CRCAO member - China Team

Alexis Lycas

Associate Professor, École Pratique des Hautes Études

Presentation

My research explores the history and geography of early and medieval China, the history of Chinese geographical thought, the imperial integration of the South, and local history. Focusing on documents produced between the Han and Tang dynasties, I use official geographical treatises and monographs, fragments and manuscripts, ethnographical accounts, and excavated documents.
Specifically, I examine three interrelated historical phenomena: the early medieval origins of the “local turn” in the production of knowledge, ethnographical practices in bureaucratic contexts, and the medieval standardization of geographical knowledge.

Research thematics

  • History of geographical knowledge and practices during the first millennium of the Chinese empire

Publications (HAL Archive Ouverte)

  • Alexis Lycas. The Recollection of Place in Li Daoyuan’s Shuijing zhu. Garret Olberding. The Exercise of the Spatial Imagination in Pre-Modern China: Shaping the Expanse, De Gruyter, pp.55-76, 2022, 978-3-11-074965-6. ⟨10.1515/9783110749823-004⟩. ⟨halshs-03563612⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Note sur l’origine des fleuves dans les premiers textes géographiques chinois. Pierre-Sylvain Filliozat; Michel Zink. Fleuves d'Asie. Centres de civilisation, De Boccard, pp.237-255, 2020. ⟨halshs-02861482⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Intertextuality, Customs and Regionalism in the ‘Geographical Treatise’. Daniel Patrick Morgan; Damien Chaussende. Monographs in Tang Official Historiography: Perspectives from the Technical Treatises of the History of Sui (Sui shu), 3, Springer International Publishing, pp.287-322, 2019, Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter, 978-3-030-18037-9. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-18038-6_10⟩. ⟨halshs-02308370⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Renseignement et espionnage en Chine ancienne. Patrice Brun; Eric Denécé. Renseignement et espionnage pendant l’Antiquité et le Moyen Âge, Ellipses, pp.137-152, 2019, 9782340035478. ⟨halshs-02434606⟩
  • Omar Coloru, Giusto Traina, Alexis Lycas. The Sasanians. Michele Bernardini; Gianluca Bonora; Giusto Traina. Turkmenistan. Histories of a Country, Cities and a Desert, Umberto Allemandi, pp.59-65, 2016. ⟨halshs-02308263⟩
  • Omar Coloru, Giusto Traina, Alexis Lycas. The Parthians. Michele Bernardini; Gianluca Bonora; Giusto Traina. Turkmenistan. Histories of a Country, Cities and a Desert, Umberto Allemandi, pp.49-58, 2016. ⟨halshs-02308273⟩
  • Alexis Lycas, Masato Hasegawa, Shih-Pei Chen. The Production of Geographical Knowledge in Medieval China. East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, 2022, Special Issue: The Production of Geographical Knowledge in Medieval China, 54 (2), pp.161-165. ⟨10.1163/26669323-20220016⟩. ⟨halshs-03870955⟩
  • Alexis Lycas, Marie Bizais-Lillig, Laura de Giorgi, Alison Hardie, Sascha Klotzbücher, et al.. New Views on Visual Materials. The Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies, 2022, Visual Materials, 3, pp.1-3. ⟨10.25365/jeacs.2022.3.lycas_et_al⟩. ⟨hal-03928166⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. D. Jonathan Felt, Structures of the Earth: Metageographies of Early Medieval China. Early Medieval China, 2022, 28, pp.106-109. ⟨10.1080/15299104.2022.2101773⟩. ⟨halshs-03783185⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Pratiques et savoirs géographiques chinois, IIIe-Xe siècles. I. Documents géographiques de Dunhuang (suite et fin). — II. Le Livre des barbares (Manshu) de Fan Chuo. Annuaire de l’École pratique des hautes études. Section des sciences historiques et philologiques, 2022, 153, pp.419-426. ⟨10.4000/ashp.5703⟩. ⟨halshs-03694658⟩
  • Bart Dessein, Alison Hardie, Sascha Klotzbücher, Frank Kraushaar, Alexis Lycas, et al.. Springtime of Life: Youth in Chinese History. The Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies, 2021, 2, pp.1-9. ⟨10.25365/jeacs.2021.2.1-9⟩. ⟨hal-03505666⟩
  • Alexis Lycas, Hasegawa Masato 長谷川正人, Chen Shih-Pei 陳詩沛. Local Uses of Geographical Knowledge in Imperial China. Monumenta Serica - Journal of Oriental Studies, 2021, 69 (2), pp.349-352. ⟨10.1080/02549948.2021.1989777⟩. ⟨halshs-03479231⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Pratiques et savoirs géographiques chinois, IIIe-Xe siècles. I. Documents géographiques de Dunhuang. — II. Les fleuves méridionaux dans le Shuijing zhu de Li Daoyuan. Annuaire de l’École pratique des hautes études. Section des sciences historiques et philologiques, 2021, 152, pp.405-410. ⟨10.4000/ashp.4825⟩. ⟨halshs-03271638⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. The Patterned Guidelines of Shazhou (Shazhou tujing) and geographical practices in Tang China. Centaurus, 2020, 62 (3), pp.479-497. ⟨10.1111/1600-0498.12279⟩. ⟨halshs-02925236⟩
