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.

EFEO News
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 30 November 2020
On Monday 30 November, Catherine Scheer speaks on: "Soldats subalternes : le combat méconnu de montagnards bunongs sous la République Khmère (1970-75)".

From 10.30am to 12pm. The conference will take place online upon prior registration.

Drawing: Lucie Labbé

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In Memoriam
26 November 2020
Jacques Dumarçay (1926 - 2020)

We are sad to announce the passing of Jacques Dumarçay, which occurred on November 22nd in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse.

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Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 24 November 2020

Confinement Autumn 2020: how to access the EFEO library and the loan-return service

The EFEO library is open by appointment from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. It offers a document lending and return service every Wednesday.

To make an appointment (reading space AND/OR loan-return service): CLICK HERE

Please check the EFEO's Facebook page and Twitter account regularly for any updates to the terms and conditions of the public reception modalities.
Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan, 20 November 2020
As part of the Kyoto lectures, Marco Tinello (University of Kanagawa) presents: "The Annexation of Ryukyu to Japan seen from a global perspective".

At 6 p.m. (Japan time). The conference will be broadcasted online via Zoom.

The password for logging in will be posted on the Kyoto Center's blog and ISEAS websites the day before.
EFEO inventory of Khmer Manuscripts on paper
Paris, France, 18 November 2020
The EFEO inventory of Khmer Manuscripts on paper (P.CAMB and P.CAMB.Paris) has been published on Calames.

Consisting of about 500 records, this corpus was collected in Cambodia, from end of 19th century to first half of 20th century.
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Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 02 November 2020

Confinement Autumn 2020: how to access the EFEO library and the loan-return service
The EFEO library is open by appointment from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. It offers a document lending and return service every Wednesday.
To make an appointment (reading space AND/OR loan-return service): CLICK HERE

Please check the EFEO's Facebook page and Twitter account regularly for any updates to the terms and conditions of the public reception modalities.
In Memoriam H.N. Bhat
27 October 2020
It is with deep regret that we announce the demise of H.N. Bhat, a scholar at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO for 24 years (1989 to 2013). He passed away in Shimoga, where his daughter lives, on Thursday, 22nd Oct 2020.

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