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
Classics Day Prize 2022
Kyoto, Japan, 19 July 2022
Christophe Marquet, professor of the École française d'Extrême-Orient, was awarded the Classics Day Prize on July 1st, 2022, for his contribution to the dissemination of knowledge of Japanese art in France, through his teaching, his publications, and the curating of exhibitions.

Learn more
“Émile Sénart” prize - AIBL
Paris, France,

The “Émile Sénart” prize for Indological research of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres has been awarded this year to Hugo David for his book Une philosophie de la parole : l’Enquête sur la Connaissance Verbale (Śābdanirṇaya) de Prakāśātman, maître Advaitin du xe siècle, published in 2020 by the EFEO
Debate on the book by Alain Arrault,
Paris, France, 30 June 2022
As part of the "Cycle de débats du Centre d'études de la Chine moderne et contemporaine (EHESS)," Alain Arrault's book A History of Cultic Images In China. The Domestic Statuary of Hunan (EFEO-CUHK, 2020) will be discussed, under the moderation of Marie-Paule Hille (CECMC-UMR CCJ, Ehess), by Pierre-Antoine Fabre (Ehess), Florence Galmiche (Université Paris Cité - LCAO, UMR CCJ), and John Lagerwey (Ricci Institute of Paris) on Thursday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Condorcet Campus (Forum of the Espace associatif et culturel, ground floor).
Exhibition ''TrancFiguration. Tattoos from Birth to Death''
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 28 June 2022

After being inaugurated and presented at the EFEO Chiang Mai Center and the Alliance française in Chiang Mai in May, and then at the Rai Mae Fah Luang - Art & cultural Park in Chiang Rai in June, the exhibition Trance/figuration, Tattooos From Birth to Death will be installed for two months (July and August) at the National Gallery in Bangkok.

Closure
Paris, France, 06 June 2022

The Maison de l'Asie, and therefore the library, will be closed on Monday 6 June 2022!