The missions of the EFEO

missions

Fieldwork in Asia

The mission of the EFEO, a public institution under the aegis of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, is to study the classical civilizations of Asian through the humanities and social sciences. From India, to China and Japan, and covering all of Southeast Asia, the EFEO's research areas include almost all the societies have been under Indian or Chinese influence in the course of history. Leading scholars working at the EFEO's 18 centres and branch offices in Asia have been essential in the development of the School's research programme. Interdisciplinary projects bring together leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history, philology, and religious studies. Since the vast majority of EFEO members carry out field studies in Asia, the emergence of contemporary issues is obviously of relevance for the School.

A Network of International Excellence in Scholarship

For decades the EFEO and its Asian centres have worked in many Asian and European partnerships. Today centres in Pondicherry, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Vientiane and Jakarta have their own premises, whereas several EFEO branch offices are hosted by prestigious universities, research institutes and museums. This is the case of Pune, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Phnom Penh, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo.

The EFEO regularly welcomes scholars for extended periods of field study in its Asian centres, particularly for EFEO led research projects. Visiting scholars benefit from the School's local academic partnerships and its rich documentary collections that represent over a century of research. In view of improving scholarly exchanges, the EFEO and 20 leading European institutions for higher education created the European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF) in 2007. As such the EFEO is now in the centre of an international network of leading scholars in Asian studies.

EFEO News
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France,

On Monday 27th March Cécile Guillaume-Pey (EHESS) is speaking on "Quand la graphophagie remplace les dialogues avec les espritsManipulations rituelles de l'écrit chez les Sora (Inde)"

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (free admission)

Maison de l'Asie, first-floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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EFEO on Instagram

Follow the virtual photo library of the EFEO on Instagram account: ecolefrancaisedextremeorient
The EFEO receives the medal of the French National Commission for UNESCO
Paris, France,

On February the 28th 2017, EFEO hosted the Board of the French Commission for UNESCO as well as several german and french officials representing their governments in this organisation.
During this event, Mr. Daniel Janicot, President of the National Commission, presented a medal commemorating the Commission's 70th anniversary to Mr. Yves Goudineau, Director of the EFEO.
This medal rewarded the School and its management for its actions in preserving Asian heritage, monuments and manuscripts, and in recognition of its past and present collaboration with UNESCO on World Heritage Sites (Angkor, Borobudur, Vat Phu, Luang Prabang, Kaesong, Thang-Long Hanoi, My Son, etc.).
New publication

Daoism : Religion, History and Society 8 (2016)
Daoist Lives: Narrative and Practice
道門生活:敘述與實踐
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IRIS Études Globales - Paris Sciences et Lettres

The Initiative de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Stratégiques (IRIS) Études globales of Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) launches a call for mobility and student initiatives 2017 (Candidature until April 17, 2017) to support student participation in its initiatives.

Two forms of support, up to a maximum of 3000 euros, are planned: assistance to the field and participation or organization of Study Day.
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Seminar Comparative Anthropology Using Southeast Asia as a Point of Departure
Paris, France,

Thursday, March 9, from 2 pm to 4 pm, Frédéric Keck (Musée du Quai Branly) takes part in the EHESS seminar Anthropology Using Southeast Asia as a Point of Departure on Faire mourir et laisser vivre. Pratiques religieuses et scientifiques du fangsheng à Hong Kong et Taiwan dans le contexte de la grippe aviaire.

Maison de l'Asie, first-floor Salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris.
Seminar commemorating the 160th anniversary of Franco-Thai relations at INALCO
Paris, France,

Wednesday, March 1st, the Royal Thai Embassy in France, in collaboration with INALCO, is organizing a seminar commemorating the 160th anniversary of Franco-Thai relations at INALCO.
Yves Goudineau and François Lagirarde participated in the section "Point de vue historique et archéologique". Yves Goudineau opens the section and François Lagirarde is speaking on: "Recognition and Development of the vernacular paradigm (religion, epigraphy, manuscriptologie, literature and stories)".