September 2011
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
Professor Phan Huy Lê, president of the Historians' Association of Vietnam, was elected a corresponding member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres [French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres] in May 2011. He has dedicated his scholarly life to the study of the medieval and modern periods in Vietnamese history. A pioneering authority on rural society, land ownership, urban archaeology, and the place of Vietnam in Southeast Asia, Professor Phan Huy Lê is a long-standing friend and mentor of the Vietnamese studies division at the EFEO and a valued advisor to the EFEO Center in Hanoi. On September 29, he presents a lecture on "The Thang-Long archaeological site in Hanoi" at the EFEO (function room, 11:00 am).
Philippe Papin
In memoriam
It was with great sorrow that we learned of the death on July 17, at the age of 90, of Georges Condominas. He was named an "honorary member" of the EFEO in 2007, not just for his writings, which made him the best-known French ethnologist in Southeast Asia, but also for having been a significant collaborator in the work of our School. It was as an adjunct researcher with the EFEO that he undertook, between 1948 and 1950, his ethnographic stay with the Mnong Gar people of the high plateaus of central Vietnam, a period that led to his famous book Nous avons mangé la forêt de la Pierre-Génie Gôo [We have eaten the forest of the Stone-Spirit Gôo] (1957). Later, between 1957 and 1959, he undertook as a "corresponding member" a series of visits to Thailand and Laos. All his early articles were published in the Bulletin of the EFEO. Appointed in 1960 to the EHESS, he nonetheless always remained close to the EFEO, and it was with our colleagues in Hanoi that he undertook his last research trip to Vietnam in 2009, to Quang Ngai, in search of the "land of cinnamon" that was dear to his father. Professor Condominas leaves many friends and disciples at the EFEO. Today they pay homage to his memory.
Yves Goudineau
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On September 1, Margot Jackson and Natasha Bevan from the British Academy - a founding member in the European Consortium for Asian Fieldwork (ECAF) and partner in the FP7 program "IDEAS" - visit the EFEO for a work session with Franciscus Verellen, director, ECAF secretary Claire Prillard, and IDEAS project manager Elisabeth Lacroix.

From September 5 to 9, Franciscus Verellen, director, visits the EFEO Center in Peking where also meets with the EFEO's academic partners as well as with the French Ambassador and the delegation of the European Union to China.
From September 22 to November 22 Pierre-Yves Manguin is traveling in Southeast Asia: in Indonesia, mostly South Sumatra, to continue his work on a book on Srivijaya (with Soeroso), Vietnam, Cambodia, as part of the Espace khmer ancien [Ancient Khmer Space] (EKA) program, and finally Thailand for the EFEO General Meeting in Chiang Mai.
As part of a colloquium on early childhood organized by the IUFM and the Paul Valery University of Montpellier on September 9 and 10, Alain Arrault presents a talk on prenatal education in China.
On Thursday, September 29 (11:00 a.m.) Professor Phan Huy Lê, corresponding member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and president of the Historians' Association of Vietnam, is giving a talk at the EFEO headquarters on the topic "L'histoire millénaire de Thang Lon-Hanoi à la lumière des fouilles archéologiques réalisées en 2002 [A thousand years of the history of Thang Lon-Hanoi in the light of archaeological excavations carried out in 2002]."
François Lagirarde is named director of Publications for the EFEO beginning on September 1.

Beginning on September 1, Olivier de Bernon, professor of Khmer studies, is seconded to the Ministry of Culture and Communications to take over the post of President of the Guimet Museum of Asiatic Arts.

Beginning on September 15, Maïté Hurel has been recruited to head the South Asia collection of the EFEO Library. She is replacing Florida Chance, who is returning to the Library of the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) [National Art History Institute]. We wish her all the best in her new duties.

Christophe Pottier has been named head of the Bangkok Center, replacing François Lagirarde.

Beginning on September 1, Yves Goudineau is taking over as head of the Vientiane Center. He is replacing Michel Lorrillard, who has been re-assigned to France.

Paola Calanca has been named head of the Taipei Center. She is replacing Luca Gabbiani who is reassigned to the Center in Beijing.

François Bizot, emeritus professor, has left Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is now living in France.

Alain Thote, visiting professor at the EFEO Center in Beijing from March 2010 to August 2011, is returning to his post at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris.
Barbara Bonazzi is taking part in the 31st annual meeting of the EASL (European Association of Sinology Librarians) being held in Prague from September 7 to 9. On Friday, September 9, she is giving a talk on "The online publications of the EFEO" at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University.

From September 9 to 10 Antony Boussemart is in Newcastle to take part in the annual meeting of the EAJRS (European Association of Japanese Resources Specialists). He is chairing a session dedicated to "Recent Developments in Commercial Databases."
Vanina Bouté, En miroir du pouvoir : les Phounoy du Nord-Laos, ethnogenèse et dynamiques d'intégration [Mirroring power: the Phounoy of northern Laos, ethnogenesis and forces of integration], Paris, EFEO (Monographie 194), 204 p.
EFEO Seminar
The EFEO Seminar is meeting on Monday, September 26 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Éric Lefebvre (curator at the Cernuschi Museum) is talking on the topic "Collection et connaissance: la définition du patrimoine culturel dans la Chine prémoderne [Collection and understanding: the definition of cultural heritage in pre-modern China]" at the Maison de l'Asie (second floor meeting room, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris).
Of special Note
Professor Phan Huy Lê is giving a talk at the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres at its working session at 3:30 p.m. on September 30, at the Palais de l'Institut, presenting his work as a historian of rural society in medieval and modern Vietnam.

