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
Talk by Michela Bussotti ''Printing in China and in Europe: Technical Transmissions and Unfinished Cultural Exchanges as seen in the case of Matteo Ripa (1682-1746) and the Chinese College''
Taipei, Taiwan, 07 May 2018
On Monday, May 7th, Michela Bussotti speaks on Printing in China and in Europe: Technical Transmissions and Unfinished Cultural Exchanges as seen in the case of Matteo Ripa (1682-1746) and the Chinese College at the National Palace Museum.

4F Conference Room, Library Building, National Palace Museum, Taipei.

the talk will be given in Chinese. Registration is not required.

New publication

Domestic Rituals of the Atharvaveda in the Paippalāda Tradition of Orissa: Śrīdhara's Vivāhādikarmapañjikā. Volume I: Book One, Part One: General Prescriptions. [Edited by] Arlo Griffiths & Shilpa Sumant, IFP/EFEO, 2018 (CI no 135), pp. 308.

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Speeches of the worshop : Contributions à la sauvegarde des patrimoines par les Écoles françaises à l’Étranger
Paris, France, 23 April 2018
Presentations made during the February 2nd at the worshop organized at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres to highlight  the important work done by the Écoles Françaises à l’Étranger on their respective fields of action are available on the AIBL website and on vimeoREAD MORE
3e journée de rencontres en archéométrie de l'Ifao
Paris, France,

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 will be held at the EFEO the 3e journée de rencontres en archéométrie de l'Ifao: Programme

Free admission but subject to compulsory registration before April 5th by email: aquiles@ifao.egnet.net

From 9h30 to 17h, First floor salon, House of Asia, 22 avenue President Wilson, 75116 Paris
Introduction of the CITY_NKOR, Ville, architecture et urbanisme en Corée du Nord
Paris, France, 09 April 2018
The Maison de l'Asie hosts the launch day of the ANR CITY_NKOR, City, architecture and urbanism in North Korea prepared by Valérie Gelézeau (EHESS) and Élisabeth Chabanol (EFEO).