Agenda December 2014
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In Memoriam
It was with great sadness that we learned, in the course of the recent meeting of our Administrative Council, of the death of Jean-François Jarrige, until recently a member of that Council. An archaeologist held in high esteem, research director at the CNRS, a specialist in the Indus civilization and its precursors, he was renowned above all for his renovation of the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, which he directed for more than twenty years (from 1986 to 2008).

Jean-François Jarrige worked hard on the cooperation between the EFEO and the Guimet Museum, playing a remarkably active role in our Scholarly and Administrative Councils, of which he had been a member since 2003, representing the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres. He was especially involved in the Iéna Lectures project, which has for many years in succession brought together, under the aegis of both our institutions, international specialists in the history of Asian arts. We shall remember Jean-François Jarrige as a scholar passionately involved in Asia, and at the same time as the director of a great cultural institution, as rigorous in his choices as he was firm in his decisions.
Architectural Prize for the EFEO’s Kyoto Centre
The architecture at the EFEO's new Kyoto Centre has just been recognised by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. This prestigious international foundation has awarded to Benoît Jacquet, Manuel Tardits and his partners Kiwako Kamo, Masashi Sogabe, and Masayoshi Takeuchi at the Mikan architectural group an award in the field of High-Tech Low-Tech: Sustainable research centre featuring traditional woodworking methods. The prize was given to them at the Holcim Awards Asia Pacific ceremony held in Jakarta on 13 November.
Recognition for the wooded park at the EFEO Center in Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai provincial government has decided to honor the local EFEO center, recognizing its wooded park as an example for the preservation of rare species and the maintenance of ancient trees.

Yves Goudineau
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
Yves Goudineau, Director, is in Cambodia from 1 to 4 December. In Phnom Penh, he is meeting with the French ambassador and the Cultural Attaché. He is also welcoming a delegation from the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, led by its director, Madame Fung Ming-chu, who has been invited to Cambodia in the framework of the partnership agreements with the EFEO Centre in Taipei. Then he is going on to Siem Reap, where he is visiting the Western Mebon work site and taking part in the 21st Plenary Session of the International Cooperation Committee for the preservation and development of the Historic Site of Angkor (CIC-Angkor).

From December 4-6 he is in Vietnam, where he is co-chairing L'EFEO et les sciences sociales et humaines au Vietnam [The EFEO and the social and humane sciences], organized by the Social Sciences University of Hanoi, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the EFEO. He is talking on the topic "L'EFEO dans l'environnement académique français et vietnamien [The EFEO in the French and Vietnamese academic environment]."

On December 8 in Paris Yves Goudineau is taking part, as reporter, in the 2014 meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Advisory Commission on Overseas Archaeological Research. On December 11 he is signing an agreement on the scholarly partnership between the EFEO and the National Institute for Archaeological Research (INRAP). This agreement extends the agreements earlier confirmed on the Angkor work sites.

On December 12 he will be receiving at the Maison de l'Asie Mr. Marc Mézard, Director of the École Normale Supérieure [Higher Normal School] (Ulm), and a delegation of students from this school as part of an agreement signed recently between the School and the EFEO.

On Thursday, December 18, at the Maison de l'Asie, Charlotte Schmid, Director of Studies, is co-organizing, with the team from the Thematic Workshop "Régionalisme & cosmopolitisme [Regionalism and cosmopolitanism]" of the CEIAS (EHESS and CNRS), a daylong workshop entitled De l'Inde à l'Asie: Skanda tous azimuts /Where has Skanda gone?.

- 9:30 a.m., Richard Mann (Carleton University, Ottawa): "Skanda, the rise of Mahāsenā,"
- 10:30 p.m., Ciro Lo Muzio (Sapienza, Rome): "Skanda/Kārttikeya in Buddhist Central Asia,"
- Noon, Kuo Li Ying (EFEO, Paris): "Skanda en Chine, tradition sculptée, peintures, textes [Skanda in China: sculptural tradition, paintins, texts,"
- 12:30 p.m., Brice Vincent (EFEO, Paris): "The triads of Skanda with Śiva and Gaṇeśa: A Khmer iconographic innovation (10th-13th century),"
- 2:30 p.m., Charlotte Schmid (EFEO, Paris): "Stratégies d'intégration: la famille de Skanda-Murukaṉ / Whose Son? The multiple Parentage of Skanda-Murukaṉ,"
- 3 p.m., Jean-Luc Chevillard (CNRS, Paris): "So many names, Murukaṉ in Traditional Tamil Kōśas (Tivākaram, Piṅkalam, Cūṭāmaṇi nikaṇṭu...),"
- 4:00 p.m., Emmanuel Francis (CEIAS, CNRS & EHESS, Paris): "Murukaṉ's Places in the Paratexts of Tirumurukāṟṟuppaṭai Manuscripts,"
- 4:30 p.m., Dominic Goodall (EFEO, Paris): "Skanda in the Śaiva Tantrika Literature,"
- 5 p.m., Pierre-Yves Trouillet (CEIAS, CNRS & EHESS): "A Regional God in the Diaspora: the Murukan Worship from South India to Mauritius,"
- 5:30 p.m., Valérie Gillet (EFEO) "Murukaṉ on his Elephant: Tales of a Medieval Tamil-Speaking South"

