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
CEFC-EFEO Young Researchers' Day 2020.
Taipei, Taiwan, 22 June 2020
The EFEO Center in Taipei and the Taipei branch of the CEFC (Centre d'études français sur la Chine contemporaine) are organizing the CEFC-EFEO Young Researchers' Day 2020.

Yannis-Adam Allouache (National University of Singapore), Joachim Boittout (EHESS), Marta Pavone (INALCO), Skaya Siku (Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica), and Vladimir Stolojan (Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica) will present the results of their research with a teaching team led by Nathanael Amar (CEFC) and Frank Muyard (EFEO).
Ceremony at the National Museum of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 18 June 2020
On June 18, the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the disappearance of its founder George Groslier was held at the National Museum of Cambodia. READ MORE
Signature of a bilateral agreement for the CHAMPA project
Vientiane, Laos, 17 June 2020
On June 17, the Vientiane office of the Agence française de développement (AFD), which has already signed a partnership agreement with the EFEO for various actions carried out in the framework of the CHAMPA project, signed the general bilateral agreement for the same project with the Laotian Ministry of Planning and Investment. This project aims to preserve and develop the cultural and urban heritage of the Champassak and Savannakhet provinces (South Laos). The EFEO provides scientific expertise and training in four areas: geomatics, archaeology, museography, and restoration.
Vientiane Times article.

Legend: In the foreground from left to right: Mrs. Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, French Ambassador to Laos, Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment and Matthieu Bommier, Director of AFD.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
08 June 2020
François Lachaud (EFEO) speaks on: "Les Chemins hantés du nord : Bouddhisme et société locale dans le Japon moderne (1700-2000)" [The Haunted Paths of the North: Buddhism and Local Society in Modern Japan (1700-2000)] as part of the PSL-EHESS-EPHE-EFEO Master in Asian Studies, the general theme of which is "Dynamiques religieuses : traditions et innovations".

The conference will take place at 10 a.m. (Paris time) online. You can attend the seminar by logging on to this link.
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Doctoral contract – Campaign 2020
17 May 2020
Extension of the deadline for submitting applications for MESRI doctoral contracts - EFE.

Due to the current health crisis, the deadlines for submitting applications for the MESRI Doctoral Contracts - EFE, 2020-2023, have been extended.

The conditions remain unchanged but candidates who have already submitted their application may, if they deem it necessary, update it and send a new version by 17 May. Applications received remain registered.

The arbitrations will, as initially planned, be rendered during the month of June.

Details and the procedure for submitting applications to the EFEO can be found here.

Application documents may be sent until May 17th, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (Paris time), according to the procedures specific to each EFE. The results will be sent before the end of June.
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Blogpost
01 May 2020
Discover Arlo Griffiths' article on the DHARMA project blog: "Cataloging and digitizing estampages of inscriptions from Leiden University Library".
''Kyoto lectures''
Kyoto, Japan, 22 April 2020
The EFEO/ISEAS Center in Kyoto has decided to continue some of its activities online.

The next lecture (Kyoto lectures) will take place on Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Japan (11 a.m. in France) and will be presented by Alistair Swale (University of Canterbury, New Zealand): "Gesaku Literati and Early Meiji Print Culture: Remaking Popular Culture for the Masses".

To join the conference click on this link.
The password will be put online on April 21 on the ISEAS and EFEO web page and on the blog of the Kyoto Center.