December 2011
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The plenary session of the International Coordination Committee (CIC) for the preservation and development of the Angkor historic site is taking place on December 12 and 13 at Siem Reap, Cambodia. At this meeting the projected restoration of the western Mebon, an Angkorian sanctuary built in the middle of Angkor's Western Baray, is to be submitted to the committee for approval. This project - of significance for archaeological research, the preservation of monuments, and training in skills of use in preserving the national heritage - is funded through a French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Fonds de solidarité prioritaire (FSP) with contributions from the EFEO, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and Ministry of Culture and Communication, along with APSARA, the Cambodian National Authority.
Pascal Royère
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
Franciscus Verellen, Director, is taking part in the Advisory Commission on overseas archaeological research, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, which is meeting from 8 to 14 December.
From 10 to 17 December Pascal Royère, Director of Studies, is in Cambodia where he is taking part in the plenary session of the CIC (see Editorial) on 12 and 13 December and finalizing the preliminary steps in the restoration of the western Mebon.
The EFEO's Academic Council is meeting on Monday, 5 December.
Kuo Liying is participating in the defense of the doctoral dissertation at the École pratique des hautes études of Zhang Huiming: "Iconographie de Manjusri et du mont Wutai en Chine médiévale - Une étude d'après les matériaux picturaux de Dunhuang du VIIe au Xe siècle [Iconography of Manjusri and Mount Wutai in medieval China - a study based on pictorial materials from Dunhuang dating from the 7th to the 10th century." Kuo Liying and Jean-Pierre Drège are co-directors of this dissertation, to be defended on 3 December at 2 p.m. (Le France building, Room 117, 190 avenue de France, 75013 Paris).

Bruno Bruguier is participating in the defense of the doctoral dissertation (New Sorbonne University-Paris 3, Doctoral School 268 - Langage et Langues: description, théorisation, transmission) being presented by Hedwige Multzer O'Naghten on the topic "Les fondations de Jayarvarman VII: l'aménagement d'un territoire et son interprétation historique et religieuse [Establishments founded by Jayarvarman VII: control of a territory and its historical and religious interpretation]," under the direction of Michel Jacq-Hergoualc'h, Wednesday, 7 December, 2 p.m. at the Research House (4 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris).

Pierre-Yves Manguin and Christophe Pottier are participating in the defense of the doctoral dissertation (New Sorbonne University-Paris 3, Doctoral School 268 - Langage et Langues: description, théorisation, transmission) being presented by Jean-Baptiste Chevance on the topic "Le Phnom Kulen à la source d'Angkor, nouvelles données archéologiques [Phnom Kulen at the origin of Angkor - new archaeological data." Under the direction of Michel Jacq-Hergoualc'h, 19 December at 9:30 p.m. (Maison de l'Asie, second floor meeting room). ,

Kuo Liying has resumed her classes at the Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE), historical and philological studies division, on the topic "Philologie du bouddhisme chinois: I. La naissance d'un nouveau tantra à Dunhuang; II. Lecture de manuscrits des IXe et Xe siècles sur l'établissement des aires rituelles (maṇḍala) [The philology of Chinese Buddhism: I. The birth of a new tantra at Dunhuang; II. Reading 9th and 10th century manuscripts on the establishment of ritual spaces (maṇḍala0]." The classes are to take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Centre Albert Châtelet, 6, rue Jean-Calvin - 75005 Paris, 8th floor, Room B). First meeting: Monday, 12 December 2011.

The seminar of Dominic Goodall (EFEO/EPHE, religious studies division) on the topic "Les débuts du tantrisme çivaïte à travers les sources sanskrites inédites: la "magie" tantrique [The beginnings of Shivaite tantrism through unpublished Sanskrit sources: tantric "magic"]," every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Maison de l'Asie, 2nd floor meeting room).

On Monday, 5 December, Dominic Goodall is talking on the topic "Palaeography and the Oldest Surviving Saiva Tantra, the Nisvasatattvasamhita ," at the Department of Asiatic and Middle Eastern Studies of Cambridge (3:00 p.m., Room 7) as part of the program The intellectual and religious traditions of South Asia as seen through the Sanskrit manuscript collections of the University Library, Cambridge, directed by Vincenzo Vergiani.

