September 2012
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The IDEAS project, led by the EFEO, came to an end on 30 June 2012. This "Coordination and Support Activity" within the 7th Framework Program (2007-2013), supported by a substantial grant from the European Commission (€1.2 million over a period of 30 months), aimed to strengthen cooperation among European researchers and research institutions specializing in the field of Asian studies. The Commission's representatives have welcomed the contribution of this program to the dialog between the academic community and decision makers through a series of on-site seminars in Asia as well as in several political centers in Europe.
In Memoriam
It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the death of Flora Blanchon. We share below an excerpt from a eulogy by Léon Vandermeersch, intellectual historian of China and a former director of the EFEO:

Flora Blanchon held the chair of Chinese archaeology and art history at the Sorbonne. Just prior to Flora's research career a huge discovery was made - the army of bingmayong near Xi'an: 8,000 terra cotta soldiers and horses and about a hundred wooden chariots dating from the 3rd century B.C.E.
Her 1982 doctoral thesis, "Les armes et leur utilisation en Chine à l'époque des Royaumes combattants [Arms and their use in China in the Warring Kingdoms period]" would be followed, ten years later, by a superb exhibition, organized by Flora herself, at Metz,
Des Guerriers de l'éternité [Warriors of Eternity].
The dozen works that she published - either alone or with two or three collaborators chosen from among the finest specialists - are models of clarity that remain invaluable guides in the expansion of Chinese studies.
Such was the main scholarly work of Flora. But also striking is the wealth of accompanying projects that she worked on, the result of an unquenchable passion for all aspects of East Asian studies. She was completely committed to the guidance of graduate students. As a result, each of the dissertations she directed was truly a contribution to knowledge. Her former students recognize how much they owe to her. They have told me so, whether in Peking, Shanghai, Taipei, or Seoul.
Along with them, all students of the civilisations of East Asia will cherish the memory of Flora Blanchon, a distinguished scholar of things Chinese.

Léon Vandermeersch
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On 7 September, Franciscus Verellen, Director, is giving a talk at the Palace Museum in Taipei on the topic "Une page régionale de l'histoire de l'art visuel en Chine, transmission et innovation au royaume Shu du 10e siècle [A regional page in the history of visual art in China: transmission and innovation during the Shu kingdom of the tenth century]." He is also taking part on 8 September in the opening of the exhibition Vestiges archéologiques d'Angkor, travaux de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient [Archaeological remains of Angkor: work of the French School of East Asian Studies]" in Chiayi (Taiwan).

From 10 to 12 September, Franciscus Verellen is visiting Japan for meetings on the construction project for the new EFEO Center in Kyoto.

On September 18, Franciscus Verellen is taking part in a working meeting of the directors and chairs of the Administrative Boards of the five French Schools Overseas, at the Institut de France.
A special meeting of the Board of Administrators is convened on Tuesday, 18 September, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the EFEO headquarters.

The accounting office is changing its computer system, an operation that requires the transfer of data. All budgetary and accounting operations are thus being suspended from September 18 to 28.

We are happy to announce the marriage of Emmanuelle Maury, now Emmanuelle Marcoul, EFEO director of financial and accounting services.
On September 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Frédéric Girard is taking part in a daylong workshop on Myōe's Dream Journal, organized by Professor Okuda Isao at Taishō University.

On September 3 and 4 Kuo Liying is taking part in the colloquium on Caution and Creativity- Legitimizing and Conceptualizing Prognostic Practices in Chinese Buddhism, organized as part of the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). She is speaking on the topic "Key to Dream: Salvation in Chinese Buddhism ."

At the meetings in Paris of the European Association for Chinese Studies (September 4 to 8), as part of the workshop on "Visual culture in Transition ," organized by Francesca Dal Lago (Thursday, September 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.), Michela Bussotti is presenting a talk on "New Format for old Contents? Pages of Printing transition" and Alain Arrault on "Images in Time, Time in the Images." ,

