Joachim Boittout 白錦麟
A former student of the Ecole normale supérieure, Joachim Boittout is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Pr. Sebastian Veg at the Ecole des Hautes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. Trained in Humanities, Social Sciences and Chinese – both Modern and Classical-, his studies led him to live and study in China, Taiwan and Japan.
He also works as Junior Lecturer in Modern and Classical Chinese at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris.
His PhD dissertation is devoted to the exploration of an emotional public sphere in China between 1903 and 1918. He mainly uses political newspapers such as “People’s Rights” (“Minquanbao” 民權報) and a great deal of early Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies texts. His dissertation endeavors to show how, just before and after the Xinhai Revolution, these highly sophisticated texts, often composed in parallel prose, helped shaping a national community. Constructed in and by the public arena, its commitment to the Republic was primarly founded on shared emotional experiences discovered in newspapers or literary magazines and then discussed in the public sphere.
He is currently working on the translation (into French) of the Memoirs of Bao Tianxiao 包天笑 (1876-1973), the “Chuanyinglou huiyilu” 釧影樓回憶錄.
While his main focus remains Qing and Republican China, he continues to read and translate Han and Wei-Jin poetry, especially Ruan Ji’s 阮籍 (210-263) rhapsodies and poems.