Indonesian “Classical” Epigraphy

Head of programme: Arlo Griffiths

The goal of this programme is to continue the EFEO's systematic study of classical Indonesian epigraphy, that is to say from the era which predates the domination of Islam when Indianised writing systems were preferred. The complexity of this epigraphy and the distinct history of scholarship in the field naturally imply an approach that is different to the one adopted by the EFEO for continental Asia and Southeast Asia, and in particular to the one that features in the CKI and CCI. The research unit has also set itself the objective of creating a complete online corpus, but progress towards this goal will initially involve the construction of a number of well defined elements. With this in mind, the next few years will be marked by the launch or completion of mongraphic studies on a number of potentially overlapping sub-corpuses constituted on the basis of geographic, dynastic and linguistic criteria. The first of these will be: the oldest known Indonesian epigraphy contained in the inscriptions attributed to Mūlavarman (Borneo) and Pūrṇavarman (West Java); the epigraphy of Padang Lawas (Northern Sumatra, see Tapanuli mission); the epigraphy in Old Malay (Sumatra and Java); epigraphy associated with the reign of Ādityavarman in the Minangkabau region (West Sumatra); a selection of Central Javanese inscriptions dating from the 8th to the 10th centuries; the epigraphic corpus from the reign of Sindok (Java); the epigraphy of 8th century Eastern Java.

EFEO News
New publication
06 December 2017
Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 25 (2016)

Daoist Lives, Community and Place

En savoir plus
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.
 READ MORE
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
 READ MORE
Symposium ''Gestion des eaux d'Angkor: Bilan des études et perspectives''

On Friday 10th November the Association des Amis d'Angkor (AAA) organized the symposium Gestion des eaux d'Angkor: Bilan des études et perspectives
Maric Beaufeïst speaks on" The restoration of western Mébon and the utilisation of new technologies"

"SETEC" Auditorium, building Central Seine, 46, quai de la Rapée, 75012 Paris
Paris EFEO Seminar

On Monday 6th November Yoon Hyong-jin (Asiatic Research Institue, Korea University) is speaking on "Community Organizations in the Colonial East Asia and its legacy: Focused on 'Baojia'".

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