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
Kyoto lectures
Kyoto, Japan - Online, 19 July 2021

As part of the Kyoto lectures, DAIMARU Ken (Paris University) presents: "Health and Modern Warfare. Locating Medical History in Japan's Long Nineteenth Century".

19 July, 6pm (Japan time) in hybrid format or only on the Zoom platform. The password for logging in will be posted on the Kyoto Center's blog and the ISEAS website on the 27th.

Légende : Portrait of an injured Japanese soldier at the Liaoyang Stage Hospital (March 1905), archives of the Academy of Medical Corps of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

In Memoriam: V. Venkataraja Sarma
Pondicherry, India, 16 July 2021
It is with deep regret that we learned today of the demise of Professor V. Venkataraja Sarma, quondam principal of Tiruvananthapuram Sanskrit College, who after his retirement worked for 29 years as a senior Sanskrit scholar at the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, finally leaving the institution in December 2016 at the age of 86.  On Wednesday, 14 July 2021, at the age of 91, he passed away in Trivandrum, where his son lives.
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Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 12 July 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 5pm. 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.
New publication
Paris,

Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient 106 (2020)


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Library inventories
Paris, France, 30 June 2021
EFEO Paris library just published new inventories on its website dedicated to description and gestion of archives and digital objects. Discover the collection of 66 manuscripts and printed documents in Hán-Nôm. As well as copies of registers of births, marriages and deaths of Notre-Dame-des-Anges Parish in Pondicherry.

You can also find inventories of caṃ, pāli, Siamese, Thai, thai yuan and thai lü manuscripts, and Cambodian paper manuscripts, which you can browse on the EFEO archive website and on Calames.