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Culture, History and Society of East Asia

année académique

Titulaire(s) du cours

Pierre PETIT (Coordonnateur) et Vanessa FRANGVILLE

Crédits ECTS


Langue(s) d'enseignement


Contenu du cours

This cours addresses the twin issues of history and memory in South-East and North-East Asia.
History and memory trigger frictions in East Asia at large, but they can also be considered as a frame or a matrix for the (re)production of social relations and cultural practices in the subcontinent at large. The course intends to approach these processes from an anthropological perspective, sensitive to the long-term and to local contexts, grounded on ethnographic fieldwork and archival sources -- or other relevant sources. This mixed approach should help to gain a better understanding of the representation and the uses of the past in current contexts, ranging from official history to collective or personal memory.
The twelve lessons include an introduction, a mid-term session and a conclusion, and nine communications by scholars whose field of expertise cover China (including Hong-Kong), Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

  1. 6/02/2024 – Introduction
  2. 20/02/2024 – Lisa Richaud
  3. 27/02/2024 – Chun-chun (Isha) Ting
  4. 5/03/2024 – Pierre Petit
  5. 12/03/2024 – David Lutz
  6. 19/03/2024 – Mukaddas Mijit
  7. 26/03/2024 – mid-term lecture
  1. 16/04/2024 – SUN Jiawen
  2. 23/04/2024 – Bénédicte Brac de la Perrière
  3. 30/04/2024 – Catherine Scheer
  4. 7/05/2024 – Françoise Robin
  5. 14/05/2024 – Conclusion

Objectifs (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques)

Through this course, the students should familiarize with the stakes of history and memory in the past and present societies of East Asia; with the way different disciplines and authors investigate the uses of the past. They should also get a basic knowledge of the recent history in that part of the world.

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages

The course begins by a state of the art on the issue of history/memory, followed by case studies (interrupted by a mid-term recapitulative lesson). The conclusive lesson will try to draw a synthesis connecting the different lectures of the year.

Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées

The references will appear on the UV, as other pedagogical materials.

Support(s) de cours

  • Université virtuelle

Autres renseignements






Méthode(s) d'évaluation

  • Examen écrit

Examen écrit

  • Question ouverte à développement long

The students can answer in English or French for the written exam.

Langue(s) d'évaluation

  • français
  • anglais