Agenda October 2015
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Since the EFEO has, in 2015, rejoined the ComUE PSL, a new section is now appearing in this Newsletter giving information on various "PSL News and Activities". One may remember that PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres [Paris Letters and Science]) now brings together 25 institutions, founding members, or associate members. Among them are several partners of the EFEO in the humane and social sciences, like the Collège de France, École normale supérieure [Higher Normal School] (Ulm), the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) [Practical School of Advanced Studies], the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) [School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences] or the École nationale des chartes [National Charts School]. Also included are the University of Paris-Dauphine, with its emphasis on economics and management, and various other prestigious scholarly institutions: the École des Mines [School of Mines], the ParisTech, the Chimie ParisTech, the ESPCI ParisTech, the Curie Institute, the Paris Observatory, the Louis Bachelier Institute, the IBPC-Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, and the Gennes Pierre-Gilles Foundation for research, to which have been added the CNRS, the INSERM, the NRIA, and the Henri IV High School. Training in various areas of the Arts is also represented by equally renowned institutions like the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs [Advanced National School of the Decorative Arts], the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts [Advanced National School of the Fine Arts], the Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris [the Paris National Advanced Conservatory of Music and Dance], the Fémis, and the Conservatoire national supérieur d'Art dramatique [Advanced National Conservatory of Dramatic Art]. In all, the ComUE PSL includes 146 research laboratories, 80 libraries, 2 museums, and looks forward - with more than 3,200 instructor-researchers and about 18,500 students - to cultivating a productive association among the Sciences, Letters, Social Sciences, and the Arts.
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On October 1 Yves Goudineau, director, is in Brussels for a meeting with the officers of the DG Research group of the European Commission in order to inform them of the European projects being undertaken by the EFEO and seek reactions to new projects being planned.
On October 8 he is chairing a Selection Commission for recruiting a working architect for the Mebon project at Angkor. On October 9 he is taking part in the inauguration of new facilities for the École des chartes - a member of PSL like the EFEO - in the presence of the President of the Republic. He is also invited to the Rendez-vous de l'histoire de Blois [Blois rendezvous with history] that will take place from October 8 to 11 and will propose this year a round table Carte blanche aux Écoles françaises à l'étranger [A free hand for the French Schools Abroad] at which Luca Gabbiani, Lecturer at the EFEO, will talk on the continuity of the Chinese empire.
On October 15 Yves Goudineau is receiving the Laotian ambassador to France, His Excellency Mr. Ouan Phommachack, in order to present the EFEO's contribution, in the form of an exhibition of ancient photographs, to the Luang Prabang ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the addition of the city to the UNESCO world heritage list. On the same day he has meetings arranged with Professor Hans van Ess, head of the Max Weber Foundation, and Mr. Harald Rosenbach, executive director.
On October 19 he is receiving a delegation from the Vietnamese Academy of the Social Sciences, and then Mr. Cheng Wai-Ming, director of the Jao Tsung-I Foundation, whom he will receive along with Mrs. Sophie Makariou, Head of the Guimet Museum.
On October 22 Yves Goudineau is to receive, in the name of the EFEO, the Singer-Polignac Prize, rewarding a project financed by this foundation, in this case the project of a work on the Baphuon put together by Pascal Royère, which will be published posthumously by the EFEO. From October 25 to 27, he is taking part in the Committee on Strategic Orientation of the ComUE PSL Research University.

On October 15 Charlotte Schmid is giving a lecture on "Shadow-motifs in the Divyaprabandham: Krishna and the birds" at the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna, on the occasion of the NETamil workshop being organized jointly by Eva Wilden (EFEO and Hamburg University) and Marcus Schmücker (Austrian Academy of Science).

On October 1 Arlo Griffiths is talking at Zürich University on the topic "New Documents for the Early History of Puṇḍravardhana (North Bengal): Copper-Plate Inscriptions from the late Gupta and Early Post-Gupta periods" and on October 2 on: "Towards the publication of a corpus of the Pyu inscriptions of ancient Burma and the decipherment of the Pyu language (Tibeto-Burman)"

On Friday, October 9 François Lachaud is taking part in a workshop dedicated to Buddhist preaching supported by the use of icons (etoki) at the INALCO auditorium from 4:40 to 8:00 p.m..
On October 10, he is part of the jury for the thesis defense of Shahane Avetyan, Milan Kundera (et autres): penser et écrire dans l'autre langue [Milan Kundera (and others): thinking and speaking in another language], being directed by Francis Marmande, with Bruno Blanckeman and Claude Burgelin. The defense is being held at the University of Paris-Diderot.
From October 12 to 17, François Lachaud is visiting the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin in connection with his work on the illustrated books known as Nara-ehon. He will also work on two private collections connected with his research on the imaginary lives of the monk Saigyô (1118-1190). Then, from October 25 to November 20, he is going to Nagoya University as a visiting professor.

