The Team

Samia Ferhat

Scientific supervisor

Samia Ferhat is the creator of the French Taiwan Studies project. She is a researcher affiliated with the Centre for Studies on Modern and Contemporary China (EHESS – UMR 8173 China Korea Japan) and a lecturer at Paris Nanterre University. Her work focuses on the question of memory and the uses of the past in the context of China-Taiwan relations.

Soulia Bentouhami

Administrative manager

Due to her role as head administrative and operational manager of the UMR 8173 China Korea Japan, Soulia is in charge of running and managing the research centre. She therefore oversees the administrative side of the project, including acting as intermediary between the different partners when signing agreements, as well as dealing with accounting issues.

Sica Acapo

Multimedia manager

Sica is a public relations manager specialising in the promotion of research. She has a degree in applied languages (English and Chinese) and intercultural communication. Within the project, she is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the website, as well as the development of media content.

Shao Chuanzhe

Research assistant

Shao Chuanzhe has a Masters in translation from Paris III (Chinese, French and English), as well as a Masters in sociology from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). Her research topic concerns the question of cultural conflicts between different societies. She teaches Chinese and Chinese civilisation in several institutions and large French companies.

Lai Yoing

Research assistant

Lai Yoing has obtained a Master’s degree from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences. His research topics include China-Taiwan relations, the Taipei-Beijing-Washington triangle, political psychology and the One-China policy (principle).

Aurélia Martin


Aurélia Martin is a freelance translator, with experience in public relations and online content management. She is responsible for translating all the documents related to the FTS project, as well as the website.

Zhao Qian


Self-taught and passionate about art, Zhao Qian applies her pencils and paints to the creation of the project’s developing visual content.

Corentin Ludwig

Masters student (AMO)

Corentin Ludwig is a Masters student at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). His research focuses on young Kuomintang activists and sympathisers and those advocating for “reunification” with mainland China. What interests him most is their collective imagination, stories centred around “Greater China” and the figure of Chiang Kai-shek.

Li Hsin-yi

Doctor of Cultural Anthropology

Li Hsin-Yi is an associate researcher at Heidelberg University where she received her doctorate in Anthropology. Her research topics cover the international mobility of students, transnational migration strategies, as well as cultural identity and collective memory in Taiwan. She is currently in Paris collaborating with Samia Ferhat on a postgraduate project on the China Youth Corps.
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Hsieh Chwen-ching

Doctor of Arts

Chwen-chin has a Ph.D. in Art Studies from the University of Paris-Est and is a lecturer for the Department of Perfoming Arts at National Taiwan University of Arts in Taipei and for the Department of French at Tamkang University.

Chi Ho-chun


Chi Ho-chun has obtained a PhD in Public Law at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is especially interested in public policy issues. By joining the French Taiwan Studies team, he hopes to contribute to a better understanding of Taiwan’s legal and political issues in France.

Aurore Michelat

Doctoral student in Political Studies

Aurore Michelat is preparing her thesis at EHESS on anarchist thinking in China at the beginning of the 20th century, supervised by Christophe Prochasson (EHESS) and Xiaohong Xiao-Planes (INALCO). She studied at Paris Diderot University, earning a Research Masters in World History: African, Latin America, Asia (2013), then an Undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies (2016), a Masters in Linguistics Applied to the Didactics of French as a Foreign Language, Chinese minor (2017) and a Research Masters in Chinese Studies (2018). She also received a joint degree from Paris Nanterre University in Applied Languages (English-Chinese specialisation, Russian option) and Law (2011).

Beatrice Zani

Lecturer in Political Science

Beatrice Zani is a lecturer in Political Science at Sciences Po Lyon, TRIANGLE UMR 5206. She has obtained her Phd in Sociology from Université Lyon 2. Her thesis is entitled ‘Mobilities, Translocal Economies and Emotional Modernity: from the Factory to Digital Platofroms, between China and Taiwan’ (2019). In 2017, she was awarded the Christian Ricourt Young Researcher Prize in Taiwanese Studies. Her research themes include economic sociology, sociology of emotions and sociology of international migration. She recently published “In-between. Re-migration, Emotional Circulations and New Cosmopolitan Biographies”, Asia Pacific Viewpoint (2019) et “Gendered Transnational Ties and Multipolar Economies : Chinese Migrant Women WeChat Commerce in Taiwan”, International Migration (2018).

Sandrine Marchand


Sandrine Marchand graduated in Chinese studies from the University Paris VII Denis Diderot. She is a lecturer at the University of Artois. A specialist in Taiwanese literature, she is particularly interested in poetic writing, the practices and theories of the translation as well as to the genesis of the works. She translates and studies the novels of the writer Wang Wen-hsing 王文興.
She has published, in collaboration with Samia Ferhat, Ile de mémoires, Lyon, Tigre de Papier, 2011. < / br>
Recent articles:
“Écriture du rythme, les manuscrits de l’écrivain Wang Wen-hsing 王文興”, in P-M de Biasi and Anne
Herschberg-Pierrot (dir.) Génétique des textes et des formes, Paris, CNRS éditions, 2017, p. 575-583.
“The Poetics of Rhythm in Wang Wenxing’s Novels”, in Huang Shu-ning Sciban (ed.), Reading
Wang Wenxing: Critical Essays Update, Ithaca NY, Cornell University 2015, pp. 256-285.