On 9 December Alain Arrault is giving a lecture entitled "Des traités hémérologiques aux almanachs en Chine [Hemerological treatises in Chinese almanacs]" as part of the work day dedicated to the Histoire des sciences en Asie. Usage des almanachs et des calendriers en Asie (Inde, Chine, Japon) [History of science in Asia: use of almanacs and calendars in Asia (India, China, Japan)], organized by the teams at the Center for Research on East Asian Civiliations [Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l'Asie orientale (CRCAO)] and Sphere (Sciences, philosophie et histoire [Studies in Philosophy and History], UMR 7219 - CNRS).

On December 2 and 3 Alain Arrault and Michela Bussotti are taking part in the daylong workshop Portraits de groupes: représentations collectives et séries de personnages en Chine et en Extrême-Orient [Group portraits: collective images and series of individuals in China and East Asia], organized by Inalco - Asies-Cec (65, rue des Grands-Moulins,75013 Paris, Council Room, n° 4.24).

On December 3, at 9:30 a.m., Michela Bussotti is making a presentation on "La famille et ses représentations collectives, génériques et particulières (période Ming-Qing) [Families and their group portraits: generic and individual (Ming-Qing period)]" and Alain Arrault at 3:30 p.m. on "Les mêmes et d'autres: les quatre maréchaux célestes de la Chine au Vietnam [The identical and the others: the four celestial marshals from China to Vietnam]."  ;
From December 11 to 21, Po Dharma is in China to give a series of seminars on the topic "Le Champa et ses relations avec le monde malais [Champa and its relations with the Malay world]" at Sun Yat Sen University(Guangzhou), Sanya University (Hainan), and the Minorities Universities (Naning, Guangxi). This program is under the direction of Professor Niu Junkai (Vice-Directorv of the Southeast Asian Institute of Sun Yat Sen University) and Professor Lu Zhiqiang (Director of the Southeast Asia Department of the Guangxi Minorities University).
On December 1, Cristina Cramerotti, curator of EFEO libraries, is reaching the end of her term and is taking up a new position as curator at the Guimet Museum's library. Our very best wishes go with her, along with our warm thanks for all that she has accomplished at the EFEO during the eight years among us.
Jacques Leider, « Alaungmintaya, König von Birma (1752-60) Darstellung und Interpretationen in der westlichen Geschichtsschreibung » dans Du Luxembourg à l'Europe Hommages à Gilbert Trausch à l'occasion de son 80e anniversaire, jacques leider, Jean-Marie Majerus, Marc Schoentgen et Michel Polfer (éd.), édité par. Luxembourg, Imprimerie Saint Paul, 2011, p. 627-654.

Andrea Acri, Helen Creese, Arlo Griffiths (éd.) From Laṅkā Eastwards. The Rāmāyaṇa in the Literature and Visual Arts of Indonesia.[Série: Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 247.] xvi+259 p. Illustré. KITLV Press, Leiden 2011 (Arlo Griffiths, « Imagine Laṅkapura at Prambanan », p. 133-148)
On Monday, December 5, Christophe Caudron is taking part in the meeting of the steering committee of the DocAsie group to organize the workshop days for DocAsie 2012, taking place at the end of June in Marseille.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris Seminar is taking place on Monday, December 12 (11:00 a.m. to 12h30 p.m.). Lee Junghwan (Asiatic Research Institute [ARI] Séoul) is talking on the topic "The Confucian Golden Rule and a Jungle Gym Model of Socio-Moral Equilibrium: Zhu Xi's Interpretation of ‘Ping Tianxia'," at the Maison de l'Asie (2nd floor meeting room, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris).
Maison de l'Asie
The Maison de l'Asie is closed from 26 to 30 December for the year-end holidays. On Friday, December 23, the library is closing at 5 p.m.
Of Special Note
UMR Iranian and Indian Worlds Seminar 7528 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 the prehistoric and the beginning of the historical period from Iranian controlled areas to the South China Sea], organized by Bérénice Bellina (CNRS - UMR "Mondes iranien et indien [Iranian and Indian worlds]"): on 6 December Jean-François Salles (director of research at the CNRS, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée) is talking on the topic "Le site archéologique de Mahasthan dans le contexte historique du Bengale oriental - IVe s. av. J.-C. - XIIe s. ap. J.-C.[The Mahasthan archaeological site in the historical context of Eastern Bengal - 4th century B.C.E. to 12th century C.E.]," Maison de l'Asie, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Life in the Centers
Phnom Penh
From December 1 to 6, Hamseiha Sarann and Khom Sreymon of the conservation workshop at the Phnom Penh National Museum are joining Arlo Griffiths at the Cham Sculpture Museum in Da Nang to take impressions of ancient Champa inscriptions.