On October 23, as part of the program on Les sites du pouvoir: capitales, palais et lieux saints [Sites of power: palaces and holy places] at the University of Paris-Diderot, Michel Lorrillard will lead a seminar entitled "Vientiane et Luang Prabang". The seminar is taking place from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Condorcet building, 3rd floor, room 220A).

On September 30 and October 1, Michela Bussotti and Isabelle Landry-Deron (EHESS) are visiting the national printing house at (Douai), to continue their study of the collection of Chinese movable type there. On October 23 and 24 Michela Bussotti is going to Florence to take part in the third EurasiaTrajeco conference being organized by the UMR 8173 China, Korea, Japan (EHESS, CNRS) with the cooperation of the IUE (Institut universitaire européen).
Beginning on October 1, Christophe Le Maux is coming to the EFEO as Accountant and head of financial services. He is replacing Emmanuelle Marcoul who has served at the EFEO since October 2008. Emmanuelle Marcoul is moving to the post of Accountant to the INSERM delegation at Paris 12.
Publishing Activities
On 10 and 11 October the EFEO is taking part in the 25th journal salon at the Halle des Blancs manteaux (48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris).
The EFEO is being represented through the agency of AFPU-Diffusion at the Rendez-vous de l'histoire de Blois [Rendezvous of the history of Blois] from October 8 to 11. The topic this year is "Empires."
Stéphane Gros, 2015, "Des mondes en devenir: inter-ethnicité et production de la différence en Chine du Sud-Ouest [Evolving worlds: inter-ethnicity and growth of difference in Southwest Cina," Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie no 23 (2014), 324 pp.
Anne Bouchy (アンヌ ブッシイ), 2015. "Fukushima saigai to saika ni taisuru shakai hannô" フクシマの災害と災禍 に対する社会の反応 (Gestion sociale des catastrophes et désastre de Fukushima [Social management of the Fukushima catastrophes and disaster]), Shiseigaku-ôyô riron kenkyû死生学・応用理論研究 (Journal of Death and Life Studies and Practical Ethics), Tokyo daigaku daigakuin jinbun shakaikei kenkyûka 20, Tôkyô University, Tokyo, pp.94-116.

Anne Bouchy (ed.), 2015, "Le vivre ensemble à Sasaguri, une commune de Kyūshū. Dans l'entrelacs des dynamiques du dedans et du dehors - Études d'ethnologie du Japon [Communal living in Sasaguri, a Kyūshū district. In the interlacing of interior and exterior dynamics - Ethnological studies in Japan]". Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 22 (2013), Kyoto, 2015, EFEO, 650 pp.

Anne Bouchy, 2015, « Les rapports communautaires aux espaces forestiers entre politiques du dehors et stratégies du dedans - Les montagnes-forêts de Sasaguri (Sasaguri, Fukuoka) », Anne Bouchy (éd.), Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 22 (2013), Kyoto, EFEO, "Le vivre ensemble à Sasaguri, une commune de Kyūshū. Dans l'entrelacs des dynamiques du dedans et du dehors" - Études d'ethnologie du Japon [Communal living in Sasaguri, a Kyūshū district. In the interlacing of interior and exterior dynamics - Ethnological studies in Japan], p.115-202.

Anne Bouchy, 2015, "Sasaguri. Dedans, Dehors - Une approche ethnologique collective [Sasaguri. Within, Without - a collective ethnological approach}," Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 22 (2013), Kyoto, EFEO, "Le vivre ensemble à Sasaguri, une commune de Kyūshū. Dans l'entrelacs des dynamiques du dedans et du dehors" - Études d'ethnologie du Japon [Communal living in Sasaguri, a Kyūshū district. In the interlacing of interior and exterior dynamics - Ethnological studies in Japan], pp.115-202.

Imprimer sans profit ? L'édition non commerciale dans la Chine impériale [Non-profit printing? Non-commercial publishing in imperial China], texts edited by Michela Bussotti and Jean-Pierre Drège, "Hautes études orientales - Extrême-Orient [Advanced Oriental Studies - the Far East]," 14, 53, Paris: EPHE - Geneve: Droz, 2015, 770 pp.

Benoît Jacquet, "Itô Chûta et son Étude architecturale du Hôryûji (1893). Comment et pourquoi intégrer l'architecture japonaise dans une histoire mondiale [Architectural study of the Hôryûji (1893). How and why Japanese architecture should be integrated into a world history]", Ebisu, no 52 (2015), pp. 5-32.

