Agenda January 2016
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The directorial team wishes a happy and fruitful 2016 to teacher-researchers, to the personnel at the centre and at the Centres of Asia and to all the associates of the EFEO. May this new year allow us to pursue our projects peacefully in the spirit of disinterested research and of the critical freedom which has always characterised our École.
Yves Goudineau, director
Symposiums, missions and meetings
On the 14th January Charlotte Schmid will be conducting, along with Emmanuel Francis, a workshop entitled « Donations et fondations religieuses de reines dans le pays tamoul » within the framework of the EHESS seminar Royautés, pouvoir et savoir en monarchie, from 14h to 18 h (salle 2, RdC, bât. Le France, 190-198 av de France 75013 Paris).

The Scientific Council of the EFEO will be held on 12th January.

Alain Arrault is rapporteur and member of the jury for the thesis of Mme Chiang Fu-chen : « La tradition Guangcheng dans le Sichuan moderne : histoire, liturgie et pratiques contemporaines », which will be defended on 5th January at the l'EPHE (Bâtiment le France, Paris 75013).
Alain Arrault is collaborating in the organisation of an exhibition at the Musée du quai Branly entitled Persona. Etrangement humain from 26th January to 13th November 2016. He has contributed an exhibition note regarding substitution bodies in China, and is participating, in collaboration with WU Nengchang, in the setting up of an assemblage of substitution bodies composed of paper and straw from Fujian province (South China).

Liying Kuo is on mission from 14th to 17th January at the University of Princeton to participate in an international conference on Buddhist Manuscript Cultures organised by the Buddhist Studies Workshop of the university, financed by the Henry Luce Foundation. She will give a talk there entitled "The Early Sixth Century Dunhuang Manuscripts of a Fifth Century Dhāraṇī sūtra".

François Lachaud is a member of the jury for the doctoral thesis of Mme Yola Gloaguen entitled Les villas réalisées par Antonin Raymond dans le Japon des années 1920 et 1930 - Une synthèse entre modernisme occidental et habitat vernaculaire japonais, on 13th January at the Collège de France (salle Claude Lévi-Strauss, 52 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris). The work was prepared under the guidance of M. Nicolas Fiévé.
On 15th January he will give a talk at the Société Asiatique entitled « Comment peut-on être Picard ? Les Nuits d'Antoine Galland au Japon ».
On 19th January at 18h30 at the Maison de la Culture du Japon (101 bis Quai Branly, 75015 Paris) François Lachaud will participate, along with Mme Alexandra Curvelo, in an evening dedicated to the nanban screens on the occasion of the publication of the work Chefs-d'œuvre des paravents nanban (Paris, Chandeigne, 2015).

From 23rd January to 14th February, Arlo Griffiths will be carrying out a mission in India within the framework of the project From Vijayapuri to Sriksetra? The Beginnings of Buddhist Exchange Across the Bay of Bengal as Witnessed by Inscriptions from Andhra Pradesh and Myanmar. On 27th January at the University of Delhi he will be speaking on the subject « Towards the publication of a corpus of the Pyu inscriptions of ancient Burma and the deciphering of the Pyu language (Tibeto-Burman) ». He then returns to the territory of Andhra Pradesh with his partners Stefan Baums, Ingo Strauch and Vincent Tournier.

Michel Lorrillard will be participating in two days of studies on the subject of Past and Present of the Future: Temporal Dynamics in Thai Buddhism, organised by François Lagirarde at the Centre de Chiang Mai on 28th and 29th January. His talk is entitled "Buddhist Peregrinations and Prophecies in the Lao Chronicles".
Anthropologist and historian, working especially on the Song epoch, Guillaume Dutournier has been appointed maître de conférences, specialist in China : archaeology, history (China ancient and modern, history of religions, history of sciences, anthropology) from 1st January.

Hugo David, philosopher and philologist (Sanskritist) by training is posted at the Pondicherry Centre from 1st January.

Michela Bussotti, "Images of Women in Late Ming Huizhou-printed Editions of the Lienü zhuan", Nannü, 17-1 (2015), p. 54-116.

Michela Bussotti, « Du dictionnaire chinois-latin du Basilio Brollo aux lexiques pour le marché : deux siècles d'édition du chinois en Italie et en France », T'oung Pao, 101 4-5 (2015), p. 363-406.

