Agenda March 2017
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
Seminars, missions and meetings
Yves Goudineau, director, speaks on 1st March at the invitation of the Ambassador of Thailand to France in the framework of the conference commemorating the 160th anniversary of Franco-Thai relations organised by the Embassy to the INALCO (Paris). His talk is entitled: "L'École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO) en Thaïlande: un point de vue historique et archéologique." The conference is chaired by SAR the Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.

On the 2nd March he receives at the EFEO his counterparts at the Écoles françaises à l'étranger (Athens, Rome, Cairo and Madrid) for an extraordinary meeting to prepare for the next five-year contract with the Minister of the Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.

The director participates, from 28th to 30th March, in the plenary session of the Conseil Asie du ministère des Affaires étrangères and in interviews with candidates for posts in Umifre asiatiques: Maison franco-japonaise (Tokyo), CEFC (Hong Kong), IRASEC (Bangkok), IFP (Pondicherry), CSHS (Delhi).

Charlotte Schmid, Director of Studies, participates in a meeting between the GIS Asie (Groupement d'intérêt scientifique études asiatiques) and the UMIFRES (Unités mixtes des instituts français de recherche à l'étranger) in Asia at the "Le France" Building, on the norming of 31st March (190 avenue de de France, Paris 75013).

Pierre-Yves Manguin is in New York, from 3rd to 7th March, at the invitation of New York University to participate in the Belitung Shipwreck Symposium: Intersections of History, Archaeology, and Capitalism; he will give a talk called: "Southeast Asian and other shipwrecks, cosmopolitan cargoes: a distorted view of the maritime scene in the Java Sea".

Pierre-Yves Manguin is in London on 14th March at the invitation of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies of the SOAS to give a lecture entitled "At the origins of Srivijaya: The emergence of state and cities in southeast Sumatra".

Christophe Pottier is at Siem Reap, from 27th February to 2nd March, in the framework of the ANR IRANGKOR project (S. Leroy dir.) and of the MAFKATA archaeological mission.
He will also give a talk on the restoration and archaeology at Angkor at the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage at Beijing on 6th March. He is on mission to Vietnam well and at RPD of Korea (see below Seoul).

The Royal Embassy of Thailand in Paris, in collaboration with the INALCO, is organising at the INALCO on the 1st March 2017, a seminar commemorating the 160th anniversary of Franco-Tha relations. Yves Goudineau (see above) and François Lagirarde will speak in the section Point de vue historique et archéologique.
François Lagirarde will present: "Reconnaissance et mise en valeur du paradigme vernaculaire (religion, épigraphie, manuscriptologie, littérature et histoires)".

Maric Beaufeist is on mission to Cambodia from 6th to au 17th March, to follow the excavation of west Mebon.
From 1st March mars, Martin Ramos will take over the Kyoto Centre, replacing Benoit Jacquet, who is posted to France, and François Lachaud goes to Tokyo to run the Centre there.
From 6th March, requests for communication of works may be made through the online catalogue:

On 10th March, the library commission for the South-East Asia resources will meet.

On 31st May, a group of students from the SOAS visits the Maison de l'Asie library.

Antony Boussemart participates, in Toronto from 12th to 19th March in the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).
Photo Library
Madame Brigitte Lequeux-Groslier has given the Bernard-Philippe Groslier collection to the EFEO, kept at the École from March 2000.

On 31st May a group of students form the SOAS will be shown round the photo library.

Follow the virtual photo library of the EFEO on Instagram:
Alain Arrault, in collaboration with Agnieszka Helman-Wasny and James Robson, "Les papiers rituels dans les statues du Hunan (Chine du Sud, 16e-20e siècle)", in Claude Laroque, éd., Autour des papiers asiatiques, the research team's publications online EA 4100 Histoire culturelle et sociale de l'art (HiCSA, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne),, p. 61-100.

Michela Bussotti, "Discours sur les papiers chinois, entre histoire et patrimonialisation", in Claude Laroque, ed., Autour des papiers asiatiques, the research team's publications online EA 4100 Histoire culturelle et sociale de l'art (HiCSA, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne),, p. 13-40.

Report by Josette Rivallain in Mondes et Cultures, 2017, Frédéric Girard, Doctrine du germe de la foi selon l'Ornementation fleurie, de Myoe, 1173-1232 (La) : un Fides quaerens intellectum dans le Japon du XIIIe siècle / Myoe, éd. Collège de France - Institut des hautes études japonaises, 2014.