François Lagirarde, "Historiography: Thailand" in Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism, vol.1, Literature and Languages. Leiden: Brill, 2015, pp. 792-799. This encyclopedia is being edited by Jonathan A. Silk (Leiden University), Editor-in-Chief. Consulting Editors: Oskar von Hinüber and Albert-Ludwigs (University of Freiburg), and Vincent Eltschinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences).

Michel Lorrillard, Mémoires du Laos [Memories of Laos] (presentation of the EFEO's archival collection of photographs from Laos), co-publication EFEO-Magellan, September 2015.

Peter Skilling, Foreword to The Ten Great Birth Stories of the Buddha: the Mahanipata of the Jatakatthavannana, book published in honor of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, tr. by Naomi Appleton and Sarah Shaw, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books/Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press, 2015, Vol. I, pp. xix- xxvi.
Arlo Griffiths:
- At the University of Lyons 3 - Jean Moulin (Master's in foreign languages and culture, Indology section): "Les voies d'indianisation [Paths of Indianization]," beginning September 29 (from 2:00 to 4 p.m., Manufacture des Tabacs [Tobacco production], room 209).
- At the EPHE (Master's in Asian Studies) (, two seminars: "Lecture de textes en vieux-javanais [Reading of texts in Old Javanese]" beginning October 8 (10 a.m. to noon, Maison de l'Asie, 5th floor room) and "Lecture d'inscriptions sanskrites de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud-Est [Reading of Sanskrit inscriptions from India and Southeast Asia]," beginning November 9 (3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Maison de l'Asie, first floor meeting room).
EFEO Paris Seminar
Monday, October 26 (11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): Pierre-Yves Manguin (EFEO) is talking on the topic "Le royaume de Śrīvijaya, après un siècle de travaux. Acquis, données nouvelles, interrogations [The Śrīvijaya kingdom, after a century of work. Acquisitions, new data, investigations]" at the Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 2nd floor meeting room).

A century after its "invention" by George Cœdès (BEFEO 1918), where are we today in our knowledge of this powerful Malay State with it maritime strength? Why are the details of this kingdom that was so prestigious among its contemporaries - from Baghdad to the Middle Kingdom, among sea traders as well as in the Buddhist diaspora -today so difficult for archaeologists to distinguish? Its origins, the location of its political center in Sumatra, its territorial extent, the nature of its political power have all, since 1918, been the object of heated discussions. Research over the past three decades has provided the answers to some of these questions, but there are still many questions that await elucidation.
News and Activities of PSL Research University
On the recommendation of the President of PSL, Thierry Coulhon, the Research Council of PSL Research University on September 21, 2015, elected Henri Berestycki Dean of Research, with 29 out of 31 votes. He is succeeding Mr. Antoine Triller.

PSL-Explore: the resources and information from PSL are now on line. Discover the wealth of resources of PSL and its members (lectures, MOOC, blogs, files, virtual exhibitions, digitized libraries, written or audiovisual documentary resources.
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Various social media networks of PSL:
Life in the Centers
From October 2 to 6 Dominic Goodall is taking part in the working meeting for the preparation of the 4th volume of the dictionary of Hindu Tantric terminology (Tāntrikābhidhānakośa) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
He is also a member of the doctoral dissertation defense jury for Jean-Michel Creisméas for his work entitled "Le Yoga du Mataṅgapārameśvaratantra à la lumière du commentaire de Bhaṭṭa Rāmakaṇtha" [The yoga of the Mataṅgapārameśvaratantr in the light of Bhatta Rāmakaṇtha's commentary] on October 7 at Paris III, as well as that of Nirajan Kafle for the work entitled "The Niśvāsamukha, the Introductory Book of the Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā" on October 15 at Leiden University.

As part of the NETamil project, from October 15 to 17 S.A.S. Sarma and Suganya Anandakichenin are taking part in the conference on Ways to Approach the Divyaprabandham that is being held at the Institute for the Intellectual and Cultural History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, S.A.S. Sarma is giving a lecture on "Divyadeśams in Kerala with special reference to Anantapuram (Trivandrum)" and Suganya Anandakichenin is talking on some results from the collation work she has been doing at the EFEO to produce a critical edition of the Nālayira Divya Prabandham. Then she will lead a group reading of texts from the most ancient versions of the (first decades of the Nāṉmukaṉ Tiruvantāti composed by Tirumaḻicai Āḻvār, 6th to 7th centuries), and will recall the methods of translation and the problems that these have given rise to.

