May 2011
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The large-scale restoration (1995-2011) of the Baphuon temple in Angkor, Cambodia, has just been completed. On the occasion of the Khmer New Year and to celebrate the fruit of sixteen years of collaboration, Pascal Royère brought together on April 10 his three hundred collaborators (architects, master stone cutters, carpenters, works supervisors, and all the artisans who took part in the project) along with the personnel of the EFEO Center in Siem Reap, for a project completion banquet. The Cambodian National Authority charged with the management of the Angkor site (APSARA) was represented at the banquet by its associate general director, His Excellency Ros Borath.
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On May 17 Franciscus Verellen, Director, is chairing the meeting of the Board of the Association française des amis de l'Orient (AFAO) [French Association of Friends of East Asia]. He is visiting Thailand from May 18 to 23.
Mr. Zhang Xiantang, researcher at the Dunhuang Institute (China) and guest of the EFEO's "Buddhism" team and the Center for Research on the Civilizations of East Asia (UMR 8155), is giving a lecture on the "Portraits de donateurs et donatrices dans les grottes de Mogao, Dunhuang [Portraits of donors in the Mogao Caves, Dunhuang] on May 23, 2 p.m., at the Centre Albert Châtelet (6 rue Jean-Calvin, 75005 Paris, 8th floor-EPHE IV)
After the triple catastrophe that struck Japan on March 11 and given the need to reorganize research plans and fieldwork projects in the face of this massive crisis, Anne Bouchy, with MA, doctoral and post-doctoral students specializing in Japanese ethnology (University of Toulouse le Mirail, EHESS), has set up a work group on the topic "Environnement, société et ruptures: Expérience, savoir-faire, perception et réflexivité au Japon [Environment, society, and disruptions: experience, know-how, perception, and self-knowledge in Japan]." This working group is open to all students and researchers who wish to take part in joint self-examination:
From May 8 to 25 François Lachaud is to be in the United States, at the invitation of the Smithsonian Institution, for a meeting in Washington on May 11 and a week of work in the collections of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art.
From May 19 to 22 he is taking part in a colloquium on Visualizing Asia in the Modern World ( ) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
On May 3 he will speak on "Canal Académie" on the occasion of the publication two works by Claude Lévi-Strauss connected with Japan.
Threatened with destruction, the manuscripts in the monastic libraries of Cambodia and those in the great libraries of Phnom Penh have, over the past twenty years, been the object of a systematic effort at restoration and protection by those working for the EFEO's Fonds pour l'Édition des Manuscrits du Cambodge [Fund for the Publication of the Manuscripts of Cambodia], led by Olivier de Bernon. Some 160,000 microfilm images taken by this team have now been digitized and put on line with a descriptive comment, thanks to funding provided by the Government of Singapore to the account of UNESCO. They are now in open access at the site:
Seminar by Dominic Goodall (EFEO): Les débuts du tantrisme çivaïte à travers des sources sanskrites inédites [The beginnings of Shivaite Tantrism as seen in unpublished Sanskrit sources]. Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Maison de l'Asie (22, av. du Président-Wilson, 75116
Paris, 2nd floor lecture hall). First meeting: Wednesday, May 4.
Socheat Chea, from the restoration workshop at the Phnom Penh National Museum, is visiting the library and photo library from May 2 to 13, thanks to financing from the French Embassy to Cambodia. Ma Vonita, from the library at the Siem Reap Center, is to attending a training session at the Paris library from May 16 to 30
Frédéric Girard, "Yōsai, premier théoricien du thé au Japon, et son Traité pour nourrir le principe vital par la consommation du thé" [Yosai, first theoretician on tea in Japan and his Treatise on nourishing the vital principle by the consumption of tea]" (Introduction in Japanese and French, and French translation, with commentary, of the Kissa yojoki.), in Mélanges jubilaires en hommage au professeur Manabe Shunshō (Manabe Shunshō hakase kiko kinen ronshū), Hōzōkan, Kyōto (2011): 1-41.

