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
EFEO Field Scholarships - 1st Semester 2020
15 October 2019
The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 15th of October 2019. READ MORE
Exhibition ''Les voyages de Jacques Bacot et la naissance des ├ętudes tib├ętaines modernes en France'' [Jacques Bacot's travels and the birth of modern Tibetan studies in France]
Paris, France, 30 September 2019
A new photographic exhibition is being held at the EFEO (1st floor) on the theme "Les voyages de Jacques Bacot et la naissance des études tibétaines modernes en France" [Jacques Bacot's travels and the birth of modern Tibetan studies in France] until September 30, 2019.
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Travel subventions for the conference ''New Perspectives in Chinese History''
Paris, France, 26 August 2019
As part of the organisation of the conference "New Perspectives in Chinese History" to be held from 16 to 18 October 2019 in Paris, five travel subventions for students (from Master 2 to PhD candidates, eventually to post-doctoral scholars) engaged in research on the history of modern China (Ming, Qing, Minguo periods) and enrolled in an European institution will be offered to attend this conference.

Details and information.
New Publications
Paris, France,

Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient 104 (2018)

Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie, vol. 27 (2018) : Buddhism and the Military in Tibet during the Ganden Phodrang Period (1642-1959)

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Dossier Angkor in Archeologia
France,

Find the "Angkor, the latest discoveries" dossier to which several EFEO researchers contributed in Archéologia, issue 578, July/August 2019, p. 30-47.