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
International Conference ''Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century)''
25 October 2018
The International Conference Sovereignty and imperial patronage in China (XIIIth-XXth century), organized by Luca Gabbiani (EFEO, UMR 8173-CCJ), Marianne Bujard (EPHE) and Luo Wenhua (National Palace Museum Research Center for Tibetan Buddhism Heritage), is held at Peking, from October, 25th to 27th, 2018.
The conference program and the abstracts of the presentations are available on the website: https://imperial-patronage.efeo.fr
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 22 October 2018
Monday 22th October LEE Hyoung-sik (Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University) speaks on Japanese Ruling Elites of Colonial Korea and their Postwar Compilation on the History of Governing: The Case of ''Yūhō Kyōkai'' (Friendly Nation Association).

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
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Call for crowdfunding
17 October 2018
On fire ! Experimental Archaeology is a festival which takes place every four years at the EFEO Center in Siem Reap.

The crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the organization of the archaeological experiment (baking ceramics in a dragon kiln replica and iron ore reduction) on 6 December has been launched.

To participate, access the site Kisskissbankbank.
Joint seminar ''Archéologie en Extrême-Orient''
Paris, France, 15 October 2018
The next speakers at the new EFEO / UFR joint seminary of art and archeology of the Faculty of Letters of Paris-Sorbonne University will be:
  • 15/10: Valérie Gillet, Archéologie en Inde : contexte et spécificités
  • 22/10: Brice Vincent, Fondre pour le Roi, archéométallurgie à Angkor
From 9 am to 11 am, Maison de l'Asie, ground floor room, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris.
This seminar is open to Master 1 & 2 students as well as PhD students.
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21st ''Rendez-vous de l’Histoire''
Blois, France, 10 October 2018
The five Écoles françaises à l’étranger (EFE) will participate in the 21st Rendez-Vousde l'Histoire, in Blois, from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 October 2018. They will present at the book fair a selection of their publications and will gather five of their researchers for a carte blanche on October 12th on the theme "The fear of images".
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