CHEN Wei-Ping

  • Doctoral Dissertation : “Parisian seduction,” romantic emotion, and cultural consumption. A discursive study on the ideal of female singlehood in Taiwan and France. (

Advisor : Eva Illouz


  • Nov. 2016 – present : PhD in Sociology / École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France
  • 2016 : Master 2 in Cultural Mediation / Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris France
  • 2013 : MA in Journalism (Concentration : Media and Cultural Studies) / National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011 : BA in Communication and Technology (Concentration : Media, Culture, and Society) / National Chiaotung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan

Honors, Grants, and Fellowship

  • 2019 : Grant for the LIFT Program launched by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan
  • 2019 : Scholarship for YSW at European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (CCKF-ERCCT) at University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2018 : Scholarship “Séjour 3 Mois” for visiting doctoral researchers at the University of Virginia, USA (EHESS-UVa exchange program)
  • 2018 : Scholarship for European Sociological Association PhD summer school at Fondation Maison de Science de l’Homme, France
  • 2017 : Doctoral Excellence 2-year Scholarship GSSA, Government of Taiwan
  • 2017 : International Conference Travel Grant, ED 286 (EHESS)
  • 2011 : Honorary Member of Phi-tau-phi (Taiwanese Academic Community)
  • 2011 : Scholarship for Excellence, Ministry of Education Taiwan
  • 2010 : National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) Research Grant for Undergraduate
  • 2007-2011 : Dean’s List at National Chiaotung University for 4 Consecutive Years
  • 2007 : NCTU “Golden Bamboo Award”–Full-ride Scholarship for Excellence

Scientific Activities

  • 2018 : Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
  • 2017 : Parallel Session "Women and New Media" Organizer in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) Conference, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2013-2014 : Telephone Interviewer (CATI) at Social Science Information Center (SSIC), Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2010-2014 : Research Assistant / Scientific Coordinator of 4 Projects Sponsored by National Science Council of Taiwan including “Communication of Cancer : Between Media and Public” (Prof. Yi-Ning Chen, Project n° NSC101-2511-S-004-002-MY2) ; “Lifestyle Television Program in Taiwan : Comparative Study of Economic and Cultural Practices in Media” (Prof. Ti Wei, Project n° NSC100-2410-H-009-037-MY) ; “Aborigines and Communication Technology : Interpretations and Local Household Usage in Lanyu” (Prof. Yu-Pei Chang, Project n° NSC100-2420-H-009-005-MY3) ; “New Media and Scientific Communication : Representation and Production of Content in the Blogs about ‘Low-Carbon Life’ on the Internet” (Prof. Mei-Hua Lee, Project n° NSC100-2511-S-009-008.)

Publications and Conference Presentations

Review articles in refereed journals

Conference presentations & papers

  • Chen, W. P. (2018, September). Mediated modern (un)love stories and female empowerment : Consuming emotional feminist identities and lifestyles on French women’s social networking sites. Paper presented at European Sociological Association (ESA) RN18 Mid-Term Conference – Communication, Capitalism and Social Change : Policy, Practice, Praxis [Parallel Session 3B], University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Chen, W. P. (2018, March). Guiding Emotion, Guiding Lifestyles ? Cross-national subjectivity in Taiwanese Self-help culture. Paper presented at International Cultural Studies (CSAT) Annual Conference 2018 – Cultures Among Us [Parallel Session : Cultures and Contexts], National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. (in Mandarin)
  • Chen, W. P. (2017, July). “Parisian seduction” discussions over single women on social media. Paper presented at Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) Conference 2017 – Worlding : Asia beyond/after Globalization [Parallel Session : Women and New Media], Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Chen, W. P. (2012, July). Mediascapes and Cultural Action : The Big Issue Taiwan and the Practices of Audiences. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Chinese Communication Society (CCS) 2012 – Interdisciplinary and Transformation : Communication and Interaction in the Changing Era, University Providence, Taichung, Taiwan. (in Mandarin)
  • Chen, W. P. (2011, July). Alternative Media and Diaspora Identity : Vietnamese Bao Bon Phuong and Female Immigration in Taiwan. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Chinese Communication Society (CCS) 2011 – Popular Culture and Entertainment Technology [Parallel Session : New Communication Technology and Everyday Life], National Chiaotung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. (in Mandarin)

Workshop talks & papers

  • Chen, W. P. (2019, July). Fabricating “Parisian seduction” in Taiwan. A sociological view of cultural fantasy as intimate commodities. Paper presented at European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (CCKF-ERCCT) 7th Young Scholar Workshop – China’s New Sharp Power : Consequences for Taiwan and Europe [Panel 3 : Taiwan Society and Social Movements], University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.
  • Chen, W. P. (2018, June). Fabricating “Parisian seduction” : Love- and life-styles and cultural fantasy in modern capitalism. Paper presented at European Sociological Association (ESA) PhD Summer School 2018 – Reinventing Sociology in Uncertain Times : Sociological Research and Writing in the 21st Century [Group Work Parallel Session I], Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France.

Other writings for the public

  • Chen, W. P. (2019, June 5). “Computer Grrrls” : A historical view of gendered technologies from the case of space exploration to digital affective labor. ComMagazine. (in Mandarin) []
  • Chen, W. P. (2019, May 18). Honey and money in romantic Taiwanese drama Without Her, even Hero is Zero : A ten-year aftermath of My Queen’s success. ComMagazine. (in Mandarin) []
  • Chen, W. P. (2019, February 19). Valentine’s Day Syndrome : What social crisis does the gossip media, college young women, and angry netizens tell us ? ComMagazine. (in Mandarin) []


  • Mandarin (native), Taiwanese (native), French (fluent), English (fluent), Korean (conversational), German (basic)