Agenda March 2015
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Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On March 2, in Brussels, Yves Goudineau, Director, is meeting with Ranieri Sabatucci, in charge of the Asia-Pacific region within the general development directorate of the European Commission, and is setting up - with the cooperation of the Indonesian embassy to the European Union - the SEATIDE Project's next Dissemination workshop.

On March19, from 2 to 5 p.m., along with Charles Malamoud (of the EPHE) he is talking on the topic "L'espace du sacrifice" [Sacrificial space] as part of an INALCO doctoral seminar (Le geste, la parole, l'écrit. Enquête sur les formes de la mémoire collective dans l'aire culturelle sud-est asiatique [Gestures, spoken words, written records. Inquiry in the forms of memory in the Southeast Asian cultural setting]). At the Maison de l'Asie's large meeting hall.

From March 27 to April 6, he is visiting China, Hong Kong, and Korea to meet with the EFEO's institutional partners in the various Centers there.

In connection with his research on historical geography, from February 27 to March 13 Michel Lorrillard is visiting Wat Phu in order to carry out a survey in the area of the Angkor temple of Hong Nang Sida.

From March 10 to 12 François Lachaud is taking part in the international colloquium Des possibilités de la pensée et de la culture japonaises, ma et aida [Various possibilities in Japanese thought and culture: ma and aida], organized by the University of Strasbourg's Alsace European Center for Japanese Studies. He is to talk on "Variations sur l'intervalle: Izumi Kyōka (1873-1939) et le théâtre nō" [Variations on the interval: Izumi Kyōka and the Nō theater].

On March 13 François Lachaud is taking part in an international half-day workshop organized by the University of Paris Diderot: Expression de soi en Chine et au Japon du Moyen Age à l'époque moderne [Self expression in China and Japan in the Middle Ages and modern times]. He is giving a talk with the title "Turn Your Lamp Down Low: Natsume Sōseki's Poems in Chinese and the Ends of Life".

On March 17 he is taking part in the thesis defense for Ana Dias at the Universidade Clássica in Lisbon on the topic: "Le théâtre nō et la Mission Jésuite au Japon au XVIe siècle" [The Nō theater and the Jesuit mission in the Japan of the 16th century].
On Wednesday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Michela Bussotti and Isabelle Landry-Deron are presenting the first results of their research on "Les caractères chinois gravés à l'Imprimerie nationale au 18e siècle" [The engraved Chinese characters at the National Printing House in the 18th century] as part of the work shop on missionaries at the CECMC/UMR8173, Elisabeth Allès Room, 6th Floor, Le France Building, 190-198 avenue de France, 75013 Paris.

At the invitation of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Alain Arrault is visiting Harvard University from March until June. As part of a "Coordinate Research Program", he is to do research on the general topic of "religions and local societies in China".

From March 1 to 3, Frédéric Girard is taking part in session #3 "Le Journal des rêves de Myōe" [Myōe's Dream Journal] at the meeting on Rêves et représentations, Les possibilités de développement des recherches internationales et scientifiques [Dreams and depictions; possibilities for the development of international and scientific research] being organized by the Center of International Studies on Japanese Culture (Nichibunken), (research room #1 and auditorium).
From March 26 to 29 Astrid Aschehoug and Pierre Harry are showing works published by the EFEO at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian studies in Chicago.
Alain Arrault, "Les calendriers" [Calendars], in J.-P. Drège, La fabrique du lisible : la mise en texte des manuscrits de la Chine ancienne et médiévale [The production of reading material: the setting down of ancient and medieval Chinese manuscripts], Paris, Collège de France, Institut des hautes études chinoises, 2014, pp. 99-112.

Luca Gabbiani, Sun Jiahong, and Chai Jianhong (eds.), "Zui yu fa: Zhong Ou fazhishi yanjiude duihua" 罪與罰: 中歐法制史研究的對話 (Crimes et châtiments: le droit et l'État dans l'historiographie récente en Chine et en Europe) [Crime and punishment: law and the state in recent Chinese and European historiography]), in Faguo hanxue/Sinologie française, vol. 16 (2014).

