Maarten van den Heuvel

UK-China Humanities Alliance annual conference: ‘Imagining the Global’
Wednesday 19 May - Friday 21 May 2021

The conference will explore the role of the Humanities in addressing global challenges under four key themes: Building Community in an Uncertain World (Wednesday 19th), Transnational Identities, Movement and Travel (Thursday 20 May), Biopolitics in a Time of Pandemic (Thursday 20 May), and Environmental Humanities and Sustainability (Friday 21 May).  

Attendees are welcome to attend selected sessions, or the whole conference. You will need to pre-register for the conference here.  


A unique alliance of British and Chinese universities, with outstanding reputations in the arts and humanities, share expertise and resources to encourage long term global collaboration across the discipline.


The UK China Humanities Alliance intensifies international cooperation in humanities and humanities education to achieve more than through traditional bilateral partnerships.  It seeks to do this by stimulating global engagement through:

  • multilateral, interdisciplinary and innovative joint research and publications
  • identifying and optimising new research funding streams
  • workshops and opportunities for international dialogue
  • staff and research exchanges and visits
  • connections with specialist arts and cultural institutions around the world.

The Alliance enables the UK, China and participating institutions to carve stronger international profile and reputation in the humanities, nationally and internationally. 

Beyond enriching interdisciplinary research, the project injects cultural energy into academic, researcher and student communities across the humanities. This creates a generation of humanities specialists and students who recognise the value of different knowledge, ideas and perspectives.

Priority disciplines

Subjects within the humanities and humanities education. 
Interdisciplinary approaches to activity are encouraged.

Partner universities


  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Exeter (UK lead university)
  • King’s College London
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford 
  • University of Reading
  • SOAS, University of London
  • University of Warwick


  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Fudan University
  • Peking University
  • Shanghai Foreign Studies University
  • Tsinghua University (China lead university)
  • Wuhan University

Highlights and progress

Activity involving partners from the UK and China includes:

UK-China Humanities Alliance Annual Forum 2018 ©

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)


  • China UK Humanities Alliance Conference: hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong - 2018
  • Cinemas of the Sinosphere - 2019
    (led by King’s College London, University of Exeter)
  • Global History/Chinese History – 2019
    (led by University of Oxford, University of Warwick)
  • China and the UK in Focus – an Intermedia inter-arts project looking across Chinese painting, literature, film, theatre and television - 2019
    (led by University of Reading)
  • Engraving China’s Golden Age - Emperor Qianlong’s Copper Plates - 2019
    (led by University of Manchester)
  • The Global South after World War II and Cultural Entanglement – 2019
    (led by University of Exeter)


  • Translation Studies in China 2019
    (led by SOAS)

Research projects and funding

  • University of Manchester / University of Hangzhou: research funding applications made for a project on the Qing Dynasty 

Find more about the UK China Humanities Alliance from the links below.

External links