Agenda July-August 2016
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
Seminars, missions and meetings
Yves Goudineau, Director, welcomed, between 29th June and 1st July, a delegation from the National Chinese Heritage. With M.Liu Shuguang, the Director General, he signed a framework convention of cooperation in the framework of the "Third Session of High Level Franco-Chinese Cooperation". This took place at the quai d"Orsay with the Chinese Deputy Prime Minister and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs presiding.
Yves Goudineau is a member of the jury for the defence, at the EHESS, of the thesis of Mme Skaya Siku "Vers une éthique du tournage endogène. Enquête sur trois documentaristes autochtones taïwanais" (EHESS, 96 Bd. Raspail at 14h00) on 1st July.
On 4th July the Director participates in the Administrative Council and the Scientific Council of the EFEO. On the 7th July, he attends the Administrative Council of the ComUE PSL and is a member of the Committee of heads of institutions of that same ComUE on 19th July.

The scientific and administrative councils of the EFEO are held on 4th July at Maison de l'Asie. 
The General Meeting of the EFEO, bringing together all the staff, will take place on 5th, 6th and 7th September at Maison de l'Asie.

On 4th July, Alain Arrault is rapporteur and member of the jury for the thesis of Huang Chi-Hsiang, "Médiums et communications avec les dieux à Taïwan : étude d'une femme médium et de ses apprentis" under the direction of John Lagerwey (EPHE).

François Lachaud, is in Ireland from 5th to 11th July, to complete the cataloguing of a private collection at Killarney / Cork, notably the series of etchings of warriors by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and illustrated books (yomihon), as well as objects from occidental sources connected with the tea ceremony (unpublished correspondence). He attends a meeting to set up an international research programme on "Littératures épiques et formation des identités nationales : perspectives comparées / Epic Literature and the Shaping of National Consciousness: Comparative Approaches" [The Tōyō bunko and Hōsei University, the University of Cork, the Department of studies on the ancient Scandinavian worlds, of the University of Reykjavik, the Foundation Snorri Sturluson of Reykholt will be amongst the first partners in this project].

Michela Bussotti organises a workshop Paratexts in Chinese Book Culture: Case Studies from Early Modern and Modern China at the seminar SHARP 2016 (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing) held on 18th to 22nd July in Paris. She gives a talk on the paratexts in the illustrated books of Ming (1368-1644).

Kuo Liying will be on mission in Saint-Petersburg from 23rd August to 4th September. From 23rd to 28th August she will participate in the biennale conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies, organized by the State University of Saint-Petersburg, the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Academy of Sciences and the Museum of the Hermitage. She will give a talk there on "Indian dhāraṇī and Chinese gāthā".
From 1st to 3rd September, she will participate in the international conference, The Written Legacy of Dunhuang, organised to mark the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the birth of two great sinologists, Lev Nikolayevich Menshchikov (1926 - 2005) and Leonid Ioakimovich Chuguevsky (1926 - 2000) by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Academy of Sciences and the International Dunhuang Liaison Committee for Dunhuang Studies. The subject of her talk is, "A Collection of Dhāraṇī-s invocation Stanzas : Dunhuang Manuscript Pelliot Chinese 2197".

Frédéric Girard participates in the first Franco-Japanese summer university organized by the Société française de traductologie (SoFT) at Paris from 29th August to 2nd September. He will conduct two seminars :
- "Problèmes de traduction parmi les textes de Dôgen" 31st August from 11:30 to 12:15 a.m.
- "Questions de traduction dans le bouddhisme japonais medieval", 1st Sept from 3:30 to 5 p.m..
Isabelle Decorne joined the Accounting Agency as assistant to the Accounting Agent on 16th June, succeeding Laurence Grandjean, posted since then to the l'Observatoire français des drogues et toxicomanies.

After ten years working on Editions, Astrid Aschehoug has left the EFEO to join the editorial division of the Maison de l'archéologie et de l'ethnologie René-Ginouvès at Nanterre on 1st September.

Luca Gabbiani (ed.), Urban Life in China, 15th-20th centuries. Communities, Institutions, Representations, Paris, Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (Etudes thématiques No. 27), 2016, 360 p.

Luca Gabbiani, « Connecting Urban History East and West », in Luca Gabbiani (ed.), Urban Life in China, 15th-20th centuries. Communities, Institutions, Representations, p. 11-25.

Luca Gabbiani, « The "Municipal Turn" in Xinzheng China: Revolution or Continuity? The Evidence from Beijing », in Luca Gabbiani (ed.), Urban Life in China, 15th-20th centuries. Communities, Institutions, Representations, p. 229-248.

Charlotte Schmid & Emmanuel Francis (ed.), The Archaeology of Bhakti II, Royal Bhakti, Local Bhakti, École française d'Extrême-Orient / Institut Français de Pondichéry (Collection Indologie no. 125), 609 p.