Michela Bussotti has been invited by the Department of Historical Geography at Fudan University in Shanghai to give two lectures (on December 3 and 4), one of them dealing with F. Carletti and his "Deuxième Raisonnement des Indes orientales [Second reflections on the East Indies]," and the second on the maps included in Huizhou family genealogies.

As part of the project for cooperation between the EFEO Centre in Vientiane and the Wat Phu VSP (French Embassy in Laos), from November 28 to December 14 Michel Lorrillard is to be in Champassak to work on a database, an archaeological map of Khmer remains in South Laos, and the publication of a collective work dealing with the same subject, as well as the as yet unlisted ancient structures between Wat Phu and Ban That.

From December 15 to 17 he is to be in Phnom Penh to take part in an international colloquium on awareness of the past among the Khmers and their neighbors. He is to present a talk there on views on the Khmer heritage in Laos.michel.lorrillard@efeo.netOn December 5 and 6, Philippe Le Failler is taking part in the conference designed by the recent scholarly programs of the EFEO in Vietnam and organized by the Faculty of Social and Humane Sciences at the National University and the EFEO.

Frédéric Girard is contributing to Professor Miyaji Akira's seminar on the topic "Le Bouddhisme d'Asie centrale: Sākyamuni, Maitreya, Amida [Central Asian Buddhism: Sākyamuni, Maitreya, Amida," at Tokyo's Waseda University on November 30 (from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Toyama Campus, Building 39, 3rd floor, History of Art seminar room) and then on December 6, at the international symposium Minatonokai: échanges culturels Est-Ouest, possibilités de recherche des sources [Minatonokai: East-West cultural exchanges, possibilities for research in primary sources] (from 1 to 5:30 p.m., Daitō bunka daigaku University (Itabashi kōsha building, lecture room 208) in Tokyo. He is also to be part of the symposium Canon, littérature et art bouddhiques [Buddhist canon, literature, and art] and Le bouddhisme de Xuanzang [Xuanzang Buddhism], with a discussion of Frédéric Girard's lecture on "Xuanzang et le Zen" organized by Kanno Tomomi and Kuranaka Shinobu, (Daitō bunka kaikan building, room 302, 1:30-3 p.m.), on December 7, in Tokyo.

From December 2 to 18 Éric Bourdonneau is to be in Cambodia. First he is attending the plenary session of the CIC-Angkor. Then his is working with the teams at the Preah Norodom Sihanouk Museum in Siem Reap on the organization of the storage areas holding the fragments of statues from the Koh Ker site. As part of the colloquium La conscience du passé chez les Khmers. Approches linguistique, historique et ethnologique [The awareness of the past among the Khmers. Linguistic, historic, and ethnological approaches] being organized by INALCO and the Royal Fine Arts University (December 15 to 17) he is presenting in Phnom Penh a talk on "La stèle de Sdok Kak Thom et la fabrique du devarâja, ou la mémoire des lieux d'une ‘topolignée' [The stele of Sdok Kak Thom and the devarâja's factory, or the remembering of the ‘topolinear' record of sites]."

On December 19 Alain Arrault is participating, with a talk on "Calendars, hemerological calculations, manuals of calendar annotations in China," in the ERC SAW seminar (Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World) Astral Sciences in Context: Astrology and Horoscope related Computation (Paris Diderot University, Condorcet Building, 4 rue Elsa Morante 75013, Paris, room 483 A ).
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François Lagirarde is visiting the EFEO's Chiang Mai Centre from December 12 to 21. There he is to welcome the members of the Theravāda Civilization Project (coming mostly from North America and Europe, and directed by Steven Collins and Juliane Schober). He is to coordinate the organization of their seminar and the colloquium Theravāda Civilizations (Luce Foundation - EFEO) that is taking place from December 17 to 19. François Lagirarde himself is presenting on this occasion a talk entitled "Buddha Tamnan: Buddhist imaginaire and geo-body of the Lanna Kingdom."

