Forthcoming events at the Confucius Institute for Scotland

September - October 2017

Asian Studies Seminar Series

Knowing What Not to Know in Contemporary China, Margaret Hillenbrand, Associa te Professor, University of Oxford

Time: Tuesday, 17 October, 5-7 pm

Location:  Project Room (1.06), 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh 

How do post-socialist states process the violence of their pasts? This paper looks at the missing histories of contemporary China, and argues that conventional narratives of amnesia and censorship do not adequately explain why certain events have failed to gain commemorative traction in the present.  For full details please visit

No booking required, All Welcome!

The Future in East Asia, the Pacific and beyond

Time: Friday 20th October 6pm-8pm

Location: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY

a programme focusing on the future in East Asia, the Pacific and beyond. Arranged in partnership with Handa charity,

Worldwide Support for Development, we are thrilled to host former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir John Key who along with our three other speakers will consider how  

Chinese and Japanese views of the future have had, and will further have, tremendous impact on the world.
The evening will be chaired by  Sir Tim Lankester, former Director of SOAS and Vice-Chair of Worldwide Support for Development (WSD Handa). The full line up of speakers is

Sir John Key, former PM of New Zealand
Prof Natascha Gentz, Assistant Principal China
Prof Aaron Moor, Handa Chair of Japanese Chinese Relations

Richard McGregor, journalist, author and writer whose latest much lauded book is entitled Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Region.

For full details of the talks, speaker biogs, and to book please see

Booking for this talk is essential. The talk will be followed by a networking drinks reception.


Abden House will be part of Edinburgh Doors Open Day programme this year and open to public on Saturday 23 September. Come to find out the story of Abden House, and visit our beautiful gardens, have a cup of Chinese tea and participate in some activities. Doors will open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 23 September.

Chinese Language classes Autumn semester starts from w/b 25 September 2017

The programme of classes on the Confucius Campus will start from Monday 25 September. Classes on offer range from beginner to advanced levels. This autumn, in addition to our usual evening classes, we will also offer a short daytime course running 2.5 hrs per week for five weeks-Chinese for Travellers. Ideal if planning a visit to China or just as a taster course.  For course details and registration, please visit:

Business Lecture Series 2017 Henry Tillman, Financing China’s Belt & Road Initiative 3 Oct at 6pm @ Business School, University of Edinburgh

Henry Tillman is founder, Director and CEO of Grisons Peak,  a London based Asia-focused merchant bank.  While some question China’s ability to fund the massive BRI programme, Henry will evidence that China is well placed to continue to invest and grow.

Tuesday 3 October at 6pmMain Auditorium, University of Edinburgh Business School.  For speaker's details and to book your place

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Sustainable Silk Roads Conference 4&5 October @ McEwan Hall

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) outlined by China’s President Xi Jinping is one of the most significant and substantial investment and development programmes

to come out of China since the building of the Great Wall. Cumulatively, it is, without doubt, the largest contract in the world.  This two day conference, which will focus on BRI is the first major conference in Scotland, where you can learn about the world’s largest economic development initiative and assess what impact the BRI will have in business, in academia, in policy making – and on the world

For more info and to register

Confucius Institute for Scotland Distinguished Lecture series - Professor Chris Rea: the Art of Ingenuity: 6 Oct at 4:30pm @ Screening Room, 50 George Square, EH8 9JU

Join us on Friday 6th October at 16.30 when Associate Professor Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia, considers The Art of Ingenuity: A Brief History of the Chinese Swindle Story. This talk will consider why swindle stories seem to surge in popularity at specific times and places around the world.  With comparison of Zhang Yingyu’s Book of Swindles (Ming China, 1617), Richard King’s The New Cheats of London Exposed (Georgian England, 1792), and P.T. Barnum’s The Humbugs of the World (Reconstruction-era United States, 1867) join us for this Friday late afternoon talk to start the weekend in good humour Book your place now at:
Business Lecture Series 2017 - Duncan Clark, Alibaba, Tencent & China’s Data Tech Revolution 12 Oct at 6pm @ Business School, University of Edinburgh

Duncan Clark, OBE and Chairman of BDA, China, an investment consultancy company founded in Beijing in 1994 with today, over 100 professionals. His talk will give us a ringside view of how the internet and entrepreneurship in China have created global success stories such as the phenomenon that is Alibaba, and Tencent, China’s massively successful value-added ISP and developer of WeChat. Secure your place now at: