Agenda october 2014
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our colleague Grant Evans, who died in Laos at the end of September, at the age of 65. After a professorial career between Australia and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was Professor Emeritus in anthropology, the EFEO called Grant Evans to serve, from 2006-2007, as a contract teacher-researcher. Since 2011 he has been associated as a researcher at the EFEO Centre in Vientiane, to which he donated a part of his library and where he maintained an office. Since 2013 he has also been an eminent member of our European SEATIDE project. His name will always be associated with the renewal of research on Laos over the past twenty years, but he will also be remembered as one of the outstanding intellectuals working in southeast Asia, regarded by many younger ethnologists and historians as a leader in their field. His publications include more than ten books that he wrote or edited, and many articles and contributions to other publications. They are marked both by a desire to open new approaches, especially in the field of political anthropology, and by a refusal to accept any kind of accommodation or compromise in his analyses and in the relationships he forged with the powers that be, whether in Laos, where he lived, or in neighbouring countries. Approachable and often drily humourous, Grant Evans was nonetheless the incarnation of true scholarly and moral integrity.

Yves Goudineau
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On October 6 at the Maison de l'Asie, Yves Goudineau, director, is taking part in the thesis defense of Catherine Scheer. The title of her thesis is: "La réforme des gongs. Dynamiques de christianisation chez les Bunong protestants des hautes terres du Cambodge ["Reform of the gongs: dynamics of the Christianization of the Bunong protestants in the highlands of Cambodia," a thesis he directed at the EHESS.

On October 15 he is taking part in a meeting of the Excavation Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From October 1 to 11 Kuo Liying is visiting Kyoto. She is taking part in the international colloquium Bouddhisme et universalisme: Regards sur l'histoire philosophique et religieuse de l'Asie [Buddhism and universalism: Observations on the philosophical and religious history of Asia" (see below, under Kyoto). She is talking on the topic of "Visions, Dreams, and Dhāraṇīs: Way of Salvation in 5th-6th Century Buddhist China."

She is also working on photographs of the fire ritual (Goma/Homa) taken at the sanctuary dedicated to the Gansan daishi inside the Shinnyōdō.

On October 15, at 3 p.m., Lucille Chia (University of California at California Riverside) is presenting a talk on "Moving People, Pots, and Money: The Export Ceramics Trade in Southeast China, 16th-18th Centuries." The discussants are Mme Zhao Bing (director of research at the CNRS) and Pierre-Yves Manguin, (First-floor meeting room at the Maison de l'Asie.)

On October 10 Michela Bussotti is taking part in the one-day workshop D'Est en Ouest: relations bilaterales autour du papier entre l'Extrême-Orient et l'Occident [From East to West: bilateral relations on paper between East Asia and the West], being organized by the HiCSA (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) in partnership with the IlNP (Restoration Department at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA, Salle Vasari). Her talk is titled "Le papier de Xuanzhou, quelques sources historiques [Xuanzhou paper: some historical sources."

Po Dharma is visiting Malaysia to continue research on the Champa Royal Archives as paart of a cooperation program with the University of Malaysia.

On October 4 and 5, Frédéric Girard is taking part in the international colloquium Bouddhisme et universalisme: Regards sur l'histoire philosophique et religieuse de l'Asie [Buddhism and universalism: Observations on the philosophical and religious history of Asia" (see below, under Kyoto). He is talking on the topic of "La coproduction conditionnée de l'Inde au Japon [Conditioned co-production, from India to Japan]."

On October 26, he is making, with Mme Takagi Yumiko, a presentation on the topic "La Révolution française vue par les Français [The French Revolution as seen by the French]" at the colloquium Média et Culture japonaise: Marie-Antoinette et la guillotine, ou Les roses de Versailles [Japanese Media and Culture: Marie-Antoinette and the guillotine, or The Roses of Versailles], being held at the time of the theatrical adaptation by the Takarazuka company (Daitô bunka daigaku University, Tokyo).
On October 10 at the Institute of Oriental Studies (Tōhō gakuin) in Tokyo, Frédéric Girard is taking part in the awarding of the Nakamura Hajime Prize to Hubert Durt.

On October 1 an exhibition is opening at the Cambodian National Museum (CNM) that will present to the general public the five statues from the Prasat Chen temple that were returned this year to the Cambodian royal government (a follow-up to the work done by Éric Bourdonneau at the Koh Ker site). Bertrand Porte (CNM restoration workshop) and Éric Bourdonneau participated in the setting up of this exhibition, in collaboration with UNESCO and the Cambodian Ministry of Culture.