Charlotte Schmid avec Emmanuel Francis, « Introduction: King and Place », dans The Archaeology of Bhakti II, Royal Bhakti, Local Bhakti, Charlotte Schmid & Emmanuel Francis (ed.), École française d'Extrême-Orient / Institut Français de Pondichéry (Collection Indologie no. 125), p. 1-32.
Photographic Library
A module of the photographic exhibition Luang Prabang au début du XXe siècle, Témoignages photographiques is installed from 28th June to 13th July in the main hall of the 16th arrondissement Town Hall (71, avenue Henri Martin). This exhibition was set up in Laos by the EFEO Centre of Vientiane last December at the time of the commemoration of the inscription of the town of Luang Prabang on the World Heritage of Humanity list.
On that occasion a stall selling the works of the EFEO was open on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in the main hall of the Town Hall:
A call for applications for the first edition of Prix de thèse sur l'Asie du GIS Asie 2016:
News from PSL Research University
Horizon 2020 : PSL is calling for summaries, the call being addressed to researchers and teaching-researchers of PSL who would like to submit a proposal for a collaborative project (involving a consortium) in response to the 2016-2017 call from the programme Horizon 2020. Those interested may benefit from a mounting aid comprising an accompaniment to the preparation of the candidature file, as well as from financial aid. The description of the project is to be sent to PSL as soon as possible, at the latest 3 months before the deadline for submission to the European Commission. This PSL call closes on Monday 31st October 2016. ;

Different PSL social networks:
Life at the Centres
The fourteenth Classical Tamil Summer Seminar (CTSS) organised by Eva Wilden will take place from 1st to 26th August:
  • For advanced students : organisation of three reading sessions, two in the morning focusing on the principal text and one in the afternoon on a choice of texts selected from the various genres of Tamil literature.
  • For beginners, the reading session is scheduled for the morning and a working session for the afternoon.
The fifth NETamil workshop entitled, From Tolkāppiyam to Naṉṉūl, takes place at the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry from 22nd to 26th August. The workshop focuses on a study of the development of linguistic concepts in the literature of the commentary on Tolkāppiyam as well as on other Tamil grammars and their commentaries.

Thomas Lehmann (South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg) and Jean-Luc Chevillard (CNRS) will be working for two months at the Pondicherry EFEO Centre where they will teach at the Classical Tamil Summer School. They will also participate in the 5th NETamil workshop, From Tolkāppiyam to Naṉṉūl, and will, as well, continue their research work within the NETamil project.

Vladimir Angirov (student of Sanskrit at the University of Hamburg) will be on a course at the Pondicherry EFEO Centre for a month and a half from 1st August 2016.

Anshel Cohen (student of Sanskrit at Cambridge University) arrives in Pondicherry on 8th July to work at the EFEO Centre for two weeks. He will participate especially in reading sessions of Sanskrit texts.

Erin McCann (McGill University, Canada) is in Pondicherry from 14th July to 16th September. She will be working on texts in Maṇipravāḷam with Suganya Anandakichenin in the framework of the NETamil project. She will also participate in the 14th Classical Tamil Summer Seminar and in the 5th NETamil workshop, From Tolkāppiyam to Naṉṉūl.

Olga Nowicka (student at the University of Jagellon at Krakow in Poland) has been given an EFEO fellowship to work for 4 months at the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry where she will continue her research entitled: Regional Hagiology and the Advaita Vedanta Monastic Tradition in Kerala.

Shishir Saxena (Cambridge University) and Sibylle Koch (University of Lausanne, EPHE and holder of an lEFEO fellowship) are in Pondichéerry in August to study Sanskrit grammar and linguistics. They will participate in readings of Vâkyapadîya by Bhartrhari with S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma, Hugo David and Vincenzo Vergiani.

S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma has been invited to teach at the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, organised by the University of Leiden (Centre for Linguistics - LUCL) from 10th to 23rd July ( He is also invited to the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (SCMC) of the University of Hamburg to give intensive reading courses in Telugu from 6th to 9th July.

Vincenzo Vergiani (senior Lecturer in Sanskrit at Cambridge University) pursues his research on the philosophy of language of Bhartrhari and carries out readings of texts with S.L.P Anjaneya Sarma and Hugo David at the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry for two months from 23rd July.

Students from Oxford, Ottoline Hart and Aneeka Bartlett (MA -2nd year), and Zhao You (University of Peking, Buddhist studies at Oxford) will be working at Pondicherry throughout the summer so as to participate in reading sessions of Sanskrit texts. Vishal Sharma (doctoral student studying the Mâdhva interpretations of the Mahabharata) will conduct these readings with R. Sathyanarayanan.

Jung Lan Bang (doctoral student at the University of Hamburg and holder of an EFEO fellowship) will work on his edition in progress of Tantrasadbhava with Dominic Goodall from August to October at the EFEO Centre.
Danniel Perret participates in The International Symposium on Austronesian Diaspora organised by The National Research Center for Archaeology, Indonesia, to be held at Denpasar, from 18th to 21st July. His talk will be on "Inter-islands relations: The Javanese factor in Barus and Padang Lawas, North Sumatra (9th - 16th c. CE)".

