February 2014
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The EFEO's presence in Japan is taking a new departure with the opening of purpose-built facilities for the Kyoto Center. Work on the construction and furnishing of the new EFEO Kyoto Center is being completed on February 21 (see below, under Kyoto Center). The design and construction were assigned to the Mikan architectural firm in Yokohama, after an initial contribution from the Kyoto architect Munemoto. This project has been supported by distinguished Franco-Japanese partnerships and the generous contributions made by the Saint-Gobain group in Paris and the Horba group in Kyoto. The inauguration of the building takes place on February 26, in the presence of the French Ambassador, representatives from the Kyoto city government, the director of the EFEO, and the Japanese and French partners of the Center. On this occasion the EFEO is launching a new annual series of international lectures entitled The Anna Seidel Memorial Lectures. The inaugural lecture, on the topic "Translating Ritual: how the Dedication of Merit was Transmitted across Asia" is to be given by Stephen F. Teiser, D.T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies at Princeton University.
Franciscus Verellen
             "Translating Ritual: how the Dedication of Merit was Transmitted across Asia"
In memoriam
It is with great sorrow that the EFEO announces the death, on January 25, 2014, of Viviane Sukanda-Tessier, member of the School from 1969 to 1996. The EFEO extends its sincere condolences to her family.
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
Franciscus Verellen, Director, Coordinator of the European program SEATIDE (Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion), is in Chiang Mai from February 12 to 16 to take part in the meetings of the Steering Committee and SEATIDE workshops, with Yves Goudineau and Elisabeth Lacroix, scientific coordinator and project manager, respectively, followed by the international conference Transforming Societies, being by Chiang Mai University (see below).
From February 17 to 19, Franciscus Verellen is visiting Yangon, with Yves Goudineau, head of the EFEO Center in Chiang Mai, in preparation, with Patrick McCormick, head of the EFEO Center in Yangon, for the renewed development of the EFEO's presence in Burma.
The Director is meeting with partners of the EFEO Center in Bangkok on February 20, prior to taking part in the inauguration of the new EFEO Center in Kyoto (see Editorial) and associated events (from February 22 to 27).

The third meeting of the Steering Committee of the PCRD7 project SEATIDE (Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion) coordinated by the EFEO is taking place in Chiang Mai, on the occasion of a first series of workshops from February 12 to 15. The members of the project are then to take part in a SEATIDE panel at the conference on Transforming Societies: Contestation and Convergences in Asia and the Pacific, organized by the Asia Pacific Sociological Association to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai University.

Eric Bourdonneau is serving on the doctoral dissertation jury for Thérèse Guyot on Friday, February 7, at 2 p.m. in the Maison de l'Asie: The dissertation topic is "La servitude pour dette au Campa du sud au XVIIIe siècle. Etude des archives légales du ‘Panduranga-Campa' de la Société Asiatique de Paris [Debt servitude in 18th-century South Champa. Study of the ‘Panduranga-Campa' legal archives at the Paris Asiatic Society], " and is directed by. Philippe Papin/EPHE.

From February 14 to March 4 Michel Lorrillard is visiting northeast Thailand to continue his research on the transition of ancient Khmer and Mon sites into Tha-Lao areas.

Liying Kuo is serving on the dissertation jury for Chao Zhang on the topic "Formation des paradigmes religieux entre essai et hagiographie: Étude de deux Biji du bouddhisme Chan des Song du Sud (1127-1279) [Formation of religious paradigms from trial to hagiography: study of two Biji in Chan Buddhism of the Southern Song (1127-1279)]," (EPHE, doctorate in "Histoire, textes et documents"), co-directed by Liying Kuo and Jean-Pierre Drège.

The defense is on Saturday, February 1, at 2 p.m., at the EPHE at the Sorbonne (17, rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris, staircase E, 2nd story, the Delamarre Room). Liying Kuo participe éis also serving on the dissertation jury for Lo-Ra Lee whose topic is "La figure de Maitreya, le futur Bouddha, selon la tradition scripturaire et son culte vivant en Inde et en Extrême-Orient [The figure of Maitreya, the future Buddha, according to the scriptural tradition and his living cult in India and East Asia]" (Doctoral division "Concepts et Langages" of the University of Paris-Sorbonne), to be held on Thursday, February 13th, at 2 p.m., at the Sorbonne (1, rue Victor Cousin, room J636, staircase G, 75005 Paris).

From February 7 to 11, Dominic Goodall is at Hamburg University for a meeting of the "South Asia" team of the Encyclopædia of Manuscript Cultures in Asia and Africa. He is giving a talk there on "What information can be gleaned from Cambodian inscriptions about practices relating to the transmission of Sanskrit literature?" (http://www.manuscript-cultures.uni-hamburg.de/Enzy_e.html)

At the invitation of Silvia D'Intino (INHA), Dominic Goodall pis presenting the second half of his talk on "Le dharmaśāstra et le śaivasiddhānta: rites d'expiation et de réparation (prāyaścitta) [Dharmaśāstra and śaivasiddhānta: rites of atonement and restoration (prāyaścitta)]"on Thursday, February 6, at 5:30 p.m., as part of the workshop Lectures du dharma, at the Gernet-Glotz Library, 2, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris.

