Organizing Comittee

Myriam Akian, Laetitia Chhiv, Alice CrowtherEmanuela Garatti, Céline Pisseloup

Presentation and Aims

Once a month, the seminar brings together early career members of the laboratory, regardless of their academic position, area, discipline, or period, to discuss works-in-progress mainly submitted by early career researchers from the research center.

The multiplication of viewpoints and approaches is intended to improve the texts presented at the seminar. By creating a space for academic dialogue for and with East Asia specialists, we hope to facilitate a crucial but often neglected step of doctoral or post-doctoral research: the writing process of the dissertation or of a first article.

Feedback from these sessions has been unanimously positive. We thus hope to make this seminar a space which, through combined intellectual rigor and informal setting, will break the relative isolation which often characterizes the period of the PhD, and the geographical and disciplinary boundaries which might affect some members of the research center.


The Seminar’s Procedure

The author submits a text to the organizers one week before the date of the seminar. The organizers then circulate the text amongst members of the research center who are interested in participating. Texts are not to be disseminated without explicit consent from the author.

Contributions may include introductions or chapters from PhD dissertations, research articles and book chapters. While we remain flexible, authors should submit texts of a reasonable length (30 pp. maximum). The text should include a short cover letter (mini résumé, type of text, elements to contextualize it, disciplinary particularities, sources used, intended audience, etc.). The text should, without necessarily being a definitive version, be at an advanced stage: the aim is to arrive, at the end of the seminar and after revisions, to a final version.

The author does not present their text at the beginning of the seminar since all participants are supposed to have read it beforehand. After the chair reminds the participants of the seminar’s code of conduct, the discussant evokes the significance of the text, discusses and criticizes it, in less than ten minutes. The author can offer a first response, before opening up the discussion to all participants.

These monthly sessions take place on the first Thursday of the month in one of the Cardinal Lemoine (Paris) or Campus Condorcet (Aubervilliers) locations of the CRCAO. They last between 60 and 90 minutes, from 11:00 to 12:30, i.e. just before lunch time, so that discussions can be continued over a meal by those who wish to do so.

The Seminar’s Code of Conduct

The main role of the organizing committee is to ensure that the seminar takes place in a friendly and collegial atmosphere. One committee member chairs the session. Constructive criticism is welcome, as the sole aim of the seminar is to improve the text presented and to encourage its author. Any intervention, question, or comment, must be formulated helpfully, and cannot be an overly long monologue or display of knowledge.

This seminar is an internal laboratory seminar, but it may be opened to external discussants or participants when, and only when, this is demanded by the author(s) of the texts submitted.


Programme of the last sessions

26 October 2023, 11:00 to 12:30, Rachel Guidoni.

A career in research support: careers, public service examinations and opportunities

Description: After several sessions devoted to careers in research, this session of the doctoral and post-doctoral seminar will look at career opportunities in the world of research support. Rachel Guidoni (Ph.D. in anthropology and research engineer at the CNRS) will be presenting the various jobs in research support (documentation, publication, etc.). She will also discuss recruitment methods and career options, as well as the institutions likely to recruit young Ph.Ds with a degree in Asian studies.

Date and venue: Thursday 26 October 2023, from 11:00 to 12:30. Room W305 on the third floor of the Maison de l’Asie and via Zoom (link to be sent to registrants at a later date).

5 January 2023: Céline Zuretti

Fostering the technological and economical development of a province: the Shūseikan experiments in the Satsuma domain during Shimazu Nariakira’s reign.

3 November 2022 : Yola Gloaguen

Managing iconography in publishing the doctoral dissertation

6 October 2022 : Alexis Lycas

Historical geography and retrospective construction of the Chinese political space

9 June 2022 : Estelle Atlan

On the Western Borders of the Buddhist World : the Activities of Hemis Monastery towards neighboring non-Buddhist areas

7 April 2022: Myriam Akian

Discussion around a chapter of Myriam Akian’s thesis, entitled « The Creation of an “Archaeological Memory” in Japan: protection and promotion of archaeological sites from the 1950s to nowadays ».

3 February 2022: The North American job market (guest: Brian Lander)

9 December 2021: methodology for writing and submitting an article

6 January 2022: writing a scientific CV

4 November 2021 : Daniel Said Monteiro

Dissertation chapter

7 October 2021 : Hongyue Liu Deguillaume

Dissertation chapter on landscape principles in Late Imperial Yangzhou

3 June 2021 : Colin Brisson

The god of soil in Western Zhou bronze inscriptions: the gui vase inscription of Ze, defender of Yi

6 May 2021 : Simon Debierre

Writing and practicing literati music in premodern China: the example of the Wuzhi zhai (ca. 1724) manual for qin zither

4 March 2021: Sun Xiangtao

The three routes to Tibet from central China of the travel story during the Qing dynasty

4 February 2021: Paolo Barbaro

A Yamato calendar? Traces of a pre-Chinese system to measure time in prehistorical Japan and a cautious reconstruction

7 January 2021 : Hou Xiaoming

From Meditation Teachings to Exegetical Grid : Transmission and Development of the “Six Aspects of ānāpānasmṛti” in Chinese Buddhism

3 December 2020 : Zhong Liang

The section of the diviner in the 4th Chapter (Actors) of my dissertation (Title: The divinatory and sacrificial records of 4th century BC in the state of Chu).

5 November 2020 : Yola Gloaguen

Western Modernism and The Japanese House. Villas Designed by Antonin Raymond in Interwar Japan