On October 6 and 7, Alain Arrault is serving as a member of the master's defense juries of Li Sainuo (Le bouddhisme en France [Buddhism in France], Religious Sciences section of the EPHE) and Zhang Hezhi (La pratique médicale de "la poudre du manger froid en Chine médiévale [The medical practice of "the powder of cold food in medieval China]," EHESS-CECMC.

Dominic Goodall will be in Vienna from 20th to 27th October in order to take part in a working meeting for the preparation of volume 4 of the Vienna dictionary of Hindu tantric terminology (Tantrikabhidhanakosa), which he co-directs with Marion Rastelli of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
EFEO Journals
Kuo Liying (book review), "Michael Radich, How Ajātaśatru was Reformed: The Domestication of "Ajase" and Stories in Buddhist History," in BEFEO 99 (2012), pp. 438-442.

Fréderic Girard (report): "Le fonds Henri Cordier de l'université Keiō, Tōkyō," in BEFEO 99 (2012), pp. 385-390.

The journals published by the EFEO will be exhibited at our stand during the 24th Salon de la Revue to be held October 10-12 at the Blancs-Manteaux exhibition site (48 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 4e arrondissement). Be sure to stop by! For more information please contact Pierre Harry:
Griffiths Arlo, "The ‘Greatly Ferocious' Spell (Mahāraudra-Nāma-Hr̥daya): A dhāraṇī Inscribed on a Lead-Bronze Foil Unearthed near Borobudur," in Epigraphic Evidence in the Pre-Modern Buddhist World: Proceedings of the Eponymous Conference Held in Vienna, 14-15 Oct. 2011, edited by Kurt Tropper, Vienna, Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2014, pp. 1-36.

Kuo Liying, "Dhāraṇī Pillars in China: Function and Symbol," in Dorothy Wong & Gustav Christopher Heldt (eds.), China and Beyond in the Medieval Period: Cultural Crossings and Inter-regional Connections, New Delhi, Manohar Publishers / New York, Cambria Press Inc., 2014, pp. 351-385.

Kuo Liying, "Philologie du bouddhisme chinois: La chronique des maîtres de la lignée du Buddha Vairocana composée à Dunhuang (fin IXe - début Xe siècle) [Philology of Chinese Buddhism: the chronical of the masters of the line of the Buddha Vairocana composed at Dunhuan (end of 9th to beginning of 10th centuries]," in Annuaire de l'École pratique des hautes études, section des sciences historiques et philologiques: Résumés des conférences et travaux, 145th year (2012-2013), pp. 321-323, 103*-104*.

Fréderic Girard, "Crisis and Revival of Meiji Buddhism," in International Inoue Enryo Research, n° 2, International Association for Inoue Enryo research, University Toyo, 2013 (2014), pp. 55-74.

Fréderic Girard, "On the translation of the De Anima of Aristote and its Commentary by Thomas Aquinas, in the Compendium Catholicae Veritatis of Pedro Gomez (1595)," in Tōyō kenkyū (Oriental Studies), Daitōbunka daigaku Tōyō kenkyūjo, 25 July 2014, pp. 149-165.

François Lachaud, "D'un procès l'autre Sade au Japon [Concerning an ‘other Sade' court case in Japan]," in the journal Le Portique, October 2014.

Alain Arrault, "Les multiples aspects du calendrier chinois [The many sides of the Chinese calendar," Réseau Asie "Article of the Month," October 2014,
Marianne Bujard, director of studies, has been elected to the chair of "Histoire de la religion et de la pensée dans la Chine ancienne [History of religion and thought in ancient China]" at the École pratique des hautes études as of October 1.

From October 20 to 24, Valérie Liger-Belair, administrative general director, is visiting the EFEO Centre in Siem-Reap.
Accounting Division
From 20 to 24 October, Emmanuelle Marcoul, accountant, and Zohra Soltani, supervisor of accounts, are visiting Siem Reap to perform an audit at the Phnom Penh and Siem Riep Centres, to carry out the transfer among the stewards of the Western Mebon work-site, and to report on the inventory of the Centre..
Prizes and Honours
On October 10, at the Tokyo Institute for Oriental Studies, the Nakamura Hajime Prize 中村元東方学術賞 is to be awarded to Hubert Durt, associate member of the EFEO.
Seminars under Anne Bouchy
Social Anthropology Centre, Research House (University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, 31000 Toulouse).