  • Sascha Klotzbücher, Frank Kraushaar, Alexis Lycas, Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik. Censorship and Self-censorship in Chinese Contexts. The Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies, 2020, 1, pp.9-18. ⟨10.25365/jeacs.2020.1.9-18⟩. ⟨halshs-03162244⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. JAMI Catherine (dir.), Individual itineraries and the spatial dynamics of knowledge: science, technology and medicine in China, 17th-20th centuries, Institut des hautes études chinoises, Paris, x + 404 p.. Études Chinoises, 2019, pp.441-448. ⟨halshs-03814036⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. The Southern Man People as a Political and Fiscal Problem in Han Times. Monumenta Serica - Journal of Oriental Studies, 2019, 67 (1), pp.145-164. ⟨10.1080/02549948.2019.1603443⟩. ⟨halshs-02308349⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Le décentrement du regard géographique dans le Shuijing zhu de Li Daoyuan († 527). Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, 2018, 104 (1), pp.241-266. ⟨10.3406/befeo.2018.6273⟩. ⟨halshs-02308336⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Géographie religieuse des Six dynasties. Annuaire de l’École pratique des hautes études. Section des sciences religieuses, 2018, 125, pp.43-48. ⟨10.4000/asr.1751⟩. ⟨halshs-02308327⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. La mort par noyade dans la littérature géographique du haut Moyen Âge chinois. Études Chinoises, 2017, 36 (1), pp.51-77. ⟨10.3406/etchi.2017.1589⟩. ⟨halshs-02308306⟩
  • Aurore Dumont, Alexis Lycas. Le monde perdu de la taïga : Malu, ah Malu, une nouvelle de Wure’ertu 乌热尔图. Impressions d'Extrême-Orient, 2017, Mondes perdus, mondes rêvés, 7, pp.1-9. ⟨10.4000/ideo.631⟩. ⟨halshs-02308282⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Rowan K. Flad & Poshan Chen, Ancient Central China. Centers and Peripheries along the Yangzi River, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013. Études Chinoises, 2016, 35 (2), pp.173-177. ⟨halshs-02308455⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Représentation et intégration dans l'empire des populations Man du Jingzhou en Chine classique. Journal Asiatique, 2014, 302 (2), pp.485-509. ⟨10.2143/JA.302.2.3055593⟩. ⟨halshs-02308241⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. James Robson, Power of Place : The Religious Landscape of the Southern Sacred Peak (Nanyue 南嶽) in Medieval China. Études Chinoises, 2011, 30, pp.293-297. ⟨halshs-02308446⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Charles Le Blanc, Rémi Mathieu (dir.), Approches critiques de la mythologie chinoise. Études Chinoises, 2009, 28, pp.231-235. ⟨halshs-03283859⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Charles Le Blanc et Rémi Mathieu (dir.), Approches critiques de la mythologie chinoise, 2007. Études Chinoises, 2009, 28, pp.231-235. ⟨halshs-02308437⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Nicolas Zufferey, Introduction à la pensée chinoise (Paris, Marabout, 2008). Institut d'étude des religions et de la laïcité , 2009. ⟨halshs-02308426⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Place-making and place-knowing: Dunhuang in geographical documents and practices. InterAsian Networks and the Making(s) of the First Cities, Annie Chan, Jul 2022, Munich, Germany. ⟨halshs-03873569⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. “Good officials” in the Nan Qi shu. Shifting categories in early medieval Chinese histories: The “Good officials” and “Favoured and Undeserving” in Wei shu, Song shu and Nan Qi shu, Maddalena Barenghi; Giulia Baccini, Nov 2022, Venise, Italy. ⟨halshs-03873579⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Wuman(s) and non-Wuman(s) in medieval China: Classifying people in Fan Chuo’s Manshu (Book of the barbarians). The Margins of the Human in Medieval China, Luke Bender; Tian Xiaofei, Jun 2022, (online), United States. ⟨halshs-03873562⟩
