Graduate School of East Asian Studies

The Graduate School East Asian Studies provides students with a double expertise: an excellent level in an oriental language (Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Vietnamese) and in the human and social sciences.



The Gradute School of East Asian Studies trains high-level international students. At the end of the two (or three) years program (in the case of an extended stay abroad), they have an excellent command of an oriental language (Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Vietnamese). They are familiar with the latest developments in research in the humanities and social sciences in their area of specialisation.

The courses are taught in French, English and Oriental languages, and students are expected to spend time in their country of specialisation.

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Lectures 2022-2023

Lighter and Darker Aspects of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Speaker : Inoue Takashi (Shirayuri University)

Nobel laureates are not chosen purely on their supposed literary superiority. The nomination-selection process also hinges on nonliterary, and sometimes unworthy reasons. Yet, we should still value this prize which enhances literary activities from writers and challenges them to produce original texts. I will illustrate my point through the example of four famous Japanese (or Japan-related) writers: Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Oe Kenzaburo and Kazuo Ishiguro. 


Takashi INOUE is a professor of modern and contemporary Japanese Literature at Shirayuri University. He is a renowned specialist of Mishima Yukio and has notably edited the most recent edition of Mishima complete works. Published in 2020, his updated biography on Mishima was awarded the prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature (Yomiuri Bungaku-shô).  In his recent research, Takashi INOUE considers modern Japanese literature from the viewpoint of World Literature.

Digital History: The Japan Biographical Database

Speaker : Bettina Gramlich-Oka (Sophia University, professeur invitée UPCité)

In this talk I address some of the recent developments in the field of digital history in Asian Studies. Special focus is my ongoing network studies project and the online database “Japan Biographical Database.” Online biographical databases are recent digital tools that allow to conduct network analysis and prosopography. Whereas my own research is the specific time and place of the Tokugawa period (1603–1867), the methodological approach can and is also applied to other regions and time periods in Asia. Since its beginning in 2010, the Japan Biographical Database has steadily grown and various other projects have joined. An overview of the database, its potential, and many functions will hopefully spur further interest in this new kind of research that also can be applied to the classroom.


Bettina Gramlich-Oka is Professor of Japanese History at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University. Some of her publications include Thinking Like a Man: Tadano Makuzu (Brill, 2006) and the coedited volume Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan (Brill, 2010). In the past years, her research centers on the exploration of networks of the Rai family from Hiroshima during the Tokugawa period. The development of the online Japan Biographical Database ( is part of this endeavor, as well as the coedited volume with Anne Walthall, Miyazaki Fumiko, Sugano Noriko, Women and Networks in Nineteenth Century Japan (University of Michigan Press, 2020). Gramlich-Oka is currently the chief editor of Monumenta Nipponica.

The K-body: Corporeal Management and New Masculinity in South Korea

Speaker : Kenneth Sewoong Koo (Korea Exposé)

Environnement et autochtonie chez les Thổ du Vietnam sous les Nguyễn

Speaker : Bradley Camp-Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University), Emmanuel Poisson (Université Paris Cité)

Beginning in the 1820s, the Vietnamese empire under the Nguyễn intensified its control over territory through several changes in policy. For Khmer people in the Mekong Delta and many Tai communities in the Northwest, the imperial authorities used the label “thổ” 土. As this presentation explains, this term became a more than just a label to distinguish Việt and non-Việt groups. It also provided a conceptual grounding for an imperial discourse of indigeneity (autochthonie), one with deep resonances beyond the nineteenth century.

Bradley Camp-Davis is an Associate Professor in Eastern Connecticut State University. A historian of imperial China and Southeast Asia, his work crosses boundaries of geography and discipline, combining ethnographic research with archival sources to investigate the histories of communities in the uplands of the China-Southeast Asia borderlands.

A graphical approach to the story universe of The Journey to the West

Speaker : Barbara Wall (University of Copenhagen)

Rejuvenating Communism. Youth Organizations and Elite Renewal in Post-Mao China

Speaker : Jérôme Doyon (University of Edimburg, Lecturer in the International Relations of East Asia)


Aspirations for Change 4.0: The Making of Innovation in Vietnam

Speaker : Annuska Derks (University of Zurich)

Chinese Workers Under Economic Upgrading: Assessing the Social Impact of Automation and Digitalization

Speaker : Chris Chan, (Royal Holloway, University of London)

To tackle internal and external challenges, the Chinese government has made great efforts to promote economic upgrading with the strategies of automation and digitalization, but little scholarly attention has been paid to its social consequences. This presentation will evaluate the impact of economic upgrading on working conditions and livelihood of migrant workers in the Pearl River Delta. It is found that social upgrading does not follow economic upgrading, but migrant workers use strategies of resistance, re-employment, reskilling, reducing living costs, relocation to other cities, and returning to farming to survive during the economic restructuring.


Chris Chan is a Senior Lecturer in School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway, University of London. His research focus is on work and employment in China and Asia. He graduated with a MA in Comparative Labour Studies and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick. Prior to relocation to the UK in 2022, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Director of Center for Social Innovation Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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The lectures take place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

in room 481C (UFR LCAO, 5 rue Thomas Mann, 75013 Paris)

and by ZOOM

Social science seminars in English

In the framework of Actions Paris Graduate School of East Asian Studies, the following seminars are given wholly or partly in English :  

Sociology of China (Gilles GUIHEUX)

Political Trajectories in China and Taiwan (Sébastien BILLIOUD)

Korean Areal Methodology (Justine GUICHARD)

Sociology of minorities (Anne-Lise MITHOUT)

Literature and popular culture in post-war Japan (Thomas GARCIN)

History and sociology of beliefs and knowledge (Ken DAIMARU)

Contemporary Vietnam through texts of the social sciences (Marie GIBERT-FLUTRE)

Publications and Careers in Asian Studies


Publications and careers in Asian Studies in France

Friday, October 28th, 4:00-7:00 p.m., room 481C (UFR LCAO)

Speakers: Yannick Bruneton, Marie Gibert, Ken Daimaru


Publications and careers in Asian Studies in the English-speaking world

Friday, February 3rd, 4:00-7:00 p.m., room 481C (UFR LCAO)

Speakers: Justine Guichard, Thomas Garcin, Gilles Guiheux


2021-2022 program


SMARTS-UP international scholarships for Master students

2022-2023 – 5 scholarships

BARRIENTOS BERROCAL Alba, Spanish, M2 LLCER chinese studies
GRIGOREVA Nadezhda, Russian, M1 LLCER chinese studies
ORAZZO Alessia, Italian, M2 LLCER chinese studies
ROTA Veronica, Italian, M1 LLCER vietnamese studies
SENGUN Berfu, Turkish M2 LLCER japanese studies

2021-2022 – 2 scholarships

BARRIENTOS BERROCAL Alba, Spanish, M1 LLCER chinese studies
SENGUN Berfu, Turkish, M1 LLCER japanese studies

Research and Travel Scholarship


Aymeric Mariette for his fieldwork in Cambodia and Malaysia as part of the project entitled Special Economic Zones and Labour Standards in the Age of Chinese Projection in Southeast Asia

Etienne Marq for his research trip to the Vatican as part of the project entitled The Catholic Church and the Japanese Nation (1889-1945)