Program for the December 19 conference:
- 8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome: Louis Gabaude (EFEO),
- 9:00-10 a.m. Suwanna Satha-Anand (Chulalongkorn University): "The Question of Violence in Thai Buddhism,"
- 10:30-11:30 a.m. François Lagirarde (EFEO): "Buddha Tamnan: Buddhist imaginaire and geo-body of the Lanna Kingdom,"
- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Apinya Fuengfusakal (University of Chiang Mai): "Religiosity as Mediated Space: Mass Meditation in Contemporary Thailand,"
- 2:30- 3:30 p.m. Gregory Kourilsky (University of Bristol): "On the Pāli Literature of Lanna and its transmission in Southeast Asia: the case of the Maṅgalatthadīpanī of Sirimaṅgala,"
- 4:00-5:00 p.m. Brooke Shedneck (University of Chiang Mai): "Translating the Meditation Retreat: Pedagogical Techniques of Thailand's International Meditation Center Teachers,"
- 5:00-6:00 p.m. Patrick McCormick (EFEO): "Between British Big Ideas and Buddhism: Situating the Writing of Mon History,"
- 6:00-6:30 p.m. Discussion and closing.
Daniel Perret & Zulkifli b. Jaafar (ed.), "Ancient Glassware in Malaysia: The Pengkalan Bujang Collection," Kuala Lumpur, Dept. of Museums Malaysia, EFEO, 2014, 203 pp.

Franciscus Verellen, Daoism: Religion, History and Society 道教研究學報-宗教、歷史與社會 vol. 6. ; The Chinese University of Hong Kong / École française d'Extrême-Orient, Hongkong, 2014.
Daniel Perret & Heddy Surachman (ed.) History of Padang Lawas, North Sumatra, I. The site of Si Pamutung (9th century-13th century AD), Paris, Association Archipel, coll. Cahier d'Archipel 42, 2014, 517 pp.

Daniel Perret (ed.), History of Padang Lawas, North Sumatra, II. Societies of Padang Lawas (Mid-Ninth-Thirteenth Century CE), Paris, Association Archipel, coll. Cahier d'Archipel 43, 2014, 422 pp.

Eva Wilden, Manuscript, Print and Memory - Relics of the Cankam in Tamilnadu, De Gruyter, Studies in Manuscript Cultures 3, 2014.
Rachel Guidoni and Maïté Hurel are going to the EFEO's Pondicherry Centre from December 1 to 8 in order to follow up on various tasks currently under way. Then, from December 9 to 11, also in Pondicherry, they are taking part in the 17th national congress of Indian librarians and documentarians (NACLIN). Rachel Guidoni has been invited to give a talk entitled "A brief presentation of the main South Asia collections in French libraries.

"On December 15 and 16 Rachel Guidoni is going to the French School in Rome for the annual meeting of directors of libraries at the French Schools abroad.

The library is closed for the year-end holidays from December 23 (6 p.m.) to Monday, January 5 (9 am.).
Photo Library
Isabelle Poujol is taking part in the colloquium L'EFEO et les sciences sociales au Vietnam [The EFEO and social sciences in Vietnam] taking place in Hanoi on December 5 and 6. She is to present the EFEO's photographic collections relating to Vietnam.
Seminar led by Alain Arrault (EFEO-CECMC), in collaboration avec Christian Lamouroux (EHESS) and with the participation of Valérie Lavoix (INALCO), Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary China, EHESS:

Beginning November 19 (and running until March 18, 2015): "Curiosité savante, culture politique et sociabilité lettrée dans le Mengxi bitan de Shen Gua (1031-1095) [Scholarly curiosity, political culture, and literati social life among the Mengxi bitan of Shen Gua (1031-1095)]", on the first and third Wednesday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. at the CECMC (room 681. Le France Building, 190-198 avenue de France, 75013 Paris).

Alain Arrault, Michela Bussotti and Katiana Le Mentec (CECMC), organization of the workshop for doctoral candidates at the UMR China, Korea, Japan, on the second Tuesday of each month beginning in January 2015.

