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
International Conference ''Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century)''
25 October 2018
The International Conference Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century), organized by Luca Gabbiani (EFEO, UMR 8173-CCJ), Marianne Bujard (EPHE) and Luo Wenhua (National Palace Museum Research Center for Tibetan Buddhism Heritage), is held at Peking, from October, 25th to 27th, 2018.
The conference program and the abstracts of the presentations are available on the website: https://imperial-patronage.efeo.fr
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 22 October 2018
Monday 22th October LEE Hyoung-sik (Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University) speaks on Japanese Ruling Elites of Colonial Korea and their Postwar Compilation on the History of Governing: The Case of ''Yūhō Kyōkai'' (Friendly Nation Association).

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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Call for crowdfunding
17 October 2018
On fire ! Experimental Archaeology is a festival which takes place every four years at the EFEO Center in Siem Reap.

The crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the organization of the archaeological experiment (baking ceramics in a dragon kiln replica and iron ore reduction) on 6 December has been launched.

To participate, access the site Kisskissbankbank.
Joint seminar ''Archéologie en Extrême-Orient''
Paris, France, 15 October 2018
The next speakers at the new EFEO / UFR joint seminary of art and archeology of the Faculty of Letters of Paris-Sorbonne University will be:
  • 15/10: Valérie Gillet, Archéologie en Inde : contexte et spécificités
  • 22/10: Brice Vincent, Fondre pour le Roi, archéométallurgie à Angkor
From 9 am to 11 am, Maison de l'Asie, ground floor room, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.
This seminar is open to Master 1 & 2 students as well as PhD students.
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21st ''Rendez-vous de l’Histoire''
Blois, France, 10 October 2018
The five Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE) will participate in the 21st Rendez-Vousde l'Histoire, in Blois, from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October 2018. They will present at the book fair a selection of their publications and will gather five of their researchers for a carte blanche on October 12th on the theme "The fear of images".
Programme
EFEO Field Scholarships - 1st Semester 2019
30 September 2018
The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 30th of September 2018.
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Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 24 September 2018
Monday 24th September Costantino Moretti (EFEO) speaks on O quam gravis est scriptura : notes diverses sur les fautes de copie dans les manuscrits bouddhiques de Dunhuang.

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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