April 2012
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The EFEO is delighted to be a partner in the world tour of Khloros Concert, starring the Bordeaux String Quartet. During April the group are performing recent works by Odile Perceau: Garonne and Partitas Romane. A series of concerts are to be given in China, from 13 to 27 April: at the Forbidden City in Peking, in Wuhan, and in Hong Kong.
On the occasion of the concerts given at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the EFEO and the Institute of Chinese Studies (Chinese University of Hong Kong) are launching a drive to raise money for an annual scholarship to promote scholarly and cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Europe.
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On April 12, in Brussels, Franciscus Verellen, director, is taking part in the workshop An East Asia Knowledge Infrastructure for Europe: Integrating State of the Art Electronic Resources for East Asian Studies, being organized as part of the FP7 project Integrating and Developing European Asian Studies (IDEAS) in collaboration with the European Science Foundation (ESF). The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the ways to gain mutual European access to new digital sources produced in China, Korea, and Japan over the past few years.

On April 16 Franciscus Verellen is chairing a meeting of the steering committee of the European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF) that is being held at the EFEO headquarters (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

From April 18 to 22 Franciscus Verellen is visiting Japan. In Tokyo, he is meeting with the director of the Tōyō Bunko Oriental Library, the French ambassador to Japan, the Cultural Attaché and the director of the Maison franco-japonaise.
On April 22 he is attending meetings in Kyoto concerning the building of the new EFEO Center there.

From April 23 to 27, Franciscus Verellen is in Hong Kong for the establishment of a scholarship program with the Institute of Chinese Studies (see Editorial).
On April 5 Pascal Royère, director of studies, is meeting with the management of the TRACES (Travaux et recherches archéologiques sur les cultures, les espaces et les sociétés [Archaeological work and research on cultures, spaces, and societies]) laboratory, a mixed research group of the CNRS with contracts with the University of Toulouse 2 le Mirail, the EHESS, the Ministry of Culture and Communication (archaeology section), and the National Institute for Research in Preventive Archaeology. He is discussing new perspectives for cooperation between this laboratory and the EFEO.

From April 17 to 27 he is also visiting Cambodia to take part in exploratory archaeological excavations at the Western Mebon as a preamble to construction of a protective dike at this site.
Emmanuelle Maury, Comptroller, and Zohra Soltani, Director of Bookkeeping in the Accounting Division, are visiting the Center in Hanoi from April 16 to 20 to restore the accounting services at the Center and establish a periodic checking of the accounts for the program "Histoire et patrimoine du centre Vietnam: projet de recherche et de formation sur la ‘longue muraille de Quang Ngai-Binh Dinh' [Central Vietnamese history and patrimony: research and training project on the ‘long wall of Quang Ngai-Binh Dinh']."

Pierre Pichard has been invited by UNESCO to take part in a seminar of experts, organized in Rangoon from April 3 to 7, to prepare for the registration of the Pyu cities in Burma on the World Heritage list.

On April 12 and 13 Kuo Liying is taking part in a workshop organized by Dr. Michael Willis on Mantra and Dhāran.ī in the Religious Traditions of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. This workshop is being organized as part of the international research consortium Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany). The topic of her presentation is "Indian dhāran.ī and Chinese gāthā in Medieval Chinese Buddhism."

On April 13 and 14 François Lachaud is taking part in the symposium The Artist in Edo, organized by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. On April 13 at 2 p.m. he is talking on the topic "Eccentrics and Men of Taste: Biographies of Artists and Collectors in the Edo Period" in the session on "The Uses of Eccentricity."

On April 28 (from 2 to 6 p.m.) Frédéric Girard is taking part in Professor Itō Takayuki's seminar Le corps et l'esprit dans la pensée japonaise et le confucianisme [The body and the spirit in Japanese thought and Confucianism], at the Nichibunken (Kyoto) with a presentation on "Le corps et l'âme dans le Compendium de Philosophie de Gomez et sa traduction en japonais (1595) [The body and soul in Gomez's Compendium of Philosophy and its translation into Japanese (1595)]."
Éric Bourdonneau, "Nouvelles recherches sur Koh Ker (Chok Gargyar) Jayavarman IV et la maîtrise des mondes [New research on Koh Ker (Chok Gargyar) Jayavarman IV and the control of worlds]," Monuments et mémoires (Fondation Eugène Piot), vol. 90, 2011, pp. 93-141.

Iyanaga Nobumi, "Bukkyō shinwa to chūsei Nihon shinwa: riron-teki shiten kara [Buddhist mythology and the mythology of medieval Japan: from a theoretical point of view]," Kodai bungaku [Ancient literature], 51 (2012) [publication of the Kodai bungaku kai], pp. 2a-11b.

Benoît Jacquet and Vincent Giraud, eds., From the Things Themselves: Architecture and Phenomenology. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press and EFEO, 541 pp.

Benoît Jacquet and Dermott Walsh, "Reduction to Japanness? Katsura Villa as a Discursive Phenomenon," in From the Things Themselves: Architecture and Phenomenology. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press and EFEO pp. 349-371.

Benoît Jacquet et Vincent Giraud, "Introduction," in From the Things Themselves: Architecture and Phenomenology. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press and EFEO, pp. 1-20.

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 ‘Art of tea': on some pages of João Rodrigues "Tçuzu" (1562-1633)'s L'História da Igreja do Japão]," in L'œuvre scientifique des missionnaires en Asie [Scholarly work of missionaries in Asia], workshop day (AIBL-Société asiatique, 9 January 2009), P.-S. Filliozat and J. Leclant eds., 2012.

