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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

16 January 2020
Dr Kuan-Jen Chen’s essay “Projecting Poseidon’s Trident: America’s East Asia and the Shifting Contours of 1950s Postwar Naval Policy” was awarded an honorable mention in the 2019 Cold War essay contest sponsored by the John Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute.

13 January 2020
The Faculty is sad to report the death of Malcolm Lyons on 18th December, 2019, at the age of 90. Charles Melville has written an obituary for this celebrated Cambridge scholar.

09 January 2020
Lydia Wilson, visiting scholar in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge, writes in the New York Review of Books.

17 December 2019
The first edition of a new newsletter for Chinese Studies at Cambridge has been published. Edited by Kelsey Granger and with a forward by Prof. Roel Sterckx, the newsletter covers a range of updates about the field of Chinese Studies from a Cambridge perspective.

16 December 2019
Article by Professor Kushner in the Nikkei Asian Review examining narratives of post-war justice in Chinese museum exhibits.

10 December 2019
BBC History Magazine has published its annual list of "History Books of the Year" for 2019 and "Chinese Thought" made the list, at number 31, chosen by Rana Mitter.

03 December 2019
When you read texts from early China, stretching across a thousand-year period from the ninth century BC into the second century, two principles of nature stand out. First, the Chinese emphasize that everything in the natural world is interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent.Secondly, the Chinese did not isolate nature as a disconnected and purely biophysical world (as the scholar or scientist would do in the study or laboratory).

03 December 2019
Ibn Fadlan's detailed description of the "Rusiyyah", a group of Viking people he encountered on the shores of the Volga River whilst on an embassy to the king of the Volga Bulgars in AD 921 gives us a detailed, meticulous window into a world often shrouded in legend and saga.

28 November 2019
Melvyn Bragg and guests, including Roel Sterckx, discuss the life and ideas of Li Shizhen (1518-1593) whose compendium of natural medicines is celebrated in China as the most complete survey of natural remedies of its time.

28 November 2019
In November, American Society for Legal History (ASLH) awarded the book, In Quest of Justice, the Peter Gonville Stein Award at its annual meeting in Boston. The Peter Gonville Stein Book Award is awarded annually for the best book in legal history written in English. This award is designed to recognize and encourage the further growth of fine work in legal history that focuses on all non-US regions, as well as global and international history.

25 November 2019
Paul Anderson's invited lecture at the Desiring the Middle East Seminar held in Pembroke College

14 November 2019
Article discussing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political legacy. East Asia Forum

29 October 2019
Professor Hans van de Ven and M.Phil. student Angus Hui, featured in the LRB's 'Talking Politics' podcast about the protests in Hong Kong.

28 October 2019
Full details of confirmed speakers have been announced for this workshop to be held at the Needham Research Institute on 7th & 8th November, 2019.

26 October 2019
Professor Hans van de Ven, Professor of Chinese History, writes in a Guardian newspaper opinion piece that, as it celebrates its first 70 years, the People’s Republic of China might benefit from re-examining its past.