Mercantile Networks

The Lohana Trading Community

Originally from Sind, the Lohana are a trading community currently living in Maharastra, Kachch, Saurashtra and Gujurat. Pierre Lachaier will continue to work on Lohana texts translated from Gujarati. His research will be published in book form in 2008. Another volume may be published in 2009. Fieldwork will be need to be undertaken in Gujarat and Mumbai prior to the publication of a study on the Lohana and pharmaceutical products.

The Nadar and their Detergent Firms

At one time considered to be almost untouchable, the Nadar community from Tamil Nadu have become skilful merchants and are now active in all the state's major agglomerations. Pierre Lachaier intends to work on putting the notes he took in missions accomplished in the last four-year period. In view of the current state of his research, further fieldwork, coordinated by the Pondicherry Centre, will be required.

Muslim Mercantile Networks

Gujarati and Sindhi Studies : societies, languages and cultures (« Club Gujarat & Sindh-Club »)

Pierre Lachaier's study of the Parisian Khoja (Gujarati-speaking Twelver Shia immigrants from Madagascar) will be completed in early 2008. The study will generate two articles (already in the process of being published). A field study to be undertaken in Paris will provide material for the publication of a third article.

EFEO News
New publication
14 December 2017
Arts Asiatiques 72 (2017)


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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

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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.
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Paris EFEO Seminar

On Monday 13th November Ryosuke Furui (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo) is speaking on "Changing Structure of Political Powers in South Asia: Bengal from the Fifth to the Thirteenth Century"

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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