Agenda January 2015
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Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On January 20, at the Ministry of National Education, Higher Instruction, and Research, Yves Goudineau, Director, is taking part along with the directors of the other French Schools Abroad, in the signing ceremony for the agreement establishing a "Committee of the Directors of French Schools Abroad."

From January 21 to 24 he is visiting the EFEO's Chiang Mai Center where he is to meet with several of the EFEO's university partners.

In the framework of the SEATIDE project, Yves Goudineau is visiting Laos from January 25 to 30. He then goes on to Hanoi on January 31 to take part in the projects research workshops.

On January 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Charlotte Schmid and Inès Zupanov (CEIAS) are talking on the topic "Discours des chaires et ambiguïté des corps: dieux serpents en Inde [Discourse of thrones and ambiguity of bodies: snake gods in India]" at the Centre d'études Inde-Asie du Sud (CEIAS), at the France Building (room 638, 7th floor, group A, 190-198 avenue de France, 75013 Paris).

The Scholarly Council of the EFEO is meeting on January 6, at 10:30 a.m., at the Maison de l'Asie.

On January 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Éric Bourdonneau is participating in the master's and doctoral seminar "Les sciences sociales et l'Asie du Sud-Est [Social sciences and Southeast Asia]," organized at the Inalco (2 rue de Lille, salle 131), with an introduction to "L'histoire ancienne et l'archéologie de l'Asie du Sud-Est continentale [Ancient history and archaeology of continental Southeast Asia]."

On January 17 and 18 Pierre-Yves Manguin is in Mumbai, at the invitation of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, to take part in an international seminar on the topic Cultural Dialogues between India and Southeast Asia from the 7th to the 16th Centuries. He is giving the keynote speech, "Dialogues between Southeast Asia and India: A Necessary Reappraisal."

On January 19 and 20, Frédéric Girard is to be in Rome for a colloquium on the manuscripts of Christina of Sweden.

From January 28 to 30, Alain Arrault is visiting the Leiden Ethnology Museum to view the J. J. M. de Groot Collection, put together in South China at the end of the 19th century.

On January 29 Paola Calanca is talking, in Chinese, at the National Museum of Taiwan History (Tainan, Taiwan) on the toic "Le fonds Sigaut du musée national de la Marine: l'état de la marine à voile chinoise au début du 20e siècle [The Sigaut collection at the National Naval Museum: Chinese sailing vessels at the beginning of the 20th century]."
Of Special Note
Le temps des aveux, a film based on François Bizot's novel Le Portail, opened on December 17.
From January 1:

Arlo Griffiths, director of the EFEO Center in Jakarto, is reassigned to France; he is to be replaced by Véronique Degroot.

Didier Davin (contract post-doctoral appointment) is named director of the EFEO Center in Tokyo, replacing Nobumi Iyanaga, who is taking his retirement.

François Lagirarde is named director of the EFEO Center in Chiang Mai (Thailand).

Frédéric Girard, La doctrine du germe de la foi selon l'Ornementation fleurie, de Myōe (1173-1232), Un Fides quaerens intellectum dans le Japon du XIIIe siècle [The doctrine of the germination of faith according to Myōe's Flower Ornament sutra], Library of the Institute for Advanced Japanese Studies, Collège de France-Institut des Hautes Études Japonaises, Paris, 2014.
Frédéric Girard, "Les théories des philosophes occidentaux (1836). La première histoire épistémique de la philosophie occidentale en japonais, par Takano Chōei [The Theories of Western Philosophers (1836): the first epistomelogical history of western philosophy in Japanese, by Takano Chōei]," Ebisu, n° 51, Maison Franco-Japonaise, pp. 213-248.

Arlo Griffiths and Brice Vincent, "Un vase khmer inscrit de la fin du XIIe siècle (K. 1296) [An inscribed Khmer vase from the late 12th centurey (K. 1296]." Arts Asiatiques 69, pp. 115-128, 2014.

Arlo Griffiths and Pauline Lunsingh Scheurleer, "Ancient Indonesian Ritual Utensils and their Inscriptions: Bells and Slitdrums." Arts Asiatiques 69, pp. 129-150, 2014.

Arlo Griffiths, "Inscriptions of Sumatra, III: The Padang Lawas Corpus Studied along with Inscriptions from Sorik Merapi (North Sumatra) and from Muara Takus (Riau)," in History of Padang Lawas, North Sumatra, II: Societies of Padang Lawas (Mid-Ninth-Thirteenth Century CE), edited by Daniel Perret and Heddy Surachman, pp. 211-253. Cahier d'Archipel 43, 2014, Paris: Association Archipel.

