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.

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Seminar ''L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo''
Paris, France, 23 April 2019
The MJCP and the EFEO organize a seminar "L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo" on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Ôtsu-e : peintures populaires du Japon" which the EFEO also publishes the catalog.
Seminar open to the public. Free registration required via the ticket office of the site.
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 15 April 2019
Invited by the Centre of Seoul, Dr. Vadim Akulenko, assistant at the department of Korean studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, makes a presentation: Evolution of Understanding Minjok in the DPRK.

At 14h, entrance free
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Fifth International Intensive course in Old Javanese
14 April 2019
Aiming to support the training of a new generation of Old Javanese philologists and to stimulate international collaboration in this field, the École française d'Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies, EFEO) and the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia (Perpusnas), with support from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), founding member of PSL Research University (Paris), will co-organize this year, for the fifth time, an international intensive course in Old Javanese.

The course will take place from 21 July through 3 August 2019 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The deadline for submitting an application is set to the 14th of April 2019.
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Conférence ''Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté''
Paris, France, 04 April 2019
Fabienne Jagou gives a talk entitled Le bouddhisme tibétain en exil et la survie de sa communauté as part of the cycle Bouddhisme, politique et violence : le cas du Tibet organized by the Institut européen en sciences des religions and the EPHE.
At 18:30, EPHE - Bât. Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, 54 boulevard Raspail, Paris 6e, Salle AS1-01 (1st sous-sol, hall 1).