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
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France,

On Monday 24th April Valérie Gillet is speaking on "La période obscure (the Dark Period) du pays tamoul entre les IIe et VIe siècles de note ère : mythe ou réalité ?"

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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Tuesday 25 April, conference of Prof. Huang Chin-shing, Vice-President of the Academia Sinica
Paris, France,

On 25th April at the invitation of the EFEO, M. Huang Chin-hsing, Vice-President of the Sinica Academy, gives a lecture on "Sage' and ‘Saint': A Comparison Between Confucianism and Christianity in Terms of Canonization".

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris
Free admission

This conference is organized by Paola Calanca (EFEO) and will be moderated by Stéphane Feuillas (Paris 7) and Vincent Goossaert (EPHE).

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 20th April
Paris, France,

Michela Bussotti gives a talk on 20th April on "Généalogies d'un dictionnaire : les différentes versions du dictionnaire Chinois-Latin de Basilio Brollo (1648-1704)", in the seminar of the SPHERE team (Sciences, Philosophie, Histoire - UMR 7219) Histoire des Sciences, Histoire du Texte, Université Paris Diderot.

Salle Rothko, 412B, Université Paris Diderot, bâtiment Condorcet, 4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris
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