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New Publication: “Cultural Values in the Making – Governing through Intangible Heritage” (China Perspectives)

This special issue is the result of a workshop organised at the European Research Centre for Chinese Studies (Beijing) in December 2020 by the EFEO Beijing Centre and the Centre franco-chinois en sciences sociales. The editorial of Guillaume Dutournier and Florence Padovani (guest editors) is available on China Perspectives website: https://journals.openedition.org/chinaperspectives/12179

Call for Papers: Special Issue of “China Perspectives” on ICH in China

Paper-cut in a yaodong house, Xiaocheng village, Yanchuan district, Shaanxi province (Bodolec 2009).
URL: http://books.openedition.org/gup/docannexe/image/392/img-3.jpg

Title: Authenticating China. Governance and Valuation through Intangible Cultural Heritage

Special Issue “China Perspectives / Perspectives chinoises

Coordinators: Guillaume Dutournier (Centre EFEO de Pékin), Florence Padovani (CFC-Beijing)

Conceptual Note (French version below)

Since the Chinese authorities adopted the UNESCO Convention on “Intangible Cultural Heritage” (ICH) in 2004, the People’s Republic of China has seen the rise of a passion for heritage. In addition to the conservation measures implemented since 1950 in historical sites, an ever increasing number of projects and initiatives have been relying on the concept of “feiyi” (acronym for ICH in Chinese) in an attempt to obtain recognition for practices perceived as traditional and to safeguard their lines of transmission (Bodolec 2012, 2014; Gao 2014; Maags 2018). Now added to the government’s agenda through a plurality of agencies, this feiyi valuation is essentially formulated in terms of “culture” and “space of the people” (minjian), but is not homogeneous throughout the country, and presents itself as a competitive phenomenon, bringing together different types of actors over varied accreditation procedures (Smith 2006; Madsen 2014; Shepherd & Yu 2013). Beyond its impact at the national level, this new discourse reinforces the image of the country by imposing post-Maoist China on the world heritage scene. Nowadays, with 40 ICH items listed by UNESCO, the Chinese State confirms its involvement in the “typological extension” of the concept of heritage, as well as its ability to expand the common repertoire (Choay 2007; Bodolec 2014; Maags 2019; Bortolotto & Demgenski 2020).

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Workshop: “Les caractères mobiles chinois : de l’Est à l’Ouest, hier et aujourd’hui”

The workshop “Les caractères mobiles chinois : de l’Est à l’Ouest, hier et aujourd’hui”, organized by Fudan University (Chinese Classics Research Institute), the Tianyige Museum and the EFEO will be held at the Tianyige Museum, in Ningbo (Zhejiang) on September 17th, 2019.
This workshop will bring together specialists from China, Korea, France and Japan in order to address the state of knowledge on typographical technics and the history of Chinese typography. For more information, contact Michela Bussotti.

Conference: “The French School of Sociology and Traditional China: For the Centenary of Marcel Granet’s Festivals and Songs in Ancient China”

The conference “The French School of Sociology and Traditional China: For the Centenary of Marcel Granet’s Festivals and Songs in Ancient China”, organized by the Xu-Ricci Centre for Dialogue (Fudan University, Department of Philosophy) and the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), will be held in Fudan University, Shanghai, 2401, West Guanghua Tower, on May, 16th and 17th. The working languages will be Chinese, French and English.

The presentation and the program of the conference (in Chinese) is available on the following website.  

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Conference: “Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century)”

The International Conference “Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century)”, organized by the École pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) and the Palace Museum Research Center for Tibetan Buddhist Heritage, will be held in Beijing, inside the Forbidden City, from October, 25th to 27th, 2018.
The program of the conference and the abstracts are available on the following website: https://imperial-patronage.efeo.fr.