Anne CHENG - Tokyo College
Tokyo College Professor


Affiliation Collège de France Research Interests Intellectual History of China Period of Stay April 14, 2024 - April 21, 2024
01 Description of Research

For almost thirty years, Anne CHENG has been involved in teaching and research on the intellectual history of China and Confucianism in particular, initially at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), then at INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations), before her appointment to the Institut universitaire de France and her recent election to the Collège de France. She is the author of a French translation of the Analects of Confucius (Entretiens de Confucius, Seuil, 1981), a history of Confucianism in the early Imperial Era, and a history of Chinese thought (Histoire de la pensée chinoise, Seuil, 1997), which has already been translated into several languages. She has also edited several joint publications, including the recently published La pensée en Chine aujourd’hui (Gallimard, 2007), Lectures et usages de la Grande Étude: Chine, Corée, Japon (Collège de France, 2015), India-China: Intersecting Universalities (OpenEdition Books, 2020), Historians of Asia on Political Violence (OpenEdition Books, 2021), Penser en Chine (Gallimard, 2021), Autour du Traité des rites (Hémisphères, 2022). Since 2010, she has been co-editor of the “Budé chinois” collection at Belles Lettres.

02 Short Biography

1973: Baccalauréat, section A, obtained in Paris, with distinction.
1975: First place in the entrance examination for the École normale supérieure (Ulm-Sèvres).
1975-1982: University studies and doctoral training in Paris, Oxford, Shanghai, Cambridge.
1982: Doctoral degree in Chinese studies, Université Paris 7.
1995: Habilitation to supervise research, Université Paris 7.
1982-1997: Associate researcher at the CNRS and lecturer at the Institut national des langues des langues et civilisations orientales (Inalco).
1997-2008: University Professor at Inalco and lecturer at EHESS.
2005-2008: Senior member of the Institut universitaire de France.
2008 – : Professor at the Collège de France, Chair of Chinese Intellectual History.

03 Publications and Other Research Activities

Cheng A., Entretiens de Confucius (complete translation of Lunyu, with introduction, notes, charts and chronology), Paris, Éditions du Seuil, « Points-Sagesses », 1981, 180 p.
– Translation into Portuguese: Dialogos de Confucio, Sao Paulo, Ibrasa, 1983.
– Translation into Italian: Confucio Dialoghi, Milano, Mondadori, 1989.

Cheng A., Étude sur le Confucianisme Han : l’élaboration d’une tradition exégétique sur les Classiques, Paris, Collège de France, Institut des hautes études chinoises, 1985, 322 p.

Cheng A., Histoire de la pensée chinoise, Éditions du Seuil, 1997, 650 p.
– Awarded the Prix Stanislas-Julien by The Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and the Prix Dagnan-Bouveret by The Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques in 1997.
– Revised and updated paperback edition in the “Points-Essais” collection, 2014.
– Translated into a dozen of European and Asian languages.

Cheng A. (ed.), La pensée en Chine aujourd’hui, Gallimard, coll. « Folio Essais », 2007, 478 p.

Cheng A., La Chine pense-t-elle ? Paris, Fayard/Collège de France, coll. « Leçons inaugurales », 2009, 45 p.

Cheng A. (ed.), Lectures et usages de la Grande Étude (Chine, Corée, Japon), Paris, Collège de France, Institut des hautes études chinoises, 2015, 508 p.

Cheng A. (ed.), Penser en Chine, Gallimard, coll. « Folio Essais », 2021, 558 p.

Cheng A. et Feuillas S. (eds.), Autour du Traité des rites. De la canonisation du rituel à la ritualisation de la société, Maisonneuve et Larose/Hémisphères, 2022, 248 p.