Roland Fletcher, Damian Evans, Christophe Pottier and Rachna Chhay, "Angkor Wat: an introduction", Antiquity, Volume 89, Issue 348, December 2015, pp 1388-1401.

Damian Evans & Roland Fletcher, "The landscape of Angkor Wat redefined", Antiquity, Volume 89, Issue 348, December 2015, pp 1402-1419.

Till F. Sonnemann, Dougald O'Reilly, Chhay Rachna, Roland Fletcher & Christophe Pottier, "The buried 'towers' of Angkor Wat", Antiquity, Volume 89, Issue 348, December 2015, pp 1420-1438.

Bruno Bruguier, in collaboration with Olivier Cunin and Juliette Lacroix, Banteay Chhmar et les provences occidentales, coll. Guide archéologique du Cambodge, tome III.

Frédéric Girard, « Cours sur l'Histoire de la pensée au Japon (Nihon shisōshi koza) » , Méthodologie (hōhō), tome V, Les études sur la pensée japonaise en Europe, Tōkyō, Perikansha, 600 pages.

Arlo Griffiths, "New Documents for the Early History of Puṇḍravardhana: Copperplate Inscriptions from the Late Gupta and Early Post-Gupta Periods", Pratna Samiksha New Series 6, 2015, 15-38.

Arlo Griffiths, "Three More Sanskrit Inscriptions of Arakan: New Perspectives on Its Name, Dynastic History and Buddhist Culture in the First Millennium", Journal of Burma Studies 19 (2), 2015, 281-340.

Arlo Griffiths D. Christian Lammerts, "Epigraphy: Southeast Asia", in J.A. Silk, O. v. Hinüber et V. Eltschinger (dir.), Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism, volume 1, Leiden, Brill, 2015, 988-1009.

Szántó, Péter-Dániel, et Arlo Griffiths, "Sarvabuddhasamāyogaḍākinījālaśaṃvara", in J.A. Silk, O. v. Hinüber et V. Eltschinger (dir.), Brill's Encyclopedia of Buddhism, volume 1, Leiden, Brill, 2015, 988-1009. 

Jacques P. Leider, "Background and Prospects in the Buddhist-Muslim Dissensions in Rakhine State of Myanmar", in Ethnic Conflict in Buddhist Societies in South and Southeast Asia The Politics Behind Religious Rivalries, edited by K.M. de Silva, Kandy, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 2015, p. 25-55.

Liying, Kuo 郭麗英, "Dunhuang xiejing zhong Xiyu chuanyijing yu Zhongyuan weichuanjing mantan 敦煌寫經中西域傳譯經與中原未傳經" (A propos des sūtra bouddhiques traduits en Asie centrale, trouvés à Dunhuang mais non transmis en Chine), Dunhuang Tulufan guoji xueshu yantaohui lunwenji 敦煌、吐魯番國際學術研討會論文集 (Recueil d'articles sur les études de Dunhuang et Turfan), edited by WANG Sanging 王三慶 et ZHENG Acai 鄭阿財, Tainan, Université Chenggong, Department of Chinese Literature (成功大學中國文學系), 2014, p. 277-293.

Liying Kuo, « Philologie du bouddhisme chinois : I. Apparitions en rêve et purification dans les rituels bouddhistes d'après un dhāraṇī-sūtra du Ve siècle. - II. Version primitive du Grand-dhāraṇī-sūtra conservée dans les manuscrits de Dunhuang », in the Annuaire de l'Ecole pratique des hautes études, section des sciences historiques et philologiques [section of historical and philological], Resumes of talks and 146th year (2013-2014), 370-374, 127*-128*.

Liying, Kuo 郭麗英, "Liu shiji shangpanye Dunhuang xieben "Dafangdeng tuoluoni jing" xintan 六世紀上半葉敦煌寫本《大方等陀羅尼經》新探" (New research on the Great vaipulya dhāraṇī sūtra in the manuscript copies of the first half of the sixth century in Dunhuang), Dunhuang Tulufan yanjiu 敦煌吐魯番研究 / Journal of the Dunhuang and Turfan Studies, Beijing, vol. 15 (2015) : 257-278.
New seminars

Frédéric Girard (seminar at the EPHE) Philologie de la pensée religieuse du Japon
1. Les doctrines bouddhiques à travers l'art
2. Sermons bouddhiques et prédication chrétienne
3. Commentaires bouddhiques
The first and third Monday of the months January to May at 13-14h.