Seminar led by Michela Bussotti (EFEO), Caroline Bodolec (CNRS), and Frédéric Obringer (CNRS):

Beginning on November 12 (and continuing until June 11, 2015): "Usages techniques, objets élaborés et patrimoine culturel immatériel dans le monde chinois [Technical practices, developed objects, and non-material cultural heritage in the Chinese world]." The second and fourth Thursday of the month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the EHESS (Le France, 6th floor).

Presentation by Michela Bussotti, on November 27 on the topic "De l'argile et du bois: textes et pratiques à propos des caractères mobiles chinois [Of clay and wood: texts and practices concerning setting of moveable Chinese-character type]."

Seminars led by Anne Bouchy

- Beginning on October 2: Anthropologie du Japon [Japanese anthropology] (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 areas of Japanese ethnology as seen through studies in the field of religion and the relationships of these to the vegetable and other dimensions of the ‘natural' world in Japanese society]."

- Beginning on November 13: "Les dynamiques du fait religieux au Japon - le shugendō [dynamics of religious practice 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 confluence of material objects, rituals, and symbolism]."

- Beginning on October 2: Méthodologie de la recherche [Research methology] (UE 140) Nicolas Adell (UTM) and Anne Bouchy (EFEO).

Beginning on October 17, monthly EHESS seminar (open to doctoral candidates): "Les langages du religieux [Languages of the religious]," Jean-Pierre Albert (EHESS) and Anne Bouchy (EFEO). Social Anthropology Centre, Maison de la Recherche, (Jean-Jaurès University of Toulouse, 31000 Toulouse).
For more details on the dates and timings of the courses and seminars, consult the website

Seminar led by Éric Bourdonneau, in collaboration with Grégory Mikaelian, Joseph Thach, and Michel Antelme:

Beginning on Friday, November 7: "Langue, histoire et sources textuelles du Cambodge ancien et modern [Language, history, and textual sources of ancient and modern Cambodia]."
Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Maison de l'Asie, first-floor salon.

Seminar led by Frédéric Girard

Beginning November 5:
- "Lecture de traités de thé, des époques Muromachi et Edo [Reading treatises on tea from the Muromachi and Edo periods],"
- "Les traités de Nō de Zeami et Zenchiku [Treatises on Nō by Zeami and Zenchiku],"
- "Le Hasshū kōyō,"

Wednesdays, from 2 to 4 p.m., EPHE (Section IV, Historical and philological studies):

Seminars led by Dominic Goodall

- Beginning October 29: "Les débuts du tantrisme çivaïte à travers des sources sanskrites inédites: Manger chez les shivaïtes [The beginnings of tantric Shaivism through unpublished Sanskrit sources: Eating among the Shaivas]."
Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m., Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris, first-floor salon.

- Joint seminar led by Dominic Goodall (EFEO), Gerdi Gerschheimer (EPHE V), and Claude Jacques (EPHE IV): Corpus des inscriptions khmères [Corpus of Khmer Inscriptions] (CIK)
Beginning November 6, Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m., Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris, ground-floor meeting room.

Seminar led by Yves Goudineau

Beginning Thursday, November 27: "Anthropologie comparée à partir de l'Asie du Sud-Est [Comparative anthropology from Southeast Asia]".
Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, first-floor salon.

Seminar led by Andrew Hardy

Beginning on October 21: "Étude ethno-religieuse des relations plaine-montagne au Centre Vietnam [Ethno-religious study of the relations between plains and mountains in Central Vietnam]".
Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., Maison de l'Asie, ground floor meeting room.

Seminar led by Charlotte Schmid

Beginning on November 6: "Épigraphie et iconographie du pays tamoul: bhakti locale et enjeux de l''indianité [Epigraphy and iconography of the Tamil region: local bhakti and aspects of Indianness]".
Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris, Ground-floor meeting room.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris seminar is taking place on Monday, December 8 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): presentation by Professeur Idris Abdurusul (former director of the Xinjiang provincial Archeology Institute) on the topic "Keriya, mémoires d'un fleuve: archéologie et civilisation des oasis du Taklamakan [Keriya, memories of a river: archaeology and civilization in the Taklamakan oases]," Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, first-floor salon).
Of Special Note
Thursday, December 11, Laos Day at the INALCO, (INALCO auditorium, 65 rue des grands moulins, Paris 75013).
Maison de l'Asie
The Maison de l'Asie is closed for the year-end holidays from 24 December (4 p.m.) to 1 January 2015 inclusive.
Life in the Centres
From December 6 to 8, Christophe Pottier is taking part in the meetings of the International Committee for Coordination on Angkor (CIC) at Siem Reap. He is also to be at the 5th annual international meeting of COSTIKs (Conference on special topics in Khmer studies) People, Pots and Places: New Research on Ceramics in Cambodia, co-organized by the EFEO, also at Siem Reap, on December 8. He is presenting a talk with Armand Desbat (CNRS) entitled "A Jayavarman VII assemblage at Prasat Ta Muong."

