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Research Engineer (M/W) for the “Chinese Human Trafficking and Slaving Database” (Claude Chevaleyre)

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General information

Reference : UMR5062-AURLEJ-001
Workplace : LYON 07
Date of publication : Monday, January 06, 2020
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 5 months
Expected date of employment : 15 March 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : From € 2423€ / month depending on experience (gross salary)
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


The candidate will be recruited by the Lyon Institute of East Asian Studies. He/she will assist Dr. Claude Chevaleyre technically and scientifically and contribute to developing the « Chinese Human Trafficking and Slaving Database ».


- Segmentation and annotation of the project's corpus of late imperial Chinese sources (via a Freizo platform)

- Fulltext transcription of a corpus of woodblock/manuscript Chinese documents (in order to provide a large enough sample to develop OCR models)

- Digitization of additional sources to be integrated into the existing corpus

- Identification within the corpus of texts related to human trading and slaving

- Inventory of the project's sources

- Coordination the activities and scientifica cooperation with the project “Exploring Slave Trade in Asia” (IISH, Amsterdam)


- A completed PhD is necessary

- Training in Chinese Studies (preferably in history)

- Reading of late imperial Chinese documents (woodblock printings and handwritten)

- Familiarity with administrative and judicial sources of the late imperial period

- Chinese input methods

- A good capacity to organize his/her work autonomously

- Spoken English and written Chinese

- Interest for digital humanities will be appreciated

Work Context

The Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies (IAO) is a center for research in human and social sciences. It brings together scholars from fields such as anthropology, law, economics, geography, history, literature, philosophy and political sciences. The primary focus of their work is East and South-East Asia, especially China, Korea, Japan, Laos, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

By mapping and analyzing networks of human trafficking in early modern China, the project “Chinese Human Trafficking and Slaving Database” questions the role of China as exclusively a purveyor of forced/slave labour for the colonial Indian Ocean world. Using the methods of digital humanities, it will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a domain which is a blind spot in slavery and Asian history. It also promotes the emergence of a new research field in which European collaborative dynamics and Lyon are to play a major role. This pilot-projects intends to develop both a database of slaving and human trafficking and a platform of sources annotation (using Freizo) to map and quantify these phenomena. It also intends to produce a large sample of segmented and structured texts to train an OCR model for late imperial administrative and judicial sources. The person recruited will collaborate to develop the project in collaboration with Claude Chevaleyre. He/she will segment the documents hosted on the Freizo platform, input fulltext transcriptions and will identify in the corpus information relevant to the project. He/she will also coordinate the activities of the project with those of the “Exploring Slave Trade in Asia” project (IISH, Amsterdam).

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