Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Centre, Thailand

The Chiang Mai Centre

Head : Yves Goudineau
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
131 Charoen Prathet Road
Chiang Mai 50100 , Thailand
Tel. : + 66 53 28 05 80Fax : + 66 53 28 05 81
yves.goudineau@efeo.net

Secretariat : Mrs Piyachat Loke
secretaire.chiangmai@efeo.net

Historical Background

EFEO scholars have been present in Chiang Mai for more than 30 years. In 1975 François Bizot moved there from his assignment in Cambodia in order to continue his research on the rites of the Buddhist communities of Southeast Asia. In 1988 he launched the FEMC project (Publication of Cambodian Manuscript Collections), which later broadened to include the literary heritage of Thailand and Laos. During the 1990s Louis Gabaude, a specialist in contemporary Thai Buddhism and related intellectual movements was invited to create a collection of documents specializing in the Buddhism, anthropology, literature, and history of Thailand and neighboring countries. Anatole Peltier, affiliated with the Rajabhat Institution, carried out comparative research on the literatures of Northern Thailand, Laos, and the Shan and Khün states. Their work and the focus of their field research have had a big influence on the development of research on Southeast Asian Buddhism.

The Center Today

With the construction of its new library, with room for the document collections as they continue to grow, the EFEO Center in Chiang Mai has taken a great leap forward. Beginning in 2011, its large reading room and new research facilities will bring the EFEO to the forefront in the field of research on Buddhism. The Library's more than 45,000 monographs and 40,000 periodicals will also become more immediately accessible. Specialist works on Thailand, as well as on the anthropology, history, and Buddhism of Southeast Asia, will be available for local and international researchers.

Likewise the renovation of the residential buildings will provide more office space and thus will make it possible to welcome, as researchers or resident scholarship holders, more invited guests or short-term visitors, either French scholars or those working in cooperation with international organizations like the ECAF. The buildings will also be able to host academic events and medium-sized conferences. The mission of the Chiang Mai EFEO Centre is trans-regional: indeed given the historic involvement of northern Thailand with Burma, China, and Laos, the principal neighboring countries, Chiang Mai is ideally located for forging and maintaining links among individuals and academic projects related to this wide area that makes up a large part of the Southeast Asian continent.

Currently under consideration are various forms of cooperation with the University of Chiang Mai, notably with its library, as well as shared projects as part of the cooperation already established between the EFEO's Bangkok Center and the Sirindhorn Center.

The Chiang Mai Centre is also due to invest itself into the project of co-editing French scholarly works produced by EFEO scholars and of their international distribution.

The Chiang Mai centre
Head: Yves Goudineau

École française d'Extrême-Orient
131 Charoen Prathet Road, A. Muang
Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Tel +66 53 28 05 80
Fax +66 53 28 05 81
yves.goudineau@efeo.net

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News from the Chiang Mai centre
Closure of the Centre on 24th of May
22 MAY 13 The EFEO Research Centre will be closed on Friday 24th of May (Visacha Bucha Day). Read more
Meeting with the cultural counsellor, French Embassy
27 MARCH 12 Mr Jeremy Opritesco, French cultural counsellor and Ms Anne-Emmanuelle Grossi, attachée de coopération pour le français, met the head of the  ... Read more
Ajarn Suwanna met the head of the EFEO Centre
01 MARCH 12 Ajarn Suwanna,
director of the Mahachakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre Bangkok, met Jacques
Leider on 1 March at the EFEO Centre. They held discussions on the  ... Read more
EFEO News
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General Meeting 2011
Thailand, Chiang Mai, 17 November 2011
The biennial General Meeting of the École française d'Extrême-Orient is being held from 17 to 19 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This meeting brings together the academic staff based in France and in Asia, along with heads of central services. With the construction of a much enlarged library and an increased capacity for hosting visiting scholars (office space, along with conference and meeting rooms) the Chiang Mai Center is poised to become a major regional fracility for studies of Southeast Asia and Theravada Buddhism.