Since six years Tian Wang (1976, Tongxiang 桐乡), is doing research for a dissertation about Joris Ivens and Modern China between 1938 and 1988. It was Régis Debray who advised her to study Ivens’ films in the framework of the theories of French historian Marc Ferro ‘Le film, l’agent et produit de l’Histoire’. For Tian Wang it is essential not only to study paper documents, but especially to meet and speak the people involved, both in China and the West.
Tian Wang studied French literature at Nanjing University, after which she worked for a Chinese imp.&exp. company in Ningbo. In 2000 she moved to France to study at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her dissertation ‘Joris Ivens, créateur et traducteur de la Chine’ for the Centre d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporains de l’Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines (integrated in the Université Paris Saclay) will be ready next year. Last month she was in Nijmegen to study in the Joris Ivens Archives.