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
Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 25 November 2021
From Monday, September 13, access to the EFEO library changes:
  • The library will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • It will no longer be necessary to reserve a place in the reading room, but you will have to be registered or pre-registered on the Bulac catalogue for the "Maison de l'Asie" site: https://catalogue.bulac.fr/
  • The documents will be communicated 20 minutes after their reservation from your reader's account, and will be made available on the shelves on the patio side of the reading room- The library will welcome 15 readers per day. In case of overcrowding, priority will be given to readers consulting EFEO documents
  • The health pass will not be required, but the wearing of masks and the respect of protective measures will continue to apply
If you are experiencing Covid-19 type symptoms, please postpone your visit to the library.
Conference
Lyon, France, 25 November 2021

Alain Arrault and Fabienne Jagou participate in the conference "Corps des dieux, Gestes des hommes", organised by Claire Vidal (Université Lumière Lyon 2), within the framework of the Impulsion project, IdexLyon (2019-2021) at the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, on 25 and 26 November 2021.

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Video
25 November 2021

Discover "The EFEO's pāli manuscripts: a living heritage" the new video of the "Asian Treasures of the EFEO" by Maïté Hurel and Javier Schnake.
Conference
Hanoi, Vietnam, 25 November 2021

On November, 25 the international conference "EFEO Photographic Archives in the Social Science Library of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences" is being held in Hanoi, with presentations for the EFEO by Christophe Marquet, Isabelle Poujol and Philippe Le Failler!
Thematic Workshop
Paris, France, 24 November 2021
The Écoles françaises à l'Étranger (EFE), the Inrap and Bibracte are organising a thematic workshop on field recording tools. This workshop is a continuation of the workshop of 22 June 2021, which enabled these institutions to initiate an exchange on their respective practices around digital technology in their research activities.
This session will be held both in videoconference and in person, at the Maison de l'Asie, headquarters of the École Française d'Extrême-Orient, in Paris.
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