Luca Gabbiani and Sun Jiahong, "Daolun" 導言 (Introductory notes), in Faguo hanxue/Sinologie française, vol. 16 (2014), pp. 1-7.

Luca Gabbiani, "18-20 shiji dizhi Zhongguo wanqide yin feng shahai zunqinshu zui" 世紀帝制中國晚期的因瘋殺害尊親屬罪 (Folie et parricide dans la Chine impériale tardive) [Madness and patricide in late imperial China], translated from the English by Sun Jiahong, in Faguo hanxue/Sinologie française, vol. 16 (2014), pp. 187-212.

Frédéric Girard, "Les Six Cercles en une Goutte de Rosée: un traité de Nō de Zenchiku (1405-1470)" [The Six Circles in a Drop of Dew: a Nō treatise by Zenchiku], online article on the Impressions d'Extrême-Orient website:

François Lachaud, "João Rodrigues (1562-1633) on the Art of Tea", in The Japan Mission Journal, spring 2015, Vol. 69.1, pp. 44-57.

Charlotte Schmid, "Un fer de lance sanskrit en pays tamoul: vēl et polysémie iconique" [A Sanskrit spear point in Tamil territory: vēl and iconic polysemy], in "Sens multiple(s) et polysémie. Regards d'Orient" [Multiple meaning(s) and polysemy: Observations from the Far East], a topical notebook, in Études romanes de Brno, 2014, vol. 35.2, pp. 183-210.

Franciscus Verellen, Xu 序 (Preface), in Faguo hanxue/Sinologie française, vol. 16 (2014), pp. 1-4.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris Seminar is taking place on Monday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: a presentation by Martin Polkinghorne (Sydney University) on the topic "Rethinking regional relations with Angkor in the 15th century: The story of the Bayon Buddha," Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, second floor meeting room).

When the École française d'Extrême-Orient excavated an enormous image of the Buddha seated on a nāga inside the central shrine of the Bayon it was immediately celebrated as the central image of Jayavarman VII's Angkor Thom. Little attention was paid to the head of another Buddha image that we now identify as early Ayutthayan. This small image reveals much about Angkor in the 15th century and beyond. 1431/1432 CE is often cited as the date at which Angkor was abandoned, but our knowledge of this event is based on fragmentary chronicular evidence that has been little understood. The recognition of the small Buddha head as early Ayutthayan and identification of over forty other images of this type are arguably the first material evidence of the 12 to 15 year Ayutthayan occupation at Angkor. Reappraisal of the large Bayon Buddha, a late 12th century image, suggests that it was restored after the 15th century, one of many similar deeds of piety as Angkor became a hub of regional Theravāda Buddhist pilgrimage. If the Bayon Buddha was dumped into a looters' pit after its renovation, can we question its role in the so-called iconoclasm purported to have occurred in the 13th century?
Life in the Centers
From March 4 to 6, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma is participating in a Śāstrasadas (traditional conference) entitled "Śrī Maddulapalli Mānikya sāstri 98 jayantyutsava chatuśśāstramahāsabhā" in Dvarakanagar-Srisankaramatham, Visakhapattanam, where he is to discuss the topic "Samāsāc ca tadviṣayāt (pa. su. 5.3.106) iti sūtrārthavicāraḥ".

From March 13 to 17, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma is to be inTenali from 13 to 17 to participate in a Śāstrasadas (traditional conference) conducted by the Sivasundara sadguru sastrasabha. He will give a lecture entitled "Gauṇamukhyayoḥ mukhye kāryasaṃpratyayaḥ (paribhāṣā. 15)" and will be an examiner in "vyākaraṇaśāstra".

Victor Davella, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, University of Hamburg (Project NETamil Project), left the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO on March 2, having spent two weeks there after participating in the 3rd NETamil workshop held from February 2 to 13. He read some parts of the Citramīmāṃsā, Kuvalayānanda with its commentaries (Rasikarañjanī and Alaṅkāracandrikā), Vākyapadīya: Vṛttisamuddeśa, and Paribhāṣenduśekhara with S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma.

