The missions of the EFEO

Transversal Projects and New Technology

The EFEO's innovative research project is not only based on its scholars' fields of expertise but also on their skill to conduct transversal projects, such as The Development of Buddhism from India to Japan and The epigraphy of the Khmer World (CIK). Both of these bring together experts from EFEO centres in Asia and Southeast Asia

The use of recent new technologies in the service of Asian studies is also a key concern for the EFEO and its Asian partners. The School's electronic resources, including online journals, a digital network for all its libraries' catalogues are now available for the most part. Also Geographical Information Systems and other new tools developed in the physical and biological sciences are leading to the improvement in methods of analysis and dating, especially in archaeology.

The Spread of Knowledge

Scholarly research is the key aim of the School, yet the EFEO's academic staff are also committed to training scholars in Asian studies. This demands a high degree of specialisation and often requires unique expertise gained in field studies. The supervision and training of scholars is coordinated in France, under the guidance of various doctoral programmes and in cooperation with universities and schools (EPHE and EHESS), and in the EFEO's Asian centres, thanks to internships and scholarships awarded to doctoral candidates. The EFEO headquarters are located at the Maison de l'Asie (Asia House) in Paris, which houses its central library, and is also a dynamic platform for scholarly activity (research, courses, lectures, colloquia, books launches, etc.).

Season's Greetings 2018

The Ecole française d'Extrême Orient (French School of Asian Studies) wishes you a Happy New Year

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New publication
14 December 2017
Arts Asiatiques 72 (2017)

International Workshop on Chinese Local History and Local Society, 14th and 15th December
Paris, France,

Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15, Michela Bussotti (EFEO) and Joseph McDermott (University of Cambridge) organize an international workshop on the study of society and local history that finalize the project FOES (Families, Organizations and Economies: inside and beyond local history in China, XV-XX century - projet exploratoire PSL) thanks to the support of PSL, EFEO and CECMC (UMR CCJ).

Programme (PDF)

Maison de l'Asie, 1st floor Salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson - 75116 Paris

Contact: Michela Bussotti
New publication
06 December 2017
Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 25 (2016)

Daoist Lives, Community and Place

Release of the photographic collection of Pierre Pichard

999 photographs by the architect Pierre Pichard, former member of the EFEO, are now on line on the photo library website. These pictures were taken between 1987 and 2004 during missions in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and South Korea.