ideological Secularization of Hebrew Terms within the Israeli Language

Lecture given by: Assoc. Prof. Ghil'ad Zuckermann, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Fellow, The University of Queensland (Australia)

Thursday, 30th October, 2008
Room 9, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

[ abstract | about the speaker ]

WWI and the Remaking of Arab-Turkish Identity after Galipoli

Lecture given by Prof. Salim Tamari, Dir. Institute of Jerusalem Studies, Birzeit University

Monday 27th October, 2008
5:30pm -7:00pm
Rooms 8-9, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Summer, 2008

Joseph Needham Professorship of Chinese History, Science and Civilisation Inaugural Lecture by Professor Roel Sterckx

- click here to watch the lecture online

Tuesday, 30th September, 2008

"In the fields of Shennong"

The classical age of Confucius (551-479 BC) and the centuries stretching into the early empires of Qin and Han were central to the socio-political and intellectual development of China. This period, when China gradually evolved from a confederacy of feudal states into a unified empire, witnessed the emergence of its classical canon, its masters of philosophy, the birth of its popular and anecdotal literature, and the development of historiography, law and administrative record keeping. Fascinating new developments are taking place in our understanding of this formative period in China’s past. Yet equally fascinating is the persistence of some scholarly myths it has inspired. These include the image of traditional China as a land of farmers living in harmony with their natural environment, and of China as an enduringly cohesive polity united by a unified script and language. In this lecture, Professor Sterckx will show how some deeply embedded assumptions about China as a historically continuous and unified civilisation have overshadowed our understanding of some of its complexities.

2008 Conference of the British Association for Korean Studies.

8th - 10th September, 2008 - Clare College, University of Cambridge

The Koreas at 60: Looking forward/Looking back

Read the Conference report here.

The programme and further details can be found on the British Association for Korean Studies website. Conference organiser, Dr John Swenson-Wright:

Persian Literature in Multi-lingual India
Genres, Contexts, Styles

Faculty of Middle Eastern & Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia, SOAS
16th - 18th June, 2008 [ Further Details ]

Summer Hebrew Ulpan for University Students

Centre for Modern Hebrew Studies Ulpan 2008.

For earlier events see the Events Archive for the Academical Year 2007-2008.