Peter Skilling and Santi Pakdeekham "Documenting Chaiya History: Inscriptions from the Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and Ratanakosin periods, part II: Two Inscriptions from Wat Samuh Nimit," in Aséanie 31.
François Lagirarde's review of Naomi Appleton, Sarah Shaw and Toshiya Unebe, Illuminating the Life of the Buddha: An Illustrated Chanting Book from Eighteenth-Century Siam, in Aséanie 31.

Patrick McCormick's revoew pf Jessica Harriden "The Authority of Influence: Women and Power in Burmese History," in Aséanie 31.
Photo Library
Martin Polkinghorne, researcher at Sydney University, has received an award covering the period January to March, 2015, from the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture -Terrence and Lynette Fern for a stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. During this time he is to be studying the photographic archive collections of Madeleine Giteau preserved at the EFEO.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris Seminar is taking place on Monday, January 26 (11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.): presentation by Brice Vincent (EFEO) on the topic "Nouvelle étude des bronzes khmers du Mahāmuni Paya de Mandalay (Birmanie) [New study of the Khmer bronzes at the Mahāmuni Paya in Mandalay (Burma)," at the Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 2nd floor meeting room).

Witnesses to a long odyssey down through the centuries and various kingdoms, the Khmer bronzes now preserved in the city of Mandalay, at the Mahāmuni Paya pagoda, are as important to the history of Cambodia as to that of peninsular Southeast Asia in general. First studied by the Burman scholar Taw Sein Ko and the Siamese prince Damrong Rajanubhab even before the art historian Jean Boisselier dedicated a long monograph to them, this unique collection of monumental images will be the subject of a much needed re-examination, as well as a revisiting of the various hypotheses that have been put forth about its original assembly and its destination at Angkor, the capital city. This "rereading" work owes a great deal to the results of recent iconographic, stylistic, and technical observations.

Seminar organized by Arlo Griffiths (EFEO Southeast Asia Center) and Christine Scherrer-Schaub (EPHE, Iranian and Indian Worlds):

- Readings on the subject of the Borobuḍur. First reading: the Karmavibhaṅga (Sanskrit text)
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (alternating with the Corpus des inscriptions khmères/CIK seminar) beginning January 2015.

Maison de l'Asie, 22 Av. du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.
Franciscus Verellen has been named Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Chinese Studies (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and Honorary Research Fellow at the Jao Tsung-I Academy (Hong Kong University), an academy created in honor of Jao Tsung-I, foreign associate member of the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and former member of the EFEO.
Life in the Centers
Christophe Pottier is presenting a talk on "Archaeology, scales and spaces: Recent developments in the cartography of Angkor" at the meeting of the Asian Network for GIS-based Historical Studies (ANGIS) and the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy (CRMA) being held at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre (SAC) in Bangkok on January 5 and 6.

Bill Mak, (Associate Professor of Indian Studies and the History of Science at Kyoto University) is to be a guest of the EFEO's Bangkok Center from January 8 to 18. He is doing research for a study on "Historical transmission of Indian astral science in East and Southeast Asia," on the subject of classical astrology (drawing on manuscripts, calendars, horoscopes, rituals, iconography, nakṣatras, and architectural representation of the du cosmos). In Bangkok, he is visiting at the regional center for archaeology and the fine arts (SPAFA - SEAMEO), going on to Phetchaburi and Chiang Mai from January 14 to 16.
Phnom Penh
Sok Soda, from the restoration workshop at the Cambodian National Museum, is going to Wat Phu (southern Laos) for some ten days in mid-January to restore the broken parts of a doorway (East gable, North gallery, South quadrangle) as part of an FSP Wat Phu worksite project being carried out by Pierre Pichard.
Siem Reap
From January 4 to 7, Dominique Soutif is taking part in the first excavation season of the research program The Two Buddhist Towers: A multi-scalar evaluation of the practice, change, and function of Buddhism at the regional Angkorian center of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, Cambodia (10th to 17th c. CE), in collaboration with Mitch Hendrickson (University of Illinois), Christian Fischer (UCLA), Julia Estève (Mahidol University), and Cristina Castillo (University College, London).

This program has received a research grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies.
From January 11 to 17, Mr. Mael Bellec, curator at the Cernuchi Museum, is at the EFEO's Seoul Center in connection with the organization of an exhibition of Korean paintings.
On Saturday, January 10, at 1 p.m., Benoît Jacquet is giving a lecture entitled "Qu'est-ce que la spatialité japonaise? Discours et pratiques de l'architecture contemporaine au Japon [What is the Japanese sense of space? Discourse and practice in contemporary architecture in Japan]," at the colloquium on Échanges culturels franco-japonais dans les architectures et les villes de l'époque moderne et contemporaine [Franco-Japanese cultural exchanges in modern and contemporary architectures and cities], organized by the Maison franco-japonaise in Tokyo.
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