Benoît Vermander

Associate Research Fellow

Benoît Vermander, holds a PhD in Political Science, and is a researcher and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy at Fudan University in Shanghai. He is an executive director of the Research Centre for a Dialogue Among Civilizations and Religions, also at the faculty of Philosophy. He is now an associate researcher at Asia Centre.

Among his notable publications, are:

  • Les mandariniers de la rivière Huai, le réveil religieux de la Chine, Paris, DDB, 2002;
  • La Chine face à la globalisation, Pékin, Presses commerciales de Pékin, 2002 (en chinois);
  • Creeds, Rites and Videotapes: Narrating religious experience in East Asia, edited by Elise Anne DeVido and Benoit Vermander, Taipei, Taipei Ricci Institute, 2004;
  • La Chine en quête de ses frontières, la confrontation Chine-Taiwan, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2005 (en collaboration avec Jean-Pierre Cabestan);
  • Chine verte ou Chine brune, les défis de l’État-parti, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2007;
  • L’enclos à moutons, un village nuosu au sud-ouest de la Chine, Paris, Les Indes savantes, 2007. (paru en chinois en 2008 aux Presses des minorités du Sichuan);
  • Shamanism and Christianity: Religious Encounter among Indigenous Peoples of East Asia. edited by Olivier Lardinois and Benoit Vermander, Taipei, Taipei Ricci Institute, 2008;
  • La Chine ou le temps retrouvé, les figures de la mondialisation et l’ascension chinoise, Louvain, Academia-Bruyant, 2008;
  • Royaumes du Kham (photographies de Liang Zhun), Paris, Les Indes savantes, 2009.

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Latest publications

Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility in Today’s China

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Although the magnitude of the environmental challenges faced by China is generally recognized, the resoluteness and effectiveness of its response are subject to differing assessments. This article ..... read more

Corporate Social Responsibility in China. A Vision, an Assessment and a Blueprint

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Over the years, many corporations have been trying to determine what they can and should do to contribute to the sustainability of the economic, social and ecological environment within which they ..... read more

2012: The Chinese Dragon and the Three Demons

Tuesday 15 May 2012

In the fall of 2012, we will witness anew the repetition of a rite that occurs once every five years: the National Congress of the Communist Party of China. This year's congress is particularly important ..... read more


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Thursday 10 July 2014

The number of Christians in Asia is steadily growing, and in August Pope Francis is to visit South Korea, followed by Sri Lanka and the Philippines early in 2015. However, many Asian countries have one feature in common: they are ruled by a Party-State which is often accused of restricting religious freedom. In this article for La Croix, Benoît Vermander,  Associate Researcher ayAsia Centre, examines the presence and influence of Christianity in China, Vietnam, Laos and North Korea, and draws one conclusion: there is still no balance to be struck between the Party-State system and the guarantees of full religious freedom.


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Thursday 10 November 2016

Introduction of the photo-exhibition

On November 10th, at 12:30, Liz Hingley, ethno-photographer and Benoît Vermander, professor in religious sciences present the exhibition Shanghai Sacred.

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