From December 6 to 9, Bertrand Porte is to visit Bogor (Java) at the invitation of the French embassy to Indonesia to lead an introductory seminar in the conservation of statues.

In 1927, George Groslier, then Director of the National Museum, realized that the Cambodian royal ballet was in danger of disappearing. He undertook the preservation of its memory through a remarkable project of photographic documentation, creating a large collection of glass negatives. The EFEO has organized an exhibition, for the first time, of these images (through life size projection) at the Phnom Penh National Museum, in the very place where the pictures were taken. The exhibition has been subsidized by the French Institute in Cambodia and UNESCO.
Conférences de Vientiane (série de conférences organisées conjointement par l'EFEO et l'Institut français du Laos)
Le 9 décembre 2011 : Vatthana Pholsena donne une conférence intitulée : « Laos : à la croisée des chemins » et présente son dernier ouvrage Laos. Un pays en mutation (Belin - La documentation française) paru cet automne.
V. Pholsena est chargée de recherche au CNRS, membre de l'Institut de recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est contemporaine (IRASEC) et est actuellement en poste à Singapour. Elle mène depuis 1998 des enquêtes au Laos, où elle s'est notamment intéressée à l'histoire de la gestion de l'ethnicité en contexte multiethnique (Post-war Laos. The Politics of Culture, History and Identity, Singapour, ISEAS, 2006) et à la question de l'intégration du pays dans son environnement régional (Laos : from buffer State to crossroads, Bangkok, Mekong Press, 2007).
On December 1, Marianne Bujard (director of the EFEO Center in Peking) and Lü Pengzhi (director of the EFEO Center in Hong Kong) are taking part in a meeting of the publication committee, led by Professor Zhu Yueli, of the Collection de traductions d'études taoïstes [Collection of translations in Taoist studies].

On Tuesday, December 13, at 9:30 a.m., on the occasion of the appearance of the first two volumes of Peking temples and steles (Beijing neicheng simiao beike zhi, Pekin: Guojia tushuguan, 2011, 875 pp.), Marianne Bujard is giving a lecture on "Les temples de Pékin: textes et terrain [Peking temples: texts and sites]," at the Modern History Institute of the Chinese Social Sciences Academy.
From December 8 to 12 Paola Calanca is visiting Ningbo to take part in the international colloquium The Silk Road and world civilization, organized by the Social Sciences Academy and the Ningbo Museum. She is talking on the topic "European eyes on maritime China (16th-19th centuries)."
The seminar on Buddhism at the EFEO Center in Tokyo is taking place on Monday, December 12 and 26: an introduction to the Buddhist Kanbun: reading of the Xianyu-jing/Kengu-kyo, 7 and 8 (6:00-8:00 p.m., the Tôyô bunko lecture hall).
On 17 December, Benoît Jacquet is taking part in a daylong workshop on the establishment of Un vocabulaire de la spatialité japonaise [A vocabulary of Japanese spatiality], organized by the Japarchi network at the International Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto.

On 22 December (11:00 a.m.) the monthly seminar on Buddhism, directed by Iyanaga Nobumi, is taking place at the Kansai Franco-Japanese Institute. ,

Frédéric Girard has been named Committee Chair of the Tabizuru Association for Preservation of the Social Heritage, whose headquarters is in Osaka.

On December 2, Frédéric Girard is giving a talk on "Les statues jumelles d'Amida de Kaikei (XIII s.) dans la capitale et en province: à propos d'une découverte récente [The twin Kaikei statues of Amida (13th century) in the capital and in the provinces: on a recent discovery]" at the association for the training of museum conservators, Tabigaku kyôkai (Osaka, Marubeni Building, 2nd floor, 2:00-4:00 p.m.).

On December 8, Frédéric Girard is taking part in a public plenary conference with a talk on "A la frontière de Myôe et de Dôgen [On the Myôe and Dôgen frontier]" at the invitation of Professor Kimura Kiyotaka (Tsurumi University, de 14h à 16h).

On 11 December he is talking on "Les conceptions Kegon de Shigyoku dans le traité de Nô de Zenchiku - Six cercles en une goutte de rosée [The Kegon ideas of Shigyoku in the Zenchiku Nô treatise - six circles in a dewdrop]" (Rokurin ichiro no ki), at the Great Buddha symposium (Tôdaiji temple, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.) and on December 16 at Professor Sueki Fumihiko's seminar on Buddhism (Nichibunken, Kyoto, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.).
From December 2 to 10 Elisabeth Chabanol is giving three courses on ancient civilization at the University of Paris 7, UFR LCAO, Korean Studies division.
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