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Research area 1 : Cultures, societies and institutions

Led by : J. Bourgon and R. Graziani
Faculty and staff attached primarily to research area 1 :

Bourgon, Jérôme, Senior Director of Research, CNRS, history of Chinese law (section 33)
Cornet, Christine, Lecturer, Contemporary history (U. Lyon 2)
Graziani, Romain, Professor, Philosophy (ENS de Lyon and IUF)
Guillemot, François, IR (CNRS)
Jaluzot, Béatrice, Lecturer, private law (IEP de Lyon)
Laureillard, Marie, Lecturer, Chinese language and civilization (U. Lyon 2)

LIEAS research scholars attached secondarily to research area 1 (primary research area in brackets) :

Bassino, Jean-Pascal (research area 3)
Faure, Guy (research area 3)
Henriot, Christian (research area 2)
Pholsena, Vatthana (research area 2)
Rieu, Alain-Marc (research area 3)
Sugita, Kurumi (research area 3)

Post-doctoral and associate research scholars :

Baron-Gutty, Audrey : Ph.D in political science, post-doctoral research scholar at the LIEAS
Bastide, Lois : Ph.D in sociology, post-doctoral research scholar at the LIEAS
Giraudou, Isabelle : Ph.D in Public International Law (Designated Associate Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Law)
Kim, Marie : Professor, Law (St Cloud State University, Etats Unis)
Merle, Aurore : Ph.D in sociology (on secondment to CEFC-Hong Kong)
Rihal, Dorothée, Research specialist, CNRS
Seizelet, Eric, Professor, Public Law (U. Paris 7)
Simon, Scott : Associate professor, political anthropology (U. of Ottawa, Canada)

Research in progress :

Legalising Chinese Space : the shaping of the imperial territory through a layered legal system (
Funding : ANR – Amount : €260 000 ; Period : 4 years (2011-2014).
Project led by J. Bourgon.

The project largely consists of a translation of the Ming and Qing lüli, that is mainly the tiaoli that were codified from the 15th to the late-19th centuries.
This translation is intended to be “juridical” (or “conceptual”) through the compilation of a glossary of basic legal terms, with English and French equivalents, which should become a full-fledged dictionary of Chinese law.

It is intended to be “contextual”through the linking of the codified laws with a selection of materials that provide the reader with insights into the ways in which the codified laws were applied on the spot.

The “spatial” dimension of law flows naturally from the attention paid to its context : taking account of the relationship between the Ming-Qing code and laws and regulations for, say, the Mongolian or Tibetan peoples, or the articulation between State central law and provincial and local rules, should result in a mapping of the various legal rules in force in the Chinese imperial territory. The project website will provide for :
• a database of all the materials needed to develop the project, with related documentation (bibliographyand PDF articles ).
• a chart of Chinese legislation, showing the place and roles of the texts (lüli 律例, huidian 會典, shengli 省例…) with electronic links between them.
• maps representing the administrative boundaries of the Ming and Qing empires, and the normative regions evidenced by research
• works in progress : translations, glossary, research articles, diaries of the research teams, etc. Ours is a research project : the translation is a central thread in our survey of all issues related to the making and enforcement of law in late imperial China, which will be covered in separate publications.

Institut Universitaire de France (2009-2015) ) ;
Junior fellow : R. Graziani
His current research deals with early Chinese political philosophy, in particular the thinkers from the late Warring States along with the social and military transformations induced by the new paradigm of the Law. Graziani also works on several texts and personal letters from the early medieval period, in the context of a broader research on the transformations of the self (political subject/ individual author) from the early Zhou down to the Six Dynasties.

Recent publications and communications in conferences(since 2010) : see HAL-SHS

PhD Students :

Lee, Jung-Ling (李如玲), PhD Student in contemporary history, « Nudité et culture visuelle à Taiwan depuis 1949 ».
Lesigne, Frédéric, PhD Student in epistemology-philosophy « L’ethnologie endogène de Yanagita Kunio : de l’étude du folklore japonais à une anthropologie générale du Sujet ».
Marie, Samuel, PhD Student in philosophy « La réception de Foucault au Japon, 1960-70. ».
Marchadour, Guénolé, PhD Student in political science « Les rapports sociaux de domination en contexte migratoire. Enquête multi-située sur l’action collective des migrants brésiliens au Japon depuis 2000 »
Salmon, Nolwen, PhD Student in Chinese language and civilisation « La place des journalistes dans la société chinoise étudiée à travers la question de leur engagement dans le domaine de l’environnement »