Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Centre, Thailand

The Chiang Mai Centre

Head : Michel Lorrillard
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
131 Charoen Prathet Road, A. Mueang
Chiang Mai 50100 , Thailand
Tel. : + 66 53 28 05 80

Secretariat : Mrs Rampa Meador (Khun Noi)

Historical Background

EFEO scholars have been present in Chiang Mai for more than 30 years. In 1975 François Bizot moved there from his assignment in Cambodia in order to continue his research on the rites of the Buddhist communities of Southeast Asia. In 1988 he launched the FEMC project (Publication of Cambodian Manuscript Collections), which later broadened to include the literary heritage of Thailand and Laos. During the 1990s Louis Gabaude, a specialist in contemporary Thai Buddhism and related intellectual movements was invited to create a collection of documents specializing in the Buddhism, anthropology, literature, and history of Thailand and neighboring countries. Anatole Peltier, affiliated with the Rajabhat Institution, carried out comparative research on the literatures of Northern Thailand, Laos, and the Shan and Khün states. Their work and the focus of their field research have had a big influence on the development of research on Southeast Asian Buddhism.

The Center Today

With the construction of its new library, with room for the document collections as they continue to grow, the EFEO Center in Chiang Mai has taken a great leap forward. Beginning in 2011, its large reading room and new research facilities will bring the EFEO to the forefront in the field of research on Buddhism. The Library's more than 45,000 monographs and 40,000 periodicals will also become more immediately accessible. Specialist works on Thailand, as well as on the anthropology, history, and Buddhism of Southeast Asia, will be available for local and international researchers.

Likewise the renovation of the residential buildings will provide more office space and thus will make it possible to welcome, as researchers or resident scholarship holders, more invited guests or short-term visitors, either French scholars or those working in cooperation with international organizations like the ECAF. The buildings will also be able to host academic events and medium-sized conferences. The mission of the Chiang Mai EFEO Centre is trans-regional: indeed given the historic involvement of northern Thailand with Burma, China, and Laos, the principal neighboring countries, Chiang Mai is ideally located for forging and maintaining links among individuals and academic projects related to this wide area that makes up a large part of the Southeast Asian continent.

Currently under consideration are various forms of cooperation with the University of Chiang Mai, notably with its library, as well as shared projects as part of the cooperation already established between the EFEO's Bangkok Center and the Sirindhorn Center.

The Chiang Mai Centre is also due to invest itself into the project of co-editing French scholarly works produced by EFEO scholars and of their international distribution.

The Chiang Mai centre
Head: Michel Lorrillard

École française d'Extrême-Orient
131 Charoen Prathet Road, A. Muang
Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Tel +66 53 28 05 80
Fax +66 53 28 05 81

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Tani SEBRO a scholarship holder at EFEO
10 FEBRUARY 15 Tani Sebro is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hawai์i at Manoa. Currently based in Chiang Mai, Ms. Sebro is conducting ethnographic and  ... Read more
Visit by Mr. Pierre COLLIOT and Mr. Stéphane ROY.
07 FEBRUARY 15 François Lagirarde, the new Head of EFEO in Chiang Mai, met with Mr. Pierre Colliot, the cultural Counselor, and Mr. Stéphane Roy, Attaché for scientific  ... Read more
Party in Honor of Mr. Chai Inchanta.
06 FEBRUARY 15 During his visit to EFEO Chiang Mai, Yves Goudineau, director of the French School of Asian Studies, Paris, presented the Centenial Medal EFEO to Mr. Chai Inchanta, who will  ... Read more
EFEO Seminar
France, Paris, 29 May 2012
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Lecture by Jacques P. Leider (EFEO) on: "De l'image à la réalité, des guerres à la diplomatie. Un bilan de recherches sur la biographie du roi Alaungmintaya"
General Meeting 2011
Thailand, Chiang Mai, 17 November 2011
The biennial General Meeting of the École française d'Extrême-Orient is being held from 17 to 19 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This meeting brings together the academic staff based in France and in Asia, along with heads of central services. With the construction of a much enlarged library and an increased capacity for hosting visiting scholars (office space, along with conference and meeting rooms) the Chiang Mai Center is poised to become a major regional fracility for studies of Southeast Asia and Theravada Buddhism.
"Golden Letter" to King George II
France, Paris, 21 January 2011
Jacques Leider presents his research on the "Golden Letter," the 1756 manuscript on gold leaf sent by the Burmese king Alaungmintaya to King George II of England, at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres. READ MORE
"Golden Letter" to George II
Germany, Hannover, 17 January 2011
Jacques Leider is presenting at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library (Hanover) his research on the "Golden Letter," the 1756 manuscript on gold leaf sent by the Burmese king Alaungmintaya to King George II of England. READ MORE
Presentation of the Chiang Mai Centre at the general meeting of ECAF
Italy, Rome, 12 January 2011
On 12 January Jacques Leider is taking part in the general meeting of the ECAF in Rome. He is to discuss the potential for development of the Chiang Mai Center.