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
Release of photographic collections
Paris, France,

4 179 photographs of the archaeologist Bernard-Philippe Groslier (at the EFEO from 1951-1975 and director of archaeological research in Cambodia from 1959) are now on line. These photographs were taken in 1952 and 53 during missions to Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Thailand.
Consult the Fonds Bernard-Philippe Groslier on the website www.collection.efeo.fr
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Conference of Mme CHEN Juxia 陳菊霞 et M. WANG Huimin 王惠民 Tuesday 16th May
Paris, France,

In the framework of research on Dunhuang conducted at UMR 8155 (CRCAO: Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l'Asie orientale) and the EFEO, Ms. CHEN Juxia 陳菊霞 and M. WANG Huimin 王惠民,researchers at the Dunhuang Institute (China) will give two lectures:

- 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., M. Wang Huimin 王惠民: Le Grand vaipulya dhāraṇī sūtra du mur sud de la grotte 320 de Mogao 敦煌莫高窟第320窟大方等陀羅尼經變解讀
- Coffee break
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Ms. Chen Juxia 陳菊霞: Le sujet des peintures de la grotte 2 de Yulin 榆林第二窟壁畫內容新探

Maison de l'Asie, first-floor salon, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75016 Paris
Contact : KUO Liying
Conference of Christophe Pottier Thursday, May 11
Paris, France,

Christophe Pottier gave a presentation entitled "Les premières Capitales à Angkor : Nouvelles techniques et méthodes d'investigation sur l'émergence de l'urbanisme angkorien", in the framework of the conferences organized by the Association française des Amis de l'Orient and the musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet, Thursday, May 11, in the Jean-François Jarrige auditorium of the Musée Guimet.

From 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. (Free admission)

Auditorium du musée des arts asiatiques - Guimet, 6 avenue Iéna 75116 Paris
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France,

On Monday 15th May Brice Vincent is speaking on "Le mercure au Cambodge : métallurgie, alchimie, médecine"

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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New publication

La formation du Mahāvastu
et la mise en place des conceptions relatives à la carrière du bodhisattva  READ MORE
New publication

Empires en marche
Rencontres entre la Chine et l'Occident à l'âge moderne (XVIe-XIXe siècles)  READ MORE
Speech by Michela Bussotti on 3rd May
Paris, France,

Michela Bussotti gives a talk in the seminaire Savoirs et productions du monde au XVIe siècle. Lieux, acteurs, échelles of Jean-Marc Besse, R. Mandressi and A. Romano (EHESS) about the first Chinese books in Europe at the session entitled : Englober le monde V. Empires des langues. Grammaires, dictionnaires et organisations des savoirs sur le monde

EHESS, salle AS1_23 (1st basement), 54 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris.