The Centre welcomes a new director


The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) is welcoming Eric Florence as its new director, in replacement of Sebastian Veg. Eric Florence has been Associate Professor at the University of Liege (Belgium). His research fields are Cultural politics and representation of labour in contemporary China, Identity politics and state formation in post-socialist China, and Migration studies.


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NEW research publications


Chloé Froissart, "L'évolution de la dynamique des grèves en Chine et leur impact sur la démocratisation au sein des entreprises," in Clément Sehier and Richard Sobel (eds), Travail, luttes sociales et régulation du capitalisme dans la Chine contemporaine, Lille, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2015, pp. 103-121.

Carine Milcent and Binzhen Wu, "How Do You Feel? The Effect of the New Cooperative Medical Scheme in China," The Journal of Development Studies, 2015.

Sebastian Veg, "Legalistic and Utopian. Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement," New Left Review, No. 92, March-April 2015, pp. 55-73.

Yinde Zhang, "La littérature chinoise transnationale et la sinopolyphonie" (translated by Nicole G. Albert), Diogène, No. 246-247, April-September 2014, pp. 222-234.



Featured publications


Lu Xun, Nouvelles et poèmes en prose (Cris - Errances - Mauvaises herbes), translated and edited by Sebastian Veg, Paris, Editions Rue d'Ulm, 2015, 664 pp.

Sébastien Colin, François Bost, Laurent Carroué, Christian Girault, Anne-Lise Humain-Lamoure, Olivier Sanmartin, and David Teurtrie (eds), Images économiques du monde 2016, Paris, Armand Colin, 2015, 443 pp.


the cefc IN THE MEDIA

Séverine Arsène, "From the "Great Firewall" to the "Great Cannon": The misleading metaphors of Internet filtering in China", China Policy Institute Blog, 29 April 2015.

Séverine Arsène, "Art, blog et dissidence. Portrait d'Ai Weiwei," La Vie des Idées, 24 July 2015.

Sébastien Colin, "The Chinese reclamation works in the Spratly Islands," Réseau Asie et Pacifique, 1 December 2014.

Carine Milcent, "Accès aux soins : un aperçu de la situation en Chine," Le CNRS en Chine, Spring-Summer 2015, pp. 41-43.

Sebastian Veg, "Has China's One Country, Two Systems' Experiement Failed?" China File, 18 June 2015.

Sebastian Veg, "New Spaces, New Controls: China Embryonic Public Sphere," Current History, Vol. 114, No. 773, September 2015.


UPcoming events

Seminar - Hong Kong

Re-imagining the Chinese Worker. Introducing China Perspectives' issue No. 2015/2

Speaker: Wanning Sun (University of Technology, Sydney)

Discussant: Gina Marchetti (University of Hong Kong).

The discussion will be chaired by Séverine Arsène (CEFC)

Room Segalen, 25/F, Admiralty Centre, Tower 2, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (Admiralty MTR Station, exit A)




International Workshop - Taipei
Generations of Taiwanese Identities

Organisers: French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, Department of Taiwan and Regional Studies, National Dong-hwa University

Academia Sinica, RCHSS Conference Room 2A and B



30 31 oct

Podcasts of previous CEFC events

All podcasts of the events previously organised by the CEFC can be found on our website by browsing our podcast page.

Last additions:

"Occupations," "Colour Revolutions" and "Springs": New Dynamics in Social Movements?
Book Presentation: Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping


WELCOME TO & job opening


Henry Wu replaces Priscilla Fu as office and subscription manager.

Anthony Li replaces Samson Yuen as research assistant.

Nicolas Douay joins the CEFC as researcher seconded to the CNRS.