Agenda of November 2015
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On November 10 Yves Goudineau, Director, is chairing the EFEO Recruitment Commission. On November 13 he is receiving Professor Lee Jong Wha, director of the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University, main partner of the EFEO in South Korea. On Saturday, November 14 he is taking part in the Idex seminar organized for the heads of participating entities in the ComUE PSL.
On November 17 he is welcoming the participants in the Taiwan Maritime Landscapes from Neolithic to Early Modern Times colloquium, organized by the'EFEO (Paola Calanca) in collaboration with Taiwan University and the Academia Sinica. On November 26 he is receiving the EFEO's Administrative Council and on the 27th he is invited to the meeting at the formal re-opening of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

Charlotte Schmid, Director of Studies and Publications, is a member of the jury for the thesis that Danielle Guéret is defending on Wednesday, November 18, at 2:30 p.m. at the Clignancourt Center (Room R01, 2 rue Francis de Croisset, 75018 Paris): "Le décor peint des monastères bouddhiques du Cambodge fin du XIXe siècle-troisième quart du XXe siècle [The painted décor of Buddhist monasteries in Cambodia from the end of the 19th century through the third quarter of the 20th century]," under the direction of Edith Parlier-Renault (Paris-Sorbonne).
On Sunday, November 15, from 2 to 3 p.m., she is presenting her works as part of L'Inde des livres [India through books], organized by the group Les Comptoirs de l'Inde [The India Syndicates], at the municipal hall of the 20th administrative district (6 place Gambetta, Paris).

On November 12 and 13 Valérie Liger-Belair is taking part in the biennial national meeting of the directors of general services of the Ministry of Higher Education.
The Administrative Council of the EFEO is meeting on November 26 at the Maison de l'Asie.

Professor Zhang Zong of the Chinese Social Sciences Academy, guest of the EFEO (Liiying Kuo) and the UMR 8155-CRCAO, is giving a lecture on "Les apocryphes sur pierre: nouvelles recherches sur les stèles de sūtras retrouvées dans le Shangdong, le Shanxi et le Henan" [Stone apocrypha: new research on steles bearing sutras rediscovered in Shangdon, Shanxi, and Henan], on November 6, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., at the Maison de l'Asie (2nd floor meeting room, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75116 Paris).
From November 15 to 20, Liying Kuo is visiting Heidelberg. From November 16 to 20, she is taking part in the 4th international colloquium of the European Society for the Study of the Civilizations of the Himalayas and Central Asia on Religious Revivals and Artistic Renaissance in Central Asia and the Himalayan Region - Past and Present. She is giving a talk on "Buddhoṣṇīṣa-vijayā-dhāraṇī wall-paintings in Dunhuang caves and their religio-political aspects".
On November 19, at the University of Heidelberg, she is taking part in workshop on the project doing research on "Buddhist Stone Sutras in China" being directed by Professor Lothar Ledderose under the patronage of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaftenelle.

François Lachaud, as visiting professor serving as a coordinating member at the Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Texts at Nagoya University, is giving two talks there, on November 12 and 17: the first is on "Mémoires impermanentes: Fukushima quatre ans après [Fleeting memories: Fukushima four years later", and the second on "Les vies imaginaires dans les arts du Japon: l'exemple de Saigyō (1118-1190)" [Imaginary lives in the arts of Japan; the example of Saigyō (1118-1190)]. On November 7 he is also taking part at the Hōsa bunko in the symposium De l'épopée au théâtre nō: les chants du Heike monogatari (Dit du Heike) [From the epic to the nō theater: the songs from the Heike monogatari].

On Thursday, November 19, at 6 p.m., as part of the general seminar on anthropology at the Toulouse Anthropology Center, Anne Bouchy is talking on the topic "Le vivre ensemble à Sasaguri, une commune de Kyūshū ou comment réussir un travail de terrain collectif" [Living together at Sasaguri, a Kyūshū commune, or how to succeed a collective working of the land] at the presentation at the Études Bookstore (Toulouse Jean-Jaurès University) of her work: Le vivre ensemble à Sasaguri, une commune de Kyūshū - Dans l'entrelacs des dynamiques du dedans et du dehors [Living together at Sasaguri, a Kyūshū commune - in the interlacing of the dynamics of within and without] - Études d'ethnologie du Japon [Studies in Japanese ethnology], Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 22, Anne Bouchy (ed.), 2015.

Hugo David, trained as a philosopher and as a philologist with a special interest in the history of medieval Indian philosophy and in Sanskrit traditions of expression (grammar, exegesis, poetry, etc.), is joining the EFEO as a senior lecturer (through the 14 April recruitment commission).
Laurence Grandjean has qualified in the internal test as ingénieur d'études "in charge of financial and accounting management" and Dat-Wei Lau has qualified in the external test as ingénieur d'études "in charge of documentary resources".
The EFEO Recruitment Commission is meeting on November 10.
Clément Froehlicher, library curator, is visiting the libraries of the EFEO Centers in Vientiane (November 10, 11, and 12), Hanoi (November 13, 14, and 15), Chiang Mai (16, 17, and 18 November), and Sien Reap (November 19, 20, and 21).