Peter Skilling participates in the 23rd biennale conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art at Cardiff University from 4th to 8th July.

Peter Skilling gives a lecture: "Pali Manuscripts in the Twenty First Century" on 14th July at the international conference Old Manuscripts in the Modern World: Preservation and Technical Challenges at Silpakorn University (Wang Tha Phra) of Bangkok organised by the Manuscript Conservation Association, Silpakorn University, King's College, London, the Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA) Mahachulalongkorn University.

On 18th August, Peter Skilling gives a lecture "The Importance of Buddhist Palm-leaf Manuscripts in Thailand: With Special References to Those kept at Wat Bovornives," during the conference The Importance of Buddhist Manuscripts in Thailand in Buddhist Studies, organised by the Nyanaasamvara Centre for Buddhist Studies at Buddhamandala (Phutthamonthon) of Nakhornpathom.

During the month of August, Professor Saerji (Research Institute of Sanskrit Manuscripts and Buddhist Literature, Department of South Asian Studies, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University) works in Bangkok with Peter Skilling on the English translation of the Bhadrakalpika sutra and the history of the Tibetan Kanjur.

Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai Centre, in August, receives Marie Cugnet (EPHE, EFEO fellowship holder) who is working on contemporary Thai Buddhism.

Michel Lorrillard, " Sceaux et autres symboles de l'autorité dans l'espace lao ancien", in Péninsule, n° 71 , 2015 (2), p. 7-34.
The Vientiane Centre is hosting two young researchers laureate with EFEO post doctoral fellowships. From 1st June to 31st August, Nicolas Lainé will be continuing with his research on the domestication of the elephant in Laos: collection, analysis and valorisation of a threatened heritage. From 1st June to 30th September, Souvanxay Phetchanpheng, will carry out research on the subject of monastic training and transnational dynamics between the monasteries of Laos and southern China.

Léonard Pelardo (architectural student ENSA Grenoble, EFEO fellowship) will be at the Vat Phou museum (Champasak province) in August to carry out the 3D modalisation of decorated bricks found on the excavation of the preangkorian site of Nong Din Shi (site-school EFEO/FSP excavation Vat Phou) directed by Christine Hawixbrock. These modalisations will allow for reconstituting the decorative sequences of the façades of the tower sanctuary and of the gatehouse of the temple enclosure.

From 15th to 19th August, Christine Hawixbrock will be working at Vat Phou to set up the mission of Léonard Pelardo (see above) and on of the digitalised inventory of the artefacts, carried out in collaboration with Jade Thau (Master II, École du Louvre) and Gaëlle Phanphengdy (Master I, University of Lyon II).
Olivier Tessier, with Pierre-Yves Lemeur (anthropologist, IRD) and Emmanuel Pannier (post-doctoral anthropologist) coordinates and conducts the workshop for training in field surveys (21 participants) on the subject: "Les enjeux de la transition énergétique au Vietnam et en Asie du Sud-Est", at the 10th summer University in Social Sciences and the Humanities, AFD-EFEO-ASSV at Da Nang (University Duy Tân, Đà Nẵng) from 8th to 16th July.
Paola Calanca participates, from 23rd to 28th August, in the 21st Biennal Conference of the EACS 2016 à Saint-Pétersbourg, where she will speak on "War Devastation and Coastal Evacuation in Fujian", on the panel organised with Eugenio Menegon (Boston University) The Ming-Qing Transition (1645-1674) in Southern China: Comparing Chinese and Western Testimonies.

From 19th to 22nd July, Radu Bikir (Paris Diderot-Paris 7, EFEO fellowship) is at the EFEO Centre of Taipei to participate in the seminar, Mantic Arts in China (International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg). He speaks on his fieldwork in Taiwan : "Divination and story telling in Hong Mai's Yijian zhi: the narrative description of mantic techniques".
The Seoul Colloquium on Korean Studies organised at the Asiatic Research Institute (ARI) University of Korea and by the EFEO Centre, takes place on 21st July. Chase Karcher (3rd cycle at Kyunghee University of Suwon) presents his research on "Linguistic Imperialism and native English teachers in South Korea", Matthew A. Shapiro (Lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology), invited by the ARI, presents his research on "Transboundary Air Pollution in Northeast Asia: The Political Economy of Yellow Dust, Particulate Matter, and PM2.5".

From 1st to 15th August, Élisabeth Chabanol is on mission in RPD of Korea, at the Ventral Museum of Korean History of Pyongyang, in order to pursue, with the curators and archaeologists of the National Authority for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the drafting of the catalogue of the exhibition "EFEO-NAPCH, Mission Archéologique à Kaesong, Exposition sur les recherches et les fouilles archéologiques conjointes de la Forteresse de Kaesong" scheduled for 2014, and the study of the data from the 2016 excavation campaign of Namdaemun, Kaesông.
On 1st and 2nd July, Benoît Jacquet gives a series of lectures at the department of architecture of the University of Hiroshima, in the framework of an intensive course on "L'histoire croisée de l'architecture moderne au Japon".
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