Jacques, Leider, "A Rakhine monk from Bangladesh: Ashin Bodhinyana" in Figures of Buddhist Modernity, ed. Mark Rowe, Jeffrey Samuels, Justin McDaniel, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press,2016: 46-48.

Pierre-Yves Manguin, "Austronesian Shipping in the Indian Ocean: From Outrigger Boats to Trading Ships", in Gwyn Campbell (ed.), Early Exchange between Africa and the Wider Indian Ocean World. New York: PalgraveMacmillan, 2016, p.51-76.
Publications (Distribution)
Pierre Harry presents works of the EFEO at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) at Toronto, from 16th to 19th March.
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 structure of the SCRIPTA project of the PSL, this seminar is intended to begin the training of young researchers in the original Buddhist texts of Thailand and Laos, as are preserved in the manuscripts and inscriptions: texts in the Pali, Siamese, North Thai and Laotian languages, Fak Kham, Tham and Siamese (probaby Khom) and Laotian scriptures.
For this, M. François Lagirarde will be assisted by two young researchers specialising in Pali and Buddhist vernacular texts, M. Grégory Kourilsky doctor of the EPHE and M. Javier Schnake, doctoral student at the EPHE.
Every Tuesday 10h30 to 12h30. From Tuesday 21st February, 4th floor hall of the Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116, Paris.

Éric Bourdonneau
  • "Langue, histoire et sources textuelles du Cambodge ancien et moderne"
Seminar (EHESS-INALCO) conducted by Éric Bourdonneau (by video-conference), Grégory Mikaelian and Joseph Thach. This semester focuses on the study of the epigraphic corpus in old Khmer of the temple of Banteay Srei. From 10th March, every Friday from 10 h to 12 h (at the INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris, hall 6.11).

EFEO Seminar Paris
The l'EFEO Paris seminar is on Monday 27th March (from 11h to 12h30), Cécile Guillaume-Pey (EHESS) speaks on "Quand la graphophagie remplace les dialogues avec les esprits, manipulations rituelles de l'écrit chez les Sora (Inde)".

This seminar is integrated into the Master seminar "Asies" (EFEO - EHESS - EPHE) whose subject for March and April is Écriture et oralité (Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st Floor).

As of the XVIIIth century, amongst the colonised populations, there were numerous instances of the creation of systems of graphic signs in the framework of the emergence of socio-religious movements. This is the case of the Sora, a tribal group of the east-centre of India who speak an austro-asiatic language. At the end of the 1930s, a Sora schoolteacher invented an alphabet each letter of which materialised a divinity and on the basis of which the devotees of the religious movement could establish a cult. One of the major consequences of the sacralisation of writing is the delegitimisation of an oral genre, crucial in the rituals up till that point: interaction with spirits. Sora writing is essentially used in the religious context and most of the devotees, who drink the alphabetical characters in the form of a potion during the rites, are incapable of deciphering the prayer manuals maintained by the religious specialists who have appropriated the monopoly of writing. Nowadays, however, the scriptural rituals are giving rise to frustrations. Some actors are taking over the new mediums and reinventing the rituals around the supports previously evinced, in order to compensate for the insufficiencies of "spirit-letters".

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Life at the Centres
Marzenna Czerniak-Drożdżowicz (department of oriental studies at the Jagellonne university) is working with R. Sathyanarayanan on her critical edition of Śrīraṅgamāhātmyam from 3rd February to 3rd March au 3 mars au Centre de Pondichéry.

Giovanni Ciotti (CSMC, Hamburg) stays at the Pondicherry Centre from 16th February to 2nd March, to work with R. Sathyanarayanan on an article about the question of multilinguism in the Nāmaliṅgānuśāsana.

Akane Saito (Kyushu University, Fukuoka) has been in Pondicherry since the beginning of the month and will stay till the end of March to work with Hugo David on her English translation of the Brahmasiddhi of Maṇḍana Miśra. She is also participating in the Sava readings organised by Dominic Goodall.

S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma gives a talk entitled "Lādēśēṣu vāsarūpavidhir nāsti iti paribhāṣāvicāraḥ" at the colloquium svarūpānandasarasvatisvāmisabhā sur quatre śāstras: Vedānta, Mīmāṁsā, Vyākaraṇa and Nyāya, at Vishakhapatnam from 10th to 14th March.

Diane Philiponet (University of Jean-Jaurès, Toulouse) is affiliated with the Pondicherry centre from February to June 2017. She is carrying out research for her thesis entitled "Les maîtres des singes le long de la rivière du Gange".
Jacques Leider is at Yangon from 7th to 19th February; he meets the French Ambassador and the team of the Institut français of Mayanmar, which hosts the EFEO Centre there.
Phnom Penh
From 3rd to 23rd March, Christian Fischer (UCLA, sciences applied to conservation-restoration) is working with Bertrand Porte at the sculpture conservation studio of the National Museum of Cambodia (EFEO).

