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
Research Seminar
Paris, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the research program "Essais 'au fil du pinceau' (zuihitsu) à l’époque d’Edo (XVIIe-XIXe s.) : recueils de réflexions et d’observations sur le passé et le présent des savants japonais (pré-) modernes" [Miscellaneous ‘running brush’ Essays (zuihitsu) in the Edo period (17th-19th c.). ): collections of reflections and observations on the past and present of (pre-)modern Japanese scholars], Christophe Marquet gives a communication on "The notion of "essay of critical reflection through evidence" (kōshō zuihitsu 考証随筆) through the case of the painter-writer Santo Kyoden, alias Kitao Masanobu (1761-1816)".

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4th lecture of the 'Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon'
Kyoto, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon, the 4th lecture of the 2019-2020 cycle is presented by Gaétan Rappo (Kyoto University / EFEO) on the topic: "Esoteric Buddhism of the Muromachi period and secular benefits (genze riyaku): reflection on the Dakiniten mandalas" (in Japanese without translation).

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Opening of the EFEO Paris's Library
Paris, France,

Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library.

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Covid-19 Information
Paris, France,


Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library

♦ Readers wishing to consult the collections in the reading room:
From September 21, 2020, the library is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Users are invited :
→ To reserve the documents they wish to consult 24 hours in advance from their reader account on the catalog
→ Then to book time slot in the reading room: BOOK TIME SLOT IN THE READING ROOM
Once the daily quota of places has been reached, the date ceases to be selectable in the form.

♦ Readers wishing to borrow documents:
The loan-return service is open to researchers and students who have the right of loan.
Please reserve the documents before Tuesday lunchtime on the library catalog.
Books are available in the library's access corridor on Wednesday of the same week.
Please note that unclaimed documents are returned to the library every Wednesday evening.

It is forbidden to stay in the common areas of the Maison de l'Asie.
In Memoriam Bertrand Chung
04 September 2020
Bertrand Chung (Chung Sŏng-bae, 1933-2020).

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bertrand Chung in Yongin on June 8 (Kyŏnggi-do). Political scientist, Japanologist, and Koreanologist, director of studies at the EHESS, in 1994 he laid the foundation stones of the EFEO in the Republic of Korea, at Korea University.