December 2010
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
On November 23 the EFEO Center in Chiang Mai skirted disaster on the day after the Yi Peng festival during which one of the innumerable burning "heavenly lanterns" released by celebrants landed on the roof of the Center's new library, whose construction had just been completed. Thanks to the prompt and effective intervention of the Center's team and the local fire department, the fire was controlled, and the damage, only a few days from the shelving of the books, was limited. As planned, the library will still open to the public in the spring of 2011.
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
Franciscus Verellen signs on 7 December with the heads of eleven partner institutions (Arts et métiers Paris Tech, CNAM, École nationale des Chartes, EHESS, ENA, ENSCI, EPHE, ESCP Europe, INHA, INP, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and in the presence of the Minister of Higher Education and Research Valérie Pecresse an agreement establishing the Cluster HESAM.
François Lachaud, "Un ‘art du thé' portugais : Sur quelques pages de L'História da Igreja do Japão de João Rodrigues ‘Tçuzu' (1562-1633) [A Portuguese ‘tea ceremony': On some passages from L'História da Igreja do Japão by João Rodrigues ‘Tçuzu' (1562-1633)," CRAI 2009, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris, pp. 21-53.

Seminar directed by François Lachaud (École pratique des hautes études, Religious Studies section):
1. Esthétique et écriture du renoncement au Japon: un essai de généalogie [Japan's aesthetic and writing on self-denial: an approach to a genealogy].
2. Le concept de "monde flottant" (j. ukiyo): histoire d'un mot du bouddhisme à l'imagerie populaire [The concept of a "floating world" (Jap. Ukiyo): the history of a word from Buddhism to popular imagery].
Fridays, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris). First lecture, December 10.
The Academic Council of the EFEO is meeting on Tuesday morning, December 7, at the EFEO.

The EFEO offices will be closed for the year-end holidays from noon on Friday, December 24, reopening on Monday, January 3, 2012.
Fabienne Jagou is teaching Chinese history (L 2) at the University of Savoy, Chambéry, during the first semester of this academic year.

Fabienne Jagou is running a seminar entitled Politique et Religion au Tibet [Politics and religion in Tibet] as part of the master's ASIOC, Science politique Asie orientale contemporaine [Contemporary East Asian politics], at the Institut d'études politiques de Lyon [Lyon Political Science Institute], under the auspices of the Institut d'Asie Orientale [East Asian Institute] (CNRS/ENS-LSH and Lyon 2), Tuesdays, November 16, 23, and 30, December 7 and 14, and January 11 and 18 (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.).
On December 14 and 15, Po Dharma is taking part in the third UN Forum on "Minorities and effective participation in economic life" at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

On December 17, Po Dharma is organizing a workshop on the project to inventory and index the Royal Champa Archives (1702-1850); fifteen international experts in Cham language and scripts are to take part (2nd floor meeting room, Maison d'Asie).
Jacques Gaucher is giving two lectures: the first on December 9 (4:00 p.m.) at the Cernuschi Museum on "Angkor, la ville en questions [Angkor, the city under scrutiny]"; the second on December 14 (at 8:00 p.m.) at the Strasbourg National School of Architecture, on "Angkor, la cité retrouvée [Angkor, the rediscovered city]."
François Lachaud « Un ‘art du thé' portugais : Sur quelques pages de L'História da Igreja do Japão de João Rodrigues « Tçuzu » (1562-1633), CRAI 2009, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris, p. 21-53.

Schmid Charlotte, Le Don de voir, Premières représentations krishnaïtes de la région de Mathurā, collection « monographies », no 193, environ 700 pages, illustrations, cartes, index, EFEO, 2010.

Durand, Maurice & Pierre Huard, Connaissance du Viet-Nam, collection « Réimpressions » no 12, 376 pages, illustrations, EFEO, 2010.
"Selat Melaka di Persimpangan Asia, Artikel Pilihan daripada Majalah Archipel [Le détroit de Malacca au carrefour de l'Asie". Une sélection d'articles de la revue Archipel/The Straits of Malacca at the crossroads of Asia. A selection of articles from the journal Achipel], D. Perret (trans.), Mohd. Azmi bin Mohd Yusof (ed. trans.), Kuala Lumpur: EFEO, Department of Museums Malaysia, 351 pp., November 2010.

