Sebastian Veg is a Professor (directeur d’études) of intellectual history of 20th century China at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He was director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong from 2011 to 2015.
His doctoral research was devoted to literary and political debates about modernism and democracy in the May Fourth era (Fictions du pouvoir chinois. Littérature, modernisme et démocratie au début du xxe siècle, Paris: Editions de l’EHESS, 2009), followed by a second project on the new intellectuals in China since the 1990s (Minjian: the Rise of China’s Grassroots Intellectuals, Columbia UP, 2019). He was the co-principal investigator for a France-Hong Kong research grant on “New Approaches to the Mao Era: everyday history and popular memory,” and editor of Popular Memories of the Mao Era (Hong Kong University Press, 2019). Most recently, he has published a series of articles on cultural and political debates in Hong Kong since the handover.
● Intellectual and cultural history of 20th century China, history of intellectuals
● Literary, cultural and political debates in May Fourth and New Culture Movements
● History of publications and the public sphere
● Intellectual and cultural history of Hong Kong
Full CV (CV_VEG_2016)
Homepage on EHESS website.
EHESS Centre for Historical Research (Paris).
The University of Hong Kong, Department of Comparative Literature (Hong Kong)
French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (Hong Kong)
My comments for Chinafile.
Selected media links
Feature interview in Le Monde on the 19th Congress of the CCP, 15 October 2017.
“Hong Kong: 20 ans après la rétrocession,” Affaires étrangères, France Culture, 1 July 2017 (audio).
“Le Centenaire du mouvement du 4 Mai 1919,” Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, 4 avril 2019 (video and audio)
“Speaking with the Silent Majority: New Intellectuals in China’s Changing Public Sphere”, Cornell Contemporary China Intitiative Lecture Series, 28 September 2015 (video).
La Chine, livrée au Présent, EHESS, 1 June 2015 (video).
“L’Ombre de Mao: la littérature chinoise,” France Culture, 30 August 2013 (audio).