Several EFEO instructors and researchers are taking part in the 14th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) being held 18 to 21 September in Dublin:
- Éric Bourdonneau : « Hunchback and Judgment of the Dead in Ancient Cambodia »
- Véronique Degroot and Agustijanto Indrajaya (Indonesian National Archaeology Center) :       « Archaeological survey of the north coast of central Java: the district of Batang »
- Michel Lorrillard : « A new chapter in the history of Laos: Môn Buddhist culture in the first millennium »
- Pierre-Yves Manguin : « The stitched-plank and lashed-lug tradition of Southeast Asia: new data from archaeology »
- Christine Hawixbrock : « From the treasure to the city: excavations at Nong Hua Thong (Laos) »
- Christophe Pottier : « When did Angkor start? Archaeological challenges in an historical context »
- Christophe Pottier and Mitch Hendrickson (University of Illinois, Chicago) organize the panel Historical archaeology of the Khmer Empire: challenges and new perspectives.
- Dominique Soutif : « Along the southern bank of the eastern Baray. Two archaeological campaigns on Yaçovarman's âçramas in Angkor »
- Dominique Soutif, Chea Socheat and Julia Estève : « Ritual objects and Epigraphy »

On 5 September Quang Po Dharma is leaving for Asia for a short visit to take part in a workshop at Kuala Lumpur on 10 September with Professor Niu Junkai (Sun Yat Sen University, Canton, China) in order to set up the cooperative program "Numérisation, Inventaire et Index des Archives Royales du Champa (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles) [Digitization, Inventory, and Index of the Champa Royal Archives (18th-19th centuries)]." In addition he is giving a lecture on the history of Champa at the seminar being organized by the Peking Foreign Languages University on 23 September. He is also in the course of preparing the colloquium International Conference on Seals as Symbols of Authority in Southeast Asia to be held 6 and 7 November at the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur).

As part of the program Épigraphie et mémoire orale des temples de Pékin, Histoire sociale d'une capitale d'empire [Epigraphy and oral memory of the temples of Peking: Social history of an imperial capital], Marianne Bujard is to be in Peking from 25 September to 18 October. On 27 and 28 September she is taking part in the workshop on the temples of the Forbidden City being organized by the EFEO's Peking Center and the Palace Museum Research Center for the Tibetan Buddhist Heritage.
Andrew Hardy, director of the Hanoi Center of the EFEO since 1 October 2002, and Philippe Le Failler, of the Hanoi Center, are reassigned to France beginning 1 September.

Pascal Bourdeaux (EPHE) is taking up an appointment with the EFEO. He has been appointed to the new EFEO Center in Ho Chi Minh City, a branch of the EFEO's Hanoi Center, beginning on September 1.

Olivier Tessier is taking over as head of the Hanoi Center from 1 September.

Véronique Degroot has been named a member of the EFEO beginning 1 September and has been assigned to the Jakarta Center.

After spending six years working in the EFEO's Publications section, Géraldine Hue is leaving the EFEO on 3 September to take up the directorate of the publications division of the French School in Athens. All our best wishes go with her.
From 4 to 6 September Barbara Bonazzi is taking part in the annual meeting of the EASL (European Association of Sinology Librarians) taking place at the BULAC in Paris.

On 7 September, in Lyon, Rachel Guidoni is taking part in a workshop bringing together the directors of all five libraries of the Overseas French Schools.

From 18 to 21 September Antony Boussemart is in Berlin to take part in the annual meetings of the EAJRS (European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists). There he is chairing two panels dedicated to electronic resources and is giving a talk on the Japan Specialist Workshop on the Humane Sciences organized by the National Library of the Diet in Tokyo last February.
Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient 95-96 (2008-2009), 568 p.

Aséanie 28
(décembre 2011), available on order from Bangkok ( or Paris (
Lü Pengzhi, « Ordination Ranks in Medieval Daoism and the Classification of Daoist Rituals », in Affiliation and Transmission in Daoism - A Berlin Symposium, ed. Florian C. Reiter, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2012, p. 81-107.

Christophe Pottier, « Beyond the temples: Angkor and its territory », in Haendel, A. (ed.) Old Myths, New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia. Monash Asia Series

Christophe Pottier, Armand Desbat, Marie-France Dupoizat, Annie Bolle, « Le matériel céramique à Prei Monti (Angkor) »,  Lefèvre, Vincent (ed.). Orientalismes. De l'archéologie au musée. Mélanges offerts à Jean-François Jarrige, Tîurnhout - Brepols, 2012.

Franciscus Verellen, « Une page régionale de l'histoire de l'art visuel en Chine : transmission et innovation au royaume de Shu du Xe siècle », in Lefèvre, Vincent (ed.). Orientalismes. De l'archéologie au musée. Mélanges offerts à Jean-François Jarrige, Tîurnhout - Brepols, 2012.
For her summer program on France Info, Anne Chépeau interviewed Christophe Pottier about Angkor on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO agreement on world heritage sites.