  • Alexis Lycas, Fanny Madeline. Cartographier l’Europe et la Chine médiévales: Productions et usages de la carte chez les médiévistes. L’histoire de la cartographie et son écriture à l’épreuve du renouvellement, Commission histoire du Comité français de cartographie, Nov 2022, Aubervilliers, France. ⟨halshs-03874932⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. The Southwestern Frontier in Tang China: Ethnography and Bureaucracy in the Manshu. 23rd biennial conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, European Association for Chinese Studies, Aug 2021, Leipzig, Germany. ⟨halshs-03328297⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Penser, représenter et parcourir l’espace à Dunhuang. L’Orient médiéval : identités et fantasmes sur carte, Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg, Oct 2019, Strasbourg, France. ⟨halshs-02508334⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Patterned itineraries as local repositories for knowing the Chinese empire. Knowing an Empire: Imperial Science in the Early Modern Spanish & Chinese Empires, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; Wu Huiyi; Mackenzie Cooley, Nov 2019, Berlin, Germany. ⟨halshs-02508338⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Patterned itineraries and the making of geographical information in Medieval China. Early Medieval China, Valérie Lavoix; Pablo Blistein; Andreas Janousch, Nov 2019, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508336⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Local Texts Reuse and the Production of Tujing (“Illustrated Itineraries”). 22nd biennial conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, European Association for Chinese Studies, Aug 2018, Glasgow, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-02508331⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Situating Geographical Knowledge before the Printing Era. Early Medieval China Workshop, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Andreas Janousch, Nov 2018, Madrid, Spain. ⟨halshs-02508333⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. The Development of Tujing Writing. Time and Timing in Early Medieval China, Jörg Henning Hüsemann, May 2018, Leipzig, Germany. ⟨halshs-02508330⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. What Makes a Region (in Imperial China)?. What Makes a Region, Charles University; Olga Lomova, Sep 2018, Prague, Czech Republic. ⟨halshs-02508332⟩
  • Alexis Lycas, Bruno Jean Hubert, Rémi Ferrand, Lucie Morand. Territoires Ruraux, représentations anciennes et projets contemporains. Rendez-vous Chine - Cycles de rencontres de la Cité de l’Architecture, Cité de l’Architecture; Françoise Ged, Mar 2017, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508328⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Aux sources de la civilisation chinoise : la description des fleuves dans les premiers textes géographiques. Fleuves d’Asie centres de civilisation, Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres; Société asiatique, Dec 2017, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508324⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Fan Ye on Harsh Barbarians and Benevolent Officials. Fan Ye’s History of the Later Han, Béatrice L'Haridon, Sep 2017, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508314⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Northern vs. Southern Barbarians: Aspects of the Representation of Non Chinese People in Fan Ye’s Hou Han shu. 21st Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, European Association for Chinese Studies, Aug 2016, Saint-Pétersbourg, Russia. ⟨halshs-02508322⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Piété filiale et représentation de la famille dans la Chine méridionale du haut Moyen Âge. Portraits de familles, Association française d'études chinoises, Jun 2016, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508321⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Conflits et relations tributaires aux frontières méridionales de l’empire chinois, IIe-VIIe siècle. Frontières et mobilités des hommes et des idées en Asie, GIS Asie, May 2015, Bordeaux, France. ⟨halshs-02508320⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Regionalism in the ‘Geographical Treatise’ of the Book of Sui. Workshop on the Treatises of the Book of Sui, Damien Chaussende; Karine Chemla; Zhu Yiwen, Nov 2013, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508313⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Construction historiographique et intégration dans l’empire des populations autochtones du cours moyen du fleuve Bleu dans la Chine classique. Vérités et mensonges dans les sociétés orientales, Société Asiatique, Jun 2013, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508317⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. The ‘Treatise on Geography’ in the Book of Sui. Li Chunfeng and Historical Treatises in Early Tang China, Karine Chemla; Damien Chaussende; Zhu Yiwen, Nov 2012, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02508312⟩
  • Alexis Lycas. Représenter l'espace dans les textes du haut Moyen Âge chinois : géographie politique, humaine et culturelle de la région du Jingzhou. Histoire. École pratique des hautes études - EPHE PARIS, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015EPHE4082⟩. ⟨tel-03480904⟩

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