Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Center, People's Republic of China

Head : Franciscus Verellen
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
Institute of Chinese Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, New Territories
Hong Kong
People's Republic of China
Tel.: + 852 3943 7369
Fax: + 852 2603 5149

After many years of collaboration between EFEO scholars and the Chinese studies community in Hong Kong, a permanent EFEO Centre was established there in 1994. It is housed in the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

The EFEO Centre is operated in partnership with the ICS and the Centre for Studies of Daoist Culture, CUHK (joint edition of the journal Daoism: Religion, History and Society, organisation of conferences and lectures). The Centre's network of scholarly cooperation also extends to the CUHK Departments of Anthropology, History and Fine Arts, the CUHK - Sun Yat-sen University Centre for Historical Anthropology and the Universities Service Centre for China Studies, as well as the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of the University of Hong Kong and other partners in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan. 

The research programmes organized by the EFEO Centre have traditionally focused on the history and anthropology of Chinese religion, in particular Daoism: Dynamic and Structures of Rural China, Heavenly Masters Daoism in South China during the Six Dynasties, the Daoist Canon, Religious Movements in 20th Century China: Tradition and Modernity at the Crossroad of Religion and Politics, and History of Daoist Ritual.

Current research topics include:

  • Community and ritual in medieval Daoism (2nd to 10th centuries)
  • Regional autonomy and innovation in late Tang and Five Dynasties China (850-965)
  • History of the Chinese Protectorate General of Annam
  • Cultural History of Sichuan

The Centre hosts French and international graduate students and visiting scholars and facilitates research visits of CUHK doctoral students and faculty to France. Candidates are eligible for EFEO Field Scholarships and the Flora Blanchon Scholarship created in 2014 by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres with a vue to supporting academic exchanges between France and East Asia.

The EFEO Centre is co-editor with the CUHK Centre for Studies of Daoist Culture of the bilingual journal Daoism: Religion, History and Society 道教研究學報:宗教、歷史與社會 (Daoism RHS), published annually in English and Chinese by the Chinese University Press. An open access electronic edition of Daoism RHS is available since 2014.

The Hong Kong centre
Head: Franciscus Verellen

École française d'Extrême-Orient
Institute of Chinese Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
People's Republic of China
Tel +852 3943 7369
Fax +852 2603 5149

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News from the Hong Kong centre
Book presentation
21 MAY 21 Franciscus Verellen took part in a presentation and dedication session, with David Palmer of the University of Hong Kong as moderator, organized by the French bookshop  ... Read more
Daoism in the Ming and Qing Dynasties
01 MAY 21 International Conference "The Daozang jiyao 道藏輯要 and Daoism in the Ming and Qing Dynasty, with the Celebration of the Companion to the Essentials of the Daoist Canon  ... Read more
New Publication: Conjurer la destinée
19 MARCH 21 Franciscus VerellenConjurer la destinée: rétribution et délivrance dans le taoïsme médiévaltrans. Grégoire  ... Read more
International Conference
Online, 01 May 2021
Attend the International Conference on the 'Daozang jiyao' and Daoism in the Ming and Qing Dynasty with the 'Celebration of the Companion to the Essentials of the Daoist Canon' Publication organized by the Centre for Studies of Daoist Culture, CUHK and the EFEO Centre in Hong Kong on Zoom!

EFEO publications

In order to highlight the EFEO publications, a new website dedicated to them is online.
You can now consult the catalog of all the books published since the creation of the EFEO and buy directly those that interest you HERE.
EFEO on Instagram

Follow the virtual photo library of the EFEO on Instagram account: ecolefrancaisedextremeorient
Lecture on the offering ritual in Daoism
PRC, Hong Kong, 04 October 2012
Lecture by Lü Pengzhi on the topic "Origine et développement du rituel d'offrande dans le taoïsme [Origin and development of the offering ritual in Daoism]." READ MORE
Lecture on the temples of Peking
PRC, Hong Kong, 06 October 2011
Lecture by Marianne Bujard on: « Temples of Peking: Their written and oral history ». READ MORE