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
Martin Nogueira Ramos presents his book
Paris, France,

On Monday, May 20, Martin Nogueira Ramos presents his book La foi des ancêtres. Chrétiens cachés et catholiques dans la société villageoise japonaise (XVIIe-XIXe siècles) (CNRS editions, 25 April 2019).
From 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, in the Salon of the Maison de l'Asie. To attend the presentation, please confirm by email notification.
New publication
France, Paris,

Ōtsu-e
Peintures populaires du Japon
Des imagiers du XVIIe siècle à Miró
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Exhibition ''L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo''
Paris, France, 16 May 2019
You have until June 15 to discover the exhibition "Ôtsu-e : peintures populaires du Japon", whose catalogue is also published by the EFEO.The images of Ōtsu are anonymous paintings produced during the Edo period in villages not far from Kyoto, to be sold to travellers who used to travel along the Tokaido road.
Call for papers
Kyoto, Japon, 16 May 2019
On November 1, 2020, the EFEO Center of Kyoto will host a study day on architecture, urban planning and landscape in Japan.
Students, researchers and other practitioners in these fields related to space culture are invited to present their work and contribute to the scientific exchanges that will be held during the various meetings organized by the Japarchi network in France and Japan.
Proposals for communication must be sent by email before 30 June 2019.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 13 May 2019
Fabienne Jagou (EFEO) speaks on Exil tibétain et transferts religieux : l’exemple de la communauté tibétaine à Taïwan. This seminar is part of the « Exils et Migrations » theme of the ASIAS seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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