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
Closure
Paris, France, 06 June 2022

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

New Publication

Mémoires de Chine
Textes et légendes Alain Arrault

The collection of Mémoires de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient has been enriched by a new volume. Alain Arrault presents some sixty photographs on glass plates taken by Louis Finot in China at the beginning of the last century (before 1930).

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EFEO/ASIES Paris seminar
Paris, France, 30 May 2022

Catherine Scheer (EFEO) speaks on "Indigéniser le protestantisme bunong: les habitants des hauts plateaux du Cambodge entre rupture et continuité".

This seminar is part of the sequence 6: La question religieuse : sécularisation et réinvention of the common core of the Master in Asian Studies.

From 10:30 to 12:00. The conference will take place online on prior registration.
Once registered, you will receive the elements to connect (seminar link and password).

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EFEO Paris seminar
Paris, France, 23 May 2022

Jean Michaud (University of Laval, Quebec, visiting professor at the EHESS) speaks on "Cherchez le messie. Enquête sur la naissance de la rébellion de Pa Chay Vue (Batchai) au Tonkin".

From 10:30 to 12:00. The conference will take place online on prior registration.
Once registered, you will receive the elements to connect (seminar link and password).

Illustration: The Méo revolt [in French Indochina (Laos)] 1920, @BNF/Gallica.

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Exhibition
Paris, France, 10 May 2022
From May 2nd to June 30th, the Maison des étudiants de l'Asie du Sud-Est (MEASE) at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris will host the exhibition "Au fil de l'eau. Rivers of Southeast Asia".
This exhibition commemorates the 90th anniversary of the existence of the MEASE, founded in 1930 under the name Maison de l'Indochine.

Address: Maison des étudiants de l'Asie du Sud-Est, Grand Salon, 59B Bd Jourdan, 75014, Paris.

Free admission