Visitors from Fudan University with senior academics from the College of Humanities

Visit to the University of Exeter by leading Chinese academics

Professors Chu Xiaoquan (Dean), Gao Yongwei (Vice-Dean Teaching), and Qu Weigo (Vice-Dean Research) from the College of Foreign Languages and Literature at Fudan University visited Exeter from March 3 to March 5.

The visit has played a key part in developing further the relationship between The University of Exeter and Fudan University.

The visiting professors attended presentations and meetings with leading figures from across the University, including Professor Neil Armstrong (Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor), Dr Shaun Curtis (Director of International Exeter) and Professor Nick Kaye (Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of Performance Studies).  They also met with senior staff within the English, Modern Languages, Drama, and History Departments within the College of Humanities.

Particular areas of discussion included links with the Drama department, translation-related research projects, early modern British History, Shakespeare Studies, and Film and Adaptation Studies. The College is now keenly creating an Exeter-Fudan research Colloquium on 'Shakespeare Adaptations'.

The professors also attended the Gareth Roberts lecture delivered by Professor Jerry Brotton of Queen Mary University. The lecture was entitled “Images of Elsewhere: The Cartographic Imagination in the Age of Globalisation.” Professor Brotton has written extensively on East-West relations in the early modern period and his current project involves the history of world maps.

Professor Nick Kaye (Dean for the College of Humanities) is now undertaking a reciprocal visit to China and Hong Kong, to explore potential synergies with key institutions and to discuss plans for further development with Fudan University.

Philip Schwyzer,  Professor of Renaissance Literature and Culture for the Department of English, who will lead on the forthcoming ‘Shakepearean Adaptations’ colloquium said, “The visit allowed us to explore a wide range of opportunities for future collaboration, beginning with  the colloquium in August, where academics from both universities will share work and exchange ideas in a field of common interest. We look forward to building on these links over the course of the coming year through staff and student exchanges travelling in both directions."

Date: 25 March 2013

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