Courses in history of Japanese art at the Centre d'Etude d'Histoire de l'Art de Châtou, Fridays from January to April (12 sessions).
Centre d'Etude d'Histoire de l'Art, 1, rue Ernest Bousson 78400 Chatou.

Kuo Liying (EPHE, department of historical and philological sciences philologiques) :
- Philologie du bouddhisme chinois : Vision, méditation et purification dans le bouddhisme des Ve-VIe siècles en Chine.
Fridays from 14h to 18h : 29th January ; 5th and 19th February ; 11th and 25th March ; 1st and 15th April ; 13th and 27th May 2016 (Maison de l'Asie, 4th-floor room).
Seminars EFEO Paris
On Monday 11th January (from 11h to 12h30) : Gilles Boileau (Tamkang University, Tamsui [Taiwan]) will speak on « Les shi des Royaumes Combattants : facteurs de réussite et de désordre », at the Maison de l'Asie (22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, 1st floor salon).

At the end of Springs and Autumns, the States under formation in ancient China were faced with disequilibrium, both political and military, which demanded new types of organization. Some States began by calling on a social class, probably ancient but characterised by a technical expertise that was to become fundamental to the putting into operation of the reforms necessitated by political conditions in complete upheaval. This « class » (defined essentially by its intelligence rather than by its status) is that of shi. Its establishment, favoured by the princes, was however to cause them numerous problems: in order to create a new order it is necessary that those in power first of all nourish intelligence so as to be able to domesticate it.
News of PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) Research University
Thierry Coulhon, president of PSL Research University, named Etienne Achille Directeur général des services and Cédric Prunier Directeur général des services adjoint, Directeur général des formations et de la vie étudiante. They took up their appointments on 4th January.

Michel Schmitt has been elected vice-president in charge of numerical resources at the ComUE PSL Research University as of the Conseil d'Administration of Thursday 10th December 2015. He took up his appointment on Monday 14th December.
Michel Schmitt participated in the defining of the digital strategy of PSL under the authority of its president, Thierry Coulhon, and put into operation the whole of that strategy and of the Schéma Directeur Numérique of the PSL in the université de recherche Paris Sciences et Lettres. 

Social networks of the PSL:
Life at the Centres
We learnt with sorrow of the death on 25th December of G. Ravindran, employed at the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry since 1979. A photographer, he was associated with numerous research projects, collaborating admirably with researchers as well as with visiting students. He was responsible, especially, in recent years, for the digitilisation of palm-leaf manuscripts. With the sudden disappearance of Ravi, as everybody called him, the Centre has lost a friend and and a recognised expertise. I offer my sincere condolences to the members of the family of G. Ravindran and assure the personnel of the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry of the heartfelt sympathy of the directorial team.
Yves Goudineau
Anna A. Slaczka (conservator of the department of the art of South Asia at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Holland) is in Pondicherry, from 20th to 30th January, to pursue her studies on the dating and conservation of Chola bronzes.

Bindhya K.S. (assistant Professor, Department of Sanskrit Vyakarana, Govt. Sanskrit College, Thiruvananthapuram) has been chosen to carry out a FLAIR (Fostering Linkages in Academic and Research) course. From 28th January to the end of February, she will be working on Sanskrit texts at the Pondicherry Centre under the direction of Dr. R. Sathyanarayan.

Hugo David, philosopher and Sanskritist joins the team of researchers at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO from 1st January 2106.

Corinna Wessels-Mevissen (independant researcher affiliated with the Asian Art Museum in Berlin, Germany) is in Pondicherry from 13th to 17th January, where she will study questions of iconography in early Chola-period art.

Jason Birch (collaborator in « le Hatha Yoga Project », a new initiative of the last five years launched by the SOAS [School of Oriental and African Studies, London] financed by the ERC [European Research Council]) leaves the EFEO Centre after having worked there for two months. In the framework of his visit, several reading sessions of an unpublished manual on the yogic postures of the Hathābhyāsapaddhati were held. A collaboration with the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry is envisaged.