From February 15 to March 15, Dominic Goodall is visiting Pondicherry, to continue Center's ongoing projects dealing with Shivaite literature written in Sanskrit and to take part in the in the inauguration of NETamil, ua European project in ancient Tamul literature directed by Eva Wilden.

Luca Gabbiani, "Taxing for profit? The title-deed tax in eighteenth century China from a fiscal and legal perspective," in Chen Hsi-yuan (ed.) 陳熙遠(主編), Fu'an de lishi. Dang'an kaojue yu Qingshi yanjiu [Di sijie guoji hanxue huiyi lunwenji] 覆案的歷史. 檔案考掘與清史研究 [第四屆國際漢學會議論文集] (Exploring the Archives and Rethinking Qing Studies [Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Sinology]), 2 vols., Taipei, Academia Sinica, Lianjing chuban shiye gufen youxian gongsi, 2013, vol. 2, pp. 685-732.

Patrice Fava, Aux Portes du ciel: la statuaire taoïste du Hunan: Art et anthropologie de la Chine [At Heaven's Gates: Taoist statuary in Hunan: Art and anthropology of China], preface by Kristofer Schipper, joint publication: Les Belles Lettres/École française d'Extrême-Orient, 664 pp., 850 illustrations, January 2014.

Patrice Fava (Fan Hua) and Wan Yilin, "Enquête sur le taoïsme du Hunan: la liturgie de Maître Chen Demei [Investigation of Taoism in Hunan: the liturgy of Master Chen Demei]" (Hunan daojiao diaocha yanjiu-Chen Demei daozhang de fashi keyi), in Actes du colloque international sur les recherches comparées des traditions taoïstes locales (Difang daojiao yishi shidi diaocha bijiao yanjiu, guoji xueshu yanjiu taolun wenji), edited by Lü Pengzhi and John Lagerwey (Lao Gewen), Taipei, Taiwan, ed. Xinwenfeng, sept. 2013, pp. 33-112.
Rachel Guidoni is visiting the Pondicherry Centre from January 26 to 31 to continue training on the handling of documents and consideration of the rearrangement of the collections.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris seminar is taking place on Monday, February 10 (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): Olivier Tessier (EFEO) is talking on the topic "Histoire de l'aménagement hydraulique du delta du fleuve Rouge (Vietnam): interventionnisme de l'État central, réactions et initiatives locales [History of the hydraulic management of the Red River delta (Vietnam): central state intervention and local reactions and initiatives," Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 2nd floor meeting room).
La vie des Centres
From February 10 to 12 the Pondicherry Center, in collaboration with Pondicherry University and The University of Lyon III, is organizing an international conference on the Mahabharata intitulée Mahabharata:The epic tradition in India and South-East Asia du 10 au 12 février.Emma Stein (doctoral candidate in the history of art at Yale University, U.S.A.) is spending two months, beginning February 15, at the Pondicherry Center to continue her research on "Kanchipuram as Temple City: The Local and the Global, ca. 8th-12th century AD."

Virginie Olivier (doctoral candidate at the University of Paris IV and recipient of an EFEO fellowship) is spending a month at the Center, beginning on February 15, to continue her research on the iconography of Agni, Brahmā, and the Brahmans in the sculpture of ancient India.Anna A. Ślączka (conservation expert in the South Asian art section at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands) is in Pondicherry from Feburary 17 to march 5 to continue her studies on the dating and conservation of Chola bronzes.

From February 15 to March 9, Marzenna Czerniakdrozdzowicz (Jagiellonian-Krakow University) is at the Center to continue her research on the role of tradition in contemporary pancaratra religious practices among the Vishuites of South India.

Sylvain Brocquet is in Pondicherry from February 14 to 22. In addition to continuing his work on Sanskrit epigraphy in South India, he wants to start an inquiry in the reception by the pundits of Sanskrit poems that can be read backwards and forwards (dvyarthakâvya) in order to analyze the interpretative process suggested by this type of text.

Julie Rocton (contractual doctoral candidate at the University of Aix-Marseille, member of UMR 7297-Texts and documents of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean) is visiting the Center for two months, beginning on February 14, in order to continue her dissertation on the tops "Modes d'existence des idées esthétiques de la tradition sanskrite dans l'enseignement et la pratique du Bharatanâtyam [Ways that the esthetic ideas of the Sanskrit tradition continue to exist in the teaching and practice of the Bharatanâtyam dance]."
Christophe Pottier has been invited by Professor Chotima Chaturawong to give a lecture on Angkor urbanism on Monday, February 10, in the Architecture Department of Silpakorn University. Pierre Pichard is giving a lecture entitled "Architecture of the Thai monastery" on February 20 at 10 a.m., in the autditorium of the Bangkok National Museum.
Chieng Mai
From February 12 to 24 the Center is organizing the general meeting of the European project SEATIDE (55 people) with a series of thematic seminars corresponding to the four main concerns of the project. A plenary session will also take place at the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), local partner in the project.

