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
Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan, 26 January 2022

As part of the Kyoto lecturesMatthew Shores (Université of Sydney) presents: "Rakugo as Variety Entertainment ⇆ Rakugo as Literature".

At 6pm (Japan time) on the Zoom platform. The password for logging in will be posted on the Kyoto Center's blog and the ISEAS website on the 14th.

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Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 20 January 2022
From Monday, September 13, access to the EFEO library changes:
  • The library will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • It will no longer be necessary to reserve a place in the reading room, but you will have to be registered or pre-registered on the Bulac catalogue for the "Maison de l'Asie" site: https://catalogue.bulac.fr/
  • The documents will be communicated 20 minutes after their reservation from your reader's account, and will be made available on the shelves on the patio side of the reading room- The library will welcome 15 readers per day. In case of overcrowding, priority will be given to readers consulting EFEO documents
  • The health pass will not be required, but the wearing of masks and the respect of protective measures will continue to apply
If you are experiencing Covid-19 type symptoms, please postpone your visit to the library.
EFEO Paris seminar
Online, 17 January 2022
Michela Bussotti (EFEO) speaks on: "Images populaires chinoises : objets éphémères, objets de recherche". This seminar is part of the sequence 3 Images: objects and sources of the seminar ASIES of the master "Études Asiatiques".

From 10.30am to 12pm. The conference will take place online upon prior registration.Once registered you will receive the elements to log in (seminar link and password).
Video
Paris, France, 07 January 2022

Discover "Les manuscrits en siamois et en thai yuan de l'EFEO" [The EFEO's Siamese and Thai Yuan Manuscripts] the new video of the "Asian Treasures of the EFEO" by François-Xavier André and Thissana Weerakietsoontorn.
Happy New Year 2022
03 January 2022

The French School of Asian Studies wishes you a Happy New Year.

Click here to watch the animation.
Annual closure of the Maison de l'Asie
Paris, France, 24 December 2021

The Maison de l'Asie closes from Friday December 24, 2021 at 4 pm to Monday January 3, 2021 at 8 am.

The Paris library closes from Thursday 23 December in the evening!

The EFEO and its staff wish you a happy holiday season!
Ceremony
Jillellamudi, Inde, 09 December 2021
On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Matrushree Oriental College in Jillellamudi (Andhra Pradesh) on December 9, 2021, S.L.P. Anjaneya Sarma, who worked there for 16 years from the inception of the college until he joined the EFEO in 1987, gave a keynote address and was then honoured by the management and his former students.