Tokyo

The Tokyo Centre, Japan

Head: François Lachaud
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient
Tōyō bunko
Honkomagome 2-28-21, Bunkyō-ku
Tôkyô 113-0021, Japan
Tel./Fax : + 81 050-3704-8994
francois.lachaud@efeo.net

Founded in 1994, the EFEO Centre in Tokyo is hosted by the Tōyō bunko (The Oriental Library), the most important library dedicated to Asian studies in Japan and one of the largest of its kind in the world. The two institutions signed an agreement which aims to facilitate academic exchanges, including the exchange of scholarly documentation and publications as well as the organization of joint research programs and seminars.

Besides storage facilities for its collections, the Tōyō bunko includes a reading room, research rooms, a museum and a restaurant. The office of the EFEO Centre is located on the seventh floor of the main building.

Current research programs:

  • Literati networks, monks, and collectors in Edo Japan (1603-1867) 
  • International exchanges in modern East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Russia) - especially the "discovery" of Buddhism in Western sources (1550-1850)
  • Early modern Japanese art history and aesthetics

The centre is associated with the research team ‘Systems of thought and practices: diffusion, adaptation, exchange'. Researches conducted at the Tōkyō centre focus on Japanese artistic, religious, and intellectual history in the Edo period (1603-1867) and on international exchanges in East Asia and Eurasia during the modern era.

Moreover, the Centre is also in charge of the editorial work of The Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie, in cooperation with its editorial board, François Lachaud in Tokyo, Martin Nogueira Ramos (Kyoto Centre), Élisabeth Chabanol (Seoul Centre), Luca Gabbiani (Paris).

The EFEO Centre in Tokyo aims to facilitate Franco-Japanese exchanges in the humanities and social sciences. Besides its main association with the Tōyō bunko, collaboration agreements have been concluded with the Institute of Asian Cultures (IAC) at Sophia University, the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) at Keio University, and the Department of Humanities and Sociology at Tôkyô University.

The Centre receives EFEO fellowship holders, graduate students, and visiting scholars for periods of research in Japan. Starting in the fall of 2017, a research seminar will focus on significant works belonging to the Morrison Collection, the main body of Toyo Bunko Library at the time of its official founding, and the object of various commemorative events for its centennial in 2017.

EFEO News
Conference ''Maritime Knowledge for Asian Seas. An interdisciplinary dialogue between maritime historians and archaeologists''
Paris, France, 21 November 2018
The conference Maritime Knowledge for Asian Seas. An interdisciplinary dialogue between maritime historians and archaeologists, within the framework of the seaFaring research program (ANR / MOST) with the financial support of the ANR, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the EFEO and the CRCAO, with the EHESS and IEA assistance is held respectively at the EFEO on the 21st, at the Institut d’études appliquées in Paris on the 22nd and at the EHESS on 23 November.
Programme
Conference ''Les chartistes et l'Asie''
Paris, France, 15 November 2018
The École des chartes and the EFEO organize the conference Les chartistes et l'Asie : destins croisés de l’École nationale des chartes et de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient.
- Thursday, November 15 at the ENC, 65 rue de Richelieu, Paris 2e (Delisle Room)
- Friday, November 16 at the EFEO, 22 avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16e (Grand salon 1st floor of the Maison de l'Asie)

Conference Program / Register
Lecture: ''L'imagerie populaire japonaise d'Ôtsu: un art oublié et son renouveau''
Strasbourg, France, 09 November 2018
As part of the European Salon des Métiers d'art RESONANCE[S] Christophe Marquet gives a lecture: The Japanese popular imagery Otsu: a forgotten art and its renewal from 17h to 18h30 at Parc Expo in Strasbourg.
International Conference ''Maritime Exchange and Localization across the South China Sea, 500 BC-500 AD''
Tainan, Taiwan, 09 November 2018
The EFEO is co-organizing with the Institute of Archeology, National Cheng-Kung University, the International Conference Maritime Exchange and Localization across the South China Sea, 500 BC-500 AD on November 9 and 10, 2018.
New Publications

Sequens 3 : Roland Lardinois, Sylvain Lévi et l'entrée du sanskrit au Collège de France

Études thématiques 30 : Daniel Perret (éd.), Writing for Eternity. A Survey of Epigraphy in Southeast Asia

Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie, vol. 26 (2017) : Droit et Bouddhisme Principe et pratique dans le Tibet prémoderne

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