JI Zhe, Fellow at IAS-Nantes in 2009-2010, is a sociologist, Assistant Professor at Inalco in Paris (National Institut of Oriental Civilizations and Languages). Involved in several international research programs, he is working on the revival of Buddhism and Confucianism in the post-Maoist era; on the interweaving and differentiation between religion and education, secularism and secularization in China; and on Chinese immigrants in France and their religious practices. His varied research activities revolve around a major project to highlight the reconfiguration of the relationship to the sacred, the knowledge and the power in modern and contemporary China.
He has just been selected as a junior member at Institut Universitaire de France. Every year, the IUF selects approximately fifty teacher-researchers in all fields of expertise to become junior member of the IUF. Researchers are evaluated for the quality of their scientific work and project by a panel of international experts.