For the last thirteen years, the international conference on Daoist Studies has been instrumental in enhancing the study, application, and awareness of Daoism throughout the world. The only major Daoist conference series, it follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Mt. Nanyue (2011), Ammersee Lake near Munich (2012), Boston University (2014), and Miaoli, Taiwan (2016). Thanks to the generous hosting of the University of Paris at Nanterre, the 11th conference will take place near metropolitan Paris in France.

This year’s theme is “Creativity and Diversity.” The focus is on the artistic and specific expressions of Daoist worldview and practice, both in history and today. Panels and presentations focus particularly on anthropological studies and interactions between Daoism and art, music, ritual, theater, literature, martial arts, medicine, and various skills.


  • Adeline Herrou, National Center for Scientific Research (LESC)
  • Georges Favraud, Toulouse Jean Jaurès University (LISST-CAS)
  • Livia Kohn, Boston University

Keynote Speakers

  • Brigitte Baptandier, The Chinese social kaleidoscope, Daoism and local cults in synergy​. ​A Fujian anthropological approach
  • Vincent Goossaert, Becoming a god in the Daoist tradition
  • Christine Mollier, Daoism along the Silk Road: Archaeological evidence

Steering Committee


  • Friederike Assandri, Joshua Capitanio, Eric Caulier, Chen Xia, Elliott Cohen, Catherine Despeux, Vincent Durand-Dastès, Fan Guangchun, Elisabeth Friedrichs, Jia Jinhua, Paul R. Katz, Li Guoqiang, Gabriele Libera, Tong Miin Liou, Liu Xun, Eske Mollgaard, Pierre Marsone, Karine Martin, Thomas Michael, Andreas Noll, Scott Park Phillips, Wang Huayan, Wang Xiaoyang, Michael Winn

Local organization team

  • Hélène Bloch, Joëlle Chaine, Marc Lebranchu, Ingrid Renard

The conference begins at 9 am on Wednesday, May 17, with an opening ceremony and keynote speeches. It ends at 12:45 pm on Saturday, May 20, after a closing plenary session.

Arrival in Paris on Tuesday, May 16 (see Accomodation and Transportation)

There will be a banquet on Thursday, May 18, evening and a musical performance on Friday, May 19, end of afternoon.

The conference is trilingual: English, Chinese, French.

Click here to download the program overview

Click here to download the full program with abstracts


There are twelve 1¾-hour sessions total (3 on Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 3 on Friday, and 2 on Saturday), each consisting of parallel events: panels of academic presentations, forums of textual study or thematic discussions, practice-focused workshops with minimal talking, and documentary videos or films.


Three 20-minute (or four 15-minute) individual paper presentations on the panel theme, followed by the discussant’s 5-minute comments, presenters’ responses, and open discussion (1¾ hours).
In all cases, an effort will be made to join Chinese and Western representatives. PPTs should be bilingual (English/Chinese or French/Chinese).


An opportunity to read a particular text or discuss a problematic with a group of learned scholars. The text or question submitted to discussion should be made known a month ahead of time for participants to prepare.


Emphasis on practice and experience (1¾ hours). The workshop room will not have tables, chairs, or PPT equipment. It is for moving or sitting practice exclusively.

Films and Performances

An important part of the conference is the presentations of films about Daoism, notably ethnographic documentaries, as well as live performances of Daoist music, art, and literature. If you wish to show or present in this section, let us know as soon as possible, since slots are limited.

Exhibitions and sells

If you want to exhibit or sell books, CDs, or other materials at the conference, there is no extra charge, but you have to formally register quickly and let us know your needs. Space is limited!

