Verellen, Franciscus
École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
Brief bio :
An historian of medieval China, Franciscus Verellen was director of the Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient from 2004 to 2014, where he also holds the chair in History of Daoism and currently serves as head of the EFEO Hong Kong Center. After doctoral studies at Oxford and Paris, Franciscus Verellen taught at Columbia University (New York) and the École pratique des hautes etudes (Paris). He held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is an honorary professor in the Department of Chinese Studies of the University of Hong Kong, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies and ICS Fellow, CUHK, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2009-2010). He is also chairman of the Steering Committee of the European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF) and SEATDE coordinator. Franciscus Verellen has participated in many international conferences and research activities and has published more than fifty articles and books on regional culture in medieval China and the history of Taoism, including The Taoist canon: A historical companion to the Daozang, 3 volumes (The University of Chicago Press, 2004, edited with Kristofer Schipper).