Vientiane

The Vientiane Centre, Laos

Vientiane Centre

Head: Michel Lorrillard
Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, FEML
1 rue Sisangvone - Unit 6
Bane Naxay
BP 3248
Vientiane, Laos
Tel.: + 856 21 41 46 20
Fax: + 856 21 41 39 52
michel.lorrillard@efeo.net

In 1951 the Laotian government entrusted the EFEO with the mission to preserve and restore its historical monuments and to manage the nation's museums. At the same time, the EFEO was authorized to carry out archaeological excavations. The School's official presence in Laos led to the arrival of the art historian and philologist Henri Deydier, the ethnologist Charles Archaimbault - renowned for his comparative work on Laotian principalities, and Pierre-Bernard Lafont, who resided at the Centre until 1966. Earlier in the 20th century, Henri Parmentier conducted the first research on the religious architecture of Laos and the Khmer temple Vat Phu, while Madeleine Colani carried out a pioneering investigation of a proto-historic site, the Plain of Jars. A new cooperation agreement, reached in 1993, with the Laotian Ministry of Information and Culture enabled the EFEO to open a Franco-Laotian Centre for Buddhist and Historical Studies in Vientiane.

Current research at the EFEO Centre in Vientiane is primarily conducted in historical studies based on philology and epigraphy; however, the Centre also undertakes work in disciplines such as ethnology, art history and archaeology. The sum of this activity contributes to a wider program of multidisciplinary research on Buddhist societies spanning Asia, from India to China.

Laos, a landlocked country relatively little affected by its rapidly changing surroundings, offers researchers exceptional conditions for on-site investigation.

Current research program:

  • General epigraphic inventory and publication of Laotian inscriptions
  • Study of Laotian religious literature
  • Material and artistic culture of Laotian Buddhism (archaeology, iconography)
  • Comparative ethnology of Austro-Asiatic minority societies

The Vientiane Center includes a library for the humanities and social sciences -- the only research library in Laos. Since 2007 its publication office has edited a series titled Texts and documents on Laos. The Centre also provides facilities for French and European scholars, as well as doctoral students and EFEO fellowship holders.

EFEO News
Call for proposals
28 February 2019
Call for applications to participate in a field workshop in India "History, archeology, Bhakti: southern Andra Pradesh" (workshop funded by the project SPIF-ATALS of PSL). Application to be sent before February 28th.

Please click here for further informations (in french)
Conference ''Enjeux du patrimoine : de la restauration à la cartographie du paysage archéologique''
Fontainebleau, France, 09 February 2019
Christophe Pottier gives a conference for the APJFA (Association pour la promotion du jumelage Fontainebleau-Angkor): Enjeux du patrimoine : de la restauration à la cartographie du paysage archéologique.
At 17h, at the hôtel de l'Aigle Noir, place Napoleon Bonaparte at Fontainebleau.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 04 February 2019
Monday 4th February Michela Bussotti speaks on Images de généalogies chinoises : objets et sources de la recherche.

This seminar is part of "Images: objects and sources / Research in primary sources" of the ASIES seminar (master Amo - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris READ MORE
Exhibition ''Les bosquets sacrés d’Aiyaṉār / Groves of Aiyaṉār''
Pondicherry, India, 31 January 2019
As part of the Pondicherry Heritage Festival, the exhibition of Jean-Louis Cardin's photographs titled Les bosquets sacrés d’Aiyaṉār / Groves of Aiyaṉār was inaugurated on January 31 by Her Excellency Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry.
Communication : ''La contribution de Gongga Laoren (1903-1997) à la diffusion du bouddhisme tibétain à Taïwan''
Paris, France, 29 January 2019
Fabienne Jagou talks on La contribution de Gongga Laoren (1903-1997) à la diffusion du bouddhisme tibétain à Taïwan as part of the cycle of conferences organized by SEECHAC.

At 18h, at the Musée Cernuschi, 7 avenue Velazquez 75008 Paris.
Illustration: Chongqing Monastery, Tainan, July 2013. © Jagou