The EFEO Centre in Hanoi is organizing, at the suggestion of the Hanoi University of Social and Humane Studies and the Asssociation of Historians of Vietnam, a colloquium entitled L'EFEO et les sciences sociales au Vietnam [The EFEO and the social sciences in Vietnam] to take place on December 5 and 6 in the presence of Yves Goudineau, director, and Léon Vandermeersch, former member and Director from 1989 à 1993.

On this occasion the exhibition Objectif Vietnam, photographies de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient [Focus on Vietnam: photographs from the French School for East Asian Studies], organized by the EFEO and Paris-Museums at the Cernuschi Museum from March 14 to June 29, 1914, is now to be shown in Hanoi at two sites: Espace (French Institute in Hanoi, 24 Tràng Tiền) and the Vietnamese National History Museum (25 Tông Đản). It is to be inaugurated on December 3, at 5 p.m. On the same day the documentary film Angkor, l'aventure du Baphuon [Angkor, the Baphuon adventure], (52 min.), is to be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Espace (French version with Vietnamese subtitles) in the presence of the film's producer, Didier Fassio.

Finally, a publication tracing the history of the EFEO in Vietnam is being published in the series "Un siècle d'histoire" [A century of history] and will be given to all participants invited to the colloquium.
Hô Chi Minh City
On December 5 and 6, in Hanoi, Pascal Bourdeaux is taking part in the colloquium he has co-organized with Olivier Tessier on the subject of the EFEO and the social sciences in Vietnam.

On December 9 he is also giving a lecture at the library of general studies: "Évocations poétique et ethnographique du Vietnam méridional dans l'œuvre de l'écrivain Son Nam (1926-2008)" [Poetic and ethnographic reflections of southern Vietnam in the work of the writer Son Nam (1926-2008)].
Hong Kong
On December 1 Franciscus Verellen is to be in Paris for the meeting of the Orientation Council of Campus France.

From December 8 to 10 Franciscus Verellen is taking part in the 7th meeting of the World Policy Conference being held in Seoul (
Benoît Jacquet and Manuel Tardits have decided to dedicate the International Holcim Prize, awarded to them for the architectural wooden structure of the new EFEO Kyoto Centre, to the memory of Pascal Royère, himself an architect, who watched over the progress of the project and the work site itself. They also want to thank the various promoters and participants in this project, especially Franciscus Verellen and the sponsoring donor companies, Gobain, Horiba, Axa, and LVMH.
For a description of the five projects to which a Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize was awarded:

As part of the Kyoto Lectures series, on Wednesday, December 3 (at 6 p.m.), Joseph O'Leary (Professor of English Literature at Sophia University) is giving a lecture on the topic "Moral and Ontological Paradox in the Teaching of Vimalakirti"; and on Tuesday, December 16 (at 6 p.m.), Ran Zwigenberg (Pennsylvania State University) is talking on the topic "Survivors: Hiroshima, the Holocaust and the Rise of Global Memory Culture." These lectures, co-organized by the EFEO and ISEAS Centres, take place at the Institute for Research in the Humane Sciences at Kyoto University.

On Thursday, December 18 (at 11 a.m.), the seminar on Buddhism organized by Iyanaga Nobumi is taking place at the EFEO Centre in Kyoto.
As part of the lecture series Histoire, Archéologie et Société for 2013-2014, on December 16 M. Han Qi (of the History and Natural Sciences Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) is giving a lecture entitled "Un point de rencontre des civilisations orientale et occidentale: Les activités scientifiques à Pékin sous le règne de l'empereur Kangxi (1688-1722)" [A meeting point between Eastern and Western civilizations: Scholarly activities in Peking during the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1688-1722)] at the History Institute of the Academy of Social Sciences.

From December 4 to 8, Luca Gabbiani is taking part in the workshop on translating Chinese imperial codes, organized by the ANR program Régir l'espace chinois [Governing the Chinese area] at Harvard University.

