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
Research Seminar
Paris, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the research program "Essais 'au fil du pinceau' (zuihitsu) à l’époque d’Edo (XVIIe-XIXe s.) : recueils de réflexions et d’observations sur le passé et le présent des savants japonais (pré-) modernes" [Miscellaneous ‘running brush’ Essays (zuihitsu) in the Edo period (17th-19th c.). ): collections of reflections and observations on the past and present of (pre-)modern Japanese scholars], Christophe Marquet gives a communication on "The notion of "essay of critical reflection through evidence" (kōshō zuihitsu 考証随筆) through the case of the painter-writer Santo Kyoden, alias Kitao Masanobu (1761-1816)".

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4th lecture of the 'Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon'
Kyoto, France, 25 September 2020
As part of the Kitashirakawa EFEO Salon, the 4th lecture of the 2019-2020 cycle is presented by Gaétan Rappo (Kyoto University / EFEO) on the topic: "Esoteric Buddhism of the Muromachi period and secular benefits (genze riyaku): reflection on the Dakiniten mandalas" (in Japanese without translation).

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Opening of the EFEO Paris's Library
Paris, France,

Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library.

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Covid-19 Information
Paris, France,


Changes in opening hours and access conditions of the EFEO Paris's library

♦ Readers wishing to consult the collections in the reading room:
From September 21, 2020, the library is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Users are invited :
→ To reserve the documents they wish to consult 24 hours in advance from their reader account on the catalog
→ Then to book time slot in the reading room: BOOK TIME SLOT IN THE READING ROOM
Once the daily quota of places has been reached, the date ceases to be selectable in the form.

♦ Readers wishing to borrow documents:
The loan-return service is open to researchers and students who have the right of loan.
Please reserve the documents before Tuesday lunchtime on the library catalog.
Books are available in the library's access corridor on Wednesday of the same week.
Please note that unclaimed documents are returned to the library every Wednesday evening.

It is forbidden to stay in the common areas of the Maison de l'Asie.
In Memoriam Bertrand Chung
04 September 2020
Bertrand Chung (Chung Sŏng-bae, 1933-2020).

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bertrand Chung in Yongin on June 8 (Kyŏnggi-do). Political scientist, Japanologist, and Koreanologist, director of studies at the EHESS, in 1994 he laid the foundation stones of the EFEO in the Republic of Korea, at Korea University.