Antony Boussemart is in Chiang Mai from November 15 to 21 in connection with works in Japanese at the library there.
Arts Asiatiques, volume 70 (2015) 168 pp.As usual, volume 70 of Arts Asiatiques is made up of basic articles, notes, book reviews - a dozen in this issue, covering practically the entire domain of Arts Asiatiques from Central Asia to Japan, passing through Tibet, India, China, and Korea - and presents acquisitions by the Guimet and Cernuschi Museums. The first article deals with a remarkable discovery (embroidered polychrome hangings from the beginning of our era in tumuli in Mongolia), and the second is on a collection of paintings brought to light at an Uzbek site dating to the end of the first millennium B.C.E. Two other articles are dedicated to Chinese archeology: One covers the appearance of bricks in China and the second the organization of Dunhuang imperial control during the later Han. The final article presents an analysis of scenes illustrated on the playing boards of parlor games dating to the end of the 19th century. An opening to events at foreign museums is shown in a review of an important Ming exhibition that was presented at the British Museum from September 18, 2014, to January 5, 2015.
Summary :
Peter Skilling, "Stūpas, Aśoka, and Buddhist nuns: Early Buddhism in Ujjain and Malwa", Bulletin of the Asia Institute, New Series, Vol. 25 (2011 [2015]), 157-173.
Alain Arrault and Valérie Lavoix (Inalco)
- Curiosité savante, culture politique et sociabilité lettrée dans le Mengxi bitan de Shen Gua (1031-1095) [Scholarly curiosity, political culture, and lettered society in the Mengxi bitan by Shen Gua (1031-1095)]
First and third Fridays of the month, 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Room 681, 6th floor, Le France Building, 190-198 av. de France 75013), from November 6 to April 15, 2016.

Anne Bouchy, Grégory Beaussart, Charlotte Lamotte, Emilie Letouzey, and Audrey Soula (LISST-CAS)
- L'ethnologie du Japon: introduction méthodologique et thématique: l'archipel japonais: insularité et identité ; environnement et société; ruptures socio-environnementales et mémoire; le religieux dans la société contemporaine [The ethnology of Japan: methodological and thematic introduction: the Japanese archipelago; insularity and identity; environment and society; socio-environmental ruptures and memory; the religious figure in contemporary society].
Thursday, beginning September 24th, Toulouse Jean-Jaurès University (room GS126).

Anne Bouchy, Grégory Beaussart, Charlotte Lamotte, Emilie Letouzey, and Audrey Soula (LISST-CAS)
- Anthropologie de l'Asie (UE 354): Ethnologie du Japon, Dynamiques sociales dans le Japon contemporain - Identités, spatialités, ritualités [Anthropology of Asia (UE 354): Ethnology of Japan. Social dynamics in contemporary Japan - Identities, sense of space, sense of ritual].
Thursdays, beginning November 12 at the Social Anthropology Center, Maison de la Recherche, Toulouse Jean-Jaurès University.

Jean-Pierre Albert (EHESS) and Anne Bouchy (EFEO), EHESS monthly seminar
- Les langages du religieux [Languages of the religious]
Fridays, at the Social Anthropology Center (open to doctoral candidates) (MDR), beginning October 16.

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Éric Bourdonneau, in collaboration with Grégory Mikaelian (CNRS) and Joseph Thach (INALCO)
- Langue, histoire et sources textuelles du Cambodge ancien et modern [Language, history and textual sources of ancient and modern Cambodia].
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., (Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 2nd floor lecture hall), beginning November 7 2015.

Michela Bussotti
- Histoire culturelle de la Chine (XVe siècle-XIXe siècle): livres, éditeurs et publics [Cultural history of China (15th to 19th centuries): books, publishers, and readers].
Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Room 681, 6th floor, Le France Building, 190-198 av. de France 75013), from November 12 to February 11, 2016.
Michela Bussotti, Caroline Bolodec, and Frédéric Obringer (CNRS, members of the CECMC)
- Techniques, objets et patrimoine culturel immatériel en Asie Orientale (XVIe-XXIe siècle) [Technical arts, objects, and non-material cultural patrimony in East Asia (16th-21st centuries)].
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ((Room 681, 6th floor, Le France Building, 190-198 av. de France 75013), from November), from November 12 to June 9, 2016.

