Agenda February 2017
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
Symposiums, missions and meetings
Yves Goudineau, Director, speaks on 23rd February at the Collège de France at the invitation of Philippe Descola, Chair of Anthropologie de la nature, on "Quand les esprits du territoire veulent manger du buffle. Cosmopolitiques du sacrifice dans la péninsule Indochinoise ".
On 28th February he welcomes the members of the Administrative Council of the Permanent Delegation of France to Unesco, which will be in session at the Maison de l'Asie.

Charlotte Schmid, Director of Studies is on mission to the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry from 31st January to 3rd February. In the framework of the workshop Āḻvārs and Divyadeśas-Vaiṣṇava regional and vernacular voices, held at the Pondicherry EFEO Centre from 31st January to 3rd February, Charlotte Schmid gives a lecture on 1st February entitled: "From a butter-eater to the ‘Butter-thief: Kṛṣṇa in the Tiviyappirapantam". She conducts the session on sacred sites of Kerala on 2nd February. This workshop is part of the NETamil project directed by Eva Wilden in association with the Pondicherry EFEO Centre and the University of Hamburg.

Valérie Gillet gives talks from 2nd February at the seminar conducted by Charlotte Schmid and Emmanuel Francis (CNRS). Les versions de l'histoire, l'éloge royal de Rajendracola I. The subject presented by Valérie Gillet, Thursday 2nd February is "Dévotion et territoire: donation d'un roi de la dynastie pandya au 9e siècle "
Thursdays from 13h to 15h (ground floor hall, Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson).

In the framework of the seminar of Michela Bussotti, "Histoire culturelle de la Chine (XVe siècle-XIXe siècle): livres, éditeurs et publics", Victor Thibout (ESIT diploma) speaks on electroplating and the development of fonts of Chinese characters in the 19th and 20th centuries, Thursday 2nd February (from 9h to 11h).
A Feng (Academy of de Social Sciences - Peking) and Lui Wing Sing (Chinese University of Hong Kong) are in Paris from 13th to 18th February in the framework of the project Foes-Chine (Call for project PSL SHS 2015). On Tuesday 14th February at 14h, they present a programme on local Chinese history as conducted at their institutions. Then on Thursday 16th February from 9h to 12h, they will both give lectures; A Feng addresses the subject: "Economic role of women at Huizhou during the Ming and the Qing" followed by a talk by Lui Wing Sing on "Deifying Ancestors: Spiritual Power and Ancestral Cult in Central Hunan" at EHESS (Le France building, 190 avenue de France, 75013 Paris, 6th floor, Hall 640).

On Wednesday 8th February at 14h, Professeur Dong Shaoxin (National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University) gives a lecture entitled "Ming Qing Dynastic Transition and its Impacts on the Relations between China and Europe" in the frameowork of the seminar Histoire de la Chine moderne of Luca Gabbiani and Claude Chevaleyre (Wednesdays from 14h to 17h, EHESS, Le France building, 190-198 avenue de France, hall 681).

Kuo Liying participates from 17th to 19th February at the invitation of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), in the conference The Bodhisattva Precepts in East Asia and Beyond; she gives a talk on: "Visions and Reception of Bodhisattva Precepts in Fifth - Sixth Century China".

The seventh excavation campaign of the Yaśodharāśrama research programme led by Dominique Soutif will be in progress from 19th February to 31st March. She focuses this year on the sites of Prei Prasat, Prasat Komnap Nord and Prasat Komnap Sud.
Isabelle Decorne, Assistant to the Accountancy Agent, leaves the EFEO, to join the Accountancy Agency of the Marie Curie lycée Marie Curie (Versailles) on 1st February.
Valerie Gillet, previously at Pondicherry, is now based at Paris.
Clément Frœhlicher will participate in the meeting of library conservators of the Écoles françaises Overseas on the occasion of the meeting of directors of university libraries organised by the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche from 31st January to 2nd February.

Photo Library
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Release of the review Aséanie 33 (2014) complete summary:

Luca Gabbiani, ""Corruption and its ennemies": The Politics of Corruption in Mid-Nineteenth Century China", in Etudes chinoises, XXXV-1 (2016), pp. 143-174.

Valérie Gillet (2016) "Murukaṉ on his elephant: tales of a medieval Tamil-speaking South", in Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai 87 (2013-2014), pp. 35-78, 2016.

Frédéric Girard (in Japanese), "In what way are clerical Buddhism and secular Buddhism differemnt in Japan?" (Nihon no zaike bukkyō to shukke bukkyō ha dō chigau noka ), in the Rapport de recherches du Centre de recherches sur la culture bouddhique de l'université Tsurumi, 2014-2015, Projet conjoint de recherches Nippo-taiwanais, 2016, p. 144-161.

