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/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 21 October 2019
LEE Jung-nam, professor at the Asiatic Research Institute of the Korea University speaks on: "South Korea’s perception and policy on China in the age of competition between the US and China. Focusing on the approaches of China experts in Korea".

From 10:30 to 12:00, opened to all
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor READ MORE
The international conference ''New perspectives in Chinese History''
Paris, France, 18 October 2019
The international conference New perspectives in Chinese History is co-organized by the EFEO (Paris and the Beijing Center), the Max Weber Foundation (and its Beijing branch), and EHESS (CECMC) and sponsored by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

This conference, which is part of the same framework as the previous meetings held in Cambridge and Paris, is designed as a workshop focusing on the presentation of the archives of the period from the end of the Ming period to the republican period, i.e. from the end of the 16th century to 1949.

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Lecture ''The sūtras translated by Xuanzang and the Dunhuang wall paintings''
Paris, France, 17 October 2019
On the occasion of her visit to Paris to receive the Leon Vandermeersch Sinology Prize at the AIBL, Mrs FAN Jinshi 樊錦詩 (Director Emeritus of the Dunhuang Institute / Dunhuang Academy) will give a lecture: "The sūtras translated by Xuanzang and the Dunhuang wall paintings".

At 4pm, at the Maison de l'Asie, Grand salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
EFEO Field Scholarships - 1st Semester 2020
15 October 2019
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 15th of October 2019. READ MORE
Symposium ''La culture martiale chinoise. Exorcismes, corps, réinventions''
Toulouse, France, 10 October 2019
At the symposium La culture martiale chinoise. Exorcismes, corps, réinventions, held on October 10 and 11 at the University of Toulouse 2, Alain Arrault will present a paper entitled: "Les attitudes martiales dans la statuaire domestique du Hunan".

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Exhibition ''Les voyages de Jacques Bacot et la naissance des études tibétaines modernes en France'' [Jacques Bacot's travels and the birth of modern Tibetan studies in France]
Paris, France, 30 September 2019
A new photographic exhibition is being held at the EFEO (1st floor) on the theme "Les voyages de Jacques Bacot et la naissance des études tibétaines modernes en France" [Jacques Bacot's travels and the birth of modern Tibetan studies in France] until September 30, 2019.
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Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 30 September 2019
Arnaud Bertrand speaks on: Après la conquête : Stratégies de fondation des « villes-frontières » aux marches occidentales de l’empire des Han.

From 10:30 to 12:00, opened to all
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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