Fujimori Terunobu, "Homage to Michelangelo: Tange's Encounter with Heidegger," translated by Benoît Jacquet, in From the Things Themselves: Architecture and Phenomenology, Kyoto: Kyoto University Press and EFEO, pp. 333-348.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris Seminar is being held on Monday, April 2 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Christophe Pottier (EFEO) is talking on the topic "Considérations récentes sur l'origine d'Angkor et ses développements [Recent thoughts on the origin of Angkor and its development], " at the Maison de l'Asie (2nd floor conference room, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris).
Of Special Note
On Monday, April 16 (4 to 6 p.m.) as part of the seminar Les portugais et le monde asiatique: religions, cultures et politiques (XVIe-XXIe siècles)[The Portuguese and the Asian world: religions, cultures, and political institutions (16th to 21st centuries] being organized by the EFEO, the French branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and the EPHE, Pierre Marsone (of the EPHE is making a presentation on the topic "L'empiere du Grand Khan: diversité culturelle, religieuse et échanges économiques dans l'empire mongol (1260-1368) [The Empire of the Great Khan: cultural and religious diversity and trade in the Mongol empire (1260-1368)" at the French branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 39, av. de la Tour Maubourg, Paris.

UMR Iranian and Indian Worlds 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 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 April 24, Jane Allen (geo-archaeologist, International Archaeological Research Institute, Hawaii) is talking on "Trade, its Agricultural Support Base, and a Changing Landscape at Early Trade Sites in Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand," Maison de l'Asie, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Life in the Centers
S. L. P. Anjaneya Sarma is visiting Chilakaluripet in Andhra Pradesh, where he has been invited to take part and present a talk on the "Panini sutra = Patyur no yajnasamyoge 4-1-33" at the Sastrasadas organized by the Sringeru Saradapeeth.
From April 2 to 12, Véronique Degroot (EFEO Jakarta) and Agustijanto Indrajaya (Indonesian National Archaeology Center) are visiting the kabupaten of Batang (Central Java). This visit marks the beginning of an archaeological investigation whose aim is to document the Hindu-Buddhist remnants on the northern coast of Central Java.

On Tueday, April 17, Arlo Griffiths is giving a public course at the Universitas Indonesia on the epigraphy of Western Sumatra, more especially the inscriptions of Ādityavarman. At the beginning of the month he is traveling to Central Java, the kabupaten of Batang, to make impressions of two ancient inscriptions in that region.
Peter Skilling is giving a lecture on "Rhetoric of Reward, Ideologies of Inducement: Why produce Buddhist ‘Art'?" at the international forum on Buddhist art organized by the Courtauld Art Institute, Somerset House, in London from April 11 to 14. He is also continuing his research at the British Library and the British Museum.
As part of the lecture series Histoire, archéologie et société [History Archaeology, and Society], (Franco-Chinese academic lectures) organized by the EFEO's Peking Center, Ms Zhang Xiaoye (Professor of the History of Law at the Chinese University of Law and Political Sciences, Zhongguo zhengfa daxue) is giving a lecture at Tsinghua University entitled "La contribution de l'anthropologie historique à la compréhension du droit chinois sous les dynasties Ming et Qing [The contribution of historical anthropology to the understanding of Chinese law under the Ming and Qing dynasties]" on April 17 at 3:30 p.m.

At the invitation of Professors Tim Brook (University of British Columbia) and Kent Guy (University of Washington), Luca Gabbiani is to be in Seattle from April 24 to 28 to take part in a seminar dedicated to the Dai yi bu (1487) by Qiu Jun (1421-1495).
Hong Kong
On 30 April the telephone number at the EFEO Center in Hong Kong is changing. The new number is (852) 3943 7369.

On April 15 Suzanne Peyrard (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), attached to the Hong Kong EFEO Center since February of this year, is completing her fieldwork on relations between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
On April 14 Paola Calanca is taking part in the colloquium La compagnie des Indes orientales et la piraterie en Asie [The East India Company and piracy in Asia], organized by the Tôyô bunko Museum (Tokyo), where she will talk on "Commerce et piraterie le long des côtes chinoises (1620-1640) [Trade and piracy on the coasts of China (1620-1640)" (see below).
On the occasion of the exhibition The East India Company and piracy in Asia at the Tôyô bunko Museum from March 7 to June 24, the Tôyô bunko is organizing, with the Tokyo Maison franco-japonaise, the Franco-Japanese Orientalis Association, and the EFEO's Tokyo Center, a round table on this same topic( in which Paola Calanca is taking part) on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the auditorium of the Maison franco-japonaise.

The Buddhism seminar at the EFEO Center in Tokyo is taking place on Mondays, Arpil 9 and 23, and covers an introduction to the Buddhist Kanbun: reading the Xianyu-jing/Kengu-kyo, 15 and 16 (6:00-8:00 p.m., lecture hall, Tôyô bunko).
On April 20 and 21 the EFEO is co-organizing the colloquium Architecture et nature [Architecture and Nature] at Seika University on April 20 (5:00-6:30 p.m.), and at the Kansai Franco-Japanese Institute on April 21 (3:00-6:30 p.m.).

Benoît Jacquet is participating then in the debate on the topic "Architecture et impermanence (légèreté, éphéméralité, temporalité) [Architecture and impermanence (fragility, ephemerality, temporary nature)," at the Kansai Franco-Japanese Institute (5:30-6:30 p.m.).

On April 26 (11 a.m.) the monthly seminar on Buddhism, conducted by Iyanaga Nobumi, is taking place at the EFEO-ISEAS Center, Kyoto.On April 26 (6 p.m.).

Joseph T. Sorensen (University of California, Davis) is making a presentation at the Kyoto Lectures on the topic "The Story behind the Poem: The Elevation of Vernacular Fiction in Court Poetry" at the Kyoto University Institute for Research in the Humane Sciences.
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