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
Lectures
Paris, France, 21 June 2019
As part of the research on Dunhuang conducted by the CRCAO (UMR 8155) and the EFEO, GUO Junye and DANG Yanni (Dunhuang Academy) will give the following lectures:
- "The Royal Family of Khotan and the'Nirvana Temple'" (Guo Junye)
- "The Scripture On the Ten Kings: Belief and Practices" (Dang Yanni)

From 2pm to 4pm, Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75116 Paris, salon on the 1st floor.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 17 June 2019
Olivier De Bernon (EFEO) speaks on "Les élites sociales et religieuses dans les Codes anciens du Siam et du Cambodge". This seminar is part of the « Exils et Migrations » theme of the ASIAS seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Exhibition ''L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo''
Paris, France, 15 June 2019
You have until June 15 to discover the exhibition "Ôtsu-e : peintures populaires du Japon", whose catalogue is also published by the EFEO.The images of Ōtsu are anonymous paintings produced during the Edo period in villages not far from Kyoto, to be sold to travellers who used to travel along the Tokaido road.
Special Archélogia Series n°27
Paris, France, 13 June 2019
On the occasion of the Journées nationales de l'archéologie from 14 to 16 June 2019, the EFE published a Special Archélogia Series (Editions Faton) coordinated by F. Prost. It contains contributions from Christophe Marquet, Élisabeth Chabanol, Viengkèo Souksavatdy, Christine Hawixbrock et Damian Evans.
Festival de l’histoire de l’art 2019
Fontainebleau, France, 07 June 2019
The Festival de l'histoire de l'art will be held on June 7, 8 and 9, 2019 in Fontainebleau.
On this occasion, the réseau des EFE will have a stand at the book and art magazine fair, and will participate through four conferences on the theme of "People":
- Christophe Marquet - EFEO: The invention of "popular painting" in 20th century Japan
- Alain Arrault - EFEO: Domestic statuary in China (16th-20th century). From a learned and Buddhist practice to a popular re-appropriation
- Jean-Baptiste Delzant - former member of the EFR: Abu Gosh Frankish Church and its 12th century paintings: a single ensemble designed for different audiences
- Olivier Christin - in collaboration with the Casa de Velázquez: "Abstract words[that] enlarge thought" (Tocqueville). Revolution, democracy and moral architecture

Festival program
Session at the AIBL
Paris, France, 24 May 2019
On Friday, May 24, 2019, a thematic session was held at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, under the patronage of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, on "25 ans de contributions cambodgienne, française et internationale à la conservation et au développement d’Angkor", in the presence of Christophe Marquet, EFEO Director.

The Secrétaire perpétuel Michel Zink "underlined the extent of the debt owed by the Cambodians and the French, and more broadly by the international community, to the École française d'Extrême-Orient, whose work in Angkor has been supported by the Académie since its beginnings".
Master « Études Asiatiques » (EHESS-EPHE-EFEO) – Inscriptions 2019-2020
Paris, France, 22 May 2019
PSL University opens at the start of 2019-20 a new master “Études Asiatiques”. This collaboration between the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales with a view to training researchers or experts capable of developing critical thinking on the Asian societies approached in their specialisations and in the long term.
Admissions for the Master "Etudes Asiatiques" are open: see the detailed information and the contacts for the teaching staff on the Master website and in its brochure.