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 professor 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 was in charge of the creation and maintenance of the website, as well as the design of multimedia 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 is a doctoral candidate in political science and international relations at Inalco (CASE/UMR 8170) under the supervision of Prof. Delphine Allès (Inalco) and Prof. Emmanuel Lincot (Catholic University of Paris). He obtained his master’s degree under the direction of Mrs. Samia Ferhat at EHESS. His research focuses on the perception of national security in the sinosphere, Cross-Strait dialogue in the Washington-Taipei-Beijing Triangle, diplomatic rituals.

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

Master's Degree in Asian Studies

Corentin Ludwig holds a Master’s Degree from 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.

Nathalie Rémond

Administrative Manager

Nathalie is in charge of the administrative aspects of the project, such as dealing with service providers and suppliers, as well as budget management and the monitoring of grants and fundings.

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.

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).

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.

Sandrine Marchand

Lecturer, HDR

Sandrine Marchand graduated from the University of Paris VII Denis Diderot in Chinese studies. She teaches at the University of Artois. As a specialist in Taiwanese literature, she is particularly interested in poetic writing, the practices and theories of translation and the genesis of 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.

David Serfass


David Serfass is a member of the IFRAE (Institut français de recherche sur l’Asie de l’Est – French Institute for Research on East Asia) and a Lecturer at Inalco (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales – National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations) where he teaches the course “History of Taiwan.” His research focuses on the formation of the Chinese nation-state, particularly as it relates to Sino-Japanese relations.

Jérôme Soldani

PhD in anthropology

Jérôme Soldani has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence). He is a lecturer in the Ethnology Department of the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, and has been President of the Francophone Association for Taiwan Studies (AFET) since October 2014.

Cédric Bouchoucha

Editor & Proofreader

Cédric Bouchoucha holds a master’s degree in film studies from the University of Paris 7. Between 2012 and 2015, he was the publishing director of Feux Croisés, an online magazine dedicated to cinema. He now devotes himself to writing manuscripts and is working on the creation of the French Taiwan Studies Project’s online journal, Carnets de terrain, for which he will be the copy editor.

Félix Jun Ma


Félix Jun Ma is a senior lecturer in the Chinese Department and a statutory member of the research team LLACS-ReSO (Langues, Littératures, Arts et Cultures du Sud-Recherches sur les Suds et les Orients – Languages, Literatures, Arts and Cultures of the South-Research on the South and the Orient) at the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3. He holds a PhD in History and Civilizations from the EHESS (École des hautes études en sciences sociales – School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) and works on the history of politics at the end of the Chinese Empire and the beginning of the Republic of China and on the history of political concepts introduced in China at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century.

Camille Akoun

Master's degree in Political Studies from EHESS

Camille studied at SciencesPo and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm). In 2020, she received her Master’s degree under the direction of Mrs. Samia Ferhat at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). She did an internship at the Taipei branch of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in 2016. She is currently a civil servant student at the French National Institute of Public Service (ENA – INSP). She is doing an internship at the Council of the European Union.

Beatrice Zani

Postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University

Beatrice Zani is a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University in Montréal. She received her Phd in Sociology from Université Lyon 2 in 2019. Her thesis is entitled ‘Mobilities, Translocal Economies and Emotional Modernity: from the Factory to Digital Platforms, between China and Taiwan’ (2019). In 2021, she published her first monograph Women Migrants in Southern China and Taiwan : Mobilities, Digital Economies and Emotions (Routledge). Her ongoing research looks at the link between migration, emotion and digital platforms in the making of capitalism through the case study of migrant maritime labour and digital entrepreneurship in the shipping and logistics infrastructures in China, Taiwan and Jinmen.

Marta Pavone

PhD Student

Marta Pavone is a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at Inalco, under the supervision of Catherine Capdeville-Zeng. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and civilization from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and a master’s degree in Chinese studies, social anthropology program from Inalco. Her research focuses on the territorial influence of the Hongludi Nanshan Fudegong temple and its economic relations with religious and non-religious organizations.

Father Landry Védrenne

PhD Student

Father Landry Védrenne is a doctoral student in political science at the FASSE (Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences) of the Institut Catholique de Paris. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the National Taiwan University of Political Science in Taipei (National Chengchi University-NCCU). He dedicates his research to the Sino-Vatican relations established under Pope Pius XII, as a basis for the possible normalization of diplomatic relations between China and the Holy See.

Olivier Janin

Seminar Student

Olivier Janin graduated from ESSEC, and has moved back to France after a twenty-year long career in the United States. Deeply attached to Taiwan, he is taking advantage of this return to remain alert to the changes on the island.

Wang Chien-hui

PhD Student in Literature

Wang Chien-hui holds a Master’s degree in General and Comparative Literature (2017) and is preparing a PhD under the supervision of Philippe Daros and Sandrine Marchand at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Entitled “Reading from the outside: the litterarity of identity and insular poetics in “Taiwanese” literature”, her research focuses on literary perspectives such as language, time and space as well as aesthetic experience. Her research focuses on literary perspectives such as language, time and space, as well as aesthetic experience. Her studies of the island of Formosa aim to identify the particularities that distinguish Taiwanese literature from other so-called Sino-phone literatures.

Marc Allassonnière-Tang


Marc Allassonnière-Tang is a researcher, affiliated to the Eco-anthropology laboratory (EA) UMR 7206 (CNRS). His academic background is in general linguistics, with a focus on topics such as syntax, phonology, and discourse analysis.

Michèle Leung

PHD student

Michèle Leung (梁喜昕) is a doctoral candidate at the CRAL (Centre des Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage – Center for Art and Languages) at the EHESS (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and civilisation (INALCO) and a Master’s degree in Arts, Literature and Languages (EHESS), she is now working on a doctoral project called “The mutations of ink: production, uses and aesthetics in East Asia”, which she is leading in collaboration with the National Taipei University of Education (NTUE). This research aims to analyse ink as an object through the circulation and transmission of knowledge and know-how. She has chosen a synchronic and diachronic approach to the topic in the light of material culture, in order to lay the foundations of the social history of ink.

Chanyueh Liu


Liu Chanyueh received a PhD in ethnoscenology from Paris 8 University. He is a sinologist and teaches Taiwanese and Mandarin Chinese at INALCO. His research focuses on interaction and adaptation, particularly in relation to the approach to cultural studies. His main research topics are: The question of the body in artistic creation (theater, dance and painting) and its practices in socio-cultural and religious phenomena; the interaction between literature and societal evolution (theater, novels and poetry); the role of the body in teaching – sensory perception and mastery of Chinese tones.
He also published the book La marche et le corps dansant – une réflexion au croisement des cultures française et chinoise (Walking and the dancing body – an analysis at the crossroads of French and Chinese cultures) in 2015 at René Viénet Editions. Aside from teaching and research, he is striving to cultivate his poetry writing. He is also training in contemporary dance and classical singing.

Tu Tsao-Yin


Tu Tsao-yin is a freelance conference interpreter. She graduated from INALCO and ESIT (School of Interpretation and Translation). Other than her interest for languages, she is passionate about the social and intercultural relationships that are created through exchanges.

Nicolas de la Peña

Multimedia manager

Nicolas is in charge of maintenance of the website, as well as the design of multimedia content. He has a degree in Web UI / UX design. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.