Arlo Griffiths
- Les voies d'indianisation [The paths of Indianization], (master's in foreign languages and cultures, Indology section) - Tuesdays, beginning September 29 (2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the University of Lyon 3 - Jean Moulin, Manufacture des Tabacs, room 209).
- Lecture de textes en vieux-javanais [Reading texts in Old Javanese] (EPHE, master's in Asiatic studies,, beginning October 8 (10:00 a.m. to noon, Maison de l'Asie, 5th floor room).
- Lecture d'inscriptions sanskrites de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud-Est [Reading Sanskrit inscriptions from India and Southeast Asia], (EPHE, master's in Asiatic studies), beginning November 5 (3:00 to 5:00p.m.), Maison de l'Asie, ground floor meeting room).

François Lachaud (as part of the "Japanese Buddhism" study program)
- Vies et légendes du moine Saigyō (1118-1190) [Lives and legends of the monk Saigyō (1118-1190]
- Bouddhisme et théâtre nō: nouvelles approches, nouveaux enjeux historiographiques [Buddhism and the nō theater: new approaches, new historiographic considerations].
Every Friday (2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Maison de l'Asie), beginning on November 27.

Charlotte Schmid et Emmanuel Francis (CEIAS)- Epigraphie et iconographie de l'Inde du Sud, entre nord et sud, programmes épigraphiques et iconographiques: l'éloge royal Every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., beginning on November 5, at the Maison de l'Asie (ground floor meeting room).
Séminaires EFEO Paris
On Friday, November 13 (1:30 to 3:00 p.m.): Lee Jong-Wha (Director of the Asiatic Research Institute at Korea University) is talking on the topic "Is the 21st Century the Asia Century," at the Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 2nd floor meeting room).

The relationship between "Asia and the West" has been changing rapidly. Asia has raised its economic power in global production, trade and investment, and increased its influences in global governance system. At a time of great interdependence, Asia and the west can benefit tremendously from close cooperation. Lee will discuss obstacles and challenges to the future of integration and cooperation in the world economy as well as among Asian countries.

Locomotive on the Beijing-Zhangjia kou railway line in 1909 (in Jing Zhang lugong cuoying 京張路工撮影 [Photos of the rolling stock of the Beijing - Zhangjia kou railway line], Beijing, 1909).

A special second EFEO seminar is taking place in November, on Monday the 30th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oliver Moore (University of Leiden, National Ethnology Museum, the Netherlands) is to speak on the topic "L'invention de la photographie en Chine: représentation, ontologie et mécanisation [The invention of photography in China: representation, ontology, and mechanization]," at the Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 2nd floor meeting room).

Historians of the art and technology of photography have rarely paid any attention to the significant and varied Chinese sources concerned with the view of photography and what was expected from its contents, forms, and functions. This lecture will show that the optical and chemical elements in the invention of photography were already present in China both before and during the announcement of the birth of this medium in Paris, in 1839. Our speaker will identify certain effects of a classical Chinese discourse that contributed to the ontology of a new kind of image: he will discuss the various local responses in connection with the modern and apparently universal quality of the mechanization of this medium.
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Life in the Centers
On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Pondicherry Institut Français (IFP), Dominic Goodall is taking part in a round table on the subject of "Indian studies at the crossroads" on November 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the IFP.

On November 18 the EFEP is signing an agreement (MOU) with the Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur, Tamilnadu, to encourage and support collaborative projects promoting new research ideas and methodologies, especially in the field of Tamil studies and in Indology (covering Tamil, Sanskrit, history, art history, anthropology, and other related disciplines). With the signing of this agreement, the EFEO is offering two doctoral scholarships to doctoral candidates in Tamil as part of the NETamil project, financed by an ERC Advanced Grant (N° 339470), under the title Going from Hand to Hand: Networks of Intellectual Exchange in the Tamil Learned Traditions, directed by Eva Wilden.

S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma is taking part in a traditional conference (Sastra Sadas) entitled Śrījñānānandanātha Vākyārtha Vidvatasabhā, at Chennai from November 21 to 23, where he is discussing the topic "karturīpsitatamaṁ karma (Pa.Su.04.01.49 ) iti sūtrārthavichāraḥ".
At the invitation of Rasmi Choosongdej, Christophe Pottier is taking part in his seminar on research methodology at Sipakom University on November 5. His presentation is titled "The truth is in the details".

Christophe Pottier and Myongduk Chol (Doctoral candidate at Lyon II) are going to Seoul at the invitation of the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation. On November 25 they are giving a presentation on the study of the elements of roofing as part of the restoration project of the Nang Sida temple in Laos.

On Monday, November 30, Christophe Pottier is giving a lecture at the headquarters of the APSARA project in Siem Reap entitled "Recent MAFKATA archaeological campaigns in the area of Baray Toek Thla".
Phnom Penh
On Friday, November 13, Sophie Biard (doctoral candidate at Paris III, the Louvre School, and EFEO scholarship holder) is giving a lecture at the Royal Fine Arts University in Phnom Penh on the topic "Les statues issues des fouilles de la Conservation d'Angkor de 1908 à nos jours: conservation, restauration et diffusion" [Statues from the conservation excavations at Angkor from 1908 to today: preservation, restoration, and distribution] (a lecture organized by the EFEO and the Yosothor Association).

