Keynote Speakers

Carine Defoort (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Carine Defoort is Full Professor in Sinology at the KU Leuven, Belgium. She studied sinology and philosophy at KU Leuven, National Taiwan University, and the University of Hawaii. Her fields of interest are, primarily, early Chinese thought and, secondarily, the modern period interpretation of that thought. Some of her research topics are the Heguanzi, the “legitimacy of Chinese philosophy”, Fu Sinian, and the modern portrayals of Mozi, Mencius and Yang Zhu. She is the editor of Contemporary Chinese Thought (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, since 1997) and corresponding editor for Europe of China Review International (Honolulu, University of Hawaii, since 1994).

Joan Judge (York University, Canada)

Professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto, Canada, Joan Judge is a cultural historian of modern China with a scholarly focus on print culture and women’s history at the turn of the twentieth century. She is the author of Republican Lens: Gender, Visuality, and Experience in the Early Chinese Periodical Press (University of California Press, 2015), The Precious Raft of History: The Past, the West, and the Woman Question in China (Stanford University Press, 2008), Print and Politics: ‘Shibao’ and the Culture of Reform in Late Qing China (Stanford University Press, 1996). Her current research project is entitled “Quotidian Concerns: Everyday Knowledge and the Rise of the Common Reader in China, 1860–1940.” In this project she examines the processes of knowledge production and circulation that shaped modern China.

Sebastian Veg (EHESS, France)

Sebastian Veg is a Professor of intellectual history and literature of 20th century China at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He was director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong from 2011 to 2015. His interests are in 20th century Chinese intellectual history, literature, and political debates. His doctoral research was devoted to modernism and democracy in the May Fourth era (Fictions du pouvoir chinois. Littérature, modernisme et démocratie au début du XXe siècle, Paris : Éditions de l’EHESS, 2009), followed by a second project on the new role of intellectuals in China since the 1990s. He was the co-principal investigator for a France–Hong Kong research grant on “New Approaches to the Mao Era: everyday history and popular memory.” Most recently, he has published a series of articles on cultural and political debates in Hong Kong since the handover.

張寅德 Zhang Yinde (Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne-Nouvelle, France)

Zhang Yinde is Professor in Chinese Language, Literature and Civilization and in Comparative Literature Studies at the Université Paris 3, as well as Visiting Professor at the East China Normal University. An renowned expert in the Chinese prose literature, he has been focusing his research mainly on contemporary Chinese literature, on Chinese identity (ideological, cultural, and literary representations), and on Chinese-Western literary and cultural relations in the 20th century. He is the author of Le Monde romanesque chinois au XXe siècle. Modernités et identités (Paris : Honoré Champion, 2003) and Mo Yan, le lieu de la fiction (Paris : Seuil, 2014).