Agenda February 2015
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At the suggestion of the EFEO Directorate, the Administrative Council agreed on last January 20 to be in favor of the EFEO's formally joining "Paris Sciences et Lettres" (PSL Research University). For their part, the ComUE and the PSL Foundation provisionally proposed that the EFEO should join them - at first - as an associate member. Beginning this month, therefore, the EFEO is part of this university grouping that brings together several prestigious institutions (the Collège de France, the École normale supérieure, the École des Mines, the University of Paris-Dauphine, the Curie Institute, etc.: see the complete list of members at With some of this group we already have longstanding collaborations - especially with the Collège de France, through its Asia institutes. The recent (end of 2014) formal association of the EHESS and the EPHE, and also today's with the École des chartes [School of Charters], lets us envisage within the PSL the formation of an important presence of the humanities and social sciences (till now quite limited) and the development of an Asia nexus in which it is expected that the EFEO would take on a central role and responsibility.
Yves Goudineau
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
From February 1 to 6 Yves Goudineau, Director, is in Hanoi. On February 2, at the Vietnamese Museum of Ethnology, he is acting as co-chair of the second "Dissemination workshop" of the European SEATIDE (Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion) project of which he is the coordinator. From February 3 to 5, he is taking part in the project's "Research workshop."

On February 10 he is taking part in the second Franco-Asiatic Day Regards croisés sur l'eau et l'assainissement [Conflicting views on water and decontamination], at the City of Paris's Pavillon de l'Eau [Water Pavilion].

On February 2, as part of the research project PCRD 7 SEATIDE (Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion), launched in December of 2012 and coordinated by the EFEO, a workshop presenting research results to the general public is taking place in Hanoi. The topic of this workshop is "Travail, mobilité et intégration économique en Asie du Sud-Est [Work, mobility, and economic integration in Southeast Asia." This workshop, organized with the support of the Vietnamese Academy of the Social Sciences (VASS) and the European delegation in Vietnam, is providing a discussion platform to promote a better understanding of the economic forces at work in the changing societies in Southeast Asia today.

Yves Goudineau (coordinator of SEATIDE), Andrew Hardy (SEATIDE scholarly coordinator), Franciscus Verellen (special adviser to SEATIDE), Olivier Tessier (head of the EFEO's Hanoi Center), and Elisabeth Lacroix (chargée du projet SEATIDE) ar representing the EFEO at this event.

On Friday, February 6, from 2 to 3 p.m., Mr. Semyon Ryzhenkov (doctoral candidate in the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg) is giving a lecture on "Les manuscrits de Dunhuang conservés à l'Institut des manuscrits orientaux de l'Académie des sciences de Russie à Saint-Petersbourg [Dunhuang manuscripts preserved at the Oriental Manuscripts Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg]" as part of Kuo Liying's seminar, at the Maison de l'Asie, 5th floor room.

On February 24, as part of the epigraphy seminar HISoMA (Histoire et Sources des Mondes Antiques [History and Sources of Ancient Worlds] at the Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyons), Arlo Griffiths (EFEO) is talking on "L'épigraphie du monde indien: une inscription du nord du Bangladesh [Epigraphy in the Indian world: an inscription from northern Bangladesh]." ;

From February 14 to 16 Pierre-Yves Manguin is taking part in the Sewn Boats of the Indian Ocean Workshop, at the German University of Technology, Muscat (Oman) and is presenting a paper entitled "The 'sewn' boats of Southeast Asia: New data from archaeology."
Arts Asiatiques, volume 69, 2014, 196 pp.

Lagirarde, François: "Les ho tham du Lanna, bibliothèques des monastères bouddhiques du Nord de la Thaïlande" in Arts Asiatiques, volume 69, 2014, pp. 35-50.
Leider, Jacques P., "Burma and the Outside World," in Buddhist Art of Myanmar, edited by Sylvia Fraser-Lu and Donald M. Stadtner. New York (Asia Society Museum and Yale University Press) New Haven, London, 2015, pp. 35-44.) Published on the occasion of the exhibition Buddhist Art of Myanmar, organized by the Asia Society Museum (New York) from February 10 to May 10.

Leider, Jacques, P., "Politics of Integration and Cultures of Resistance. A Study of Burma's Conquest and Administration of Arakan" in Asian Expansions The Historical Experiences of Polity Expansion in Asia. Edited by By Geoffrey Wade. London: Routledge, 2014, pp. 184-213.

Skilling, Peter and Pakdeekham, Santi, "Documenting Chaiya History: Inscriptions from the Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and Ratanakosin periods. Part II. Two inscriptions from Wat Samuh Nimit" in Aséanie 31 (June 2013), pp. 153-162.

Skilling, Peter and Pakdeekham, Santi, "Phra Taen Sila-at: From Pañcabuddhabyākaraṇa to Pilgrimage" in Christoph Cueppers and Max Deeg (ed.), Searching for the Dharma, Finding Salvation - Buddhist Pilgrimage in Time and Space. Acts of the Buddhist Pilgrimage in History and Present Times workshop at Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI). Lumbini 11-13 January 2010 (LIRI Seminar Proceedings Series, Volume 5). Lumbini: Lumbini International Research Institute, 2014, pp. 141-156, and plates 1-11, pp. 263-269.

