Eric Florence


Director of the CEFC, Researcher




Associate Professor, The University of Liege, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies

Research fields

– Cultural politics and representation of labour in contemporary China
– Identity politics and state formation in post-socialist China
– Migration studies (politics of illegalisation and informalisation)



– PhD in Political and Social Sciences, the University of Liege
– Postgraduate Diploma in Political sciences and International Relations, Catholic University of Louvain
– Graduate in Chinese Studies, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations (INALCO)

Positions Held

Since 2015 Assistant Professor (Chargé de cours) at the Université of Liege, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters

Since 2013 Senior Researcher (Chef de travaux) at the University of Liege, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters

Since 2008 Permanent research assistant (Premier assistant) at the University of Liege, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters

From 2006 to 2015 Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Liege

From 2005 to 2008 Visiting professor at the Higher Institute for Translators and Interpretors

From 2007 to 2011 Visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges)


Selected publications (see Eric Florence’s full list of publications on

2017 “How to Be a Shenzhener: Representations of Migrant Labor in Shenzhen’s Second Decade”, in Mary Ann O’Donnell, Winnie Wong et Jonathan Bach (eds.), Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Map Experiment from Special Zone to Model City, Chicago, The Chicago University Press, p. 86-103.

2016 “Médiation des expériences, représentations et luttes autour de la visibilité des travailleurs migrants en Chine,” in Christine Servais (ed.), La médiation : Théorie et terrains, Louvain-la-Neuve, De Boeck Supérieur, p. 183-214.

2016 “The Cultural Politics of Labour in Post-Socialist China: The Case of Subject-Formation and Identity Politics of Peasant Workers,” in S. Bhattacharya and R. P. Behal (eds), Vernacularity in Labour Politics, New Delhi, Tulika Books, pp. 102-132.

2015 “Masculinités et migrations chinoises,” La Vie des Idées, 14 May 2015,

2015 “Chine : une mise à jour,” Politique, No. 88.

2014 Book Review of Chloé Froissart, La Chine et ses migrants. La conquête d’une citoyenneté (China and its Migrants: The Conquest of a Citizenship), China Perspectives, No. 2014/4, pp. 67-69.

2014 “Après le communisme,” La Vie des Idées, 16 April 2014,

2014 “The recent labour unrest in China and the politics of handling collective mobilization by the Party-state,” in K. Brown, The EU-China Relationship: European Perspectives, London, New Imperial Press, 2014, pp. 441-451.

2014 “China, 1978-2013: from one Plenum to another. Reflections on hopes and constraints for reform in the Xi Jingping era,” Madariaga Foundation College of Europe Working Papers.

2013 “Migrant labour Culture in Post-Mao China,” Books and Ideas,

2012 Towards a New Development Paradigm in Twenty-First Century China. Comparative Development and Policy in Asia Economy, Society and Politics, (eds with P. Defraigne), Routledge, 232 pp.

In the media

For 2018 media interventions, click here
For 2017 media interventions, click here
For 2016 media interventions, click here

2015 RTBF (La Première), Interview on China as an emerging power, 3 August 2015

2012 RTL-TVI, the PCC’s 18th Plenum, 8 November 2012

2011 RTBF, L’envers des médias, interview on the role of local assemblies in China, 28 October 2011

2009 RTBF, Face à l’info, China and the EU, 17 November 2009

2009 RTL-TVI, Interview on the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, 1 October 2009

2009 RTL-TVI, Interview on the 20th anniversary of the 4th of June 1989 people’s movement and its repression, 3 June 2009

2008 RTBF, interview, Zoom arrière, Special topic: China, 28 August 2008

2008 Online Chat with Le Soir, The Olympics in China, 22 August 2008

2008 Interview on the sociopolitical landscape after the 2008 Olympics, Le Soir, 25 August 2008

2008 Interview on Chinese Migration to Europe, Le Soir, 5 August 2008

2008 RTL-TVI, Interview on the sociopolitical situation in China, 7 February 2008

2007 Interview on the history of Chinese migration to Belgium, Le Soir, 7 February 2007

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