Registration form

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  • NAME:
  • EMAIL:
  • PAPER / WORKSHOP ABSTRACT (in English, and if possible in Chinese; no more than 200 words and 300 Chinese characters):

Conference fees

  • Conference fees (payment through Paypal) give access to all the activities: academic panels, practice workshops, fim festival, banquet and musical performance. It also include café breaks and three lunches (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday).
    150 €, to be sent through Paypal to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.
  • For those who want to pay in US$, the fees amount to 170 US$, mail a check made out to “Livia Kohn” to:
    • Livia Kohn
      PO Box 530416
      St Petersburg, FL 33747
  • If you are in Mainland China and cannot use PayPal, please send 1100 RMB (Chinese Yuan) via bank transfer to Sharon Small, using the following information:
    • Name on account: SMALLSIMHASHARONYAEL,
      Bank name: ICBC (中国工商银行),
      Branch: 北京市海淀区西区支行营业室
      Branch address: 北京市海淀区北四环西路65号
      Account number: 6215590200000187377
  • Single Days: 40 € per day, send through Paypal or pay cash at the door.


  • April 1, 2017: registration closes, abstracts due (no extensions)
  • May 1, 2017: conference program e-mailed and posted online

Paris is a tourist capital and the month of May is very popular with tourists. Book your accommodation as soon as possible to benefit from the best rates and avoid complete accommodation. Please specify during your reservation that you come as part of the Daoist Studies Conference.

We recommend the hotels listed below, which are located in a friendly and touristic area (Montmartre, department stores, Opera), near the Saint Lazare railway station which allows you to go directly to the site of the Conference Nanterre University in 20 minutes (see Transportation).


  • Grand Hôtel du Havre ***
    100m from the Saint Lazare railway station
    Address: 18, rue d’Amsterdam, 75009 Paris
    Phone: +33 1 42 85 72 74

    A large hotel, which can accommodate a large number of participants, and is just a stone’s throw from the Gare Saint Lazare, to go directly to the University of Paris-Nanterre. Some rooms are wheelchair accessible.

    If this first hotel is complete, we also suggest:
  • Hôtel du Printemps ***
    300m from the Saint Lazare railway station
    Address: 1 Rue de l’Isly, 75008 Paris
    Phone: +33 1 42 94 12 12
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    A large size hotel with classic and pleasant decoration, with spacious rooms. However, this hotel is not accessible for wheelchairs.
  • Hotel Langlois ***
    800m from the train station Saint Lazare
    Address: 63 Rue Saint-Lazare, 75009 Paris
    Phone: +33 1 48 74 78 24
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    Small boutique hotel with large rooms, each with its own style. Two rooms on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible.


  • BVJ Opéra-Montmartre
    800m from the train station Saint Lazare
    Address: 1 Rue de la Tour des Dames, 75009 Paris
    Phone: +33 1 42 36 88 18

    Very quiet hostel with a charming decor, housed in a former mansion of the 18th century that belonged to an actress, Miss Mars. Moldings and frescoes on the ceilings and walls, a small summer garden for breakfast. The rooms are simple, but large and light. Washbasin in the room, bathroom upstairs. The whole building is not wheelchair accessible, but a room on the ground floor is accessible. The kitchen is not accessible to residents.
  • St Christopher’s Inn - Paris Gare du Nord
    Metro station Gare du Nord (attention, different neighborhood and itineraries)
    Address: 5 Rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris
    Phone: 01 70 08 52 22

    Very friendly and lively youth hostel in a modern building. Lockers are available under the beds, but you must provide your own padlock. Group reservations (10 people) are possible at the e-mail address: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

    Attention transport: this hostel is also in the center of Paris, but not in the Saint Lazare district. From Roissy - Charles de Gaulle Airport, take RER B - Sud to Gare du Nord station. Coming from Orly airport, take RER B - Nord to Gare du Nord station. The route is also different to reach the conference site: take the RER B - Sud line from Gare du Nord to Châtelet-les-Halles, change to the RER A - Ouest line to Nanterre-Université (about 45 minutes during peak hours).

If there are no rooms left in these hotels, don’t hesitate to contact with the organizers to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., they will suggest other possibilities.


  • From Orly Airport:
    • Take Orlyval to Antony station, change for RER B – Nord to Chatelet-les-Halles station, then change for RER A – Ouest to Auber station. Around 80mn, cost 12€05
  • Paris train stations (gare du Nord, gare de l’Est, gare de Lyon, gare d’Austerlitz) are all central and well connected with subways, RER or bus to reach the hotels area (gare Saint Lazare, Opéra metro station, Auber RER A station).