Peter Skilling, ‘Gotama's Epochal Career.' In From Turfan to Ajanta: Festschrift for Dieter Schlingloff on the Occasion of his Eightieth Birthday, Edited by Eli Franco and Monika Zin, Lumbini, Nepal: Lumbini International Research Institute, pp. 947-953.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The next EFEO-Paris seminar is on Monday, December 20, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Maison de l'Asie. Ms Chen Yu-mei (Academia Sinica) will talk on the topic "House as society: spatial concept of the Yami Orchid Island, Taiwan."
Maison de l'Asie
Olivier de Bernon's seminar: Tentative de reconstruction historique de la tradition des religieux forestiers (araññavâsi) du Cambodge et du Siam [Attempt at the historical reconstruction of the tradition of the forest-dwelling hermits (araññavâsi)of Cambodia and Siam] is meeting on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Maison de l'Asie (second floor meeting room), 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.
First lecture: Thursday, December 9.

On Tuesday, December 7, Cristina Castillo (PhD candidate, UCL Institute of Archaeology) is talking on the topic "Plants that travelled: the Archaeobotany of Prehistoric Thailand" at the Seminar Archéologie de l'est de l'Océan Indien : échanges préhistoriques et du début de la période historique depuis les confins iraniens jusqu'à la Mer de Chine Méridionale [Archaeology of the eastern Indian Ocean: trade from prehistoric times and the early historic period from the Iranian borders to the South China Sea], organized by Bérénice Bellina (CNRS- UMR "Mondes iranien et indien [Iranian and Indian Worlds]").
Life in the Centers
S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma will be going to Chennai from 4th to 6th December 2010 to participate in a shastra-sadas (traditional seminar) to elucidate Panini's rule 1.1.39. He will then be going to Tenali from 9th to 12th December 2010 as an examiner of shastra-pariksha (traditional examinations in grammar).

Professor Harunaga Isaacson (Asien-Afrika-Institut, Hamburg Univerisity) will come to Pondicherry in early December to spend 2 months working on the Franco-German (ANR-DFG) project on "Early Tantra", a collaboration between the EFEO and the University of Hamburg.

Valerie Gillet is organising a one-day workshop on 20th of December at the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry on the following theme "The "Dark Period" (3rd to 6th centuries): a transition between the "Ancient" and the "Medieval" era in South India?". For further details, see

Csaba Dezső (lecturer in Eötvos Lorand University, Budapest), will be in Pondicherry from the 27th December 2010 to the 27th January 2011 in order to work with Dr. Dominic Goodall on their edition and translation of the Kuttanimata ("The Bawd's Counsel"), an 8th-century Sanskrit novel in verse.

Csaba Kiss (post-doctoral researcher in the ANR) will be coming to Pondicherry for a month from the 27thDecember 2010 to complete his work on a critical edition of parts of the Brahmayamala-Tantra as part of the Franco-German (ANR-DFG) project on "Early Tantra".
Arlo Griffiths is visiting Vietnam from December 1 to 5 to work with Bertrand Porte and Amandine Lepoutre at the Cham Art Museum in Da Nang. They are cooperating on the reorganization and presentation of the collection of Champa inscriptions.

On his return to Jakarta, Arlo Griffiths will continue his weekly courses at the Indonesia University on epigraphy as a source for the history of South and Southeast Asia and the reading of inscriptions in old Javanese.
18 December 2010, Peter Skilling will give a talk entitled "Reliquary networks: From Bharhut to Sanchi to Sanghol" at the Centre for Southeast Asian Art Studies, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Bangkok.

From December 12 to 19, François Lagirarde, Wisitthisak Sattaphan, and Phongsathorn Buakhampan are visiting the libraries at four monasteries in Sung Men, Mueang Phrae, and Song in Phrae Province (North Thailand) to digitize local chronicles kept there. They are then visiting tai lue monasteries located between Song and Phayao, especially around Chiang Muan village where they hope to discover new collections of still recorded manuscripts.
On December 20, Michel Lorrillard is taking part in a round table organized by the Centre Asie du Sud-Est (UMR CNRS - EHESS 8070), the Vientiane EFEO Center, and the Laotian Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, on the occasion of the publication of the book Vientiane, architectures d'une capitale [Vientiane: Architecture of a Capital City] (Éditions Recherches). He has contributed two articles to this book: "Vientiane et le Mékong: situation de la ville dans l'espace régional et la longue durée [Vientiane and the Mekong River: location of the city in regional space and over the long term]" and "Vientiane au regard de l'archéologie [Vientiane from the point of view of archaeology]."