« History behind Arakan State Conflict », entretien avec Jacques Leider dans The Irrawaddy, coverning Burma and Southeast Asia
EFEO Paris Seminar
Philippe Le Failler (EFEO) is talking on the topic "Pétroglyphes montagnards et cartographie de l'espace rural. Programme conservatoire des roches gravées de Sapa, Viêtnam [Montagnard petroglyphs and mapping of rural space. Conservation program for the rock carvings at Sapa, Vietnam]" on Monday, 24 September (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) at the Maison de l'Asie (second floor conference room, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris).
Life in the Centers
Julie Gandini, studying at the École du Louvre, is arriving on 30 September at the EFEO Center in Pondicherry for a stay of four months. She hopes to complete the work of cataloging the collection of art objects exhibited at the Center.
On 6 September (7:30 p.m.) at the Siam Society, on the occasion of the book launch for How Theravada is Theravada?, the editors Prapod Assavarirulhakarn, Peter Skilling, Claudio Cicuzza and Arthid Sheravanichkul are presenting a lecture on "How Theravada is Theravada? Nouvelles perspectives sur une tradition ancienne [New perspectives on an ancient tradition]."

Pierre Pichard, associate member of the EFEO, is visiting Pagan (Myanmar) on behalf of UNESCO from 2 to 22 September.
Chiang Mai
On the invitation of Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jacques Leider is taking part in a forum organized by Amnesty International on Burma in Transition: Ethnic Minorities, Human Rights and Democratic Process at Columbia Unversity (New York) on 14 September. He is to talk about the recent conflicts between Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan.
On 7 September (National Palace Museum, Taipei), Franciscus Verellen, Director, is presenting a talk (see Paris, Colloquia, Visits, and Meetings).

On 8 September: opening of the exhibition Vestiges archéologiques d'Angkor: travaux de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient [Archaeological remains of Angkor: work of the French School of East Asian Studies] (8 September to 14 October in Chiayi; from 17 November
to 29 December in Taipei) organized jointly by the southern branch of the National Palace Museum and the EFEO, with Franciscus Verellen, Director, attending.

That afternoon Dominique Soutif is giving a lecture on the topic "A century of research in Cambodia: the École française d'Extrême-Orient's activities in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh" and on 11 September (in Taipei, at the National Technology University, Archaeology Department) another lecture, on "The âçramas of Yasovarman I: monasteries and mediums for dissemination of royal power in Cambodia at the end of the 9th century."
Hong Kong
On 3 and 8 September, in Hong Kong, Lü Pengzhi is continuing his ethnographic study on the subject of a "Grande offrande de l'eau et de la terre [Great offering of water and earth]" which lasts 49 days and began on 22 July at the Fei Ngan Tung temple.

On 22 and 23 September, in Quemoy (Taiwan), Lü Pengzhi is taking part in the colloquium on Zhengyi and Local Daoist Ritual being organized jointly by the Graduate Institute of Culture and History of Hokkien (South Fujian), the National Quemoy University, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Shih Ho-cheng Folk Culture Foundation. There he is presenting a talk entitled "Le rituel de transmission de registres de l'Autel du tonnerre de la réponse transcendante dans la région de Tonggu au Jiangxi [The ritual of transmission of registers at the Thunder Altar of the Transcendent Response in the Tonggu region of Jiangxi]."
On 20 September, Élisabeth Chabanol is taking part in the round table organized by the Institute for Area Studies and the International Institute for Asian Studies at the University of Leiden with the aim of bringing together the points of view of specialists doing research on North Korea on the project Leiden Initiative on Northern Korea.

The 6th World Congress of Korean Studies de l'Academy of Korea Studies, Transforming Korean Tradition: Past and Present is taking place on 15 and 26 September on the premises of Sôngnam Academy (South Korea). Élisabeth Chabanol, who is a member or the organizing committe, is participating in the congress as a representative of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe.
The Buddhism seminar at the EFEO Center in Tokyo is taking place on Mondays, 3 and 23 September, and covers an introduction to the Buddhist Kanbun: reading the Xianyu-jing/Kengu-kyo, 23 and 24 (6:00-8:00 p.m., lecture hall, Tôyô bunko).
On September 29, the EFEO and the ISEAS are co-organizing the colloquium Eurasian Tracks: Connections and Intellectual Exchanges portant sur le thème: "Early Modern Japan in European Archives," at the Kyoto University Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.
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