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.