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, 18 June 2021
As part of  the Kyoto lectures, Brian Ruppert (Kanagawa University) presents: "Scriptures and Their Deployment: Great Notes (Maka shō), Raishin’s Notes (Raishin shō), and the Sacred Works (Shōgyō) of Early Medieval Japan".

Friday, June 18, at 6pm (Japan time).
Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 14 June 2021
How to access the EFEO library and the loan-return service

The EFEO library is open by appointment from Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. It offers a document lending and return service every Wednesday.
To make an appointment for THE READING SPACE: CLICK HERE
To make an appointment for the LOAN-RETURN SERVICE: CLICK HERE 
Please check the EFEO's Facebook page and Twitter account regularly for any updates to the terms and conditions of the public reception modalities.
Photo library: Jacques Bacot collection
Online, 14 June 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.
XXXVIIIe Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies
Seoul, Korea (Online), 10 June 2021
The XXXVIIIe Seoul Colloquium in Korea Studies, organized by the EFEO Center in Seoul, in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society, is led by Brother Anthony, Professor Emeritus of Sogang University and Full Professor at Dankook University, Seoul, on the theme: "Korean Poetry and Fiction in English Translation: A Personal Survey".

Thursday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. (Seoul time), online: register with the EFEO Center to receive the information needed to connect. READ MORE
Fontainebleau Art History Festival
Fontainebleau, France, 04 June 2021
As part of the Fontainebleau Art History Festival, the Réseau des Écoles françaises à l'étranger present a round table on the topic of "Innovative Technologies in the Service of Archaeological Research".
Christophe Marquet and François Lachaud also make several speeches : → round table "La peinture française au Japon : histoire des collections privées et de la création des musées d’art occidental" → lecature "Éloge du primitivisme : d’autres visages de la peinture japonaise prémoderne" → round table "La "joie" et son expression dans les arts du Japon" → lecture "Le Japon et les intellectuels français: personnages en quête d'ailleurs"