Report by Didier Davin of the book: Frédéric Girard, La Doctrine du germe de la foi selon l'Ornementation fleurie, de Myōe (1173-1232) - un Fides quaerens intellectum dans le Japon du XIIIe siècle, Collège de France - Institut des Hautes Études japonaises, coll. Bibliothèque de l'Institut des Hautes Études japonaises (2014, Paris, 137 p.), in Ebisu, Maison Franco-Japonaise, Tokyo, 2016.

Frédéric Girard, Proverbes japonais d'origine étrangère, Editions You Feng Librairie & Editeur, Paris, 2016, 217 pages.

Les Dialogues de Dōgen en Chine
, Édités et traduits par Frédéric Girard, Rayon Histoire de la Librairie Droz (Genève), École Française d'Extrême-Orient (Paris), 752 p., 2016.

Frédéric Girard, Xuanzang (602-664) and the schools of Dhyâna in Japan (Zen), Tôyôlenkyû (Recherches orientales), n° 196, Daitô bunka daigaku Tôyô kenkyûjo, Tôkyô, juillet 2016, p. 115-158.

Frédéric Girard, "Le Recueil sur le thé dhyânique de Jakuan Sôtaku", Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger, Philosophie au Japon, 2, Presses Universitaires de France, n°1, Janvier-Mars 2017, pp. 29-50.

Jacques Leider, "Alaungmintaya, King of Myanmar (1752-60) Representations in Burmese and Western historiography", Aséanie 33, 13-41, 2014.

Jacques Leider, "Competing Identities and the Hybridized History of the Rohingyas" in Major Muslim Crises: History, Memory, and Recruitment, edited by Rita Faraj and Omar Bashir Al Turabi. Dubai: Al Mesbar Centre, 2016, 83-92. (Traduction en arabe de l'article original en anglais paru dans Metamorphosis: Studies in Social and Political Change in Myanmar, édité par Renaud Egreteau et Francois Robinne,Singapore: NUS Press, 2015), 2016.

Peter Skilling, "Writing and Representation: Inscribed Objects in the Nalanda Trail Exhibition" in Nalanda, Srivijaya and Beyond: Re-exploring Buddhist Art in Asia, edited by Gauri Parimoo Krishnan, Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum, pp. 51-99, 2016.
François Lagirarde :
  • "Initiation à la recherche sur les langues et cultures bouddhiques du Nord de la Thaïlande et du Laos"
In the perspective of the constitution of the SCRIPTA project of the PSL, this seminar marks the start of the training of young researchers in the reading of original Buddhist texts from Thailand and Laos, such as those conserved in manuscripts and inscirptions: texts in Pāli, Siamese, Northern Thai and Lao languages, writings fak kham, tham, Siamese (possibly Khom) and Lao.
For this, M. François Lagirarde will be accompanied by two young researchers specialised in Pāli and in vernacular Buddhist texts, M. Grégory Kourilsky Doctor of the EPHE and M. Javier Schnake, postgraduate student at the EPHE.

On Tuesdays from 10h30 to 12h30. From Tuesday 21st February, 4th floor hall of the Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116, Paris.

Alain Arrault :
  • with Stéphane Feuillas (université Paris-Diderot), Chritian Lamouroux (EHESS), "Identités et conduites lettrées dans la Chine des Song (960-1279) : les formes de l'écriture", Mondays from 13h to 16h (room 681, 6th floor, Le France building, 190-198 avenue de France 75013 Paris), 7th and 21st November, 5th December 2016, 9th and 23rd January, 6th and 20th February and 6th March 2017.

Anne Bouchy
  • "Formes de vie sociales, formes de vie naturelles au Japon", dans le cadre du programme "Anthropologie des formes de vie et des modes d'existence", with Grégory Beaussart, Charlotte Lamotte and Emilie Letouzey. 
Second semester, Thursday from 19th January.
  • Research seminar Nature(s) and religion(s), with Jean-Pierre Albert (EHESS) and Jean-Pierre Cavaillé (EHESS). One Friday each month from 20th January.