On 7th March, a meeting has been organised at the Cambodian Institute of Technology (ITC) with the aim of proposing a teaching on the conservation of Khmer heritage and archaeology as part of the new Master on "Materials and Structures".
Siem Reap
On 30th March, Siem Reap Centre hosts a lecture by Professor Himanshu Prabha Ray entitled "The Archaeology of the 12th century Buddhist Temple at Ta Prohm".

A senatorial delegation composed of Vincent Eblé (Senateur, President of the France-Cambodia Amity group), Catherine Tasca (Sénator, delegated President), Francois Pillet (Senator, Vice- President of the group), and Jean Pouch (Administrator and Executive Secretary) accompanied by a delegation from the Cambodian Senate will visit the western Mebon excavation on 18th March. On 19th March, Éric Bourdonneau accompanies them at the Preah Vihear and Koh Ker sites.

Philippe Husi (ceramologist, CNRS, MAFA) is staying at the Centre from 22nd March to 2nd April, in the framework of the programme of research on Angkor Thom directed by Jacques Gaucher.
Alexandre Martinez (Master 2 archeo-geo-sciences, University of Bourgogne) and Philippe Théophile (Master 2 Sciences for archaeology, University Paul-Valéry Montpelier 3) participates from 15th March in the mission étude Géo-Archéologique du réseau hydraulique de la basse plaine du Stung Puok (GASP), headed by Eric Bourdonneau and Lucie Cez (Arcsan/University Paris I).
The second session of the Atelier Patrimoine culturel, organised by the Cairo EFEO Centre of Peking and Professor Xiao Fang 萧放 (Beijing Normal University, Institute of Folklore and Social Development) will be held on Friday 3rd March at the EFEO Centre.

In the framework of the cycle Histoire, Archéologie et Société (HAS) whose subject 2016-2017 is Figures de l'intellectuel. Regards comparatifs sur la production du théorique en Chine et en Europe, Meng Zhuo 孟琢 (Université normale de Pékin, Institut de lettres) gives a lecture on Friday 31st March at the normale de Peking on Gu Yanwu (1613-1682), a critical spirit faced with dynastic transition".

Franciscus Verellen visits the Peking EFEO Centre from 15th to 19th March with Michel Zink, Permanent Secretary of the Academy des Inscriptions et belles-lettres.
On 4th March, in the framework of the programme "Kaesông", Élisabeth Chabanol presents a panel on the urban and military fortifications during the conference Vietnam and Korea as "Longue Duree" Subject of Comparison: From the Pre-modern to the Early Modern Period organised conjointly by the Vietnam National University, the Seoul National University Asia Center, the University of Leiden, the EHESS and the IIAS at the Vietnam National University (Hanoi). With Christophe Pottier, she reports on the results of the work of the Archaeological Mission at Kaesông under the title "Urban development of the city of Kaesông from the Koryô period to the 20th century (DPR Korea)". Andrew Hardy speaks on "The Long Wall of Quang Ngai as fortification and frontier".

In the framework of the Mission Archéologique at Kaesông, Élisabeth Chabanol and Christophe Pottier are at the RPD of Korea from 7th to 16th March to complete the manuscript of the catalogue of the exhibition EFEO-NAPCH, Mission Archéologique à Kaesong, on the conjoint research and the archaeological excavations of the fortress of Kaesong, and also to resume work on the measurements of the walls carried out in October 2016 and to supervise the architectural elevations of the port of Namdae in collaboration with the experts of the National Authority for Protection of Cultural Heritage of the country.

The VIIIth edition of the Seoul Colloquium on Korean Studies, organised by the Seoul EFEO Centre in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society (Seoul Branch) and the Asiatic Research Institute (ARI, Korea University), will be on 30th March at Korea University. The presentation of Professor In-Jin YOON (Professor in the Department of Sociology of the Korea University and former president of the Association for North Korean Migrants Studies) speaks on "Social and Cultural Integration of North Korean Migrants in South Korea".

Martin Ramos gives a lecture, on 26th March, at the Maison franco-japonaise (Tokyo) in the framework of the annual symposium of the Société franco-japonaise d'études orientales, the lecture (in Japanese) is on: "Different views on the question of "reigious freedom" in XIXth century Japan. Consideration centred around the case of the Catholic Church".
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