The missions of the EFEO

missions

Fieldwork in Asia

The mission of the EFEO, a public institution under the aegis of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, is to study the classical civilizations of Asia through the humanities and social sciences. From India, to China and Japan, and covering all of Southeast Asia, the EFEO's research areas include almost all the societies have been under Indian or Chinese influence in the course of history. Leading scholars working at the EFEO's 18 centres and branch offices in Asia have been essential in the development of the School's research programme. Interdisciplinary projects bring together leading scholars in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history, philology, and religious studies. Since the vast majority of EFEO members carry out field studies in Asia, the emergence of contemporary issues is obviously of relevance for the School.

A Network of International Excellence in Scholarship

For decades the EFEO and its Asian centres have worked in many Asian and European partnerships. Today centres in Pondicherry, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Vientiane and Jakarta have their own premises, whereas several EFEO branch offices are hosted by prestigious universities, research institutes and museums. This is the case of Pune, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Phnom Penh, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo.

The EFEO regularly welcomes scholars for extended periods of field study in its Asian centres, particularly for EFEO led research projects. Visiting scholars benefit from the School's local academic partnerships and its rich documentary collections that represent over a century of research. In view of improving scholarly exchanges, the EFEO and 20 leading European institutions for higher education created the European Consortium for Asian Field Study (ECAF) in 2007. As such the EFEO is now in the centre of an international network of leading scholars in Asian studies.

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Seminar ''L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo''
Paris, France, 23 April 2019
The MJCP and the EFEO organize a seminar "L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo" on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Ôtsu-e : peintures populaires du Japon" which the EFEO also publishes the catalog.
Seminar open to the public. Free registration required via the ticket office of the site.
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 15 April 2019
Invited by the Centre of Seoul, Dr. Vadim Akulenko, assistant at the department of Korean studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, makes a presentation: Evolution of Understanding Minjok in the DPRK.

At 14h, entrance free
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Fifth International Intensive course in Old Javanese
14 April 2019
Aiming to support the training of a new generation of Old Javanese philologists and to stimulate international collaboration in this field, the École française d'Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies, EFEO) and the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia (Perpusnas), with support from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), founding member of PSL Research University (Paris), will co-organize this year, for the fifth time, an international intensive course in Old Javanese.

The course will take place from 21 July through 3 August 2019 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The deadline for submitting an application is set to the 14th of April 2019.
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Conférence ''Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté''
Paris, France, 04 April 2019
Fabienne Jagou gives a talk entitled Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté as part of the cycle Bouddhisme, politique et violence : le cas du Tibet organized by the Institut européen en sciences des religions and the EPHE.
At 18:30, EPHE - Bât. Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 54 boulevard Raspail, Paris 6e, Salle AS1-01 (1st sous-sol, hall 1).
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 01 April 2019
Monday 1st April Vincent Tournier (EFEO) speaks on Pour une nouvelle histoire des ordres monastiques (nikāya) du bouddhisme indien as part of ASIES seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
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Inauguration of 3 new rooms dedicated to the inscriptions at the National Museum of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodge, 18 March 2019
On the 18th of March, on the sidelines of the section on pre-Angkorian inscriptions supplemented for the occasion by new presentations, the National Museum of Cambodia proposes a "focus" on the inscribed jamb (K.127) engraved with the date 604 of the śaka era (ie 682 AD), with the first known graphical representation of the zero in Khmer country. The program Corpus of the Khmer Inscriptions (CIK) of the EFEO contributed a lot to the writing of the notes.