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
Season's Greetings 2018

The Ecole française d'Extrême Orient (French School of Asian Studies) wishes you a Happy New Year

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New publication
14 December 2017
Arts Asiatiques 72 (2017)

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International Workshop on Chinese Local History and Local Society, 14th and 15th December
Paris, France,

Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15, Michela Bussotti (EFEO) and Joseph McDermott (University of Cambridge) organize an international workshop on the study of society and local history that finalize the project FOES (Families, Organizations and Economies: inside and beyond local history in China, XV-XX century - projet exploratoire PSL) thanks to the support of PSL, EFEO and CECMC (UMR CCJ).

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Maison de l'Asie, 1st floor Salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson - 75116 Paris

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New publication
06 December 2017
Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 25 (2016)

Daoist Lives, Community and Place

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Release of the photographic collection of Pierre Pichard

999 photographs by the architect Pierre Pichard, former member of the EFEO, are now on line on the photo library website. These pictures were taken between 1987 and 2004 during missions in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and South Korea.
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