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
4 November 2021 : Daniel Said Monteiro
7 October 2021 : Hongyue Liu Deguillaume
3 June 2021 : Colin Brisson
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
3 December 2020 : Zhong Liang
5 November 2020 : Yola Gloaguen