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, 18 June 2021
As part of  the Kyoto lectures, Brian Ruppert (Kanagawa University) presents: "Scriptures and Their Deployment: Great Notes (Maka shō), Raishin’s Notes (Raishin shō), and the Sacred Works (Shōgyō) of Early Medieval Japan".

Friday, June 18, at 6pm (Japan time).
Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 14 June 2021
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 5pm. It offers a document lending and return service every Wednesday.
To make an appointment for THE READING SPACE: CLICK HERE
To make an appointment for the 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.
Photo library: Jacques Bacot collection
Online, 14 June 2021
The Jacques Bacot collection is now online. Discover pictures taken between 1903 and 1914 by one of the pioneers of Tibetan studies in France during his travels in India, Myanmar, Tibet or China.
XXXVIIIe Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies
Seoul, Korea (Online), 10 June 2021
The XXXVIIIe Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies, organized by the EFEO Center in Seoul, in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society, is led by Brother Anthony, Professor Emeritus of Sogang University and Full Professor at Dankook University, Seoul, on the theme: "Korean Poetry and Fiction in English Translation: A Personal Survey".

Thursday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. (Seoul time), online: register with the EFEO Center to receive the information needed to connect. READ MORE
Fontainebleau Art History Festival
Fontainebleau, France, 04 June 2021
As part of the Fontainebleau Art History Festival, the Réseau des Écoles françaises à l'étranger present a round table on the topic of "Innovative Technologies in the Service of Archaeological Research".
Christophe Marquet and François Lachaud also make several speeches : → round table "La peinture française au Japon : histoire des collections privées et de la création des musées d’art occidental" → lecature "Éloge du primitivisme : d’autres visages de la peinture japonaise prémoderne" → round table "La "joie" et son expression dans les arts du Japon" → lecture "Le Japon et les intellectuels français: personnages en quête d'ailleurs"
Library: Inventory via Calames
Paris, France, 01 June 2021
In parallel with their publication on the EFEO's archive platform, the inventories of the archives of the Angkor Conservation Office are now available on Calames.

You will find documents from the general administration of the department (including correspondence and management of the Angkor Park site), as well as the archives of the Angkor Conservation depot (inventories and correspondence). But also the archives that bear witness to research activities in the field, such as excavation reports and diaries, and graphic documents comprising some 3,500 plans and drawings.
EFEO Paris seminar
Paris, France, 31 May 2021
Fabienne Jagou (EFEO) speaks on: "Construire une communauté religieuse à Taïwan : l'exemple de celle de la Vénérable Gongga (1903-1997)" [Building a religious community in Taiwan: the example of Venerable Gongga (1903-1997)]. This seminar is part of the sequence La question religieuse : sécularisation et réinvention of the seminar ASIES of the master "Études Asiatiques".

Friday, May 28, from 10.30am to 12pm. The conference will take place online upon prior registration.

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