Franciscus Verellen

Director, French School of Asian Studies

École française d'Extrême-Orient

Franciscus Verellen is director of the French School of Asian Studies, École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO), and a member of the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres. 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). Professor Verellen 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 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 (2004, edited with Kristofer Schipper).