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
Library: Inventory via Calames
Paris, France, 05 May 2021
The Paris library of the EFEO is continuing to enter its archive inventories into Calames:
- Discover the Henri Parmentier collection, which includes his correspondence, notes and preparatory documents for the publication of books, his work on the inventory of Khmer monuments, and maps and plans.
- You can explore the inventory of the Cochinchine Cambodia Conservation Department. These archives consist of correspondence files related to the general administration of the sites, as well as excavation reports and diaries, sketches and plans, which document research activities in the field.
Video
Online, 05 May 2021
Watch the new video of the "EFEO's Asian Treasures" !
In "De la pierre au papier. Les estampages des inscriptions thaïes de l'EFEO," [From stone to paper. The EFEO's Thai inscription estampages/stamps] François Lagirarde (EFEO) and Magali Morel (EFEO) present the collection of more than 3,000 stamps made in Southeast Asia since the end of the 19th century on ancient inscriptions preserved in archaeological sites and national museums and kept at the EFEO library in Paris.
Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 04 May 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 4pm. 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
04 May 2021
Discover the photographs from the collection of Marie-Louise Reiniche, anthropologist and specialist of the Tamil country (South India).

Marie-Louise Reiniche (1934-2008) defined herself as a "social anthropologist, aiming at an anthropology of movable wealth, in the context of Indian civilisation and in relation to rituals".
International Conference
Online, 01 May 2021
Attend the International Conference on the 'Daozang jiyao' and Daoism in the Ming and Qing Dynasty with the 'Celebration of the Companion to the Essentials of the Daoist Canon' Publication organized by the Centre for Studies of Daoist Culture, CUHK and the EFEO Centre in Hong Kong on Zoom!

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