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Gay Fandom of Chinese Opera: Queering the Field
Wednesday 22 March, 14.00-16.00
342N, Norfolk Building, Strand Campus
This presentation reflects on speaker Zhenzhong Mu's fieldwork experiences. Yue opera, the second most influential opera form in mainland China, has gained groups of gay male fans in contemporary China, especially in southern China. Part of its appeal lies in its queer features: cross-gendered performances; flamboyant costumes; colourful makeup; constant switches between singing and speaking, and so on. There were many difficulties, surprises, and acute discomforts when efforts were made to locate, approach, and study this relatively covert and marginalised community. This talk considers how to keep insider and outsider roles balanced, how to be accepted and trusted by these gay fans of yue opera, and how to persuade the observed to agree to in-depth interviews.

Mikhail Karpov: Temporary difficulties or the start of the endgame?
Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31) Strand Campus
22 March 2017 (17:30-19:30)

Between April and June 2013, the Chinese economy experienced an acute liquidity crisis, when the People's Bank of China (PBOC) sharply limited recapitalization volume for the commercial banks, telling the banks that they must make better use of their incremental funding and revitalize stock options. The fundamental task for the Beijing authorities after the 'technical default' of 2013 is to rebuild trust and assert themselves as the real and not just the apparent financial regulator and lender of last resort. However, the most important question that remains is this: is the Chinese political and economic setting able to conduct systemic reform or has the 'endgame' indeed begun? Today, perhaps more than ever, a convincing answer to this question is not obvious.

Michael Reilly: Competitive nationalism and the EU's China strategy
Wednesday 29 March, 17.30-19.30
Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31) Strand Campus

Commercial rivalry between European countries for trade in East Asia has long been a fact of life and remains so to this day. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the EU's relations with China. But does political engagement like this achieve the results intended? Or is such behaviour of primary benefit to China rather than EU countries themselves, and in their desire to win lucrative business deals, do they risk undermining wider EU policy objectives with little or no compensating long-term benefit for themselves?

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