Michela Bussotti :
  • Histoire culturelle de la Chine (XVe siècle-XIXe siècle) : livres, éditeurs et publics, Thursdays from 9h to 11h (room 681, 6th floor, Le France building, 190-198 avenue de France 75013 Paris), from 17 November 2016 to 16 February 2017,
  • with C. Bodolec (CNRS) and F. Obringer (CNRS): Techniques, objets et patrimoine culturel immatériel en Asie Orientale (XVIe-XXIe siècle), 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 11 h to 13 h (room 681, 6th floor, Le France building, 190-198 avenue de France 75013 Paris), from 24 November 2016 to 8 June 2017,

Frédéric Girard :
  • Medieval seminars: Shingon Iconology and tantricism. The iconological sum of the end of the 12th century siècle, the Kakuzenhsō (section of Buddhas, Bodhisattva and kings of sapience), compared with similar iconological works of the same period in the (Jikkanshō, Ashabashō) ; elegies to Zen portrait prints portraits ; texts of sermons Zen doctrinal of Yōsai (1141-1215) recently discovered in the Kyūshū, of Dōgen (1200-1254), and the thinkers in relation to the intellectuals in relation to them. Reading of texts about Shōtoku taishi (574-622): Chinese sources, Japanese historical and pseudo-historical documents, three commentaries, constitution, inscriptions on steles, etc. (Sorbonne, stairway E, 1st floor, Egyptology room)

  • Course Siècle Chrétien : Jesuits and monks of Zen schools. We consider documents, Christian, anti-Christian, Buddhist of Zen and Confucian schools, covering the period from the middle of the 16th to the middle of the 17th century: The first part of Myōtei mondō (description Buddhism) of Fukan Fabian (1565-1621), the works of Suzuki Shōsan (1579-1655), the Taiji jashūron (Refutation of the pernicious doctrine) of Sessō Sōsai (1589-1649), bringing into comparison the themes with the works that were their contemporaries.
    Mondays, 14h-16h,(Sorbonne, stairway E, 1st floor, Egyptology room).

Yves Goudineau :
  • with Denis Vidal (Ceias) and Vanina Bouté (Case): Anthropologie comparée à partir de l'Asie du Sud-Est, seminar EHESS, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 14hto 16h (great hall of the Maison de l'Asie), from 24th November.

François Lachaud :
  • Japanese Buddhism: Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961) and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): transcendentalism, Buddhism and the forming of the Japanese de aesthetic, Fridays from 14h to 16h, seminar EPHE, 1ste course 25th November. Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75116.

EFEO Seminar Paris
The Paris EFEO seminar is on Monday 27th February (from 11h to 12h30). Martin Ramos (EFEO) speaking on "Les soldats du Maître du Ciel. Ce que la révolte de Shimabara-Amakusa nous apprend sur le catholicisme japonais". This seminar is integrated into the Master seminar "Asies" (EFEO - EHESS - EPHE) the subject of which is Le fait religieux en Asie (Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Great hall, 1st floor).

The rebellion of Shimabara-Amakusa (December 1637-April 1638), two regions of Kyūshū near to Nagasaki, is a central episode of the Edo period in which more than 30 000 peasants participated, commanded by old warriors (rōnin) and a charismatic young chieftain. The insurgents were for the most part apostates "of the mouth" who, in a climate of eschatological anguish, took up arms it is said to please God and obtain pardon for their sins; their principal claim being the abolition of the edict of proscription against Catholicism. The movement met with defeat: in April 1638, The armies of the shogunat and of several fiefdoms of the south of the country took the castle of Hara, the strongest place of the revolt and proceeded to massacre the last survivors.
There are a number of important witnesses to this rebellion from people of different social statuses (soldiers, merchants, peasants) and of various nationalities (Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch). These documents provide us with valuable clarification on the organisation, the beliefs and the expectations of the Japanese Catholic community just when it was about to become clandestine for more than two centuries.
Illustration from Shimabara-jin no zubyōbu (Screen representing the battle of Shimabara) [Local history museum of the town of Asakura]

Photographic exhibition L'Asie des Rites in the library of the Maison de l'Asie.
News of the PSL Research University
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Life at the Centres
6th NETamil workshop, Āḻvārs and Divyadeśas - Regional and vernacular Vaiṣṇava voices is organised from 31st January to 3rd February, in conjunction with the EFEO:
  •  Suganya Anandakichenin, "A note on the medieval woman-commentator Kōṉēri Dāsyai's Commentary on the Tiruvāymoḻi";
  • S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma, "Appaya Dīkṣita's Commentary on Vedānta, Deśika's Yādavābhyudayam" et "Krishnadevaraya's magnum opus Āmuktamālyadā";
  • Dominic Goodall, "Shared features of the Pāñcarātra and Śaivasiddhānta in the Tamil-speaking South";
  • Charlotte Schmid, "From a butter-eater to the Butter-thief"; S.A.S. Sarma, "Yāmunācārya's journey to Anantapuram"; R. Sathyanarayanan, "Announcement of a critical edition and translation of Śrīraṅgamāhātmyam";

  • Eva Wilden, "Nammāḻvār".
Kei Kataoka and Akane Saito (University of Kyushu-Japan), arrive at the Centre at the beginning of February. Professeur Kataoka is organising, in the first half of February, a workshop on the Vibhramaviveka of Maṇḍana Miśra, a major text on Indian theories of error and illusion, preserved in a unique South-Indian manuscript.
Akane Saito remains at Pondicherry till the end of March to work on her new translation of the Brahmasiddhi by the same author, in collaboration with Hugo David and the other researchers at the Centre.

