Eric Florence

Associate Researcher


Email: [email protected]


Associate Professor, The University of Liege
Researcher at the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, CEDEM
Member of LEMME (Research Unit on Media and Mediation) and TRAVERSES research unit

Research fields

– Narrative and power in contemporary China
– Identification, representation and state formation in contemporary China
– Cultural politics of labor in China and mediation of subjectivities



– 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

From 2019 Associate Professor, the University of Liège
2015-2019 Director, The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC)
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 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 here)

Chris King-chi Chan, Eric Florence, and Jack Linchuan Qiu (forthcoming). “Precarity, Platforms, and Agency: The Multiplication of Chinese Labour”, in Agency Beyond Precarity: Platforms and the multiplication of labor regimes in China, China Perspectives, 2021/1.
Eric Florence and Junxi Qian. 2021 (forthcoming). ‘”Make Contributions and Offer Your Youth for Tomorrow’s Dream”: The Establishment of the Shenzhen Migrant Workers Museum.’ In Proletarian China: One Century of Chinese Labour, edited by Ivan Franceschini and Christian Sorace. London and New York: Verso Books
Junxi Qian & Eric Florence (2020): “Migrant worker museums in China: public cultures of migrant labour in state and grassroots initiatives”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1739373
FLORENCE, Eric. 2020. “The Cultural Politics of Labour in Postsocialist China. The case of rural migrant workers”, Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society (K. Latham, Ed.), London and New York, Routledge, 2020, pp. 212-230.
FLORENCE, Eric. 2019. “Struggling around the politics of recognition. The formation of communities of interpretations and emotions among a collective of migrant workers in 21st Century China” in Vanessa Frangeville and Gwenaël Gaffric, London and New York, Routledge, 2019, pp. 170-186.
FLORENCE, Eric. 2018. and J.P. Cabestan, « Twenty Years After the Handover : Hong Kong’s Political Transformation and its Future under China’s Rle », in Twenty Years After : Hong Kong’s Changes and Challenges under China’s Rule, China Perspectives, 2018/3 : 3-7. https://www.cefc.com.hk/issue/china-perspectives-20183/
FLORENCE, Eric. 2018. With J.P. Cabestan (Ed.). Twenty Years After : Hong Kong’s Changes and Challenges under China’s Rule, China Perspectives, 2018/3. https://www.cefc.com.hk/issue/china-perspectives-20183/
“Rural Migrant Workers in Independent Films: Representations of Everyday Agency”, Made in China (a quarterly journal on labour, civil society, and rights), Volume 3, Issue 1, p. 96-103, http://www.chinoiresie.info/PDF/Made-in-China-01-2018.pdf
“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-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City, Chicago, The Chicago University Press, 2017, pp. 86-103.

In the media

“Pour le Parti-Etat, la question de la sécurité nationale est avant tout affaire de souveraineté”, Tribune, Le Monde, 4 janvier 2021, https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/01/03/hongkong-pour-le-parti-etat-la-question-de-la-securite-nationale-est-avant-tout-affaire-de-souverainete_6065065_3232.html
Covid 19, comment vit la Chine aujourd’hui, https://www.ln24.be/2020-10-27/pour-info-comment-vit-la-chine-aujourdhui
LN24, Retour sur les 70 ans de la RPC et sur les événements à Hong Kong, 01/10/2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIoWFiA7poE
For 2018 media interventions, click here
For 2017 media interventions, click here
For 2016 media interventions, click here