Agenda December 2015
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
Colloquia, visits, and meetings
On December 2 and 3, Yves Goudineau, Director, is taking part in the 22nd Plenary Session of the International Committee for Cooperation on the Protection and Development of the Angkor Historical Site (CIC-Angkor) in Siem Reap (Cambodia). On December 4 he has meetings at the EFEO Center, and he is to visit the restoration workshop at the West Mebon temple, being conducted by the EFEO.
From December 5 to 7, he is to be in Burma, first in Rangoon and then in Pagan for a Unesco meeting and the turnover to the Burmese Minister of Culture of the digital inventory of the Pagan monuments created by Pierre Pichard (retired EFEO architect) along with a significan collection of photographs taken by Mr. Pichard, also digitized.
From December 8 to 11 he is in (Laos), where he is taking part in commemorative ceremonies connected with the entry of the city onto Unesco's list of world heritage sites, and he is also presiding at the opening of an exhibition of ancient photographs of Luang Prabang given by the EFEO on this occasion.
On December 14, he is chairing the EFEO's commission on scholarships. On December 15, he is receiving, at EFEO headquarters, the directors of all the French Schools Abroad (EFE) for one of the two annual meetings of the EFE Directors Committee.
On December 17, he is taking part in the meeting of the Advisory Commission on archaeological research abroad (Asia-Oceania) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On December 18, he is serving on the jury for the defense of the HDR of Benoît de Tréglodé to take place at the INALCO.

On December 14 Charlotte Schmid, Director of Studies and Publications, is taking part in the EFEO's commission on scholarships.

The committee on health and security of employees' working conditions (CHSCT) is meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8.

On December 2, François Lachaud is taking part in the jury on the doctoral dissertation of Arthut Mitteau, Beauté et pluralité chez Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908) et Okakura Tenshin (1862-1913). Une application du paradigme esthétique universaliste à l'art japonais ancien et sa mise à l'épreuve [Beauty and plurality in the work of Ernest Fenollosa and Okakura Tenshin. An application of the universalist esthetic paradigm to ancient Japanese art and its testing]. The defense is take place at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations.
From December 3 to 5, François Lachaud is taking part in a colloquium at Strasbourg University, Généalogies du fantastique au Japon [Genealogies of the fantastic in Japan]. On December 4 he is presenting a talk entitled "Un ancêtre de Frankenstein? À propos des vies imaginaires de Saigyō (1118-1190)" [An ancestor of Frankenstein? Concerning the imaginary lives of Saigyō (1118-1190)] and also chairing the same day's afternoon session dedicated to Japanese fantasist movie-making.

On December 14 and 15 Brice Vincent is taking part in the round table Trans-border Archaeologies: Wat Phu and Angkor organized by the EFEO in Siem Reap, in collaboration with the Center for Khmer Studies.
This round table is bringing together Laotian, Cambodian, and foreign specialist in various disciplines who share a common interest in the history of South Laos and Cambodia, especially concerning ancient relations between the archaeological sites of Wat Phu and Angkor. In the course of a series of talks and discussions, the round table is assessing the results of several projects currently under way and establishing the basis for further scholarly collaborations on a regional basis.
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From December 1 to 5 Frédéric Girard is visiting Barcelona. He is taking part in The First Annual Conference of the European Network of Japanese Philosophy, at the Free University of Barcelona, on the topic "Philosophy in Japan Before and After Meiji" (Mercè Rodoreda Auditorium, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.).
Frédéric Girard is then working on research at the National Library in Madrid from December 6 and 7.

On December 8 and 9, at the invitation of the University of Liège, Alain Arrault is giving a lecture on "L'épopée des calendriers annuels chinois (IIIe s. avant notre ère - XXe s.)" [The epic of Chinese annual calendars (3rd century B.C. to the 20th century A.D.)] and is also leading a master's seminar on the history of the religious icon in China and Japan.

