Dimitri Drettas

Dimitri Drettas

Elite Master Program "Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures"
Room: Room 02,272

Office hours

Each week on Fridays from 2:00pm-3:00pm

Curriculum Vitae


  • Module 1: “Decision-Making Across Cultures (Tutorial)”. Winter semester 2017-2018.
  • “Introduction to the History of Pre-Modern China”. Summer semester 2018 (forthcoming).
  • “Foreknowledge and Decision-Making in Traditional Chinese Culture”. Summer semester 2018 (forthcoming).

Research Interests:

  • Chinese Intellectual History
  • Material Philology and Chinese Manuscript Studies
  • Oneiromancy and Dream Theories
  • Divination and Magical Medicine; “Recipes and Techniques” (方術).
  • Household Encyclopedias (日用類書) under the Yuan and Ming Dynasties.
  • Comparative History of Modern and Contemporary Sinological Traditions.


Qualified for the function of Maître de conférences, section 15 of the French National Council of Universities (CNU).


2007: PhD in Chinese Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris). Summa cum laude (“Mention: Très Honorable avec les félicitations du jury à l’unanimité”). Advisor: Prof. Marc Kalinowski. Title of dissertation: Le rêve mis en ordre. Les traités onirologiques des Ming à l’épreuve des traditions divinatoire, médicale et religieuse du rêve en Chine [The Ordered Dream. Ming Dynasty Oneirological Treatises in Light of Dream Traditions in Chinese Divination, Medicine and Religion].

2001: Master of Advanced Studies in East Asian Humanities (DEA “Asie orientale et Sciences humaines”), Paris Diderot University.

2000: MA in Chinese Studies, Paris Diderot University.

1998: BA in Philosophy, Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1).

1997: BA in Chinese Studies, Paris Diderot University (Paris 7).


Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

2014: Three chapters in Jean-Pierre Drège (ed.), La fabrique du lisible La mise en texte des manuscrits de la Chine ancienne et médiévale [Manufacturing the Readable. The Textual Layout of Ancient and Medieval Chinese Manuscripts], Paris: Collège de France:

  • “ Le Livre des Mutations”, pp. 9-14;
  • “ Les recensions manuscrites du Laozi”, pp. 85-92;
  • “ Deux types de manuscrits mantiques”, pp. 123-128.

2003: “Oniromancie”, in Marc KALINOWSKI (ed.), Divination et société dans la Chine médiévale Étude des manuscrits de Dunhuang de la Bibliothèque nationale de France et de la British Library, Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, pp. 369-404 (with J.-P. DRÈGE).


2018: Stephen L. Field, The Duke of Zhou Changes. A Study and Annotated Translation of the Zhouyi 周易 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, xxii+281 pp., 2015), Bulletin de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient [forthcoming].

2016: Edward L. Shaughnessy, Unearthing the Changes. Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing (I Ching) and Related Texts (New York: Columbia University Press, xxii+355 pp., 2014), Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 79/2 (June 2016), pp. 451-453.

2011: Wandering Spirits. Chen Shiyuan’s Encyclopedia of Dreams, translated with an Introduction by Richard E. STRASSBERG (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008, xvi + 289 pp.), T’oung Pao 96 (2010), fasc. 4-5, pp. 565-570.

2002: LIU Wenying 劉文英, Meng de mixin yu meng de tansuo 夢的迷信與夢的探索 (Beijing, Zhongguo shehui kexue chubanshe, 2000, 371 p.), Bulletin de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient, 88, 2001, pp. 444-445.

Feature Article:

2016: “Fact-Checking Against Diluted Knowledge – Setting the Record Straight on Séraphin Couvreur and the EFEO Romanization System”, Sinology News 稷風 [newsletter of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, HKBU], Issue 2 第二期, Summer 夏 2016, pp. 39-41.

In preparation:

–– Le rêve mis en ordreLes traités onirologiques des Ming à l’épreuve des traditions divinatoire, médicale et religieuse du rêve en Chine. Revised and updated edition of doctoral dissertation.

–– Wang Chong, Wang Fu, Écrits sur le rêve Images oniriques et divination, Paris: Les Belles Lettres. Annotated translation of Wang Chong (王充, 27-97? CE) and Wang Fu’s (王符, c. 83-170) writings on dreaming and dream divination. To be published in the “Bibliothèque chinoise” 漢文法譯書庫 series (under contract).

–– “L’esprit qui prend forme – La naturalisation du rêve dans l’oniromancie chinoise traditionnelle”. Article for Extrême-Orient, Extrême-Occident 遠東遠西 (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes).