Dinner Club Details

Title Britain - Iran (Title to be confirmed)
Speaker Professor Ali Ansari
Date Mon 14 January 2013

Currently at the University of Bristol, Professor Bickers specialises in modern China and the history of colonialism and, in particular, of the British Empire and its relations with China and the history of Shanghai (1843-1950s). He has written several books, his latest one being The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 in which he surveys the foreign presence in that period. Amongst other appointments, he is Director of the British inter-university China Centre, a Co-Director of the AHRC-funded REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub, is involved in Bristol University's Centre for East Asian Studies and the Centre for the Study of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.

Venue Not Specified

Members may bring guests after written notification to the Secretary, giving name, title and address of the guest. The names of participants will be placed on a list and a table seating-plan drawn up.

The Chatham House Rule applies and every member of the Club shall undertake that any information obtained at Dinner meetings shall be privileged and, if used elsewhere, will be attributed neither to any speaker at the meeting nor to the forum of the Dinner Club itself.

Images of Asia

Forthcoming Events

Wed 24 Sep Why Kashmir is Still Important at The Royal Astronomical Society
Wed 1 Oct Experiences of Asia at The Royal Astronomical Society
Tue 7 Oct K2: The Italian Mountain? at The RSAA Library
Wed 15 Oct The Great Game: Central Asia Overland at St Peter's Church Parish Hall


Expedition Silk Road Treasures from the Hermitage Exhibition at the Hermitage, Amsterdam, ends 5 September 2014 more…

Dunhuang Culture and Art Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 28 November 2014 - 16 March 2015 more…

17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) University of Vienna, Austria. 18 - 23 August 2014 more…

PIAC 57th Annual Meeting 9 - 14 September 2014 more…

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle A rich collection of items from across Asia, the Middle East and other areas more…

Recent Recordings

Soqotra: Life in the Arabian Periphery Thanos has an excellent collection of photographs of Socotra having participated in two expeditions there

Churchill's First War: Young Winston & the Taliban A riveting and revelatory account of Winston Churchill's first campaign, in Afghanistan in the 1890's, offering shocking parallels into today's Afghan war

A Journey to the Source of the Oxus


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