S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma is going to Visakhapatnam to participate in a traditional conference (Sastra Sadas) entitled Mīmāṁsā, Vyākaraṇa, Nyāya: svarūpānandasarasvatisvāmisabhā from 6th to 8th February, where he will discuss the subject "mīmāṁsāśabdaniṣpattivicāraḥ".
From 21st to 23rd February, he speaks at a conference entitled "Striyām (4.1.3) iti sūtrasthakāśikāvicāraḥ" at the Conference on four śāstras: Vedānta, Mīmāṁsā, Vyākaraṇa, Nyāya: Vijayendra saraswatīsvaminām janmdinotsavasabhā at
Kuala Lumpur
Daniel Perret and the Centre National Centre for Archaeological Research of Indonesia is carrying out a mission at Medan to analyse the archaeological furnishings of the Kota Cina site (North Sumatra) from 20th February to 10th March.
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Centre is sorry to announce the death on 16th January 2017 of one of its foremost associates, Khun Ta Thevin Suraritthiphong, at the age of 97. This erudite intellectual had been associated over the years with many of the research programmes of François Bizot Khmer Buddhism.

Emily Hong, postgraduate in cultural anthropology (Cornell University and fellowship from the EFEO) is associated with the Chiang Mai Centre from January to March 2017. Her research focuses especially on the land credit rights of the Kachins of Myanmar.
Phnom Penh
Ham Seihasarann has given up his work at the studio for the conservation of sculpture at the National Museum of Cambodia to join his wife who is settled in Seattle.
Siem Reap
We have just learned of the sad death of René Dumont on 17th January (at 94). Architect and archaeologist, he was assistant conservator of the temples of Angkor from 1955 to 1958, as an associate member of the EFEO.

In February, Louise Roche (fellowship from the EFEO) continues his doctoral work on the "hybrid iconography" of Banteay Samre and the contemporaneous temples (dir. D. Goodall and E. Bourdonneau); Eurydice Gougeon-Marine (fellowship from the EFEO) carries out research for his Master 2 on pre-Angkorian art (dir. E. Bourdonnea) and Laura Bontemps is working until 15th February with Eric Bourdonneau on fragments of the sculpted group Prasat Kraham (Koh Ker) in the keeping of Preah Norodom Sihanouk Museum.
From 12th February to 12th April, Christine Hawixbrock directs the excavation campaign of the Vat Sang'O 5 site, situated near to the ancient town of Vat Phu (Champasak province).
The Hanoi Centre is organising a public lecture at the Espace (institut Français de Hanoi), on 16th February at 18h. M. Lonán Ó Briain, ethnomusicologist at Nottingham University and currently a guest at the Centre, presents his research on the music on the North Vietnamese radio between 1950 and 1960 under the title of "Listening to Independence" (languages: English, Vietnamese).
In the framework of the cycle Histoire, Archéologie et Société (HAS) of which the subject for 2016-2017 is "Figures de l'intellectuel. Regards comparatifs sur la production du théorique en Chine et en Europe", Gilles Boileau (Tamkang University, Taiwan) gives a lecture on Friday 24th February at the Institute of history of natural sciences on "Les shi under the embattled Kingdoms: between power and intelligence" (站在政權與智能之間的戰國時代之士). The lecture will be in Chinese Centre.

Mme Li Zihan (postgraduate at the University of Nanterre and fieldwork beneficiary of the EFEO) is attached to the Hong Kong Centre during February and March 2017 to carry out fieldwork research at Yunnan, in the framework of her thesis on "The transmission of Dongba manuscripts: system of writing, religious rituals and historical changes".
The 7th edition of the Seoul Colloquium on Korean Studies organised by the EFEO Centre in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society (Seoul Branch) and the Asiatic Research Institute (ARI, Korea University) takes place on 23rd February at Korea University. The presentation of Dr Song Kuejin (ARI), is entitled "Cooperative Imperialism in Colonial Korea: the Role of Japan and the Western Powers in Abolishing Foreign Settlements".
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