Andrey Klebanov (doctoral candidate in the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies at Hamburg University, Germany) has received a four-month scholarship from the EFEO and one of three months from the NETamil that will allow him to stay at the Pondicherry Center to work on his project "The Commentaries on Kāvya: Texts Composed while Copying. A Critical Study of the Manuscripts of Selected Commentaries on the Kirātārjunīya, an Epic Poem in Sanskrit". He is to be reading the commentarys on the Kirātārjunīya with Dominic Goodall, the Paribhāṣenduśekhara and its commentaries with S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma, and the Alaṅkāraratnākara by Śobhakaramitra, along with other poetological texts, with R. Sathyanarayanan.

Ilona Kędzia (doctoral candidate at the JagellonianUniversity, Krakow, Poland, and holder of an EFEO scholarship) is spending 4 months at the Pondicherry Center to work on her project "Littérature de la tradition médicinale de Siddhas tamouls" [Literature from the medical tradition of the Tamil Siddhas].

Virginia Nieto-Sandoval Millan (doctoral candidate at Malaga University, Spain, and lecture on contemporary Indian art at the Antonio de Nebrija University) is spending two weeks at the Center to continue research on her dissertation on "Water Symbology in Mahabalipuram".

On October 10, Valérie Gillet has been invited by the South Asia Research and Information Institute and the Asian Studies Department at Southern Methodist University (Dallas) to make a presentation on "Unveiling Changes of Faith in the medieval Tamil-Speaking South: the cases of Tirupparaṅkuṉṟam and Tiruccentūr" as part of the conference on Transformations in the Temples of South India: People, Rituals and Deities.
As part of the Lectures in Honor of her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Christophe Pottier is to talk on the topic "Ayutthaya at Angkor: an archaeological perspective", October 15 at 7 p.m., at the Siam Society (reception at 6:30 p.m.).

From October 1 to 4, Peter Skilling is in Seoul where he is giving lectures at Dongguk University and Samgha Du University. From October 18 to 25 he is in Taiwan to take part in an international workshop on comparative studies of the Madhayamagama taking place at the Dharma Drum University in Taipei. He is giving a lecture on "Texts that don't fit the categories".
Chiang Mai
On October 23, François Lagirarde is taking part in the seminar Histoire sociale de l'Asie du Sud-Est à l'époque moderne et jusque dans ses développements contemporains [Social history of Southeast Asia in modern times including its contemporary developments] (University of Paris-Diderot). As part of the program Les sites du pouvoir: capitales, palais et lieux saints [Sites of power: capitals, palaces, and holy places], he is presenting a talk on "Hariphunchai et les mueang thaïs" (from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., University of Paris Diderot, Condorcet Building - 1st floor, room 220A,open to the public: 4 rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris).
As part of the Vientiane Lectures, organized by the EFEO Center and the Institut français du Laos (IFL), Nicolas Lainé, member of the Laboratory of social anthropology in Paris, is giving a talk entitled "De l'Inde au Laos: vivre avec les éléphants" [From India to Laos: living with the elephants], at the IFL in Vientiane, on Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m.
Phnom Penh
On October 26, 27, and 28, Bertrand Porte is to be at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He is checking the new mounting of a statue of Krishna Govardhana from Phnom Da (7th century - southern Cambodia) and is giving a talk, on October 27, on the conservation of Phnom Da statuary.
Siem Reap
On Octorber 15, Dominique Soutif is talking on the work being done under the Yaçodharâçrama research program, at the headquarters of the Apsara Authority.
On October 8, Luca Gabbiani is taking part in the round table Carte blanche aux Écoles françaises à l'étranger [A free hand for the French Schools Abroad] organized at the suggestion of the five EFE [French Schools Abroad] as part of the 18e Rendez-vous de l'histoire de Blois [18th Blois Historical Rendezvous]. It is to be devoted to the "cement of empires" and directed by Emmanuel Laurentin, journalist from France Culture (4:40 to 6:00 p.m., Gaston d'Orléans room, Blois Royal Palace).
Paola Calanca is taking part in the international colloquium Chinmen, l'avenir d'une île historique [Chinmen, the future of a historic island], to be held on October 3 and 4 at Chinmen University.
The introductory seminar on Japanese Buddhism, directed by Didier Davin, is being held on Monday, October 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Tôyô bunko lecture hall.
Beginning in October, Benoît Jacquet is running a monthly seminar on the question of national heritage and the restoration of the EFEO Center in Kyoto. On October 21 (beginning at 6 p.m.), Yamane will talk about his restoration project for the historic buildings at the Yoshida dormitory (Yoshida ryô) at Kyoto University.
Benoît Jacquet is taking part in the workshops being organized by the Kyoto city council on the preservation of the national cultural heritage and the urban landscape (machi-zukuri). On October 15 he is giving a talk on the topic "La conservation, la rénovation et l'innovation" (Hozon, saisei to inobêshon) at the Kamigyô district administrative building.
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