Beijing

The Beijing Centre, People's Republic of China

Head : Guillaume Dutournier

Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient,
EFEO Beijing Center
56 Zhuzhong hutong
Xicheng District
100009 Beijing
République populaire de Chine

EFEO Beijing Center
法國遠東學院 北京中心
100009 北京市,西城區
鑄鐘胡同56號

guillaume.dutournier@efeo.net

Although some of the most renowned EFEO sinologists - Paul Pelliot, Henri Maspero, Rolf A. Stein - conducted research projects in China throughout the 20th century, it was not until 1997 that a permanent EFEO Centre was established in Beijing to replace the branch office set up in Fouzhou in 1994. The Beijing Centre is part of a cooperative effort undertaken with the History of Science Institute of the Chinese Academy of Science. The School also works in collaboration with the History Institute and Archaeology Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Normal University of Beijing, the University of Tsinghua and the National Library.

Over recent years EFEO members in Beijing have carried out several research projects in history, anthropology, sociology of religion and history of science. Likewise guest scholars from French and European institutions have stayed at the Centre to conduct extended research.

Current research program:

  • Water systems and society in northern China
  • Daoism and local society: liturgical structures in central Human
  • Epigraphy and oral history of Beijing temples
  • Architecture and history of Ming and Qing coastal defenses*
  • Cultural and social history of printing and publishing in Huizhou

These research programs are all collaborative endeavors carried out in partnership with Chinese institutions. Several receive major funding from international research foundations.

In collaboration with the Beijing branch of the Max Weber Stiftung, the EFEO Center in Beijing form the "European Research Center for Chinese Studies" whose scientific news can be found on the following website: https://erccs.hypotheses.org.

The Center publishes Faguo hanxue - Sinologie française. This annual journal printed in Chinese is made possible with support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Initially focusing on works in sinology undertaken in France, the journal has become increasingly thematic. Today the journal publishes articles by Chinese and French specialists on joint research results. Articles by Chinese specialists working in cooperation with the EFEO are also printed in this journal. The Centre publishes in addition bilingual (Chinese and French) special issues for the monthly HAS (History, Archaeology, and Society) lecture series. These lectures provide an intercultural forum for leading French and Chinese scholars in various branches of the humanities and social sciences.

EFEO News
Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan, 26 January 2022

As part of the Kyoto lecturesMatthew Shores (Université of Sydney) presents: "Rakugo as Variety Entertainment ⇆ Rakugo as Literature".

At 6pm (Japan time) on the Zoom platform. The password for logging in will be posted on the Kyoto Center's blog and the ISEAS website on the 14th.

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Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 20 January 2022
From Monday, September 13, access to the EFEO library changes:
  • The library will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • It will no longer be necessary to reserve a place in the reading room, but you will have to be registered or pre-registered on the Bulac catalogue for the "Maison de l'Asie" site: https://catalogue.bulac.fr/
  • The documents will be communicated 20 minutes after their reservation from your reader's account, and will be made available on the shelves on the patio side of the reading room- The library will welcome 15 readers per day. In case of overcrowding, priority will be given to readers consulting EFEO documents
  • The health pass will not be required, but the wearing of masks and the respect of protective measures will continue to apply
If you are experiencing Covid-19 type symptoms, please postpone your visit to the library.
EFEO Paris seminar
Online, 17 January 2022
Michela Bussotti (EFEO) speaks on: "Images populaires chinoises : objets éphémères, objets de recherche". This seminar is part of the sequence 3 Images: objects and sources of the seminar ASIES of the master "Études Asiatiques".

From 10.30am to 12pm. The conference will take place online upon prior registration.Once registered you will receive the elements to log in (seminar link and password).
Video
Paris, France, 07 January 2022

Discover "Les manuscrits en siamois et en thai yuan de l'EFEO" [The EFEO's Siamese and Thai Yuan Manuscripts] the new video of the "Asian Treasures of the EFEO" by François-Xavier André and Thissana Weerakietsoontorn.
Happy New Year 2022
03 January 2022

The French School of Asian Studies wishes you a Happy New Year.

Click here to watch the animation.