Agenda of September 2017
L'Agenda de l'EFEO
The historian of Cambodia, Michael Vickery, left us at the beginning of the summer at the age of 86. He was the travelling companion over several decades of our École, in Cambodia as at Chiang Mai. At once a faithful colleague and searching mind, an eager debater, he was a committed contributor to the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars. His approach, which focussed on economic history from epigraphic sources, led to his putting forward much debated hypotheses about pre-angkorian Cambodia (Society, Economics and Politics in Pre-Angkor Cambodia, Tokyo, 1998), but he worked, too, on later Angkorian periods (most of this work has been written down) and post-Angkorian ones (doctorate from Yale), and presented a quite heated analysis of the Khmer Rouge years and their effects (Cambodia 1975-1982, Boston, 1984). Michael Vickery has bequeathed to the École a part of his library and of his archives.

Since June, our École has learned with satisfaction that several of its projects, carried out in partnership, have been selected for financing. We mention first the European research project H2020, "CRISEA" (Competing Regional integrations in Southeast Asia), held by the EFEO, which brings together 13 European and South-East Asian institutional partners (2,5 M€). Another important European project (WANASEA) is being continued in the field of training (Mékong region). This is included in the follow-up to Tam Dao Days organised in Vietnam for the last ten years. As well, two ANR projects in which the EFEO plays a major role have been accepted "ModAThom", centred on Angkor Thom (dir. J. Gaucher, EFEO and P. Husi, CNRS) and "CITY-NKOR Ville, architecture et urbanisme en Corée du Nord" (dir. E. Chabanol, EFEO and V. Gélézeau, EHESS).

The start of the academic year has seen some changes in the direction of the EFEO. A new director of studies, Christophe Marquet, succeeds Charlotte Schmid who has agreed to prolong her mandate till the beginning of September 2017. She will continue to be responsible for Editions and is to be sincerely thanked for having given four years, selflessly, of her energy and outstanding competence to the École.
Yves Goudineau

Symposiums, missions and meetings
Yves Goudineau, Director, on 4th September welcomes to the EFEO, Monsieur Alain Fuchs, President of the CNRS. On 5th September, he welcomes the leaders of the project, financed by the ANR, ModAThomil, ModAThom (Jacques Gaucher of the EFEO and Philippe Husi of the CNRS). He participates, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 6th September, in a meeting between the principal French partners in the project of restoration of the Mebon temple at Angkor in the presence of Madame Eva Nguyen-Binh, French Ambassadress to Cambodia.
The Director is a member of the commission for interviewing candidates for the presidency of the PSL (ComUE and Fondation), which meets on Saturday 9th September. He participates in the interviews with the Committee of Strategic Orientation (COS) of the PSL, which is in Paris from 10th to 12th September.
Yves Goudineau welcomes on 14th September a Vietnamese delegation from the Académie vietnamienne des sciences sociales led by M. Bui Nhat Quang, and, on the same day, is on the jury for the thesis of Mme. Nguyen Dang Anh Minh (on the Bahnar of the High-plateaus of Vietnam). He organises, on 15th September, a meeting of the management committee of the European project H2020 "CRISEA," recently taken over by the EFEO which now holds it. On 22nd September, he welcomes the organisers of a symposium arranged jointly by the, EFEO and l'Ecole nationale des chartes (coordinator Cécile Capot), and programmed for 2018, on the subject of "Chartistes et l'Asie".

From 4th to 8th September, Arlo Griffiths participates, at Prague, in the summer school HaS DARIAH Beyond Editing: Advanced Solutions and Techniques (

Brice Vincent is at Phnom Penh between 11th and 18th September to give, in the framework of the Université des Moussons (Université royale des Beaux-Arts / INALCO), a 2nd year bachelor degree course on "L'Histoire religieuse du Cambodge ancien".
He will then be at the EFEO Centre of Siem Reap from 20th to 27th September to study the metallurgic furnishings coming from the last excavation campaign carried out on the site of the foundry of the royal palace of Angkor Thom (project Fondre pour le roi, APSARA / EFEO, 2016-2019).

