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This two-day conference aims at bringing together local, regional and international scholars and specialist practitioners from a variety of fields in order to foster a better understanding of the cultural and intellectual relations between France and China. While drawing on the broad array of research fields involved, this conference aims to identify areas of interest within two interdisciplinary strands that will encompass the discussions: the cultural and the educational. Emphasis will however be placed on comparative and contrastive analysis spanning across the educational and the cultural fields.

Date and Venue

Monday 16, Tuesday 17 June 2008. The University of Hong Kong

Themes and strands

  • Cultural strand: The cultural strand investigates issues of cross-cultural contact, influences and representations in various disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences. Topics may cover areas such as current affairs and politics, diaspora, literature, travel history and travel writing, translation, visual and performing arts, fashion and popular culture.

  • Educational strand: The educational strand focuses on experiences that reflect trends in teaching and learning of language and culture. Topics may cover areas such as French studies in local and regional curricula, methods and applications, innovative approaches in teaching and assessment, teacher/learner profiles, issues of identity and motivation, international and reciprocal mobility, career outcomes, employment, internships.


  • Review current research on relations between France and China.
  • Reach a better understanding of the current status of and prospects for French studies in the region.
  • Devise new actions of co-operation across the region and with France in the areas of research, teaching, academic collaboration and exchanges.
  • Publish an edited volume.