From the Director

Asian languages and civilizations have long been an object of academic inquiry in the West. In recent decades, the rising impact of Asia on an ever more integrated world economy and global culture has lent a new sense of urgency to the need for understanding Asian societies and the historical and cultural forces that shaped them. 

What distinguishes the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) is its emphasis on field research and training. EFEO field facilities currently span twelve countries from India to Japan and form the core of the research infrastructure operated by member institutions of the European Consortium for Asian Field study (ECAF). 

The EFEO's mission is to conduct research and graduate training in the humanities and social sciences applied to the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). The institution's century-long engagement in Asia has contributed decisively to such fields as archaeology, monument conservation, cultural anthropology, religion, and the study of inscriptions and manuscripts. 

As a consequence of the EFEO's well-established presence in Asia, its work regularly touches on contemporary issues, bridging the history of civilizations and the current transformation of Asian societies. Beyond its role as a leading research institution, the EFEO addresses both general and specialist publics through lectures, publications, and seminars designed for diplomats and policy-makers. As part of this widening activity, the EFEO initiated the Euro-Asian projects Integrating and Developing European Asian Studies (IDEAS) and Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion (SEATIDE), research and coordination programmes mandated and funded by the European Commission (FP7).

We hope you will find this website a helpful guide to a multifaceted institution, linking Europe and Asia, past and present, and combining a distinctively French approach to area studies with a resolutely international mission.

Yves Goudineau

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