The Jakarta Centre, Indonesia

Head : Véronique Degroot
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient,
Jl. Ampera III no.26
Jakarta Selatan 12550, Indonesia
Tel./ Fax: + 62 21 781 14 76
or + 62 21 781 47 85

The first member of the EFEO in Indonesia was the epigraphist Louis-Charles Damais who settled in "Batavia" in 1938. Historian Denys Lombard followed in 1966. Since that time the Jakarta Centre has developed without interruption. And since 1976, the work of the EFEO has been conducted under a cooperation agreement with the Indonesian National Centre for Archaeological Research (Pusat Penelitian Archaeology National).

The Jakarta Center, a key logistic and documentary centre, has allowed succeeding generations of scholars - from the EFEO and other partner organizations - to further their work during long term stays on the Indonesian archipelago.

Archaeology has always been an essential component of the EFEO programme in Indonesia. Illustrating this are the significant contributions the School has made in partnership with UNESCO on the restoration of the Borobudur temple. More recent excavations in Java and Sumatra, on the sites of the first great cities built under Indian influence, are another example. Other major projects in philology and literature, history (both ancient and contemporary) and ethnology have also been carried out in collaboration with various Indonesian institutions of research of and higher education, particularly Indonesia University.

Current research program:

Since 1980 the EFEO has taken on an ambitious translation project from French into Indonesian. This series titled Textes et documents nousantariens (Nusantarian Texts and Documents) includes previously unpublished manuscripts written in Malay, Javanese, Sudanese, Bugis, and Arabic. An Indonesian student has recently published sources in a thesis that were chosen for their philological and historical significance.

The EFEO documentation and research center, opened in Jakarta in 1991, welcomes and advises young researchers and scholarship holders. Its library houses some 9,000 works and around 50 current periodicals.

The Jakarta centre
Head: Véronique Degroot

École française d'Extrême-Orient
Jl. Ampera III no.26
Jakarta Selatan 12550
Tel/fax +62 21 781 14 76
+62 21 781 47 85

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News from the Jakarta centre
Archaeological survey on the north coast of Central Java
15 DECEMBER 15 Between the mid-8th c. and the
first quarter of the 10th c., the area around Mt Merapi and Mt Sumbing
wast the seat of powerful Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms. In less than a  ... Read more
Publication of the website of the EFEO photo library
27 OCTOBER 15 A part of the collections (45 000 photographs) of the École française d'Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies) is now online on the website  ... Read more
Survey in the district of Tegal
26 OCTOBER 15 As part of the Indonesian-French archaeological mission along the north coast of Central Java (PANTURAH), Véronique Degroot (EFEO) and Agustijanto Indrajaya (Pusat  ... Read more
Intensive course in Old Javanese
Indonesia, 13 June 2014
An academic retreat lasting 15 days attended by about 20 students who will be guided in intensive manner by 3 specialists of Old Javanese philology. The program will take place in typical Javanese natural surroundings while the learning experience will be enriched by excursions to vestiges of ancient Hindu and Buddhist civilization in East Java READ MORE
Lecture on Glassware in Southeast Asia
France, Paris, 10 January 2013
Lecture by Daniel Perret on "Glassware in Southeast Asia (end of the first millennium to the 15th centuries". READ MORE
Lecture on the history of Buddhism in Indonesia
Indonesia, Jakarta, 05 December 2012
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Lecture by Arlo Griffiths on the topic "Inscriptions avec mantra et dhâranî comme clé pour éclaircir l'histoire du bouddhisme en Indonésie [Inscriptions with mantra and dhâranî as a key to shedding light on the history of Buddhism in Indonesia]". READ MORE
New Research in Historical Campā Studies
France, Paris, 18 June 2012
Conference on New Research in Historical Campā Studies, jointly organised by the EFEO and the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, (Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 75116), 18-19 June 2012. READ MORE
Śaivism in Early Historical Southeast Asia
Netherlands, Groningen, 04 June 2012
Lecture by Arlo Griffiths on the topic "Śaivism in Early Historical Southeast Asia: the case of Campā." READ MORE