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
Short-term EFEO postdoctoral contracts 2022
20 September 2021
The recruitment campaign for short-term post-doctoral contracts (3 to 6 months) has just been launched. It will close on 14 October. READ MORE
Pilot project ''Safeguarding for Posterity Two Private Collections of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts from the Tamil Country (EAP1294)''
Pondicherry, India, 13 September 2021
The pilot project "Safeguarding for Posterity Two Private Collections of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts from the Tamil Country (EAP1294)" has been awarded a grant under the British Library's Endangered Archives Program, supported by the Arcadia Fund!

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ICAS-GIS Asir 2021 Book Award
Online,

The winner of the 2021 French-Language Book Prize is "La réforme politique en Birmanie pendant le premier moment colonial (1819-1878)" by Aurore Candier, published by the EFEO !
Library: the André Leroi-Gourhan collection
Paris, France, 26 August 2021
The integration of the André Leroi-Gourhan collection into the EFEO library is now achieved!After the inventory and reporting of the archives, and the cataloguing of all the monographs (Sudoc), all the periodicals in this collection have been inventoried and catalogued.

The collection of periodicals in the Leroi-Gourhan collection includes 30 titles, the most complete of which are 民俗藝術 Minzoku geijutsu  and  工藝 Kōgei, a publication co-edited by Yanagi Muneyoshi, the specialist in folk arts and "mingei studies". This monthly journal, with a print run of only 1000 copies, devoted to craftsmanship, materials and tools used in the making of objects, is rare and precious.
Photo library: Jacques Bacot collection
Online, 16 August 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.
Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan - Online, 19 July 2021

As part of the Kyoto lectures, DAIMARU Ken (Paris University) presents: "Health and Modern Warfare. Locating Medical History in Japan's Long Nineteenth Century".

19 July, 6pm (Japan time) in hybrid format or only on the Zoom platform. The password for logging in will be posted on the Kyoto Center's blog and the ISEAS website on the 27th.

Légende : Portrait of an injured Japanese soldier at the Liaoyang Stage Hospital (March 1905), archives of the Academy of Medical Corps of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

In Memoriam: V. Venkataraja Sarma
Pondicherry, India, 16 July 2021
It is with deep regret that we learned today of the demise of Professor V. Venkataraja Sarma, quondam principal of Tiruvananthapuram Sanskrit College, who after his retirement worked for 29 years as a senior Sanskrit scholar at the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, finally leaving the institution in December 2016 at the age of 86.  On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, at the age of 91, he passed away in Trivandrum, where his son lives.
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