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
Tanpeng Canal 潭蓬運河, Guangxi
20 MAY 18 Field and epigraphic investigation of the remains of the Channel of Heavenly Might 天威遙 (Tanpeng yunhe, Guangxi), excavated by Gao Pian 高駢 in 868 to open a route of  ... Read more
New publication: Daoism RHS 9 (2017)
25 APRIL 18 Daoism: Religion, History and Society 9 (2017), edited jointly by the Centre for Studies of Daoist Culture (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and the EFEO Hong Kong Centre. Read more
Visiting scholar
10 JANUARY 18 Ms Shi Leqi 史樂其, MA Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), is visiting the EFEO Hong Kong Centre in January 2018 to carry out research on the architectural history of several mosques  ... Read more
Lecture by Ye Mingsheng
PRC, Hong Kong, 08 April 2011
Lecture on Le taoïsme du Lüshan dans la province de Fujian [Lüshan Taoism in Fujian Province] given by Ye Mingsheng. READ MORE
Research and policy forum
Hong Kong and Vietnam, 23 March 2011
Hong Kong
Religious tests to "One country, two systems" in Hong Kong and Macao

23 March 2011

The Long Wall of Quang Ngãi – Bình Ðinh: Politics, Poverty and Ethnic Relations in the History of a Central Vietnamese Province

25-27 March 2011 READ MORE
Lecture by Lü Pengzhi on "New research on the origin of the Zhongyuan festival in Daoism"
05 January 2011
Lecture by Lü Pengzhi on "Nouvelle recherche sur l'origine de la fête de Zhongyuan dans le taoïsme [New research on the origin of the Zhongyuan festival in Daoism].
Lecture on Giuseppe Castiglione
Hong Kong, 04 October 2010
Lecture by Michèle Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens entitled “Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766): An artist between two traditions.”
PRC, Chengdu, 28 April 2010
28 April 2010
Lecture by Lü Pengzhi: "Problèmes textuels du Taishang dongxuan lingbao chishu yujue miaojing (DZ352)"