The sculpture conservation workshop at the Cambodian National Museum (EFEO) is receiving this month (evaluations of condition, reinstallation of items) the 80 works lent for exhibition in China during this year, 2015.
As part of the lecture series Histoire, Archéologie et Société [History, Archaeology and Society] 2015-2016, on November 2, at 2:00 p.m., Professor Wolfgang Koenig (Technical University of Berlin, German Academy of Engineering Sciences) is giving a lecture at the Institute for the History of the Natural Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Science on "Le développement des études d'ingénierie en Allemagne des origines à nos jours" [The growth of engineering studies in Germany from their beginnings until today].

In the same series of lectures, on November 24 at 2:00 p.m. Professor Li Ling (Peking University) is giving a lecture on the development of modern archaeologic science in China since the end of the 19th century, also at the Institute for the History of the Natural Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Science.

On November 27 and 29, Luca Gabbiani is to be in Shanghai for the ceremony of the awarding of the Fu Lei prize for Franco-Chinese translation (in letters and human sciences) organized by the French Embassy.

On November 30, at Fudan University, he is taking part in a meeting of the group on electronic cartography directed by Professor Feng Xianliang, a partner in the research program "Régir l'espace chinois" [Controlling the Chinese space].
Hong Kong
From November 20 to 22, Franciscus Verellen is taking part in the 12th World Policy Conference being held in Montreux, Switzerland.
From November 17 to 18, Paola Calanca is taking part in the colloquium Taiwan Maritime Landscapes from Neolithic to Early Modern Times that she has organized with Liu Yi-chang (IHP, Academia Sinica), Frank Muyard (National Central University, Taiwan), and Alain Thote (EPHE). This occasion has received financial support from the Orchid (BFT-MOST) program, the EFEO, the CRCAO, and the Tsao Yung-ho Foundation. It will take place at the Collège de France (52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005, Paris, Claude Lévi-Strauss room).

On Thursday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Liu Yi-chang is giving a lecture on "La production des jades et la maîtrise des ressources minérales à l'époque néolithique à Taïwan [The production of jade and the control of mineral resources during the Neolithic era in Taiwan]" as part of Alain Thote's seminar at the Collège de France (52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005, Paris, Claude Lévi-Strauss room).

On Friday, November 20, Paola Calanca is organizing a meeting between Tsang Chen-hwa and Michel L'Hour and his team at the Department of Underwater and Undersea Archaeological Research (DRASSM).
On November 4, Elisabeth Chabanol is making two presentations to the President of the Republic, François Hollande, on the Solleung funerary site and at the Gyeongbok Palace, on the occasion of his state visit to the Korean Republic.

From October 30, 2015, to January 27, 2016, Yun Min-Kyoung, recipient of a post-doctoral award from the EFEO, is staying at the Center in order to prepare the publication of the doctoral dissertation "Aestheticized Politics: The Workings of North Korean Art" while participating in the EFEO's Kaesông program.
On November 7 Didier Davin is giving, at the Gotô Museum a lecture entirled "Lire Ikkyû - les mots et l'esprit du Kyôun-shû" [Reading Ikkyû - the words and the spirit of the Kyôun-shû] (in Japanese).

On November 15 the Tokyo Center is organizing, at the Franco-Japanese House, a daylong workshop (in Japanese) entitled Qui est Ikkyû - Nouvel affrontement avec le monster [Who is Ikkyû? - a new meeting with the monster]. For more details on the program, go to

The next introductory seminar on Japanese Buddhism run by Didier Davin is being held on Tuesday, November 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the lecture hall at the Tôyô Bunko.
On November 15, Benoît Jacquet is giving a lecture on "La conservation, la rénovation et la transformation de l'architecture" [The preservation, renovation, and modification of architecture] (Kenchiku no hozon, saisei to henka no kanosei) as part of the meetings on the urban landscape (machi-zukuri) being held at the administrative offices of the Kamigyô district in Kyoto.

On November 18, at 6:00 p.m., Benoît Jacquet is hosting the architect Uoya Shigenori as part of his seminar on "La conservation et la restauration de l'architecture au Japon" [The preservation and restoration of architecture in Japan] (Nihon ni okeru kenchiku no hozon to saisei) at the Kyoto EFEO Center.

On November 24, at 6:00 p.m., Luciana Galliano is giving a lecture on "Japanese Fluxus. The roaring avant-garde", as one of the Kyoto Lectures organized by the EFEO and ISEAS Centers at Kyoto University's Institute for Research in the Humane Sciences.
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