Valérie Gillet gives a talk titled "The Ramayana in the Pallava and Pandya Archaeological and Epigraphic Material" at the international symposium Connecting Cultures: Rāmāyaṇa Retellings in South India and Southeast Asia, organised by Professor Settar and Professor Pandya Dhar, held on 14th and 15th September at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

From 14th to 21st September, Luca Gabbiani is at the University of Chicago at the invitation of Professor Johanna Ransmeier. He will participate there in the workshop Legal process and Legal noms in Qing China held at the Centre for East Asian Studies.

Fabienne Jagou gives a talk titled "From chaplain-donor to nation-state relations between Tibet and China", at the Conference, The effect on Inner- and East Asian relations of the advent of modern international law and the end of the Qing empire at Oxford University, on 25th and 26th September.

Alain Arrault is invited as moderator to the 2nd international conference Middle Period Chinese Humanities on 14th to 17th September at the University of Leyden (Holland).

For one year from 16th September, Frédéric Girard is guest professor at Komazawa University, Faculty of Letters, Tokyo.
On 30th September, Frédéric Girard gives the annual plenary lecture of the Faculty of Letters of Komazawa University, Tokyo, (Buddhist university of Zen Sōtō) the subject of which is "L'Espace vide, la Lune et le Rien-qu'esprit chez Dôgen (1200-1253) et les penseurs bouddhiques contemporains".
Christophe Marquet has been appointed Director of Studies to take effect on 5th September. He succeeds Charlotte Schmid who retains the direction of EFEO editions.

Peter Skilling and Frédéric Girard have claimed their right to retirement from 1st September. Frédéric Girard has been appointed director of studies emeritus for three years by the scientific council.

Grégoire Provost, publications assistant, leaves the EFEO on 4th September to join Editions Delcourt.
Bérénice Bellina (ed.), Khao Sam Kaeo: An Early Port-City between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Paris, EFEO (Mémoires archéologiques, 28), in English (résumés in Thaï)
675 pages ; ill. ; 28 x 21 cm.

Frédéric Girard, Aimables ermites de notre temps. Récits composés par Sairo 西鷺軒, alias Kyōsen 橋泉, with preface by Ihara Saikaku 井原西鶴, Paris, EFEO (Monographies, 196), in French.

Alain Arrault, « Écrire l'il-lisible pour communiquer avec l'in-visible. L'usage des talismans dans la statuaire cultuelle du Hunan (Chine, XVIe-XXe siècle) », in the acts of the 2nd congress La démesure of the Association française d'ethnologie et d'anthropologie, Georges Favraud, Jean-Pierre Albert, ed., « Stratégie et risques de la démesure dans la production du religieux »,, 2017, pp. 1-17.

Alain Arrault,  « Le corps et les entrailles des dieux : corps vivant, complet et malade », in Brigitte Baptandier, ed., Le battement de la vie. Le corps naturel et ses représentations en Chine, Nanterre, Société d'ethnologie, 2017, p. 123-160.

Zhang Wei 張巍, Lu Kang (Luca Gabbiani) (eds.), Sinologie française/Faguo hanxue 法國漢學, volume 17, Quanli/Zhanbu 權利/占卜 (Pouvoir/Divination), Peking, Zhonghua shuju, 2016

Valérie Gillet, « Devotion and Dominion: Ninth-Century Donations of a Pāṇḍyan King in Temples along the River Kāvēri », in Indo-Iranian Journal 60 (2017), pp. 219-283.

Arlo Griffiths, Early Inscriptions of Āndhradeśa,

Arlo Griffiths, Corpus of Pyu Inscriptions,

Jacques Leider, « Mapping Burma and Northern Thailand in 1795: Francis Hamilton's Critical Accounts of Native Maps. » in Skilling, Peter and Justin Thomas McDaniel, Imagination and Narrative: Lexical and Cultural Translation in Buddhist Asia, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2017; pp. 117-159.

Michel Lorrillard, « Early Buddhism in Laos : Insights from Archaeology », in P. Skilling & J. Mc Daniel, ed., Imagination and Narrative : Lexical and Cultural Translation in Buddhist Asia, Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, p. 231-264.

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.

Pierre-Yves Manguin, notice « Srivijaya », in John MacKenzie (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Empire. Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
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Pierre-Yves Manguin, « At the origins of Sriwijaya: The emergence of state and city dans southeast Sumatra », in Noboru Karashima & Masashi Hirosue (eds.), State Formation and Social Integration in Pre-modern South and Southeast Asia. A Comparative Study of Asian Society. Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko (Research Library 16), 2017, p. 89-114.

