Vientiane

The Vientiane Centre, Laos

Vientiane Centre

Head: Yves Goudineau
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
yves.goudineau@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
Exhibition 'Ombre et lumière, danses et théâtres au Cambodge'
Paris, France, 31 August 2018
Come and discover a selection of photographs from the EFEO archives on the occasion of the exhibition Ombre et lumière, danses et théâtres au Cambodge, which is held at the Maison de l'Asie on the 1st floor and in the reading room of the library.

Free admission, from Monday to Friday from 9h to 18h.
22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris.
In Memoriam Pierre André Lablaude
Paris, France,

Pierre André Lablaude (1947-2018)
READ THE IN MEMORIAM READ MORE
Archaeometallurgy Conference
Bangkok, Thailand, 17 July 2018
The EFEO Centre in Bangkok organise an Archaeometallurgy Conference, entitled "Manufacture, origin and dating of iron from the Phimai and Phnom Rung temples: A proposition to document the production and the consumption of iron in Northeast Thailand," presented by Dr. Stéphanie Leroy (CNRS, France) and Dr. Pira Venunan (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, Thailand). It will take place on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018, from 10:30 to 12:00, at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Conference Room 402.

 

Fourth International Intensive course in Old Javanese
Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, 15 July 2018
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), PSL Research University (Paris), and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), will co-organize this year, for the fourth time, an international intensive course in Old Javanese.
 READ MORE
French minister Mr Edouard Philippe's official trip to Beijing
Beijing, China, 26 June 2018
During French minister Mr Edouard Philippe's official trip to Beijing, Guillaume Dutournier (in charge of Efeo's Beijing center) has assisted the prime minister during two visits on June the 25th : a private tour of the Confucius Temple, the Imperial Academy, as well as a tour of the Temple of heaven alongside the french delegation. The visit of these iconic symbols of chinese imperial history enabled the exposition of EFEO's academic cooperations with its local partners throughout China. Furthermore, it also provided an opportunity to emphasize on the importance of a long-term field presence, in order to improve our understanding of China. (photo credits AFP)