December 2012
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The members of the SEATIDE Consortium, coordinated by the EFEO, have received a grant of 2.4 million Euros from the European Commission for the 7th PCRD (Executive Program for Research and Development) project Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion. Bringing together Southeast Asian and European researchers, SEATIDE has two main aims: research itself and the strengthening of scholarly cooperation between these two regions of the world. The SEATIDE project will extend over three years, beginning on December 1, 2012.
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On December 6, Franciscus Verellen, Director, is taking part in the meeting of the Commission consultative des recherches archéologiques à l'étranger [Advisory Commission on Overseas Archaeological Research] (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) being held in Paris from December 6 to 12.

On December 12, he is taking part in the final conference of the ASEAN-EU Year of Science Technology and Innovation 2012 in Brussels.

On December 7, Marianne Bujard is talking at the colloquium Popular Culture and Books of Fate in Early China, The Daybook Manuscripts of the Warring States, Qin, and Han, at Friedrich Alexander University (Nuremberg). Her topic is "Rishu within the scope of Qin and Han elite culture and religion."

On Friday, December 7 and 21 (4:30 to 6:00 p.m.), Costantino Moretti (EPHE-UMR8155/CRCAO) is giving two lectures on "Les ‘huit souffrances' et la métaphore médicale dans le Sūtra des Cinq rois, [The ‘eight sufferings' and medical metaphors in the Sūtra of the Five Kings]," as part of Kuo Liying's seminar "Philologie du Bouddhisme chinois [The philology of Chinese Buddhism]", at the Maison de l'Asie (fourth floor conference room).

On Thursday, December 13, at 6:00 p.m., Fabienne Jagou is talking on the topic "Une 'nonne laïque' chinoise à l'origine de la diffusion du bouddhisme tibétain à Taiwan [A Chinese ‘lay nun' at the start of the spread of Tibetan Buddhism into Taiwan]" as part of the lecture series organized by the Société européenne pour l'étude des civilisations de l'Himalaya et de l'Asie centrale [European Society for the Study of the Civilization of the Himalayas and Central Asia] (SEECHAC), at the Cernuschi Museum.

On December 3 Dominic Goodall is part of the jury for the doctoral viva of Hugo David, whose thesis is entitled "La parole comme moyen de connaissance. Recherches sur l'épistémologie de la connaissance verbale et la théorie de l'exégèse dans l'Advaita Vedānta [Language as a means of knowledge. Research on the epistemologie of verbal knowledge and the theory of exegesis in Advaita Vedānta]", and on December 14 Dominic Goodall is part of the jury for the doctoral viva of Christèle Barois, whose thesis is entitled "La Vāyavīyasaṃhitā : Doctrine et rituels śivaïtes en contexte purāṇiques [The Vāyavīyasaṃhitā: Śaiva doctrine and rituals in a Puranic context]".

On December 18 Pierre-Yves Manguin is taking part in the jury at Beatrice Wisniewski's thesis defense; he is the director of her thesis on "Étude technique et historique de la tradition céramique vietnamienne de la fin du premier millénaire de notre ère à partir de l'étude des céramiques à glaçure verte [Technical and historical study of the Vietnamese ceramic tradition at the end of the first millennium of the CE, based on the study of celadon ware]."

On December 15 Éric Bourdonneau is presenting an address on "Mythes de fondation et figures de l'étranger dans le Cambodge ancien [Foundation myths and representations of the foreigner in ancient Cambodia" as part of a daylong workshop on Les étrangers dans l'histoire du Cambodge: témoins et acteurs de la vie économique, sociale et politique khmère [Foreigners in Cambodian history: observers and participants in Khmer economic, social, and political life], being organized at Alençon by the Association d'échanges et de formation pour les études khmères (Aefek) [Khmer Studies Exchanges and Training Assoication].On December 18

Éric Bourdonneau is taking part in the jury at Beatrice Wisniewski's thesis defense (see above).
Franciscus Verellen, Director, has been made a member of the Administrative Council of the television channel Canal Académie, at the Institut de France.

Under a decree issued by the Minister of Higher Education and Research dated November 2, 2012, Franciscus Verellen has been made a member of the Advisory Council of the public group Campus France.
Prizes and honors
A grant of 3,000 Euros has been awarded by the Dourlans Foundation within the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-lettres to Marianne Bujard for the work she is directing as part of the program "Épigraphie et mémoire orale des temples de Pékin: histoire sociale d'une capitale d'empire [Peking temple epigraphy and oral memory: social history of an imperial capital]."
Csaba Dezső and Dominic Goodall, Dāmodaraguptaviracitaṃ Kuṭṭanīmatam. The Bawd's Counsel, being an eighth-century verse novel in Sanskrit by Dāmodaragupta, newly edited and translated into English, Groningen Oriental Studies XXIII, Groningen, Egbert Forsten.