  • Pricing system
    Paris – Nanterre University is in ZONE 3.
    According to the duration of your stay, you can buy:
    • A weekly Navigo pass (from Mondays to Sundays). It is the most economic and practical way to use all the transportation network inside and around Paris: buses, metro lines, RER, suburban trains (except airport buses and Orlyval). If you arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can buy it directly on arrival at the entrance of the RER B Line and directly use it to go downtown. Cost 21 € 25, plus card cost 5 € (attention: you need to provide one ID photo to create the card)
    • A book of 10 tickets Paris – Nanterre University. Cost 22 €, which is cheaper than paying for single tickets
    • A Pass transport Paris visite, which allows you to access to all the Parisian transportation network (train, RER, subway, bus). Cost, from 13 € to 70 €, depending upon the duration (1 to 5 days) and the zone access (zone 1 to 5). You can buy it through:


  • The Conference takes place in Paris – Nanterre University, situated in the Paris urban area, 15-20mn from downtown, nearby the business district of La Défense.
  • The Nanterre – Université station is served by the train Transilien L Line (favored itinerary for those who stay at Saint Lazare district) and by the RER A Line.

The Nanterre – Université station is served by the train Transilien L Line (favored itinerary for those who stay at Saint Lazare district) and by the RER A Line.

From gare Saint Lazare, Transilien L Line (favored itinerary)
Take Cergy-le-Haut direction to Nanterre Université station. Around one train every 10mn, 15-20mn ride.

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plan ligneL 600

From Auber station, RER A - Ouest
Take Saint-Germain en Laye / Rueil Malmaison direction to Nanterre Université station. Around one train every 5-8mn, 15mn ride. Attention, this line serving the business district of La Défense and Nanterre University, it is very loaded at rush hours.

plan RERA 600

plan RERA 600

When you get to Nanterre University, go down to the lower floor and take the exit who leads directly to the Campus. The way to the Conference building will be marked.

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planUPN 600

Musical performance of Li Manshan’s band, six Daoist masters from Shanxi

Concert taoiste

Concert taoiste

On Thursday 19 may at 7:00 pm, banquet at:
The Délices de Confucius, ‪68 Boulevard de l’Hôpital‬, 75013 Paris.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Depending on the number of participants, some will be welcomed at L’Empire du ravioli, 86 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, 50 m up the avenue (this is the same chef).‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

To get there from the University of Nanterre: Take the RER A, direction Paris. ‬‬‬‬‬‬
At the station Gare de Lyon, change and take line 1, direction Grande-Arche / La Défense.
Get off at the next station, Bastille, and take line 5, direction Place d’Italie.
Get off at Saint-Marcel station. The restaurant is located almost opposite.

  • 112, european emergency number by mobile phone
  • Police: 17
  • Pompiers: 18
  • SAMU: 15, emergency medical services

You want to visit Paris, France or Europe around the conference, here are a few recommended references.

  1. We suggest a visit of Notre Dame of Paris Cathedral
    CASA (Hosting Community on Artistic Sites) offers you a guided tour of this High Place symbol of the catholic religion, through a presentation of its history, architecture, and sculpture.
    This visit will be in French, Chinese and English by highly qualified guides. It will take place saturday the 20. of May from 15 pm until 16.30 pm . The meeting place will be in front of the main entrance of the cathedral. You can join a group leaving Nanterre University at 1 pm and you will have one hour to eat on your own in the center of Paris before the visit. The visit is free, but if you want you can donate 3 to 5 euros to the CASA organisation.

  2. Official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau:
  3. Quelques agences de voyage recommandées
    Mandarin Voyage
    Adress: 77 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
    Phone: 33(0)1.4421.8101

    France Chine Tours
    Adress: 5 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris
    Phone: 33(0)1.4236.3888

    M.T. Voyages法国游-tour-france
    Adress: 149, Av de Choisy, 75013 Paris
    Phone: 33(0)1.4582.0040

    CITS France
    Adress:30 Rue de Gramont, 75002 Paris
    Phone: 33(0)1.4286.8866