On February 15, as part of the APSA (Asia Pacific Sociological Association) Conference, hosted this year by Chiang Mai University on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, there is to be a SEATIDE panel coordinated by the EFEO.

From February 17 to 19, Yves Goudineau is visiting Burma to draw up, with Patrick McCormick, and evaluation of the current status of the Yangon Center and to meet, along with Franciscus Verelle, Director of the EFEO, representatives from the University as well as the French ambassador and his cultural attaché.

From February 25 to 28, Yves Goudineau pis taking part in the inauguration ceremonies for the new Kyoto Center and in the scholarly workshops being organized by the EFEO on this occasion.
The exhibition De Vat Phu à Angkor, archives photographiques de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient [From Wat Phu to Angkor, photographic archives of the EFEO]I, organized by Christine Hawixbrock at the Laos French Institute (IFL) in Vientiane dfrom January 15 to 26, is now to be reinstalled at the Wat Phu archeological site for exhibition from February 12 to 28.Christine Hawixbrock, with Marielle Santoni (CNRS) is directing the Mission archéologique française du Sud Laos [French South Laos Archeological Mission] on the Wat Sang'O site, Wat Phu region, to begin on February 15.
Phnom Penh
On February 5, Bertrand Porte iis beginning a lecture series organized by the Phnom Penh Royal Fine Arts University by the new Yosothor organization directed by Professor Ang Choulean. He is presenting significant work, both old and new, done by the sculpture conservation-restoration workshop (in cooperation with the EFEO) at the Phnom Penh National Museum.
On Tuesday, February 4, Olivier Tessier is taking part in the day-long Franco-Asian workshop on water and its eco-treatment organized by the Académie de l'eau {Water Academy] (www.academie-eau.org) at the Paris Water Pavilion [Pavillon de l'eau]. He is presenting a talk entitled "La maîtrise de l'eau dans le delta du fleuve Rouge (Nord du Vietnam): une réalité historique vitale [Water management in the delta of the Red River (northern Vietnam): an important historical reality]," and is participating in the round table that is to close the day's events.

To mark the 120th anniversary of the founding of the town of Đà Lạt, which coincides with the celebration of 2013 as the France-Vietnam Cooperation Year, the exhibition Đà Lạt - Et la carte créa la ville [Đà Lạt - How the map created the town], planned by the EFEO's Vietnam Center in collaboration with the directors of the Vietnamese State Archives, has led to the publication of a catalog with the same name (230 pages, along with 500 original documents - maps, plans, and photographs). The purpose of this publication is to start a discussion of questions concerning the preservation of the national heritage and future urbanization by giving readers a cartographic reading of the history of the town, from its origins (end of the 19th century) down to today. Up to this time, despite the existence of many mostly photographic records dedicated to the colonial architecture of this hill station, its urban history has been only partially undertaken and illustrated.
From January 26 to February 4, Wu Chun-huei (assistant at the EFEO Taipei Center and employed half time as part of the ANR program Régir l'espace chinois [Ruling Chinese space]) is to visit the Institut d'Asie orientale [East Asia Institute] in Lyon. He is working there with the SIG team of the East Asia Institute on the preparation of the cartography platform in the program, developed in collaboration with the team run by Professor Fan I-chun (History and Philology Institute of the Academia Sinica).
Daniel Perret, visiting Taipei from February 9 to 13 as one of the exchanges between the EFEO and the History and Philology Institute of the Academia Sinica, is giving three lectures:
- Monday, February 10: "History and Recent Archaeological Excavations in Barus, North Sumatra, Indonesia."
- Tuesday, February 11: "The Padang Lawas Archaeological Complex, North Sumatra, Indonesia."
- Wednesday, February 12: "Indianized Art and Islamic Funerary Art in North Sumatra (11th century -19th century CE)."

The two first are organized jointly by the EFEO's Taipei Center and the Archeological Group of the History and Philology Institute of the Academia Sinica, while the last is given with the South branch of the National Palace Museum.Paola Calanca is to be in Paris from February 17 to 28 in order to continue her work on the Étienne Sigaut Collection at the National Maritime Museum and to complete the projected publication of these documents.
The seminar on Buddhism at the EFEO's Tokyo Center takes place on Monday, February 3 and 17 (from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tôyô bunko lecture hall): introduction to the Buddhist kanbun, reading of story du conte 40 ("Voyage du Prince Mahātyāgavat") of the Xianyu-jing/Gengu-kyō, 10 and 11.

Nobumi Iyanaga is visiting Kyoto from February 25 to March 2, to take part in the inauguration ceremonies for the new building housing the Kyoto Center and to help in the installation of the library.

New EFEO Center in Kyoto: photo taken from the staircase, between the first and second floors, during tests being made on the Saint-Gobain SAGE-electrochrome glass. Here the glazing on the first floor filters out 98% of the light, while on the second floor the glazing is clear (photo by Benoît Jacquet, janvier 2014).

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