Asia Society @ NGV | Qin to Xi

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China’s World View, Then and Now

Xi and birds

Pigeons fly by posters showing China's president Xi Jinping set by activists of "Reporters sans frontieres" (Reporters without borders) in Paris. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/ Flickr

Consider how China’s perception of itself has changed since the time of the Terracotta Warrior’s burial in the Qin Dynasty to the China we see under President Xi Jinping today. 

The talk is part of a series of programs alongside the NGV Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: presenting China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside an exhibition of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. The exhibit will be open to guests from 5.15–6.15pm.

Date:Thursday 11 July 2019
Talk: 6:30pm (exhibition open for viewing 5:15 - 6:15pm)
Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International (enter North Foyer via Arts Centre forecourt), 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

This is a free public event. Registration is essential. Exhibition tickets sold separately.  For more information please contact programaustralia@asiasociety.org


Our speakers:

Dr Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Macquarie University & Associate Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London)

Bates Gill

Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year international career as an educator, scholar, and policy advisor. An academically-trained and internationally-respected China specialist, he has led a global top-ten think tank and held academic and research positions at world-leading universities and public policy research institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

Before joining the Security Studies Department at Macquarie University, Dr Gill held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (2012-2017).  He was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)(2007-2012) and held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C (2002-2007). He also served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (1998-2002).

Among his international honours, Dr Gill holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch. In 2015, he was named a top-ten American China expert by the Chinese Foreign Affairs University. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted in to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007.

More speakers to be announced...


Our Arts, Culture and Diversity Programs span across visual art and performance, literature, media, technology, education, and community sectors. These unique partner events examine cultural traditions and expressions, celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, and explore a changing Australian society. Run as both public and member only events, this programming stream offers an exciting way to engage with the work of Asia Society Australia.


This event is hosted in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria under our Asia Society @ NGV series collaboration. Asia Society Australia is generously supported by the Victorian State Government.

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Event Details

Thu 11 Jul 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International (enter North Foyer via Arts Centre forecourt), 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

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