On December 10 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), Philippe Le Failler is giving a lecture on « La prohibition de l'opium en Indochine » [The prohibition of opium in Indochina] as part of the EHESS research seminar « La prohibition des drogues : approche transversale » [Drug prohibition: transversal approach] (amphithéâtre François Furet, EHESS, 105 bd. Raspail, 75006 Paris).

On Thursday, December 17, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., as part of Michela Bussotti's seminar "Histoire culturelle de la Chine (XVe s.-XIXe s.): livres, éditeurs et publics" [Cultural History of China (15th to 19th centuries): books, publishers, and readers], Mårten Söderblom Saarela (of the Max Planck Institute, Berlin), is presenting his current research on "L'écriture mandchoue en tant que syllabaire ou alphabet: une tentative de grammatologie comparée sino-européenne" [Manchu script as a syllabary or an alphabet: an attempt at Sino-European comparative grammatology] (EHESS, Le France building, 190-198 av. de France 75013 Paris, room 681, CECMC-UMR8173).
Antony Boussemart and Magali Maurel are in Jakarta December 13 to give further training to the Center's librarian, discuss acquisition policies, and establish new publications exchange partnerships with other Indonesian institutions.
Daniel Perret & Heddy Surachman (peny.), Barus Negeri Kamper, Jakarta: EFEO, KPG (Gramedia), Pusat Arkeologi Nasional, 2015, 702 pages + CD.

Peter Skilling (traduction) « Samana Gotama according to Voltaire's Dictionnaire Philosophique » in Mom Rajawong Suphawat Kasemsri (ed.), Pakinaka lakthan prawatsat thai [Miscellaneous evidence for Thai History], Bangkok, 2558 [2015], 269-279 (translated from the French of Voltaire's Dictionnaire Philosophique, ‘Sammonocodom ou Sommona-Codom', 137-141).
Alain Arrault et 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 et Audrey Soula (LISST-CAS)
- Anthropologie de l'Asie (UE 354) : Ethnologie du Japon, Dynamiques sociales dans le Japon contemporain - Identités, spatialités, ritualités [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).
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Éric Bourdonneau in collaboration with Grégory Mikaelian (CNRS) et Joseph Thach (INALCO)
 - Langue, histoire et sources textuelles du Cambodge ancien et moderne [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 (CNRS, membre du CECMC) et Frédéric Obringer (CNRS, membres du 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
- Lecture d'inscriptions sanskrites de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud-Est, (EPHE, master études asiatiques) [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).
EFEO Paris Seminars
Monday, December 14 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.): Bérénice Bellina (CNRS) is talking on the topic "Les premières routes maritimes de la soie: évolutions sociales, économiques et politiques en Mer de Chine au cours du premier millénaire précédent notre ère" [The first maritime silk roads: social, economic, and political evolutions in the China Sea during the first millennium B.C.E.], at the Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 2nd floor meeting room).

Au cours de cette dernière décennie, les recherches sur la fin de la préhistoire ou âge des métaux se sont accrues. Celles-ci commencent à laisser entrevoir un paysage social et économique plus complexe que celui que les historiens avaient soupçonné. Les routes de la soie se sont greffées sur des réseaux établis de longue date où des chefferies partageaient déjà un ensemble d'idéaux. Le développement de ces routes a sans doute accéléré certains des processus sociaux et politiques en cours, parmi lesquels la centralisation politique et les débuts de l'urbanisation. Dans ce séminaire, nous présenterons certaines des grandes avancées marquantes des recherches que mène la Mission archéologie franco-thaïe en péninsule Thaï-Malaise sur les réseaux qui relient l'océan Indien et la mer de Chine ainsi que sur les évolutions des sociétés de la mer de Chine.