The Town Hall of Paris's 15th Arrondissement is organizing from September 1 to 9 an exhibition of thirty photos of the Angkor temples drawn from the EFEO's photo library.
2011-2012 Instructional Program of Anne Bouchy (Centre d'anthropologie sociale, Maison de la Recherche, University of Toulouse - Le Mirail, 31000 Toulouse)-

- (M1): Ethnologie du Japon [Ethnology of Japan] (UE 41):
"L'ethnologie du Japon: introduction méthodologique et thématique [The ethnology of Japan: methodological and thematic introduction]"
Theme for 2011-12: "Comment la société, les communautés locales et les individus gèrent-ils l'ordinaire et l'aléatoire? [How do society, local communities, and individuals manage usual and extraordinary matters]"
Thursdays, at the Centre d'anthropologie sociale, beginning September 22.

- (M2) and doctoral candidates: Ethnologie de l'Asie [Ethnology of Asia] (UE 51):
"Les dynamiques du fait religieux au Japan - le shugendô [The dynamics of religious matters in Japan - shugendô]"
Theme for 2011-12: "Réflexion sur les constructions du corps et du paysage dans les rites initiatiques du shugendô [Consideration of constructions of the body and the landscape in shugendô initiation rites]"
Thursday, at the Centre d'anthropologie sociale,beginning September 29.

- Seminar "Faire du terrain en Asie [Fieldwork in Asia]" (UE 43 Ecriture de l'ethnologie [Writing ethnology], open to M1, M2, doctoral candidates, post-docs, researchers)
Consideration and discussions centered on the various ways of carrying out fieldwork in Asian societies..
Fridays, 4:30 to 6:30 pm., dates to be set later, at the Centre d'anthropologie sociale.

- Monthly EHESS seminar (open to researchers and doctoral candidates): "Les modes d'action du religieux [Religious patterns of activity]"
Jean-Pierre Albert, director of studies at the EHESS, and Anne Bouchy, director of studies at the EFEO.
Fridays, 10:00 to noon, meeting room at the Centre d'anthropologie MDR - dates to be set later.

- New seminar: Environnement, société et ruptures - Expérience, savoir-faire, perception et réflexivité [Environment, society, and dislocations - Methods, know-how, perception, and responsiveness]
Anne Bouchy, director of studies at the EFEO, and Nicolas Ellison, lecturer at the EHESS.
Comparative consideration by specialists from various cultural areas (especially Japan and the Americas) on the methods, perceptions, and know-how needed to face up to major socio-environmental dislocations.
Dates: September 29, October 13, November 3 and 24, December 15, January 1, February 2 and 16, March 8.

For further information on the dates and hours of courses and seminars, see the website:
Life in the Centers
Phnom Penh
Bertrand Porte is organizing an exhibition, to be shown at the Cambodian National Museum later this year, presenting a remarkable collection of photographic images of the Cambodian Royal Ballet made in 1927. During September the photographer Jean de Calan is digitizing 450 negatives on glass plates. The exhibition is financed by the Cambodian French Institute and UNESCO. It offers the opportunity for launching a program for digitizing the entire photographic archive of the museum.
Hong Kong
On Saturday, September 3, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lü Pengzhi is taking part in an orientation session for new Master's students organized by the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, presenting his course, to be given during the second semester of the 2011-2012 academic year, on the topic "Taoist thought."
The Tokyo EFEO Center's seminar on Buddhism is taking place on Thursdays, September 5 and 26 (from 6 to 8 p.m., Tôyô bunko lecture hall): "Introduction au Kanbun bouddhique: lecture du Xianyu-jing/Kengu-kyo, 1 et 2 [Introduction to the Buddhist Kanbun: reading of the Xianyu-jing/Kengu-kyo, 1 and 2]."
Beginning on September 1, Frédéric Girard is a guest researcher at the Kegon Studies Center of the Tôdaiji (cultural research center) in Nara.

From 29 August to September 1 he is participating in a symposium organized by the Japanese Society for Buddhist Studies at Hokkaidô University, Sapporo, on Qu'est-ce qu'un texte canonique? Formation, développement et accueil des sûtras [What is a canonical text? Composition, development, and reception of sûtras].

On September 4, he is taking part in Professor Yoshizawa's seminar on "Les Notes de baillement de Kogetsu [Kogetsu's Notes on Yawning]" (Hanazono University at Ryôkôin); and then, from September 7 to 9, a colloquium given by the Society for Indian and Buddhist Studies (Hanazono University at Ryôkôin).

Then he is presenting a lecture on "Âme et esprit dans le Compendium philosophique de Padre Gomez (1595) et ses échos éventuels chez les moines zen de la région de Nagasaki [Soul and spirit in the Philosophical compendium of Padre Gomez (1595) and its later echoes among Zen monks in the Nagasaki region]" at the colloquium Spiritualités japonaises, Perceptions et représentations, entre tradition et occidentalisation [Japanese forms of spirituality: Perceptions and depictions, between tradition and westernization], to be held from September 21 to 23 at the Belgian Royal Academy (Palais des Académies, Brussels).
On September 7 and 8 Élisabeth Chabanol is giving a series of lectures on late nineteenth-century Franco-Korean cultural relations as part of the Paris Foreign Missions in China. She is also discussing her activities in the Korean People's Democratic Republic.

In order to set up the program of the "Mission archéologique de Kaesông [Kaesông archaeological project]," which she directs, Élisabeth Chabanol is visiting the Korean PDR from September 15 to24. She is undertaking on-site work on the documentation of the limits of the ancient city along with the National Bureau for Cultural Properties Conservation.
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