Oman Fathurahman. Itḥāf Al-Dhakī: Tafsir Wahdatul Wujud bagi Muslim Nusantara. Jakarta: Mizan, École française d'Extrême-Orient, Yayasan Rumah Kitab and Institut Studi Islam Fahmina, XXII+283 p.

L. Mardiwarsito and Harimurti Kridalaksana. Struktur Bahasa Jawa Kuna, Jakarta: Komunitas Bambu and École française d'Extrême-Orient, 116 p.

Boechari, Melacak Sejarah Kuno Indonesia Lewat Prasasti.Tracing Ancient Indonesia History through Inscriptions, Jakarta: Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia, Universitas Indonesia and École française d'Extrême-Orient, novembre 2012, 676 p.
Chloé Beaucamp has joint the EFEO's publications team as an assistant editor. We welcome her.
EFEO Seminar
The next EFEO-Paris seminar will take place on Monday, January 28, with a presentation by Dominic Goodall.
Pierre-Yves Manguin and Éric Bourdonneau
(seminar of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales)
- "Histoire et archéologie de l'ancienne Asie du Sud-Est [History and archaeology of ancient Southeast Asia]"
First and third Tuesdays of the month, 2:00-6:00 p.m.(Maison de l'Asie), November 20, 2012, to June 18, 2013.
Topic for 2012-2013: the first development of the Mekong delta (1st to 7th centuries, CE): archaeological investigations carried on during recent years on the ancient town referred to as Oc Eo and the wide plain for which it served as the center (presentation of the excavations carried on part of the Archéologie du delta du Mékong, mission, cartographic analysis of the ancient hydraulic system all around the site, etc.).
Maison de l'Asie
The Maison de l'Asie closes on Friday, December 21, at 8:00 p.m., and reopens on Wednesday, January 2, at 8 a.m.
Of Special Note
Republication of La palabre du serment du Darlac, les tribulations d'un Résident de France sur les hauts-plateaux du centre-Vietnam [The palaver over the Darlac oath: the tribulations of a French Representative on the high plateaus of central Vietnam] , Léopold Sabatier, Ibis Press, 2012.
Life in the Centers
December 18 to 22, Natasja Bosma (Institute of Indian Studies, University of Groningen) is visiting the Pondicherry Center and is giving a lecture on "Dakṣiṇa Kosala: A rich Centre of Early Śaivism."

Christèle Barois (doctoral candidate at the École pratique des hautes études and recipient of an EFEO scholarship) has arrived at the Pondicherry Center. After finishing her thesis, "La Vāyavīyasaṃhitā: Doctrine et rituels śivaïtes en contexte purā.ique [Vāyavīyasaṃhitā: Śaiva doctrine and rituals in a Puranic context]," completed under the direction of Lyne Bansat-Boudon (EPHE), she is continuing at the Center her study of the transmission and ritual installation of this manuscript in the Śaivasiddhānta tradition. This research, begun in 2004, relies on a body of medieval texts that describe rites in which the manuscript is the object of worship just as the representation of a deity is. On December 4 she is giving a lecture entitled "La Vāyavīyasaṃitā: résultats et perspectives [results and future prospects]".

On December 6, Ariane de Saxcé (University of Paris-Sorbonne and recipient of an EFEO scholarship), who is continuing her research work at the Pondicherry Center until the end of December, is giving a lecture on "Réseaux et quantification du commerce dans l'océan Indien (3e BC - 7eAD): méthodologie et problématique [Networks and quantification of trade in the Indian Ocean (3rd century BCE to 7th century CE): methodology and prolematics]".

Marco Francescini (University of Bologna) is continuing his research work at the Pondicherry Center. On December 14 he is presenting a lecture on "La fabrication d'une étude sur le script Grantha dans les manuscrits [The construction of a study on the Grantha script in manuscripts]".
Peter Skilling is in the People's Republic of Korea from November 23 to December 3. He is taking part in the colloquium Buddhist Meditation from Ancient India to Contemporary Asia: International Conference on Buddhist Studies to commemorate 100 years of Master Seongchul. He is giving a talk entitled: "Buddhist Meditation: Who holds the monopoly?"

On December 13, Peter Skilling is talking on the topic "The Buddhas of the Fortunate Aeon" at the meeting organized to mark the publication of Virginia McKeen Di Crooco's work The Footprints of the Five Buddhas of This Bhaddakappa in a Sinhalese-Siamese Context.
December 4, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Seminar on Archaeology in Asia: Past Heritages in contemporaneous issues organized by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Center and the EFEO (Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Center, Room 207, 20 Boromarachachonani Road, Taling Chan, Bangkok).
Moderator: Trongjai Hutangkura (SAC)
Presentations by:
- Peter Skilling (EFEO): "Reading Suttanipata on the ground: The ancient routes of Central India"
- Sirin Yuanyaidee (Phra Pathom Chedi National Musuem): "Digging the past: M. P. Dupont's report from 1937 and the recent excavation at Wat Thammasala / Nakhon Pathom Province,Thailand"
- Martin Polkinghorne (USYD): "Ayutthaya Buddha dissemination in Angkor"
- Christophe Pottier (EFEO): "Any heritage beyond the temples? Geoinformatics investigations in Angkor (Cambodia)"
- Pierre Pichard (EFEO): "Developments and conservation issues in Pagan (Myanmar)"
- Jacques Leider (EFEO): "Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan (Rakhine) in a historical perspective."
December 3 to 8 Daniel Perret is visiting Medan (North Sumatra) to work with the Indonesian Archaeological Center on materials discovered in the course of the excavations at the Kota Cina site.