Pierre-Yves Manguin, notice « Ships and Shipping in Southeast Asia », in Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Asian History. Oxford: University Press USA, 2017.
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Teaching 2017-2018
The complete list of the teaching of the teacher-researchers of the EFEO appears progressively in the Agenda (Newsletter) as the courses begin, and the programme for the year is on the École site:

Arlo Griffiths  :
• seminar of the laboratoire Histoire et Sources des Mondes Antiques in the framework of Master Mondes Anciens, first semester, « Regards croisés sur le monde indien, I-Les sources de l'histoire ancienne de l'Inde »,
from the 18th September, on Mondays from 16h to 18h, 18 rue Chevreul, Lyon (4th floor). the second semester seminar will be announced in December.

• at the EPHE, master Études asiatiques, seminar with Andrea Acri : « Lecture de textes en vieux-javanais »,
from 28th September, Thursdays from 10h to 12h, Maison de l'Asie, 4th floor hall.

• at the EPHE, master Études asiatiques, seminar Lecture d'inscriptions sanskrites de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud-Est,
from 28th September, Thursdays from 15h to 17h, Maison de l'Asie, ground floor hall.

Antony Boussemart is in Oslo (Norway) from 13th to 16th September to participate in the annual congress of the EAJRS (European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists).
Photo Library
999 photographs by the architect Pierre Pichard, former member of the EFEO, are now on line. These pictures were taken between 1987 and 2004 during missions in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Laos, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand and South Korea. An important photographic collection of the work carried out by Pierre Pichard at Pagan (Burma) will complete this initial web access.

Because of concerns regarding the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Trust (HRCE) as to procedure and demand, the IFP and EFEO are temporarily suspending the putting on line of the site of the photo library common to both institutions.

Follow the virtual photo library of the EFEO on Instagram:
News of the PSL Research University
In the framework of the project PSL/EPHE/Scripta, a mission coordinated by Christine Hawixbrock and Dominique Soutif with the cooperation of the World Heritage office of Vat Phou is in progress on the sites of Vat Phou and Opupmong (Laos). Several inscribed Khmer steles, badly damaged and barely legible, have been photographed in reflecting imaging technology (see below Vientiane).

Social network of the PSL:
The Life of Centres
The new building that replaces the annexe in the courtyard of 19 rue Dumas, is completed and was inaugurated on 13th July by Monsieur Bertrand de Hartingh, conseiller de coopération et d'action culturelle, of the French Embassy at Delhi, and by Madame Catherine Suard, newly appointed French Consule générale at Pondicherry, who was taking up her mission the same day.
The new annexe, built on the plan generously given to us by the architect Jean-Louis Cardin, comprises a big archive room that includes workspace, two guestrooms and a "kitchen" area giving onto a second courtyard. The uncontrolled construction of an adjoining five-storey hotel made this building indispensable, but the result is an harmonious and liveable ensemble of buildings.

S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma participates in a traditional symposium, Mahâganapati-vâkyârthasadas (bearing on four disciplines: Vedānta, Mīmāṁsā, Vyākaraṇa, Nyāya) at Sringeri from 1st to 7th September, where he will discuss a grammatical rule of Pânini in a talk titled "Bhāṣyādigranthebhyaḥ striyām (Pā. 4.1.3) iti sūtrasaṁbandhiviṣayavicāraḥ".
He is then invited to Madras Sanskrit College (Chennai) from 15th to 16th September to participate in another traditional symposium where he will make a presentation on poetic suggestion and "double meaning" titled śabdaśaktimūladhvaniḥ śleṣaś ca.
He will be teaching the Sṛṅgāranaiṣadhamu, a Telugu epic, at the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar, organised by the EFEO Centre of Pondicherry from 18th to 22nd September.

The 9th NETamil workshop Glosses - Lexicography - Semantics takes place at the Pondicherry EFEO Centre from 8th to 12th September. This is followed by a short session of the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar (CTSS), from 18th to 22nd September. Passages from the epic Naiṭatam / Naiṣadha, the story of the lovers, Nala and Damayantī, in three different versions will be studied: the Tamil version with Indra Manuel, the Sanskrit version with R. Sathyanarayanan and the Telugu version with SLP Anjaneya Sarma.

