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 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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