Csaba Kiss and Csaba Dezső (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, collaborator on the European project « Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State » conducted by the British Museum) came to the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry in January to work with Dominic Goodall on the Raghuvaṃśa, the great Sanskrit epic of Kālidāsa, for 2 and 3 weeks, respectively. Fabrizio Baldissera (University of Florence) also visited the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry during this period and participated in these readings sessions.
Kuala Lumpur
Daniel Perret is at Medan (North-Sumatra) from 17th January to 7th February in the framework of a mission to analyse the findings at the archaeological site of Kota Cina, in cooperation with the National Centre of Archaeological Research of Indonesia.
Chiang Mai
On 28th and 29th January, at the EFEO Centre of Chiang Mai, François Lagirarde will be facilitating a workshop on Past and Present of the Future: Temporal Dynamics in Thai Buddhism in cooperation with the Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology of the faculty of social sciences of the University of Chiang Mai.
Talks by EFEO researchers:
 François Lagirarde : "Frames of Time: an Overview of Pali literature, Epigraphy and Traditional Chronicles", Michel Lorrillard : "Buddhist Peregrinations and Prophecies in the Lao Chronicles",
 Peter Skilling : "La Loubère's ‘Life of Devadatta': A Lost Ayutthaya Manuscript?",
 Olivier de Bernon : "The Prediction of the Buddha : History of Myths, History of Facts".
Complete programme
Phnom Penh
Thanks in part to the work of Arlo Griffiths and Dominique Soutif, a collector will, this month, give an important inscribed fragment of a preangkorian silver vase to the National Museum of Cambodia.
At the end of January, Bertrand Porte will carry out a short mission to the museum of Vat Phu (South Laos) to observe the conservation-restoration work in progress at the museum and to consider the next steps. There, he will meet up with Pierre Pichard, who will inspect the progress of the work on the North gallery of the quadrangle, and with Christine Hawixbrock.
Siem Reap
Dominique Soutif will participate in the second excavation in the research programme The Two Buddhist Towers, A multi-scalar evaluation of the practice, change, and function of Buddhism at the regional Angkorian center of Preah Khan of Kompong Svay, Cambodia (10th to 17th c. CE). This excavation is in progress at Preah Khan of Kompong Svay from 6th to 30th January in collaboration with Mitch Hendrickson (University of Illinois), Phon Kaseka (Académie Royale du Cambodge), Christian Fischer (UCLA), Julia Estève (University Mahidol) and Cristina Castillo (UCL).
Thursday 14th January (18h) in the auditorium of the French Institute of Hanoi, L'Espace, on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition « Les hauts plateaux et le Champa dans les yeux de Jacques Dournes » and of the publication of the work Jacques Dournes, Le pays Jörai (Andrew Hardy éd., éditions Nhã Nam, 2015) Andrew Hardy will hold a seminar on Jacques Dournes.
Talks by : Andrew Hardy (EFEO), the writer Nguyên Ngọc and Lê Hồng Lý, (director of the Institut de la Culture, Académie vietnamienne des Sciences sociales).
The EFEO Centre of Peking is now situated at this address:
EFEO Beijing Center, 56 Zhuzhong hutong, Xicheng District
100009 Beijing鑄鐘胡同56號
西城區100009 北京市
The telephone (fax) number is unchanged  00 86 10 64 00 69 99
Franciscus Verellen will participate on 14th January in the International Council of Orientation of the Institute of Chinese Studies of Hongkong.
The next introductory seminar on Japanese Buddhism facilitated by Didier Davin takes place on Monday 18th January from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the lecture hall of Tôyô Bunko.
Didier Davin will be a discussant at a symposium on sound landscapes organised by the Josai university on 13th and 14th January.
On 26th January (from 6 p.m.), Carina Roth (université de Genève) will give a talk on "Reflections on the Ascetic Practice at the Flute Cave of Mount Ōmine", in the Framework of the Kyoto Lectures organised by the centres of the EFEO and the ISEAS at the University of Kyoto, Institute of research in human sciences.
On 30th January (at 6 p.m.), Benoît Jacquet welcomes the architect Yamane Yoshihiro in the framework of the seminar on « The conservation and restoration of the architecture of Japan » (Nihon ni okeru kenchiku no hozon to saisei) at the Kyoto Centre.
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