Agenda April 2015
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On April 1 and 2 Yves Goudineau, Director, is to be in Seoul, where he is to be received by the French Ambassador, His Excellency Jérôme Pasquier, and to take part in meetings with staff involved in scholarly cooperation, along with the French Institute. On April 3 and 4 he is to be in Hong Kong, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and hosted by Franciscus Verellen, Director of the EFEO's Hong Kong Center.

On April 7 and 8 he is to be in Paris at the Scholarly Council of the Umifre (Unités mixtes des Instituts français à l'étranger-Multiple units of the French institutes abroad) in Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On April 14 and 15 he is chairing the Recruitment Commission of the EFEO.

The Recruitment Commission of the EFEO is meeting on April 14 to interview and select candidates for the post of EFEO lecturer in the study of Indian textual traditions (literary, philosophical, scientific, etc.), and on April 15 for EFEO Director of Studies specializing in the Sinicized World (China, Korea, Vietnam): history, history of religion, history of art, archaeology, epigraphy.

On Wednesday, April 1, Valérie Liger-Belair is attending a training session on budgetary management and public accounting (GBCP) being organized by the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR), and on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, she is taking part in work days for directors of human resources being organized by the MESR.

She is also taking part, on Thursday, April 9, in the workshop for General Directors of services (DGS) being organized by the MESR.

From April 19 to 24 Emmanuelle Marcoul, accountant, and Zohra Soltani are visiting Pondicherry to audit the accounts of the EFEO Center and the NETamil program.

As part of the doctoral seminar Le geste, la parole, l'écrit. Enquête sur les formes de la mémoire collective dans l'aire culturelle sud-est asiatique [Gesture, word, writing. Study of the forms of collective memory in the Southeast Asian cultural zone] (at the Inalco), Éric Bourdonneau, along with Emmanuel Francis (CEIAS, EHESS/CNRS), is running the Thursday, April 16, session entitled "Topogénie et généalogie dans les inscriptions du Cambodge ancien et du monde pallava [Topogeny and genealogy in the inscriptions of ancient Cambodia and the Pallava world]" (2 rue de Lille, 2 to 5 p.m., Room 131).

From April 19 to 25, Arlo Griffiths is visiting Oxford to work with A. Sanderson and P.-S. Szántó on the publishing of the Sarvabuddhasamāyogaḍākinījālaśaṁvara. On April 28 he is talking at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS London) as part of the postgraduate diploma program in Asian Art He is then giving a lecture at the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies: "New perspectives on Arakan in the first millennium: its name, dynastic history and Buddhist culture."

Luca Gabbiani, Sun Jiahong, 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) [Crimes and punishment: the law and the state in recent historiography in China and Europe], in Faguo hanxue/Sinologie française, vol. 16, 2014.

Luca Gabbiani, Sun Jiahong, "Daoyan" 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" 18-20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 parricide in late imperial China], translated from the English by Sun Jiahong, in Faguo hanxue/Sinologie française, vol. 16, 2014, pp. 187-212.

Śaiva Rites of Expiation. A First Edition and Translation of Trilocanaśiva's Twelfth-century Prāyaścittasamuccaya (With a transcription of Hṛdayaśiva's Prāyaścittasamuccaya), critical edition and translation by traduction R. Sathyanarayanan, and introduction by Dominic Goodall. Collection Indologie no 127, Pondicherry: IFP/EFEO.

Arlo Griffiths, with Alexander Lubotsky, "Paippalāsasaṃhitā 4.14. Removing an Arrow-Tip from the Body", in Lecteurs et copistes dans les traditions manuscrites iraniennes, indiennes et centrasiatiques / Scribes and Readers in Iranian, Indian and Central Asian Manuscript Traditions, edited by Nalini Balbir and Maria Szuppe, Eurasian Studies XII, 2014, pp. 23-40.

Andrew Hardy, "The Archaeological Territory of Quảng Ngãi and the Geopolitics of Champa" in Andreas Reinecke (ed.), Perspectives on the Archaeology of Vietnam, LWL-Museum for Archaeology, Herne, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums in Mannheim, State Museum of Archaeology of Chemnitz, and German Archaeological Institute, Berlin / Bonn, 2015, p. 259-290.