Erin McCann, Victor Davella and Giovanni Ciotti (Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hambourg) and Jean-Luc Chevillard (CNRS, Paris) are spending between 1 and 2 months at the Pondicherry EFEO Centre to participate in the 9th NETamil workshop from 8 to 12 September, in the Classical Tamil Summer Seminar from 18th to 22nd September and to continue their work in the framework of the NETamil project.

Saran Suebsantiwongse (doctoral student at Cambridge University) will be at the Pondicherry Centre from the end of September in the framework of a 4-month scholarship from the École française d'Extrême-Orient to continue his research on the Sâmrâjyalaksmîpîthikâ, a manual on the life of royal court in South India.
Chiang Mai
In the framework of the programme Manusastra / Université des moussons, Michel Lorrillard teaches from 16th September at the Faculté royale d'archéologie of Phnom Penh on the political history of the monarchy tai.
Phnom Penh
The studio for the conservation of sculpture Musée National (EFEO) installs rubbings of inscriptions in the small Angkor Borei museum (Takeo province).

From 4th to 13th September, Khom Sreymom supervises for the heritage department of the Ministry of Cuture of Cambodia, the cleaning of columns in polychrome wood at Vat Svay Sach Phnom (Kompong Cham province) and from 20th to 29th September, conveys the statue of Ganesa of Tuol Pheak Kin which has been lent to the Denver Art Museum for their upcoming exhibition.

From 28th September, Sok Soda conveys and supervises the mounting of 55 sculpted blocks (wall of the gallery of the 3rd enclosure of the temple of Bantheay Chmar) forming figures of Lokesvara in bas-relief at Cleveland Museum of Art.
Siem Reap
The Siem Reap Centre welcomes, on 7th September, Patrick Maxime Michel, assistant lecturer in Assyriology at the University of Geneva.

From 16th to 23rd September, Éric Bourdonneau will be in Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Sukhothaï in the framework of his research on the histoiry of the Devarâja and its developments beyond the Ankgorian period.
An EFEO mission led by Tom McClintock (UCLA, Los Angeles) and Chloé Chollet (student, EPHE) is under weigh on the Vat Phou site (museum and archaeological reserves, site pre-pre-Angkorian site of Oupmong) aimed at photographing in RTI (reflecting imaging technology) several badly damaged inscribed Khmer steles and at attempting to reconstitute the remaining, almost illegible, texts. This mission is co-ordinated by Christine Hawixbrock and Dominique Soutif with the cooperation of the Vat Phou office of Patrimoine mondial with the budgets PSL/EPHE/Scripta.
In the framework of the EFEO programme Histoire et archéologie du site de Kaesong, RPDC Élisabeth Chabanol organises the lecture "Kaesong, une belle endormie : patrimoine et patrimonialisation d'une capitale historique de Corée", Monday 11th September at the Maison de l'Asie.

Yannick Bruneton (Paris 7), Élisabeth Chabanol (EFEO), Alain Delissen (EHESS) and Sem Vermeersch (Seoul National University) present their work on the subject. Arnaud Nanta (ENS Lyon) and Christophe Pottier (EFEO) talk about the idea of "patrimonialisation" (heritisation) respectively for Japan and Cambodia.

To prepare the annual scientific report on the 2017 operations of the archaeological mission at Kaesong (campaign of architectural reliefs of the Namdae port and those of the fortress) that she is directing, Élisabeth Chabanol is at Pyongyang from 19th to 26th September in collaboration with the archaeologists, architects and researchers of the National Authority for Protection of Cultural Heritage, of Christophe Pottier, (EFEO), and of Nicolas Nauleau, archaeologist.

On the 28th September, Boudewijn Walraven, guest professor at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, facilitates the 12th Seoul Colloquium on Korean Studies, organised by the Seoul EFEO Centre in collaboration with the Seoul Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Asiatic Research Institute of Korea University, on "Practicing Buddhism in the Mid-Nineteenth Century".
François Lachaud is on the jury for the thesis of Magali Bugne, De l'imitation à l'émulation : La représentation des passions dans les nô de type féminin de Konparu Zenchiku, which will take place onqui se tiendra le 25 September at the University of Strasbourg.
On Tuesday 26th September at 18h, at the Kyoto EFEO Centre, in the framework of the Kyoto Lectures, Damien Kunik (University of Geneva) gives a lecture: "On French and Japanese Anthropologies: André Leroi-Gourhan in Kyōto (1937-1939)".

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