Author: Christian Henriot

China Dissertations in France (6). Sociology

The present blog post has benefited from the insights and inputs of Prof. Isabelle Thireau, senior research fellow, CNRS. The author bears sole responsibility for the views expressed in the text that follows. The field of sociological studies of China appears quite surprisingly active and rich in French universities. Surprising…

China Dissertations in France. A preliminary survey (1)

  This is the first installment of a series of posts on the production of doctoral dissertations on China in France. My initial impulse was to examine more specifically doctoral dissertations in history, as part of a reflection about the place of modern Chinese history in France (see my previous…

Chinese history in departments of history in the United Kingdom

by Robert Bickers, Bristol University Reflecting on the survey by Christian Henriot of the presence of historians of China in departments of history in France, led me to look into the situation in the UK. As a former co-director of a capacity-building project, the British Inter-university China Centre, which with…

Modern Chinese History in France: A critical appraisal

The text that follows was written for the “Bluebook on Chinese studies” currently under compilation by the GIS Asie at the request of the Ministry of Research in France. It is meant to serve as a general assessment following the initiative by President Emmanuel Macron to establish a European Institute…

Sam Sanzetti: A Shanghai Photographer

Ordinary professional commercial photographers tend to leave few traces behind them. Unlike a Robert Capa or a Henri Cartier-Bresson who became famous worldwide for their artistic or field photographs, they easily fall into oblivion despite the wealth and scope of pictures they produced. Yet, because what they photographed belonged mostly…

Shanghai: a photographic journey

Rather than jumping straight into academic matters, let me indulge a bit in one of my favorite pastimes. Almost every time I travel to Shanghai, I take pictures. I started from the first day I set foot in the city back in July 1982. Sometimes just a few, sometimes quite…

Data (sleeping data, hidden data, etc.)

In the course of their work, many scholars collect, compile, and process quantitative data. It may just be a small table listing the price of rice over a few years or large sets of figures extracted from one of several large-scale surveys. These materials serve during the period of analysis…

VizStory: tooling up for visual narratives

One of the challenges the Virtual Shanghai Project has tried to meet is designing a tool tailored for the production of visual narratives. This ambition has been running through the project from the beginning. Our upcoming tool, VizStory, soon to be unveiled, will take up this challenge. Before we give…

Virtual Shanghai in Chinese

There has been little activity recently on this blog due to these many factors that weigh on a scholarly life (classes, reports, dissertations, etc.). Yet we are back again and will resolutely maintain a flow of news on the Virtual Shanghai Project and its current and upcoming transformation. We are…