On December 18 and 19, Luca Gabbiani is taking part in the study days From Shuihudi to Liye. Forty years of archeological discoveries and their significance for Chinese history organized jointly by the ANR program Régir l'espace chinois and the research team at the Centre for Research on the Civilizations of East Asia (UMR CRCAO). These working days are taking place at the Collège de France (52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine) in conjunction with the publication of works by Robin Yates (McGill University, Montréal) and Anthony Barbieri-Low (University of California at Santa Barbara); both authors are to be present.
Phnom Penh
Yuko Kikuchi (University of The Arts, London) is in Phnom Penh from November 17 to December 28 to continue research on the projects of the designer Russel Wright in Cambodia during the 1950s and 1960s. She has received research support money from the British Academy (ASEASUK-ECAF).

Bertrand Porte is in Hanoi from December 4 to 8 to take part in a colloquium on the work of the EFEO in Vietnam, organized by the Hanoi University of Social and Humane Studies.

From December 14 to 21, Chea Socheat is in Peking to supervise the arrival and installation at the Capital Museum of eighty works of art from the Cambodian National Museum for the exhibition Smile of Khmer: Cambodian Ancient Relics and Art being organized by The Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage.

For ten days at the end of December Sok Soda is to be at Wat Phu, in southern Laos, to reassemble the broken fragments of a gateway (East gable, North gallery, South quadrangle) as part of an FSP under the supervision of Pierre Pichard.

The Restoration Workshop is working during December on the little archaeological collection for the future museum at Kampot (southeast Cambodia).
Siem Reap
The 21st plenary session of the International Committee for Coordination on Angkor (CIC) is taking place at Siem Reap on November 4 in the presence of Yves Goudineau, Director of the École française d'Extrême-Orient.

People, Pots and Places: New Research on Ceramics in Cambodia, the 5th Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies organized by the EFEO, APSARA, the CKS, Sydney University, and the FOKCI is dedicated to the study of ceramics. It is taking place at the APSARA facilities in Siem Reap from December 6 to 8. On the evening of the closing of the conference (December 8, at 7 p.m.) the new reference-collection of potsherds at the EFEO Centre in Siem Reap is to be inaugurated.

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From December 2 to 7, Mme Fung Ming-chu (Director of the National Palace Museum in Taipei) is visiting Cambodia at the invitation of the EFEO. She is to meet Yves Goudineau, Director, and visit the EFEO Centres in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, along with current excavation sites. She is to be accompanied by Paola Calanca, in charge of the Taipei EFEO Centre.

From December 6 to 8, Mmes Tsai Meifeng (chief conservator in the Ceramics Department of the National Palace Museum in Taipei), Huang Lan-yin (Antiquities Department, National Palace Museum), and Weng Yu-wen (Southern Branch, National Palace Museum) are taking part in the annual conference on Khmer studies in Siem Reap: People, Pots and Places: New Research on Ceramics in Cambodia.

On Thursday, December 11, Mme Xie Yijun (Anthropology Department, Paris University West Nanterre, La Défense), holder of an EFEO scholarship in Taipei, is taking part in the first study day organized jointly by the EFEO and the group "Histoire de la culture et de la pensée [History of Culture and Thought" of the History and Philology Institute at the Academia Sinica ( She is talking on the topic "Ethnographie des réseaux de culte des wang ye et analyse de l'interaction entre leurs temples-mère et temples descendants (Fujian, Taïwan, Asie du Sud-est)" [Ethnography of the wang ye cult and analysis of the interaction between their mother-temples and later established descendants (Fujian, Taiwan, Southeast Asia)].

On Tuesday, December 16 Stéphane Feuillas (Paris 7) is talking on the topic "Le Zhuangzi, œuvre de politique confucéenne? Une lecture par Wang Anshi et son école [The Zhuangzi, a work of Confucian politics? A reading by Wang Anshi and his school]" as part of a conference organized jointly by the EFEO and the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at the Academia Sinica.
The seminar of Iyanaga Nobumi Introduction au kanbun bouddhique [Introduction to the Buddhist kanbun], is taking place on Mondays, December 8 and 22: reading texts from the Mahāvairocana-sūtra and the Chinese commentary on it on the subject of the "lotus-shaped heart," sections 3 and 4 (from 6 to 8 p.m., lecture hall of the Tōyō bunko).
Kuala Lumpur
From December 6 to 8 Daniel Perret is taking part in the 5th International Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies being organized at Siem Reap.
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