Andrew Hardy, The Barefoot Anthropologist. The Highlands of Champa and Vietnam in the Words of Jacques Dournes, EFEO-Silkworm Books Series, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2015, 148 pp.

Andrew Hardy, A History of the Vietnam-EU Relationship, 1990-2015, Hanoi, European Union Delegation in Vietnam (Bilingual English-Vietnamese illustrated work), 2015, 148 pp.

S.A.S. Sarma, "Systems of Medicine in Tantra Manuals of Kerala" in Traditional Medicine System in India, K. G. Sreelekha (ed.), New Delhi, National Mission for Manuscripts & Dev Publishers, 2014, pp. 103-114.

S.A.S. Sarma, "Paḷḷivēṭṭa, or the ‘Royal Hunt,' in Prescriptive Literature and in Present-day Practice in Kerala" in Cracow Indological Studies Vol. XVI (2014), pp. 289-314.

Charlotte Schmid, "Un fer de lance sanskrit en pays tamoul: vēl et polysémie iconique" [A Samskrit spearhead in Tamil country: vēl and iconic polysemy], in "Sens multiple(s) et polysémie. Regards d'Orient," dossier compiled by Julie Sorba and Sylvain Brocquet, Études romanes de Brno 35 / 2, 2014, Masarykova Univerzita, pp. 183-210.

Peter Skilling, "Birchbark, Bodhisatvas, and Bhāṇakas: Writing materials in Buddhist North India" in Lecteurs et copistes dans les traditions manuscrites iraniennes, indiennes et centrasiatiques / Scribes and Readers in Iranian, Indian and Central Asian Manuscript Traditions, edited by Nalini Balbir & Maria Szuppe, Eurasian Studies XII, 2014, pp. 499-521.

Franciscus Verellen, "Xu" 序 (Preface), in Faguo hanxue/Sinologie française, vol. 16, 2014, pp. 1-4.

Eva Wilden, "Usage de la polysémie: uḷḷuṟai et śleṣa dans la poésie tamoule classique" [Use of polysemy: uḷḷuṟai and śleṣa classic Tamil poetry], in "Sens multiple(s) et polysémie. Regards d'Orient", dossier compiled by Julie Sorba and Sylvain Brocquet, Études romanes de Brno 35 / 2, 2014, Masarykova Univerzita, pp.153-165.
EFEO Paris Seminar
The EFEO Paris Seminar is taking place on Monday, April 13 (11:00 a.m. to 13:30 p.m.): presentation by Olivier Evrard (Institut de recherche pour le développement - IRD) on the topic "Les ruines, les "sauvages" et la princesse. Contribution à l'ethnohistoire de Viang Phou Kha, Nord-Laos" [Ruins, "savages," and the princess. Contribution to the ethnohistory of Viang Phou Kha, Northern Laos], at the Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 2nd floor lecture hall).

In Southeast Asia, history is written mainly from the point of view of the populations settled in the lowlands. At higher elevations archaeological remains are rare, and the montagnard groups for the most part preserve their traditions orally. Historians tend to neglect these records.

Within this context, the case of the town of Viang Phou Kha, in northern Laos is particularly interesting. Located on a high plateau and crossed by a major communication route between Yunnan and northern Thailand, it is surrounded by ruins of an ancient fortified city and material remains of obscure origin. These remains have given birth to a considerable oral literature shared, with some variations, by the local populations speaking both taï and môn-khmer.

This lecture presents the results of an ethnohistorical project begun in 2009. It compares various versions of a single origin myth telling of the construction of the fortified city near the present-day town. The speaker tries to show the importance of using oral sources to fill out an "official" history that is full of holes, but also to show part of the shared "imaginaire" among the peoples in this region.

Life in the Centers
From April 20 to 25, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma is taking part in a Sāśtra sadas (conférence traditionnelle) organized by the Andhrapradesh-Kanchi-kamakoti-Charitable Trust in Vijayawada; he will talk on the topic "Karmavat karmaṇā tūlyakriyaḥ iti sūtrārthavichāraḥ".
From April 16 to May 23, Daniel Perret is to be in North Sumatra to carry out a new excavation season as part of the program being carried on in partnership with the Indonesian National Center for archaeological research at the Kota Cina site.
From April 2 to 5 Pierre Pichard is in Seoul to take part in in a planning meeting for the Korean project of reconstructing the Khmer temple of Hong Nang Sida, near Wat Phu (Laos).