[During this last decade, research on late prehistory or the iron age has grown considerably. This research is beginning to let us realize that there was a much more complex social and economic landscape than historians had suspected. The various silk roads were attached to long established networks through which various "states" already shared a common set of values. The development of these routes no doubt speeded up some of the social and political changes under way, among them political centralization and the beginnings of urbanization. In this seminar we shall present some of the most significant developments revealed by the Franco-Thai Archaeological Mission's research in the Thai-Malay peninsula on the networks connecting the Indian Ocean with the China Sea as well as the evolution of various societies around the China Sea].
News from the PSL Research University
Christopher Cripps, Director of International and European Affairs at Paris Sciences et Lettres, Research University (PSL) for the EFEO:

4th year starts in the SACRe doctoral program proposed by the PSL Research University

The new space for the PSL-Lab, a location reserved for Students-Entrepreneurs at PSL-Pépite, was inaugurated on Thursday, November 26, by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Thierry Coulhon, President of PSL, in the presence of Marie-Christine Lemardeley, aide to the Mayor of Paris in matters of higher education, research, and student life, and Jean-Pierre Boissin, National Coordinator of the Pépites.

Various PSL social networks:
Life in the Centers
S. L.P. Anjaneya Sarma is the examiner at a vyakaranasastra at the Kancikamakoti Pitha Sastra Samvardhini Sabha in Tenali on December 9 to 12.
S.A.S. Sarma is taking part in the Rituals on Srividya conference organized by the Sree Vidya Pratisthanam, Kodunagallur (Kerala), where he is talking, on December 13, on the topic of "Southern Yāmala Texts and Rurujit".
He is also taking part in a workshop organized for the students at the University of Gothenberg (Sweden) by the Namaste Educational Academy in Pondicherry. On December 24 he is presenting two lectures on temple rituals and manuals.
S.A.S. Sarma is talking on "Medieval Saiva Paddhati literature: with special reference to the paddhatis of Ramanatha and Somasambhu" at the Veda and the Agama: Meeting grounds and developments conference being organized jointly by the Pondicherry French Institute and the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, Ujjain, December 14-16.

EFEO scholarship holders:
• Mekhola Gomes (doctoral candidate at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) is spending three months at the Pondicherry Center beginning December 1, carrying out research for a thesis dealing with "Expressions of Power: Representation and Practices of Kingship beyond the Vindhyas, c. 300 CE - c. 800 CE".
• Divya Kumar-Dumas (doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) is conducting research for two months at the Pondicherry Center on Mamallapuram for her dissertation titled "A la recherche de l'architecture paysagiste en Asie du Sud à l'époque médiévale (entre le VIIème et le Xème siècle) [Seeking landscape artchitecture in South Asia during the medieval period (the 7th to 10th centuries])".
Kuala Lumpur
On December 18 Daniel Perret is giving a lecture in the History Department of the Malaya University (Kuala Lumpur) entitled: "Islam et le sultanat de Patani: tombes anciennes et voies d'islamisation" [Islam and the Patani sultanate: ancient tombs and paths of Islamization].
Pierre Pichard and Yves Goudineau are to be in Myanmar from December 5 to 7 to hand over officially to the Archaeology department of the Burmese Ministry of Culture the entire inventory of the Pagan monuments completed under the direction of Pierre Pichard and digitized in Bangkok by UNESCO, along with the 20,000 photos of the monuments taken between 1975 and 1992 and digitized by the EFEO Center in Pondicherry.
On December 2 and 3, in Siem Reap, Christophe Pottier is taking part in the meeting of the Comité International de Coopération pour la sauvegarde et le Développement du Site historique d'Angkor (CIC-Angkor) [International Cooperation Committee for the Protection and Development of the Angkor Historical Site].
Phnom Penh
On December 8, Bruno Bruguier is giving a lecture in Phnom Penh at the Royal University of the Fine Arts to mark the publication of the third volume of his archaeological guides: Banteay Chhmar et les provinces occidentales [Banteay Chhmar and the western provinces].

