Urbanitis forum in beijing


Organized by the Sino-French Research Center of Tsinghua University, Sinapolis and Dédale Agency, the Urbanitis Forum aims at encouraging the blending of French and Chinese creative and sustainable approaches regarding the city. Researchers, professionals, artists, social workers and decision-makers from both countries are invited to meet up and exchange opinions during 2 days in Beijing.

The 2016 Urbanitis Forum wishes to deal with the question of public participation in the urbanization processes in China and in France by declining this theme into the fields of urban planning, integration of migrants, environment, new technologies and art in the city.

Four exploratory panels will bring cultural, political and social actors in China and France together to talk about the "bottom-up," informal initiatives through which citizens appropriate the city, in order to turn it into a more enjoyable, sustainable, fairer and cleaner space. Through various approaches based on theoretical analysis as well as practical cases and concrete experiences, The Forum will reflect on how city professionals and public authorities can convey these citizen initiatives.

Besides the round-table discussions, six European agencies dedicated to culture, new technologies as well as urban and social innovation will present the Europe Creative Artizen Project and will propose an interactive workshop on the theme of art and culture in the city.


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NEW research publications


Séverine Arsène, "Global Internet Governance in Chinese Academic Literature: Rebalancing a Hegemonic World Order?," China Perspectives, No. 2016/2, pp. 25-35.

Sébastien Colin, "Litiges insulaires et enjeux géopolitiques en mer de Chine du Sud," in Béatrice Giblin (ed.), Les conflits dans le monde. Approche géopolitique, (2nd ed.), Paris, Armand Colin, 2016, pp. 263-276.

Eric Florence, "How to Be a Shenzhener: Representations of Migrant Labor in Shenzhen's Second Decade," in Mary Ann O'Donnell, Winnie Wong, and Jonathan Bach (eds), Learning from Shenzhen : China's Post-Map Experiment from Special Zone to Model City, Chicago, The Chicago University Press (forthcoming).

Eric Florence, "Médiation des expériences, représentations et luttes autour de la visibilité des travailleurs migrants en Chine," in Christine Servais (éd.), La médiation : Théorie et terrains, Louvain-la-Neuve, De Boeck Supérieur (forthcoming).



Featured publications


Nicolas Douay and Wei Qi, "L'aménagement de l'espace en Chine : vers un modèle plus intégré ?," in Nicolas Douay (ed.), L'information géographique, No. 80, "L'aménagement en Chine," Paris, Armand Colin, 2016, pp. 8-25.

Nicolas Douay and Carine Henriot, "La Chine à l'heure des villes intelligentes," in Nicolas Douay (ed.), L'information géographique, No. 80, "L'aménagement en Chine," Paris, Armand Colin, 2016, pp. 89-104.

Sébastien Colin, François Bost, Laurent Carroué, Christian Girault, Anne-Lise Humain-Lamoure, Olivier Sanmartin, and David Teurtrie (eds), Images économiques du monde 2017, Paris, Armand Colin, 2016, 432 pp.


the cefc IN THE MEDIA

Séverine Arsène, "Cyber sovereignty: The global Domain Name System in China," PodAcademy, 17 April 2016.

Séverine Arsène, "Pékin tire parti d'Internet, tout en limitant les risques politiques," Le Monde, 26 August 2016.

Sébastien Colin, "China, the US, and the Law of the Sea,"China Perspectives, No. 2016/2, pp. 57-62.

Sébastien Colin, "Where to now in South China Sea?," Shephard News, 19 July 2016.

Stéphane Corcuff, "Beijing to Taipei, via Singapore," China Perspectives, No. 2016/1, pp. 55-58.

Stéphane Corcuff, "The KMT responds to loss: Trauma management and mimetic distortion," China Policy Institute Blog, 2 June 2016.

Chloé Froissart, "Manifestations en Chine contre des projets polluants," Le Monde, 4 July 2016.

Chloé Froissart, "Wukan, le village chinois qui résiste encore et encore," Libération, 15 September 2016.

Carine Milcent, "L'effet de l'assurance-santé en Chine," Les Échos, 23 August 2016.


UPcoming events

Seminar - Hong Kong

Global Internet Governance and China

Speaker: Séverine Arsène (CEFC)

Rm. 313, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK




Seminar - Beijing
La participation citoyenne dans les quartiers populaires en France 法国平民街区的公民参与

Speaker: Thomas Kirszbaum (École normale supérieure de Cachan/CNRS)

Discussant: Shou Huisheng (Tsinghua University)

The discussion will be chaired by Chloé Froissart (CFC)

Xiong Zhixing Building, Room 211, Tsinghua University




International Conference - Taipei
Is Taiwan an Island? An Insularity in question in globalization / Taiwan est-elle une île? Une insularité en question dans la globalisation

Academia Sinica, Research Center for Humanities and Social sciences, Room 2A


Issue launch - Hong Kong
What kind of international order does China want: Introducing China Perspectives' issue No. 2016/2

Speakers: Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Richard Hu (University of Hong Kong)

Ting Wai (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Séverine Arsène (CEFC)

The discussion will be chaired by Eric Florence (CEFC)

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


Seminar - Hong Kong

Rural China, global capitalism, and social media: From production to consumption

Speakers: Jack Qiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Tom McDonald (University of Hong Kong)

Discussants: Jenny Chan (Polytechnic University of Hong Kong)

Eric Florence (CEFC)

Séverine Arsène (CEFC)

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



Roundtable - Hong Kong
The rule by law under Xi Jinping: Changes and continuities

Speakers: Susan Finder (Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Peking University School of Transnational Law)

Fu Hualing (University of Hong Kong)

He Xin (City University of Hong Kong)

The discussion will be chaired by Eric Florence (CEFC)

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



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:

Issue presentation: Shaping the Chinese Internet. Political, Institutional, and Technological Design in Internet Governance
Engaging Regime Resilience in China: Perspectives from History, Political Science, and Journalism


WELCOME TO & job opening


Sandra Poncet joins the CEFC as researcher seconded to the CNRS.