Until April 10, Chistophe Pottier is in Angkor directing the 2015 excavation season by the Franco-Khmer Commission on the Management of the Angkor Territory (MAFKATA) which has continued investigation of sites around the Western Baray.

Christophe Pottier is taking part in the 80th Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) to be held in San Francisco, California, from April 15 to 19. He is giving a paper entitled "Insights from Difference: text and archaeology in Angkor" at the symposium Difference in Archaeological Theory and Practice chaired by Roland Fletcher and John Papadopoulos. He is also talking at the symposium Recent Advances in the Settlement and Landscape Archaeology of Southwest China and Southeast Asia Part II: The Micro Perspective of Internal Settlement Organization and Object Production on the topic "Open cities to enclosures, dynamics of settlements pattern in Angkor".
Chiang Mai
On April 14 François Lagirarde is to be in Paris to take part in the recruitment commission for the position of EFEO lecturer in studies of Indian Textual traditions.
During the entire month of April Christine Hawixbrock is part of the EFEO/FSP Wat Phu workshop-school of excavation on the pre-Angkor site of Nong Din Shi, Phu Malong (Champassak province).
As part of the seminar État de droit [State of law] that is being held at Peking University and jointly organized with the EFEO's Peking Center, the History Department at the EHESS, and the History Department at Peking University, Fanny Cosandey (EHESS) is giving three lectures at Peking University:
  • April 20, at 3 p.m.: "Les lois fondamentales du royaume, légitimité et toute-puissance royale (XIVe-XVIIe siècle)" [Fundamentals of the kingdom, legitimacy and royal absolute power (14th-17th century)], (Teaching Building 1, room 203)
  • April 24, at 3 p.m.: "Usages coutumiers ou règne de la loi? Les contradictions de la modernité politique" [Customary practices or rule of law? The contradictions in political modernity], (Leo KoGuan Building, room 127)
  • April 27, at 3 p.m.: "Loi salique et régence feminine" [Salic law and female regency] (Teaching Building 1, room 203)
Hong Kong
Yves Goudineau, EFEO Director, is visiting the EFEO Center in Hong Kong on April 3 and 4.

As part of his project "Gao Pian 高駢 (822-887) in Vietnam", being carried on in cooperation with the Hanoi EFEO Center, Franciscus Verellen is making an on-site visit to Guangxi on April 13 to 16 to study the remnants of the coastal infrastructure projects carried out by Gao, last governor of the Annam Protectorate under the Tang.
From March 30 to April 13 Paola Calanca is in Xiamen to continue, with Claudine Salmon (EHESS), their research on the renewal of the Li clan of Gangkou (Xiamen) and take part with its descendants at the Qingming festival. They are also going to Nanning (Guangxi) to consult with the local members of this branch and visit what remains of their tombstones.

Elsewhere they are organizing working sessions with Xu Lu, a specialist in Chinese naval history, and with naval construction people in order to deepen and better define the vocabulary that will be used for the translation of the work for the Sigaut Fund at the National Maritime Museum in Paris. The translator Hsu Tun-chun is participating in this task. They will also be consulting with the Minnan fishermen and navigators (South Fujian).
On Friday, April 3 (at 6 p.m.), Bernard Faure (Columbia University) is giving the second annual Anna Seidel Memorial Lecture, on the topic "The Goddess of the Threshold: Another Look at Medieval Japan Religion". This lecture is being organized by the EFEO and Kyoto University and will take place at the Institute for Research in the Humane Sciences in Kyoto, close to the EFEO Center.

From April 17 to May 10, Benoît Jacquet is supervision the art exhibition More False Memories / Mô hitotsu no tsukurareta kioku by Jean-Luc Caradec, which is being held at the Hôô Gallery as part of Kyotographie 2015.

On Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m., Nathan Hopson (Nagoya University) is giving a lecture on "Spiritual Homeland-Internal Colony-Another Japan: Tōhoku in Twentieth-Century Thought and History", in the series Kyoto Lectures, organized by the EFEO and the ISEAS Centers, at the Institute for Research in the Humane Sciences of Kyoto University.
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