Skilling, Peter, "Every Rise has its Fall: Thoughts on the History of Buddhism in Central India (Part I)" and J. Soni, M. Pahlke and C. Cüppers (ed.), Buddhist and Jaina Studies: Proceedings of the Conference in Lumbini, February 2013 (LIRI Seminar Proceedings Series, Volume 6). Lumbini: Lumbini International Research Institute, 2014, pp. 77-122.
Antony Boussemart is visiting Japan from February 14 to 28 to continue with the handling of the collections given to the EFEO by the family of Hubert Durt.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris Seminar is taking place on Monday, February 9 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): a presentation by François Lachaud (EFEO) on the topic "Moines et vauriens dans le Japon d'Edo: recherches sur l'école zen Fuke [Monks and good-for-nothings in Edo Japan: research on the Fuke Zen school], Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, second floor conference room).

Monks and good-for-nothings in Edo Japan (1603-1867): Zen, the indirect descendant of the Chan of the Asian continent, constitutes the Buddhist tradition that contributed most to the spread of Japanese civilization in the West from its first encounters with the Jesuits, after having shaped warrior elites and an urban aristocracy and contributed to the Japanese aesthetic, artistic creation, and "philosophy." With the arrival from China of the Ōbaku school, Zen became also the source of the intellectual and artistic renaissance of the 18th century. Only the Fuke school, a "native-born school" that brought down the wrath of the authorities, rediscovered the oppositional spirit of its origins far outside establishment circles. From its legendary founder, the monk Puhua (ca. 770-840/860) and his Linji Conversations, and moving on to his reprobate "disciples," including unemployed samurai and criminals, the study of this school helps bring to light a misunderstood but essential page in the religious, musical, and artistic history of Japan. It has inspired major figures among modern intellectual dissidents and feeds the popular imagination down to our days. This presentation is based on the study of unpublished documents and meetings with "members" of this school.
Life in the Centers
S. A. S. Sarma has been invited to participate in the VISCOM Conference entitled "Tantric Communities in Context: Sacred Secrets and Public Rituals" to be held at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Vienna, from February 5 to 7. He is to present a paper on "Mātṛtantra texts of South India with special reference to the worship of Rurujit in Kerala and to three different communities associated with this worship.

During the first two weeks of February the Third NETamil Workshop on Commentary idioms is taking place at the Pondicherry EFEO Center. Reading sessions are to be guided by each of the participants for commentarial traditions in various intellectual domains in the three languages Tamil, Sanskrit, and Maṇipravāḷam - and even some in Telugu and Malayālam.

R. Sathyanarayanan has been invited as a Resource Person to give training in the reading of Grantha and Telugu manuscripts from February 13 to 14 at the 21-day workshop on "Research Methodology, Manuscriptology and Textual Criticism" organized by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan Deemed University, Guruvayur Campus, Kerala.
Peter Skilling is talking on the topic "The many languages of Indian Buddhism: Is it Time for Equal Time?" at the international conference Buddhist Studies: The Role of Sanskrit, on February 20 at 1 p.m. at the Salaya campus in Nakhon Pathom (Thailand).
On February 10, at the invitation of the Académie de l'Eau [Water Academy], Olivier Tessier is taking part in the second Franco-Asiatic Day Regards croisés sur l'eau et l'assainissement [Conflicting views on water and decontamination], at the City of Paris's Pavillon de l'Eau [Water Pavilion]. On this occasion he is giving a talk on "Gouvernance locale et gestion des ressources en eau - Relations entre les acteurs locaux impliqués dans la gestion des ressources en eau du projet Phuoc Hoa - AFD [Local governance and management of water resources: relations between local authorities involved in managing water resources within the Phuoc Hoa-AFD project]" (provisional title).
Hong Kong
Franciscus Verellen, special adviser to the European SEATIDE project (Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion), is taking part in the Diffusion workshop to be followed by the SEATIDE colloquium, in Hanoi from February 2 to 5.
The seminar on Buddhism run by Iyanaga Nobumi and Didier Davin is taking place on Mondays, February 9 and 16, (from 6 to 8 p.m., lecture hall of the Tōyō bunko).

On February 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Didier Davin is making a presentation as part of the study group on the Manuscrit d'une nuit [One night manuscript] from the Recueil de la falaise verte (Ichiya hekiganroku) [Green Cliff Collection] at the Center for Oriental Cultural Studies (Toyo bunka kenkyujo) of Tokyo University.
On November 1, from 10-11 a.m., Benoît Jacquet is giving a lecture on the topic "On Things to Come: What contemporary Japanese architecture should be like" at the colloquium on Le Japon et son avenir: l'identité japonaise dans le maelstrom de la mondialisation / Japan and Its Future: Japanese Identity in the Maelstrom of Globalisation organized by the Centre européen d'études japonaises d'Alsace [Alsace European Centre for Japanese Studies] (CEEJA) and Hôsei University, at the CEEJA, on October 30 and November 1.

From November 3 to 15, Benoît Jacquet is visiting Indonesia at the invitation of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

On Thursday, November 27, at 11 a.m., the seminar on Buddhism organized by Iyanaga Nobumi Is taking place at the EFEO Centre, Kyoto.
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