Webinar Series : 2

Pandemics and the Politics of Party-State Legitimation

Pandemics and the Politics of Party-State Legitimation

21.05.2021 - 21.05.2021

13.00-14.30 (Paris Time)

Zoom Webinar


EURICS, IFRAE (UMR 8043 – Inalco, University of Paris, CNRS) and the University of Liege (Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and Institute of Social Sciences Research).


Webinar series on "China in a time of pandemics: politics, culture and society"


Scientific Coordination: Dr. Sébastien Colin (EURICS/IFRAE) and Prof. Éric Florence (University of Liege)

Speakers: Prof. Eva Pils (King’s College London) and Dr. Zhang Chenchen (Queen’s University, Belfast).

Chair and discussant: Prof. Chloé Froissart (IFRAE, Inalco, Paris).


Chloé Froissart is a Professor of History and Political Science at the Department of Chinese Studies of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco) and Researcher at the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE - UMR 8043, Inalco-University of Paris-CNRS). She previously served as the Director of Tsinghua University Sino-French Centre in Social Sciences in Beijing, a Senior Researcher at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong, and an Associate Professor at the University of Rennes 2. Her research interests broadly pertain to state-society relations in China – with a focus on collective actions, citizenship, labour and environmental politics – and the transformations of the Chinese regime. She is the author of La Chine et ses migrants, la conquête d’une citoyenneté (PUR, 2013) and numerous articles published in China JournalChina PerspectivesJournal of Chinese GovernanceJournal of Civil Society etc.

Eva Pils is Professor of Law at King’s College London and an affiliated scholar at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University Law School. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her current research addresses autocratic conceptions and practices of governance, legal and political resistance, and forms of complicity with autocratic wrongs. Her most recent book, Human rights in China: a social practice in the shadows of authoritarianismwas published in 2018. At King’s, she teaches courses on human rights; law and society in China; and authoritarianism, populism and the law. Before joining King’s in 2014, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. She has held visiting appointments at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and at Columbia University (New York). She is a member of the Academic Freedom and Internationalisation Working Group and a legal action committee member of the Global Legal Action Network.

Dr. Chenchen Zhang is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast. Before joining Queen’s in 2019, Chenchen Zhang was a postdoc researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests lie broadly within social and political theory, political geography, and international relations. Discourse, spatiality, identity, and governmentality are some of the key questions she has tried to explore in both European and Chinese contexts. Her recent work explores questions of citizenship and migration, popular geopolitics on social media, and governmentality in Chinese politics and international relations. Her work has appeared in journals such as European Journal of International RelationsCitizenship StudiesGeopolitics, and European Journal of Social Theory.  



This webinar is part of the webinar series "China in a Time of Pandemics: Politics, Culture and Society".