On December 5 the EFEO Center is coorganizing with the Universitas Indonesia an international colloquium Epigraphie et histoire ancienne de l'Indonésie [Epigraphy and the ancient history of Indonesia], on the occasion of the of the publication of the collection of articles and transcription by the great epigraphist Boechari (see above). Arlo Griffiths, chief editor of this collection, is to talk on the topic "Inscriptions avec mantra et dhâranî comme clé pour éclaircir l'histoire du bouddhisme en Indonésie [Inscriptions with mantra and dhâranî as a key to shedding light on the history of Buddhism in Indonesia]".

On December 12 Arlo Griffiths is attending the official presentation of the catalog of Campā inscriptions to the Da Nang Art Museum. He is a co-author of this catalog.
Siem Reap
On the occasion of the 8th Angkor Photo Festival, the Siem Reap Center is hosting an exhibition by Pablo Batholomew entitled Outside in the Chronicles of a Past Life from November 24 to December 16.

From December 13 to 14 Dominique Soutif is visiting Thbeng Meanchey to take an estampage of an unpublished inscription at Prasat Khna. This visit is being made in collaboration with Professor Ang Choulean and the APSARA epigraphy team and is part of a seminar on Khmer epigraphy organized by Dominique Soutif and Julia Estève that is in progress since the beginning of November 2012 at APSARA.

From December 11 to 16 Jacques Gaucher is in Taipei to give two lectures on his work at Angkor Thom.
On December 4, Ms Wu Yanhong, professor in the History Department of Zhejiang University (Hangzhou), is giving a lecture at the Legal Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as part of the series History, Archaeology and Society 2012-2013. Her presentation is entitled "Juridical knowledge and local justice in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644): a reevaluation".

On December 20, Jérôme Bourgon, Director of Research at the CNRS (Institut d'Asie orientale [East Asia Institute], Lyons), is presenting a lecture on the topic "Principe de légalité et règle de droit dans la tradition chinoise [The principle of legality and rule of law in Chinese tradition" at the History Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as part of the series History, Archaeology and Society 2012-2013.
On December 12, Jacques Gaucher is giving a lecture at the National Palace Museum on the topic "Angkor Thom, 'la Grande Ville', archéologie et analyse d'un espace urbain [Angkor Thom, ‘the Great City,' archaeology and analysis of an urban space]."

On December 13, the film Angkor, l'aventure du Baphuon [Angkor, the Baphuon adventure], made by Didier Fassio (co-production of Cinétévé, the EFEO, and C. TOUT COM! International), is being shown at the Taipei Alliance française, to be followed by a talk by Pascal Royère.

On December 14 at the forum Archaeology and restoration in Angkor (at the Taipei National Technology University), Pascal Royère is giving a talk on "Restauration du Baphuon et la suite des travaux archéologique et de restauration [Restoration of the Baphuon and the continuation of archaeological and restoration work]" and Jacques Gaucher is talking on "Angkor, idées de villes et développement urbain [Angkor, ideas about cities and urban development]".

Sunday, December 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., is the first meeting of the Franco-Japanese project Mythe, rites et émotions: études comparées en Histoire, Mythologie et Anthropologie [Myth, rites, and emotions: comparative studies in History Mythology, and Anthropology], lecture hall at the Tôyô bunko. Nobumi Iyanaga is talking from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the topic "Vue personnelle sur l'histoire des religions au Japon [A personal view of the history of religions in Japan]".

The Buddhism seminar at the Tokyo EFEO Center is meeting on Mondays, December 3 and 17: Introduction to the Buddhist Kanbun, mythological study of juan/kan 11 of the Xianyu-jing/Gengu-kyō (6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tôyô bunko lecture hall).
On Wednesday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m., Mark Ravina (Emory University, Atlanta) is giving a talk in the series Kyoto Lectures on the topic "Nationalism and National Currency: Political Imagery in the early Meiji Era." This lecture, co-sponsored by the EFEO and ISEAS Center, and by the Kansai Modern Japan Group, is taking place at the Institute for Research in the Humane Sciences of Kyoto University.

On Thursday, December 20(beginning at 11:00 a.m.), Iyanaga Nobumi's seminar on Buddhism is taking place at the Kansai Franco-Japanese Institute.
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