Gérard Colas (CNRS Senior Fellow, CEIAS, EHESS, Paris) left Pondicherry after having spent three months (9th December 2014 to 9th March 2015) at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO. He pursued his research on Vaiṣṇava doctrines, concentrating on Bālakṛṣṇa Bhaṭṭa's Prameyārṇava (18th c.). The study of this text is part of a Franco-German project on the Śuddhādvaita system of Vallabha, directed by G. Colas and A. Mishra (Heidelberg).
From March 1 to 21, Daniel Perret is to be at Medan in order to study materials from the surveys and excavations in the framework of the program being carried on in cooperation with the Indonesian National Archaeological Research Center on the Kota Cina site (North Sumatra).
On March 26 François Lagirarde is talking on the topic "Researching on (and in) Thailand: the case of the French School of Asian Studies" at the 1st International Research Symposium organized by Montfort College at Chiang Mai.
Phnom Penh
From March 2 to 4 Bertrand Porte and Christian Fischer (UCLA) are to be at the Hanoi Historical Museum as part of a visit to Vietnam organized in cooperation with the EFEO Center there. Their three-day visit will include analyses of carved rocks, examination of the state of the conservation being done on Cham and Khmer sculptures, and further instruction in methodology.

For two weeks, beginning March 23, Phy Sokhoeun, from the sculpture conservation workshop of the Phnom Penh National Museum, is visiting the restoration wrokshop at the Western Mebon to help with the reassembly of the many framents of a huge, uncompleted linga found in the central pool.
Christine Hawixbrock is currently at Wat Phu to continue her study of the archeological materials brought to light during the first excavation season at the pre-Angkor temple of Phu Malong (November 17 to December 19, 2014) and to set up the second such season to be carried out in March-April of 2015.

In Vientiane on March 4, Vanina Bouté, Lecturer in Ethnology at Amiens University, CASE-EHESS and member of the EFEO team on the European SEATIDE project, is receiving from the French Ambassador, His Excellency S.E. Yves Carmona, the insignias of Chevalier for Service to Education, an award being given for his publication and research work on Laos carried on as a part of the IRASEC (CNRS-MAEE) and the SEATIDE project.
Hong Kong
During March the EFEO's Hong Kong Center has the pleasure of welcoming Léon Vandermeersch, Emeritus Director of Studies at the EPHE and former Director of the EFEO, as the Jao Tsung-I Visiting Professor in the Institute for Chinese Studies (ICS) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Jao Tsung-I visiting professorship was created in 2013 in honor of Jao Tsung-I, associate foreign member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, honorary professor at the ICS, and former member of the EFEO. A welcoming reception is being organized for Léon Vandermeersch by the EFEO jointly with the ICS on March 3.

On March 19 Franciscus Verellen is taking part in a meeting of the Horizon 2020 Orientation Council - Advisory Group for Societal Challenge Europe in a Changing World at the European Commission in Brussels.
As part of the EFEO program "Étude d'archéologie, d'histoire et d'histoire de l'art du site de Kaesông, capitale du Koryô" [Study of the archaeology, history, and art history of the site of Kaesông, capital of Koryô], Élisabeth Chabanol is to be in Siem Reap from March 15 to 22 in order to set up a training session for three experts from the National Authority for the Protection of the Cultural Heritage (RPDC), members of the archeological mission in Kaesông. These archaeologists will spend three weeks as part of the team of the Franco-Khmer Mission for the Management of Angkor Territory directed by Christophe Pottier.

From March 26 to26, in Chicago, on the occasion of the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Yoon Min-kyung (post-doc at the Seoul Center) is organizing the panel View from Within and Without: Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of North Korea. She will present a talk on "Visualizing the Socialist Imaginary in North Korean Art". Élisabeth Chabanol is to talk on the subject of "The France-Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Joint Exhibition in Pyongyang".
The seminar on Buddhism given by Iyanaga Nobumi and Didier Davin is taking place on Mondays, March 2 and 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the lecture hall of the Toyo bunko.

On March 22 Didier Davin is talking on the topic "Considérations sur le futur des études zen au Japon" [Remarks on the future of Zen studies in Japan] (in Japanese) at the Franco-Japanese Society for Oriental Studies in the lecture hall of the Toyo bunko.
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