Maarten van den Heuvel

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)
  • UK-China Humanities Alliance annual conference: ‘Imagining the Global’ - 2021


  • Intermedia/Interarts Workshop 

    10-11 May 2024

    The workshop ‘The Intermedial Body: Chinese Arts and Beyond’ is a development of the cross-institutional project ‘(Re)connecting Research in China’, involving the University of Reading (the organiser of this event), the University of Exeter (the PI on the project), King’s College and the University of Manchester, and is funded by the British Council, within the remit of the UK-China Humanities Alliance.

    The workshop focuses on the corporeal aspects of intermediality in Chinese arts and beyond, and considers how combining different media and their traces affects the human body. The body is a unique site for investigations of the intermedial because of its dual role of being the producer and subject of art. This event brings together researchers and artists to consider the presence of an ‘intermedial body’ and its ability to personify the different ways and reasons artists combine media in their pursuit of creative and transcultural expression.

    Booking is free but essential. To book your place, please visit: intermediainterarts3.eventbrite.com  

  • 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