Frédéric Girard, 「ペドロ・ゴメズの『講義要綱』の和譯(1595年)と日本の宗教」 [La traduc-tion japonaise du Compendium de Pedro Gomez (1595) et les religions japonaises; The Japanese translation of the Compendium of Pedro Gomes (1595) and Japanese religions], dans Pensée et religions orientales (Tōyō shisō to shūkyō) 28, Waseda University (2011): 1-53.

Lü Pengzhi, "The Jade Instructions on the Red Writings for Summoning Ghosts and Demons of the Northern Feng Mountain and the Five Lingbao True Writs", dans Florian C. Reiter (dir.), Exorcism in Daoism: A Berlin Symposium, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag (2011): 31-49.

Peter Skilling, "Theravāda in History", dans Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Third Series 11 (2009): 61-93.
EFEO Paris Seminar
EFEO Paris seminar on Monday, May 16 (11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.): Anna Slaczka (South Asian Art at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) is talking on the topic "The importance of unedited Shaiva texts for the study of Hindu iconography - the case of the Devyâmata." Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.
Maison de l'Asie
Seminar on "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 in the prehistoric and early historic period from the shores of Iran to the South China Sea], organized by Bérénice Bellina (CNRS- UMR "Mondes iranien et indien" [Iranian and Indian Worlds]): Tuesday, May 17, a talk by Derek Kennett (University of Durham) on the topic "Trade and economic contact in the Western Indian Ocean from the Roman period to the late Islamic period."
Life in the Centres
The Pondicherry Center is closed during May for annual vacations.
Dominic Goodall, director of the Pondicherry Center, is reassigned to France as of April 30. Valérie Gillet is replacing him as of May 1.
Kuala Lumpur
From April 25 to May 20 Daniel Perret is carrying out the first season of excavations at the Kota Cina site in Northern Sumatra in collaboration with the Indonesian National Center for Archaeological Research.
Arlo Griffiths and Amandine Lepoutre (postdoc at the Hanoi Center) are in Vietnam from May 13 to 23, visiting the provicial museums of Da Nang and Binh Dinh as part of the program "Corpus des inscriptions du Campa [Corpus of Champa inscriptions]."
Friday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m., Chulalongkorn University and the EFEO's "Buddhism" team are organizing a workshop on Reading the Sanskrit Bodhisattvapitaka Mahayana Sutra led by Jens Braarvig and Fredrik Liland (Oslo University, Norway), in room 815, Mahachakri Building, Chulalongkorn University).
Hong Kong
From May 16 to 20, as part of the project "L'Autel du tonnerre de la réponse transcendante: une tradition rituelle taoïste du district de Tonggu du Jiangxi [The Thunder Altar of the Transcendent reply: a Daoist ritual tradition in the Tonggu district of Jiangxi]," Lü Pengzhi is in the Tonggu and Xiushui regions of Jiangxi to make a further collection of ritual manuscripts with a view to the evaluation of the textual variants among the manuscripts collected during 2010.
On May 30 and June 1 Luca Gabbiani is taking part in the workshop Statecraft and the Chinese origins of political economy, organized jointly by the University of British Columbia (Professor Timothy Brook) and the Collège de France (Professor Pierre-Etienne Will). He is presenting a talk on "The ideal city and the real city in late-imperial statecraft" as well as a reading with commentary of chapter 18, "Selecting administrators for the people," of Qiu Jun's Daxue yanyibu.
The Tokyo Center's seminar on Buddhism is meeting on Monday, May 19: reading of Koshu's Keiran-shuyo-shu, 4, and Monday, May 23: a lecture by professor Ishii Kôsei (6 - 8 pm, Toyo bunko lecture hall).
On May 15 Frédéric Girard is taking part in the ceremony of the offering of the festschrift for Professor Manabe Shunsho (Manabe Shunsho hakase kiko kinen ronshu), at the Hozokan Publication House, Kyoto.

Beginning May 16, resumption of Frédéric Girard's seminar: "Les Japonais et le christianisme [The Japanese and Christianity]," Mondays, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Waseda University (Faculty of Letters, Tokyo).
As part of the EHESS publication project Interfaces, Corée du Nord et Corée du Sud [Interfaces North Korea and South Korea] Valérie Gelézeau (EHESS), Koen de Ceuster (Leiden University) et Élisabeth Chabanol are meeting at the Seoul Center from May 17 to 20.
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