At the end of December, Michel Lorrillard is taking part in the archaeological excavations under way at Wat Phu, a project being financed by the Excavations Commission and the EFEO. The dig will be under the direction of Marielle Santoni (CNRS) and Christine Hawixbrock, in cooperation with the en Direction générale du Patrimoine de la RDP Lao [General Directorate of the Heritage of the Laotian PDR].
As part of the lecture series Histoire, archéologie et société, (Franco-Chinese Academic Lectures, No. 111) organized by the Peking EFEO Center, Liu Xiaomeng is talking on the topic "Pékin, capitale multi-ethnique [Peking, a multi-ethnc capital]" on Friday, December 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the main building of Peking Normal University, wing B, room 700A.
On December 3 the doctoral day organized jointed by the Taipei branch of The Center for French Studies on Contemporary China and the EFEO's Taipei Center is taking place. This occasion gives ten French or French-speaking master's and doctoral students the opportunity to present their research work. December 14 to 17 Christophe Marquet will be visiting Taipei as part of the Iéna lectures program.

On December 16 he is talking on "Les peintures populaires japonaises d'Ôtsu: de la piété à la parodie [Ôtsu's Japanese popular paintings: from piety to parody]" at the National Palace Museum.
Hong Kong

From December 3 to 6 Lü Pengzhi is visiting Tonggu district, Jiangxi province (China), in order to photograph ritual manuscript from the Xianying thunder altar and to update research fieldwork with three local partners: Liu Jinfeng, Dai Lihui, and Lan Songyan.
Buddhism Seminar of the EFEO's Tokyo Center: Monday, December 13 and 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Tôyô bunko lecture hall: lecture by Frédéric Girard on the topic of "Rêves dans le bouddhisme japonais medieval [Dreams in medieval Japanese Buddhism]," and reading of Genshin's Ōjō yōshū de Genshin, 41.

On December 4, Frédéric Girard comments on the lecture given by Fabrice Midal on Buddhism and phenomenology at the Center for Research on Eco-philosophy at Tokyo's Toyo University (Hakusan campus Hakusan, room 6209, 2:00-5:00 p.m., in French and Japanese).

Frédéric Girard is scheduled to give two lectures, the first (on December 18) at the Pusoksa temple, on the occasion of the study workshop on the monk Ui-Sang (625-702), "Ui-Sang, Shanmiao et Myoe," and the second (on December 18), as part of Nobumni Iyanaga's seminar at the Toyo Bunko (Tokyo), with the title "Les rêves dans le Moyen Âge japonais [Dreams in medival Japan]."

Frédéric Girard is participating in the following seminars: on December 5, reading texts by Kogetsu (Kanshinko) at the Daitokuji temple, with Professor Yoshizawa Katsuhiro; on December 20, reading Myoe's Dream Journal at Tokyo University's Bukkyo seinenkai, with Professor Akuda Isao; and on December 24 and 25, reading medieval Japanese texts at Nogoya University, with Professor Abe Yasuro.
On December 26 and 27, he is working on manuscripts at the Ishiyamadera with Professor Tsukishima Hiroshi
On December 1 (4:00-7:00 p.m.), Darren Swanson (Kobe University) is taking part in the seminar Beyond Cultural Borders in Modern Japan: Documents from the Beginning of the Global Age (Ibunka sesshoku to kindai Nihon: "dôjidaika" wo ikita hitobito no kiroku), organized by guest researchers from the EFEO and the ISEAS at the Kyoto University's Institute for Research in the Humanities.

On December 2 (6:00 p.m.), Mechtild Mertz (guest researcher at the Research Institute for Nature and Humanity, Kyoto) is giving a talk as part of the Kyoto Lectures series (EFEO/ISEAS) on the topic " Wood Culture in Pre-Modern China and Wood Identification: Sculptures, Buildings, Excavated Remains" (in English).

On December 15 (6:00 p.m.), Igarashi Jun, architect (Igarashi Studio, Hôkkaidô) and Olivier Boucheron, architect (Atelier Nelobo, Nantes), are presenting a lecture on the occasion of a debate on the topic "Primitivisme et Ecologie [Primitivism and ecology] (purimitivizumu to ekolojî)," organized jointly by the EFEO and the Villa Kujoyama at Kyoto's Seika University (in Japanese and French, with translation).

On December 16 (11:00 a.m.), the monthly seminar on Buddhism, directed by Iyanaga Nobumi, is taking place at the meeting room of the Kansai Franco-Japanese Institute.

On December 16 (11:00 a.m.), Erica Baffelli (University of Otago, New Zealand), as part of the series Kyoto Lectures (EFEO/ISEAS), is giving a lecture on the topic "Can the internet make religion? Japanese "New Religions" on line," (in English), at Kyoto University's Institute for Research in the Humanities.
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