The sculpture conservation workshop of the National Museum/EFEO, with the support of the Friends of Khmer Culture foundation, is beginning work this month on taking down the two fragments of bas-relief, each depicting an image of Lokesvara and returned to Cambodia in 2000, and their re-installation in the rooms dedicated to the art of the Bayon. These fragments were taken from the wall of the west gallery (south section) of the third enclosure of the Banteay Chhmar temple. The two Lokesvaras will be mounted on a single length of wall (all 94 carved blocks). Today, on the site itself, only two of the original eight Lokesvaras remain.
From December 6 to 10, the EFEO is presenting an exhibition of 37 archival photographs Luang Prabang au début du XXe siècle, Témoignages photographiques [Luang Prabang at the beginning of the 20th centure: photographic witnesses] on the occasion of the commemorative ceremonies connected with the entry of the city onto Unesco's list of world heritage sites. The photos in this exhibition will then be donated to the city of Luang Prabang.
From December 3 to 19 the same exhibition will be presented in parallel at the French Institute of Laos, in Vientiane.

On December 14 and 15, in Seam Reap, there is a joint round table meeting of the EFEO and the Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia (CKS) titled Trans-border Archaeologies: Wat Phu and Angkor. This round table is co-organized by Brice Vincent (EFEO Paris), Christine Hawixbrock (EFEO Vientiane), and Martin Polkinghorne (Flinders University, Australia). It is bringing together several EFEO researchers, Cambodian researchers, members of the Wat Phu conservation group (SAGV), and the Directors of the Patrimony of the Laos PDR, along with international researchres, doctoral candidates, and other students of various nationalities.
On December 1, Luca Gabbiani is taking part in a workshop with Professor Feng Xianliang's electronic cartography team of the History Department of Fudan University in Shanghai.
From December 8 to 11, he is in Taipei to take part in the International Conference on Ming and Qing History at the Academia Sinica's Institute for History and Philology on December 9 and 10. He is presenting a paper titled "A Wilderness of Marshes? The Late Imperial Shandong Grand Canal and its Urban Communities as seen by Travelers".
Hong Kong
On December 10 and 11 Franciscus Verellen is taking part in the Scholarly Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Nantes.
On December 17 and 28, Franciscus Verellen is taking part in the opening of the new South Branch of the National Palace Museum in Chiayi, Taiwan.

On December 9 and 10, Paola Calanca is taking part in the study days on "Guerre et santé" [War and health] organized as part of the research program "War and Socity" supported by the Simone and Cino del Duca Foundation and the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. She is talking on the topic "L'évacuation des côtes sud-est et méridionales de la Chine (années 1660-1680)" [The evacuation of the south east and southern coasts of China (1660-1680)]. 
On December 18, Oliver Pryce (René-Ginouvès House, Archaeology and Ethnology, UMR 7055 Prehistory and Technology) is giving a lecture entitled "Southeast Asian late prehistory in global perspective: from an implausibly early independent invention of copper metallurgy to a radical hub of social innovation", at the History and Philology Institute.

On December 12 Didier Davin is giving a lecture titled "Un pont glissant entre Orient et Occident. Dialogue entre deux 'Zen'" [A slippery bridge between East and West. Dialog between two ‘Zens'] at Atomi University.
The introductory seminar on Japanese Buddhism organized by Didier Davin is taking place on Monday, December 14 (6 to 8 p.m.) in the meeting room at the Tôyô bunko.
As part of the Kyoto lectures, the EFEO and the Scuola Italiana di Studi sull'Asia Orientale (ISEAS) are presenting on Tuesday, December 8 (at 6 p.m.) a lecture by Miri Nakamura (Wesleyan University) on the topic: "The Robotic Housekeeper: Rethinking Japanese Domesticity through the Image of Kaseifu" at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University (seminar room 1, 1st floor).

On December 11 (at 6 p.m.), Benoît Jacquet is welcoming the architect Manuel Tardits to the seminar on "La conservation et la restauration de l'architecture au Japon" [Conservation and restoration of architecture in Japan] (Nihon ni okeru kenchiku no hozon to saisei) at the EFEO Center in Kyoto.

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