- Beginning October 2, Anthropology of Japan (UE 143), "Les grands domaines de l'ethnologie du Japon au prisme des études sur le champ religieux et les rapports de celui-ci au végétal et autres dimensions du monde ‘naturel'' dans la société japonaise [The wide range of the ethnology of Japan as seen through studies of the religious field and its relationship to vegetation and other aspects of the ‘natural' world in Japanese society."
- Beginning November 13: "Les dynamiques du fait religieux au Japon - le shugendō [The dynamics of religious activity in Japan - shugendō," Anthropologie de l'Asie (UE 354) "Le feu dans le shugendō - Au croisement des matérialités, des ritualités et des symboliques [Fire in shugendō - At the juncture of the material, the ritual, and the symbolic,"
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris seminar, co-organized on this occasion with the Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE), is on Monday, October 6 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): a presentation by Robert Hefner (Boston University) on the topic "A Conservative Turn? Shariatization and Democratization in Contemporary Indonesia," Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, second floor meeting room). ;
Life in the Centres
The Vientiane Centre is reporting on the EFEO's scholarly activities and publications at the Journées de la Recherche et de Développement 2014 [Research and Development Days 2014] organized jointly by the French embassy, the French Institute in Laos, and the Lao Ministry of Science and Technology from October 13 to 15, in Vientiane. The topics being taken up this year are local economic development, agro-ecology, health and economic development.

From October 16 to 20, Christine Hawixbrock is to be in Wat Phu as part of the EFEO/FSP Wat Phu mission completing the inventory of the museum there.
Hong Kong
On October 4 and 5, Franciscus Verellen is taking part in a discussion in the China section of the international colloquium Bouddhisme et universalisme: Regards sur l'histoire philosophique et religieuse de l'Asie [Buddhism and universalism: Observations on the philosophical and religious history of Asia] (see below, under Kyoto).
Iyanaga Nobumi's seminar Introduction au kanbun bouddhique [Introduction to the Buddhist kanbun] is taking place on Monday, October 6 and 20: reading of story 53 "Tribulations du brahmane Piṇḍola [Trials of the Brahmin Pindola]" from the Xianyu-jing/Gengu-kyō (Sūtra of the Wise Men and the Fools), sections 6 et 7 (6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tōyō bunko lecture hall).
The international colloquium Bouddhisme et universalisme: Regards sur l'histoire philosophique et religieuse de l'Asie [Buddhism and universalism: Observations on the philosophical and religious history of Asia], from October 3 to 5, is being organized by the Hakubi Centre for Advanced Research (Kyoto University), the Collège de France, and the EFEO, with the support of the Institute for Research in the Humane Sciences and the Faculty of Letters (Kyōto University), the French Embassy in Japan, the French Institute in Japan - Kansai, the Office of the Franco-Japanese House, and the Scuola Italiana di Studi sull'Asia orientale.
Marc-Henri Deroche (Hakubi Centre), Nobumi Iyanaga (EFEO Tokyo), and Benoît Jacquet (EFEO Kyoto) are coordinating this event.EFEO participants in the colloquium are as follows:
- Peter Skilling: "Building the Buddhist cosmopolis: Language, translation, writing and the universal message of the Buddha," October 4 at 10:50 a.m. (Institute for research in the Humane Sciences , Kyōto University);
- Kuo Liying: "Visions, Dreams, and Dharanis: Way of Salvation in 5th-6th Century Buddhist China," October 4 at 3:50 p.m. (Institute for research in the Humane Sciences , Kyōto University);
- Frédéric Girard: "La coproduction conditionnée de l'Inde au Japon [Conditioned co-production, from India to Japan]" October 5 at 9 a.m. (EFEO Centre, Kyoto);
- Iyanaga Nobumi: "Universalism and Particularism in Japanese Buddhism: Some Observations," October 5, 9:30 a.m. (EFEO Centre, Kyoto);
- François Lachaud: "Bouddhisme et universalisme: de l'Inde au Japon [Buddhism and universalism: from India to Japan]," October 5 at 10:50 a.m.( EFEO Centre, Kyoto);
- Franciscus Verellen: discussant for the China section.

On October 10 the EFEO Centre is organizing an international seminar, in partnership with the French Institute in Japan and the French Embassy, on the topic L'architecture en bois au Japon: matières et temps [Wooden architecture in Japan: materials and times]. Benoît Jacquet is talking on the role of wood in the definition of a modern Japanese architecture.On Thursday, October 30, at 11:a.m., the seminar on Buddhism organized by Iyanaga Nobumi is taking place at the Kyoto EFEO Centre.
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