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
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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Inauguration of 3 new rooms dedicated to the inscriptions at the National Museum of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodge, 18 March 2019
On the 18th of March, on the sidelines of the section on pre-Angkorian inscriptions supplemented for the occasion by new presentations, the National Museum of Cambodia proposes a "focus" on the inscribed jamb (K.127) engraved with the date 604 of the ┼Ťaka era (ie 682 AD), with the first known graphical representation of the zero in Khmer country. The program Corpus of the Khmer Inscriptions (CIK) of the EFEO contributed a lot to the writing of the notes.
EFEO Field Scholarships - 2nd Semester 2018
14 March 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 14th of March 2019. READ MORE
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 11 March 2019
Monday 11th March Timothy Lubin (Washington and Lee University) speaks on From Scholastic Paraphrase to Customary Law Code? Genres of Javanese Juristic Literature part of ASIES seminar (master Amo - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Maison de l'Asie, First floor salon, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris READ MORE
Call for proposals
28 February 2019
Call for applications to participate in a field workshop in India "History, archeology, Bhakti: southern Andra Pradesh" (workshop funded by the project SPIF-ATALS of PSL). Application to be sent before February 28th.

Please click here for further informations (in french)